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Starting A Small Business Online

Have you noticed most people are purchasing more of their daily necessities online? Well, I have. It’s really not as big a surprise as it will be in the next 2 – 3 years when EVERYTHING will be bought on the internet. Trust me, I’ve been learning about it for the last 6 years and I’m finally ready to take my businesses and submerge it in the online world.

Why, because I believe there are more people who are looking for services, want services, and who feel more comfortable purchasing them online from the comfort of their own home? So, I’m going to take this journey and get in the game. I thought since I’m learning that I’ll share with some of you who may want to elevate the function of your website, or begin an online store etc.

Get started.

It’s an opportunity for you to get great resources, and begin offering your business services the world. I see too many people struggling in the economy, and it doesn’t have to be that way. So, stick with me and I’ll share with you what I find. I’ll bring you quality products that I’ve already tested, believe in, that are simple and worth the investment. It will save you plenty of time, while helping you become a successful marketing agent for your enterprise. Best of all, as I grow you’ll grow. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter in order to gain insights and notices when something is HOT!

For starters, lets start with a domain name for your website or blog. If you’ve had a business idea for a while, but don’t have a website or know where to begin you would need to start out by purchasing a domain name I like to use GODaddy.com A domain name is required to locate your website on the worldwide web.

Creating a website.
When purchasing your domain name you want to make sure it’s something everyone can find. Don’t use acronyms that reminds people of something else, because it will make it difficult to find i.e.…www.omg.com. Now, you might know what that means, but to everyone else it looks like OH MY GOODNESS.COM. Confusing right? So, choose something like www.getfitwithJ.com, or www.simplymilitary.com, or your business name.

Make it a simple name to remember. If it’s a personal website, use your name. That way nobody will be able to forget “YOURNAME.com” when you refer to your website. A domain simply identifies the place you want them to go to learn more (example my blog is: www.sistahsjourney.com). I suggest that you purchase your domain for a minimum of two years (I’ve purchased my domains sometimes as long as 10 years). Also, the longer period of time you purchase it, the more money you’ll save. Just make sure you really like the name, and it’s relevant to your product.

Be sure to make a note of where you purchased it, with whom, your login, and the expiration date. Why? You’ll need to remember its expiration date. If you don’t, it will expire and you can lose all of your website material (trust me, you don’t want to do that). Next, you’re going to need somewhere to host your identifier (domain name). This will be called the host. Hosting service is usually purchased by the month or year. It too can be purchased additional years. Here are is one I like to use Hostgator.com If you purchase the baby plan you should be fine. This is normally in addition to your domain name cost, but some hosting companies may charge you only for the domain name, and hosting will be free Check out ipage.com

If you’re going to be offering services or products, when ordering the hosting, you will want to purchase a SSL certificate to provide a secured site for check out. In this day and age it’s important that your customers are comfortable using an online portal that is safe. It too can be purchased annually. To select the type of website you’d like to have you can purchase what is called a Theme. Each one has a different design, and can be configured to your custom needs. Go to Elegant Themes.

**A word of wisdom, if you are not building your site, do not allow someone else to purchase your domain and hosting. If you do, you’ll give up complete control and may not get access back if there ever is confusion. Also, if you give them the password and access, make sure you know how to change it. This can be done internally within your hosting portal. Always have control and access to the back end of your domain, and hosting. This advice is worth its weight in GOLD!

I’ve put together an additional list of things that any entrepreneur may need, and I will share them as you grow. I hope this was helpful, and will get you going for the new year. Be sure to stay connected!

Until next time,

SISTAH Sig. Black

Have you noticed most people are purchasing more of their daily necessities online? Well, I have. It’s really not as big a surprise as it will be in the next 2 – 3 years when EVERYTHING will be bought on the internet. Trust me, I’ve been learning about it for the last 6 years and …

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