Have you thought about starting your own business, but are not sure where to start? If so, this page is for you! Almost all businesses have an online presence today. Here at Inspire Your Startup, we want to help you start and grow your online business. The internet is filled with information on how to start a business, often with get rich quick promises. If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it.
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Why Inspire Your Startup – I have built websites, ecommerce sites and blogs; it has become a great passion of mine! It was not easy at first, it was very discouraging for years while I struggled; learning to code on a shoestring budget, building an audience without marketing dollars, and monetizing a blog and converting visitors to paying customers.
If you can relate and are struggling to grow your online business, here’s how I can help:
- simplify and prioritize your efforts,
- provide step by step guides,
- source, test and recommend tools to automate, improve and grow your business, and
- highlight common risks, and pitfalls to be avoided.
If you ever have a question about starting your own business, please feel free to email me directly.
Common Types of Online Business
While there are thousands of online business doing all kinds of things, the two most common types to get started are:
- Blogging or Content Marketing, and
- Ecommerce (selling physical products).
Further Reading: 6 Questions to Determine if E-commerce of Blogging is Right for You?
Blogging can be started for free or a very small investment. Free blogging options such as wordpress.com, allow you to be up and running within minutes. Enter you email, create a username, site address and password and you are set to go. A free option like this will give you limited options down the road, when it comes to customizing your blog and monetizing, but it is a great way to get your toes wet.
Self-hosted sites have gotten much easier with hosting companies offering 1-click wordpress install. This is a great option that will give you an extremely powerful platform to build your online business now and grow down the road. Hostgator, (this is the host that we use) has plans starting at just $5.56 a month (as of Aug 2015).
Step By Step Guide: Starting a Blog
Starting an e-commerce store can be done with a small $5 investment at a local garage sale and then turn around and sell it on eBay. Or you can spend tens of thousands of dollars if you build a custom e-commerce site or invest in manufacturing your own product line.
A happy middle ground is using an e-commerce solution from Shopify. They have plans that range from $9 a month for their lite solution, up to $179 a month for their unlimted product (as of Aug 2015). They even offer a free 30 day trial, so that you have time to get you store up and running before you have to pay. Combine these prices, with a small investment in a great product, and you have an operating e-commerce store with a limited investment.
Step By Step Guide: Starting an Ecommerce Store
Realities of Starting an Online Business
- Starting an online business requires a lot of really hard work and you will NOT get rich quick.
- It takes a lot of time to create a profitable online business
- With hard work, good decisions and a idea, it is possible to create a profitable online business to replace your income.
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Thank you and look forward to working with you.
Jon – Founder of Inspire Your Startup