Basics of Starting an Online Business


 by: Shannon Emmanuel

So you’re ready to dive in are you?

The Internet has made a valuable contribution to the working world; it has created a ‘virtual’ workforce that has chosen to create their own incomes from the comfort of home. Without all the expense and time it takes to set up a traditional business, individuals can build their own business without anything more than their desktop computer.

This is a world where everyone’s dreams seem possible. But what really are the basics of an online business?

Computer and the Internet:

Granted, this must be obvious to anyone considering an Internet based business, but definitely take a look at what you’re working with. You will be spending a lot of time with these basic tools. Having reliable service and equipment is essential to your business success.

Website:

Website development is not what it used to be. It could easily cost you $3000 - $10000 for a website in the not-so-distant past. Now there are free templates, user friendly interactive building tools, and lots of cheap services to help you out.

Traffic:

Become familiar with this term, it will take on a whole new meaning. In the ‘real’ world, traffic is a bad thing. For your online business, it is the life-blood. When potential customers visit your website, we call it Traffic. The methods of obtaining traffic are diverse and plentiful. Finding quality traffic is a level of marketing you will need to learn as you go.

Advertising:

This is the key element in obtaining your traffic. Many advertising techniques that were booming a few years ago are now ineffective if not downright a waste of time and money. Methods change very quickly on the Internet, and you need to stay informed. There are plenty of resources that provide quality information on the topic.

Automation:

The ‘buzz’ for online businesses is to be completely automated. There are a variety of ways to do this, but in essence you want to provide your product, service or information in a process that eliminates the need for your constant supervision. Allowing the customer to browse, select, purchase and receive their selections immediately. Depending on your business, some or all of these needs can be met. By planning your business in a manner that encompasses as many of these points as possible you will get ahead of the game.

Bringing your business ideas to the Internet can be a fruitful and inspiring process. However, just as in the offline world, businesses take time and effort to develop. Avoid being distracted by promises of ‘instant wealth’ and focus on creating a viable business that can change your future for the long term.

About The Author

Shannon Emmanuel is a freelance writer and Virtual Assistant. She has published dozens of articles about health, family and running a home business. Find out more at www.assistant-for-hire.com.

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