How To Start An Online Business

How To Start An Online Business - Online Business IdeaStarting your own business can be exhilarating. I know this because I still wake up every single day extremely motivated for my very own business that I run.

For me, I run an online business and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.

An online business is great because you can be location independent and work from wherever.

An online business is also usually very affordable to run day-to-day as the startup and continuing costs usually are quite low when compared to business in other industries.

Below are my tips and suggestions on how to start an online business of your own.

You should think about what you are going to sell and/or create.

Thinking about your online business idea is a very important step. It’s not just something you should just pick out of a hat.

Have you thought about what exactly you will be selling through your online business? Will you be selling a product, such as a craft that you produce, or will you be selling a service, such as content that you write?

In order to run a business with a successful online business idea, you should not just pick something random and hope that someone wants to buy it. You should do your research, see if you actually enjoy the online business idea, and see whether or not there is a need for what you are planning on selling.

Is there a market for what you want to sell?

You might have what you think is the best idea in the world, but do you know if anyone will actually pay you for your product or service? You need to do your research and see how large the market for your product is, who your target market is, and more.

Does your online business idea need to be registered?

You will need to do research and see if your online business idea needs to be registered, if you need to be certified and so on in order to create and/or sell your product.

You will also want to think about whether or not you want to incorporate your business. There may be legal and tax benefits depending on the type of business entity you form.

Do you have a website for your online business idea?

With an online business, you will definitely need a website or be listed on a website where someone can find you and the services and/or products that you sell. Your website will need a domain name and you will need to pay for hosting too. In the beginning, and depending on your business, this will most likely be very cheap. Probably less than $100 when you start.

However, you will also need to think about whether you will create your website yourself or if you will pay someone else to create it. This is most likely where the majority of the expense of having an online business will come into play. Some can find a cheap website design for $100, whereas others pay $10,000. Remember you get what you pay for.

Get on social media.

For your online business idea, you are most likely going to want some sort of social media presence. You should do your research and see what is best for the type of business you are running.

For example, a person with a clothing business that is targeted at young children most likely does not need a LinkedIn presence. However, an Instagram and/or Facebook presence is most likely a need in order to run a successful and thriving online clothing business.

Are you interested in learning how to start an online business? What online business ideas do you have?



How To Start An Online Business — 7 Comments

  1. Online businesses are a great way to test the market, too. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get it off the ground, especially retail, as there are lots of ‘off-the-shelf’ products that are great.

    I have an online retail business that I’ve been running as a ‘second job’ for many years. It can be a lot of fun and it can also be a lot of work. Plus, if you sell a physical product – you need to store it somewhere, which can be an issue if you’re in a small abode.

    I definitely recommend giving it a go.

  2. I have almost no desire to create a physical business vs. an online one. Mainly because the massive scalability of online businesses. The world is your market, not just people within a 10-mile radius. Plus, as you said, running online businesses means fewer costs. Great post.

  3. My husband defiantly wants me to run an online business selling my crafty creations. Anything and everything from holiday decor to cloth diapers, but that’s a lot of money and time invested and there is a lot of competition out there. I’ve settled on electronic teaching materials (via teacherspayteachers and teachersnotebook) for a few reasons. 1) I’m creating this material anyway for my son because I can’t find what I need/want and 2) It is pretty passive. Once the materials are created, copyrighted, and uploaded, the only thing left to do is market (pinterest is the best place for teacher materials) and network with other teachers – which I do anyway. It’s also something that I don’t mind spending 10+ hours a week on, because I enjoy it.

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