There are many types of online businesses that you can start. Maybe you’re looking to sell a product you’ve created or offer a service that you provide online. Perhaps you want to buy and sell items on various marketplaces such as Facebook Marketplace or eBay. In any case you’re probably looking for information on How to Start a Small Business Online. This post is meant to help you do just that.
Do you already have a business online? Are you looking to expand and grow your existing business or even branch out into new online ventures? This post will help you in that endeavor as well. Please, take a moment to read below and see how you might be able to use some of these tidbits to your advantage.
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When starting any endeavor, you usually have the “this is where I want to be or end up” part figured out but rarely does anyone have a road map that includes how they plan to get there. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes (preferably a day or so) to map out a few milestones along the way to your end goal.
It’s OK if you don’t have the specifics down yet. Building a business is a learning experience to say the least. Setting a few goals along the way just helps to break down the journey and motivate you to complete the smaller parts of the whole.
Let’s take a look at some things to consider:
Don’t worry if you don’t have answers of these questions. They are all things you can figure out along the way. I just wanted to get you thinking beyond the “Wouldn’t it be nice to have my own online business?” question and help you to start forming an actual plan to make it happen. Let’s take a look at some things you’re going to need to do in order to build a successful business online.
You’re not going to make a dime if people don’t know you exist. It’s time to build your presence. There are several ways you can do this. You can become a YouTube sensation; advertising revenue alone is enough to set some superstars for life. You can open a storefront on platforms that already draw people to them looking for various items and services such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, fiverr and so on. You can even build your own website and build your business from the ground up.
The true trick to making it online is to get traffic. The way to get traffic is to make yourself known and build a reputation. That reputation can be for many different things; quality products or services, prompt delivery, great customer service, being the go-to authority for a particular niche, putting on a great show, etc. In a perfect world, you’d probably want to be known for more than one of these as it will only boost your exposure.
I’ve already mentioned a few platforms you can use to get yourself, and your products and services, out there. Let’s take a closer look…
These are only a few examples, there are a lot of options out there. Many are like a prepackaged offering where other’s allow a bit more customization over-all. I just wanted to get you thinking about the various ways you can go and then, hopefully, you can check one or more of them out to see if they’re a right fit for you. Now let’s take a look at the platform I highly recommend and use myself…
So, I touched on several things to think about, platforms to consider, options you have as to offering products or services but, I didn’t really tell you how to do all of this. Enter Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate, or WA for short, is a complete platform for all of your online business needs. It offers training, hosting, tools and a great community of like-minded people willing to help you out if/when you get stuck. Let’s break it down a little bit more:
I’m not going to go on and on here about WA as I have written actual reviews for them. If you’d like to know more, please check out these 2 review posts:
There you have it. A simple guide on How to Start a Small Business Online. I’ve provided a little bit of guidance, some ideas, a list of platforms to check out and even provided a place that can help you succeed in ways you haven’t even imagined yet.
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Now it’s up to you. You can sit back, doing more research and planning, or you can dive right in and learn as you go. In the end it’s up to you on how to proceed. Do yourself a favor though and just check out Wealthy Affiliate. Even if you don’t go the OEC or Affiliate Bootcamp route, they have a lot to offer and you can check it out for free. That’s a no-brainer if you ask me.
Do you have an online business already? Are you just looking at what’s involved? Did I miss something you’d like more information on or think I should include for others? Please let me know by commenting below. I really do want to hear what you have to say.