7 Steps to an Online Home Based Business
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7 Steps to an Online Home Based Business
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=85
1) Defining Your Reasoning - Why do you want to start an
online home based business? Write down all the reasons for
why you want to start an online business. Here are a few of
the more common reasons: financial freedom, luxury
vacations, more time with family, new car, new house, money
for college, etc=85
Once you have written down as many things as you can think
of for why you want to start your own online home based
business then pick the best one that applies most to you.
This is what you will use as your "reason" from now on. Now
write this one reason on a separate piece of paper and post
it everywhere so you will see it many times per day. This
will keep you driven and focused on your dreams.
2) Domain Name =96 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
So what should your domain name be? Well, I can't 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=85 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
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
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
My recommended web host that offers all of the above and
more is ThirdSphereHosting and you can find them at:
4) Building Your Site =96 This will most likely be an ongoing
task for as long as you have your home based business.
However, just to get something up and going at first here
are some pointers=85
* Keep your text relevant to what you are offering.
* Do not stuff keywords in to your text.
* Do not put banners on your home page.
* Always have a catchy headline.
* Keep the site clean looking and easy to read.
* Dark text on light background is always best.
* Let your visitors know what you can do for them.
* Make navigation very simple for visitors.
There are many more rules of website design but those are
some of the basic ones that you need to worry about for now.
This step is something you will always be keeping up on.
Make sure you continue to learn, tweak, test, and build your
5) Uploading files to your site =96 So you have built a few
pages for your new site, now what do you do? Well, you have
to upload them to your web host. Typically this will be done
using "FTP". Now you are probably thinking, "What the heck
is that?" Well, don't worry about all the technical stuff.
In simple terms it is a way to get the files, or pages, that
you just built onto your website and "live" to the world.
You can just ask your web host for your FTP information or
do some searching around the frequently asked questions in
your control panel and you should be able to find this out
fairly easily. Once you do it is simply a matter of putting
in the information into an FTP client and watching it upload
to your web site.
6) Putting your business on autopilot =96 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
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=85 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:
7) Automating the sales process =96 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 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.
Alrighty, that's all there is to it. Seven steps to getting
your new online home based business set up and going strong.
I will admit that for the complete beginner it may not be as
easy as it sounds but it is not rocket science either. You
could honestly have all this done in just a day or two. Do
some reading, learning, a little bit of guessing and jump
right in. Your online home based business will take be up
and running before you know it.
If you have any questions I will be happy to help. You can
find a link to contact me at the bottom of my website (see
resource box below).
About the author:
Trent Brownrigg is a successful internet marketer and home
business mentor. Visit his <a
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and he will personally help you succeed with your own home
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