If you’ve ever wanted to start your own online business, you might be wondering what you should focus on first.
There are many things you’ll have to figure out when launching your business. However, the below three things specifically will play the biggest part in your success.
1) Business plan
Who are you going to sell to? Where are you going to sell? What products or services are you going to offer? What will be your core offering, and what will be the additional “up-sells” you have to maximize your profit per customer?
Understanding what you’re offering so you can break down your costs, how much you will sell for, and how you will market is important.
It will help you understand your market, build revenue projections etc.
Having a well designed, beautiful website tells potential customers that you take your appearance seriously.
In 2017, a company website is basically non-negotiable. Not only is it good for winning over customers. You can also sell directly to consumers by setting up an online store with WordPress.
Just keep in mind, you’ll need to find high quality web hosting and a domain for your website which will require a small upfront investment.
3) Seed capital
In order to pay for your website development (which is much cheaper than it used to be) and some marketing expenses like branding material or testing ads, you’ll need some initial capital to get started.
Realistically though, you only need $100 to prove a concept these days. You could set up a WordPress website yourself or pay someone $50 for a very basic landing page. Then put $50 into testing ads.
Once you prove your idea, of course you’d move into improving your website by getting a real design, and putting more money into (profitable) marketing!
It’s easier than ever to start an online business. All you need is some free time, an idea, and the above three things. With all of the web development and marketing tools at your disposal, you could be running and making money this weekend!
If you’re ready to pull the trigger and get started with your new online business, click here to find a web hosting package. At CanSpace, we offer a free domain on annual terms, so you just have to pay for hosting.
Click the link above to get started, and let’s make 2017 the year you launch!