Are you thinking about starting an online home based business from scratch but don’t really know how to precede? Well, then this article is for you! I have outlined seven steps to get your online home based business up and running in a matter of days or even hours.
Here you go…
2) Domain Name Since you are starting an online home based business it is obviously very important that you create an online presence for yourself and your business. So a website is an absolute must have. The first thing you need to do before you start building your website is to register a domain name. One of the best places for doing this is http://www.godaddy.com
So what should your domain name be? Well, I cant entirely answer that for you but I can tell you that you want to make sure that your domain name reflects what your business is. Too many people use their names, some cute name, or some other irrelevant domain do not do that unless it actually is reflective of your home based business!
3) Choosing a Web Host - If you don't have a way to host your domain/website, you won't be able to proceed with your online home based business. Yes, this is a very important step!
Here are a few things to look for when choosing a web host:
It is important to your business success to make sure visitors can see your site quickly. Part of this has to do with how fast your web-hosts servers are. Although there are a few other factors, server speeds are pretty darn important.
Web hosts should offer a variety of customer support options. These are typically toll free phone numbers, email support, frequently asked questions pages, live support, and help forums. Obviously the more support your host offers, the better it is for you if you ever need it.
Checking out the reliability of a service is also very important to your website and ultimately your online business success. Hosts usually have several backup systems in case something goes wrong with the main servers. They also can promise less "down time" by backup power systems. I wouldn't use a web host unless it has at least a 97% uptime guarantee.
My recommended web host that offers all of the above and more is ThirdSphereHosting and you can find them at: http://www.home-business-team.com/thirdsphereplus
6) Putting your business on autopilot This is big step in creating a successful online home based business because it keeps you from being completely consumed by it and actually allows you to enjoy your new found freedom.
One of the recipes to creating a successful online home based business is to automate as many things as possible. This will save yourself time to do things you do best and actually enjoy your business.
One of the best ways to do this is with an autoresponder. An autoresponder pretty much defines itself. It will automatically send out your emails at intervals that you set.
A great way to utilize autoresponders is to write up an e-course and/or a weekly newsletter, and then copy/paste those messages into your autoresponder, set the days you want your prospects to receive them, and voila it's on autopilot. You will want to have a form on your website for your visitors to subscribe to it. They will put in their name and email address and you will have a prospect to email to over and over again.
I have used many different autoresponders since I started my home based business and I can tell you without a doubt that my favorite is Aweber. I use them to this day and highly recommend them. You can find them at: http://www.aweber.com/?202740
7) Automating the sales process The last thing you need to do to get your online home based business up and going is to setup your ordering process, so visitors to your website can buy whatever product you are selling.
The very first, and most common way people sell digital products, like ebooks and software, from their sites, is to use a 3rd party merchant called clickbank.
You can find them at http://www.ClickBank.com
Setting up an account with them is pretty darn easy to do and is quite a bit cheaper than getting a merchant account for your self. Just follow their instructions. They are well known and respected so you should feel safe with them.
Trent Brownrigg is a successful internet marketer and home business mentor. Visit his Home Based Business Opportunity website at http://www.home-business-team.com and he will personally help you succeed with your own home business. Please subscribe to his Biz Tips Newsletter by sending a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Article Submitted On: June 24, 2005
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