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Today we are looking at how to start a small online business based on just about any subject imaginable. If you are interested in starting your own online business then you will be pleased to discover that it might not be as hard to get started as you may well imagine. Starting an online business sounds great and there are certainly many benefits of working online but without the right direction and knowledge, you could well face a very steep learning curve. The good news is that we are going to show you exactly how to start a small online business, right here on this page, using a really simple method.
How to start a small online business – The basics
In order to start an online business there are several basic things that you are going to need. The end result that we all want from our online business is to make money and for this reason we must do a little planning in the early stages of our business in order to get the best results. Any kind of business, be it online or offline needs to provide a valuable service of some kind. The most valuable commodity online is information and people from all over the world are willing to pay for it.
In order to create a successful online business you must first find a subject or “niche”, we will discuss this in more detail throughout this article. Once you have found a subject to base your online business on, you then need to create a website. Building a website might sound like a daunting task to many people, but these days it’s a really simple process that anyone can do.
Once you have a website and a niche idea, the next thing that you are going to need is products to sell within your website. In order for website to make money you must either offer services, products or sell advertising space. Selling other people’s products on your website is referred to as “affiliate marketing”. Affiliate marketing is often the best way to make money from your website and again is really simple to set up.
The last thing that you need in order to make your website successful is visitors. Getting visitors to your website is the key to success, because without them you won’t make any money.
So to summarize, all you need to get your small online business started is:
- A subject or “niche” to talk about.
- A website or blog.
- Products, services or advertising, so that you can earn money.
- Visitors to your website (traffic).
Let’s take a look at how you can start building an online business within the next hour…
How to start a small online business – Getting started
Every internet based business must start with an idea. The very first thing that you need in order to start your own small, online business is a subject. You can base your online business on any subject that you like.
The key here though, is to choose something that you have a genuine interest in. You are likely to be working on your business idea for quite some time, so it’s a good idea to pick a subject that you are a fan of. Since part of building an online business is to create pages on a website on your chosen subject, it helps to have an opinion on your subject.
You can turn just about any subject into an online business. It doesn’t matter if you are into astronomy, cricket, playing golf, making paper planes, extreme ironing, coin collecting, horse riding or gardening! The list of things that you might choose to base your business on is truly infinite! Chances are, if you are interested in something then a lot of other people will be too.
No ideas? No problem!
If you don’t really have any hobbies or passions in your life that you want to base your business on, don’t worry, there is a solution for you too. If you don’t have any particular interests then you might want to consider creating a review website or even a magazine style site that covers lots of subjects. Every small business starts with an idea, and all you really need is something that you are interested in.
How to start a small online business – The building process
One of the best ways to get a website up and running is to start a blog. Starting a blog is a quick and simple process that can be done in a matter of minutes. There are a couple of options that are available to you when starting out. You can choose to do it the cost free way, or you can pay a small amount to own a domain name. If it’s the first time you have ever made a blog then you might want to experiment with the free method first, before spending any money.
Free websites are great for those people that just want to experiment and learn the ropes. But for a more professional look it is advisable to spend a bit of money on a domain name and hosting. I’m going to give you an easy solution to creating a blog either way.
The Site Rubix platform
I recommend using a service that is designed specifically for online businesses. This service does not cost anything to use or set up, so if you are going down the cost free route then this will be ideal. Site Rubix is a platform that I recommend and in fact is the same platform that we built the Make Money Online Zone upon. To use Site Rubix you just need to follow a few simple steps to get started. Simply choose a name for your site, select a look from one of hundreds of templates and then have Site Rubix build the framework of your site. Once the basics are done you can start adding content and developing your small business.
Site Rubix is part of Wealthy Affiliate and so as well as being an ideal platform for building your website, you also get free training. The free training inside Wealthy Affiliate will show you how money is made within your online business and the best way to go about setting everything up to give you the best results.
Here’s what to do…
How to start a small online business – Taking Action.
The first thing that you need to do in order to get your business off the ground is to get a free account at Wealthy Affiliate. This will give you full access to the free training and enables you to build two free websites on the Site Rubix platform. If you want your website to have that professional feel right from the start, you can opt for a premium membership and purchase a domain name, but that’s entirely up to you and is not compulsory.
You can get your free Wealthy Affiliate account by clicking the link below.
Training & your first steps to success
Once inside Wealthy Affiliate I will send you a message containing links and further instructions to getting started. Inside the site you get access to a full 10 step plan that will show you everything that you need to know to get your online business started. As well as getting access to the standard training, I will also give you additional info and training to help you on your way. If you run into any problems or you don’t understand something, you can also message me through Wealthy Affiliate and I will get right back to you. This again is a free service and in my opinion there is nothing else like it online.
Once you start the training you will see the guidelines laid out in easy to follow instructions. As we have discussed within this article, the process is as follows.
By the forth lesson within Wealthy Affiliate, you will already have your website up and running!
By following these simple guidelines, you will be taking the exact same steps that thousands of entrepreneurs have done before you. The process simply works, and no matter if you are simply looking to start the smallest of online businesses or you want to eventually build something huge, the only thing that you have to do is follow the instructions and take action. By using these steps, many people have created great incomes online, many exceeding four and five figure monthly incomes.
How to start a small online business – Making money
The ultimate goal for your online business is to make money. Within the Wealthy Affiliate training that we have given access to, you will learn about this in lesson two. The aim of the game is to produce lots of quality content that is specifically designed to rank well within the search engines. The more content that you create, the more chance you have of making more money. Each and every page of your website gives you another opportunity to make money.
There are lots of opportunities out there on the internet, within every online niche. By taking action and creating quality content on a regular basis, based on your chosen subject, you will make an ongoing income online.
Growing your small online business into something huge!
Although this method teaches you how to start a small online business within a very short space of time, your business doesn’t need to stay small. If you have big plans then the best way to start is to start small and then build up over time. Within your first month you might only have a handful of pages within your website, but keep building and after 3 or 4 months you will have a site that Google takes curiously and rewards with higher rankings and free visitors to your site.
Traffic is the key to success and Google is the search engine that can provide it. By creating content on a regular basis you will show Google that they need to take you seriously. This unfortunately doesn’t happen over night! The fact is that once you have your website up and running, the best way to succeed is to keep providing Google with the very thing that they love… Content!
More content gives Google the very thing that they need to make their search engine the best in the world. In exchange for your quality ideas, opinions, reviews, thoughts, videos and images, Google will give you traffic. The more traffic that you can get, the better your chances are of increasing your income into something more than just a small business.
How to start a small online business – Getting support!
From time to time we all need a helping hand! Every online business within Wealthy Affiliate is unique and we all run into different issues. Thankfully we have you covered within the Wealthy Affiliate community and here on the Make Money Online Zone. When you get your free membership to WA, you also get our full support as well as the support of a whole community with a wealth of experience in the field of starting online businesses. If you really want to learn how to start a small online business then you are truly in the right place at the right time! You have nothing to lose and the only thing that you have to put in is a little effort to get started! I look forward to working with you soon.
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