The Beginner’s Guide to Starting an Online Business

Today we’d like to present a guide for the budding entrepreneur who’s not exactly sure where to start.  There are a lot of things that you need to do in order to start an online business, to be sure,  but there are scarce resources for telling you what they are.  This guide will help you to get started and, with that in mind, we hope you find it useful and a good read. Enjoy!

First things first, you need to focus on what’s truly important when you start your new online business. One of the top things you need to do is simply this; take action.  In the beginning it’s easy to get lost in all of the tasks that you need to accomplish and end up getting nothing done at all.

Don’t get caught in the paper chase.  Hey, it’s an onlinebusiness. Do you really need a letterhead, business cards and brochures printed?  Maybe in the future but certainly not now so don’t get them until it’s absolutely necessary.  Save your money to invest in the business and,  if you meet someone in the ‘real’ world, do it the old fashioned way and write their email down on a napkin or other piece of paper.  Just make sure to follow up ASAP.

While it’s OK to save money on some things educating yourself shouldn’t be one of them.  If you’re going to become an expert at something you will sometimes need to spend money to learn the trade.  The internet is no different.  If you want to make a living as a Blogger buy an eBook about it from an expert.  The same goes for affiliate marketing, eBay selling and everything else.  Spend money on your business education now and it will pay of down the road.

While we’re on the subject of education, one of the most vital things that you need to learn is marketing. Whether online or offline once you know how to market a product or service you can do it from anywhere with just a few tweaks and changes.

Education doesn’t have to come from an eBook or a seminar either.  If you know someone who is successful online ask them for their help, their advice and their expertise.  Yes you may feel a little embarrassed to need help but I’d rather be a little embarrassed and successful than broke and quiet. The truth is, many people will gladly give you their time and advice if only you just ask.  Most people love talking about what they do, especially to others who are keenly interested in listening.

By the way, if and when you ask for help by email make sure to follow the ‘5 sentence’ rule and keep your query to no more than 5 brief, concise and understandable sentences.  You’ll be much more likely to get a response if you do.

Finally get out into the community and let people know who you are and what you do. (Even if you don’t have cards.) The more people you meet and mingle with in the ‘real’ world the more successful you’ll be online. Good luck!


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