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How to start your own online business.

Getting started with an online business is simple if you have tools to get started. Actually a business can be up-and-running in a matter of minutes in most cases.

There’s nothing exciting about having an online business except the feeling of self accomplishment, “but” when that business starts to make money, the real excitement begins.

These three steps can help get you started with an online business (there’s more involved, but these will get your online business up and running by laying the foundation).

  1. Find a niche
  2. Build a website
  3. Do affiliate marketing

Once you have these items in place you are on your way. One thing to remember, it’s your business and you have the option to change anything at any time with your business.

 

Before we get started, let’s talk about the “niche”.

A niche is an idea, so find an idea for your business. It can be a passion or a love for something you’ve always wanted to do. The most successful sites have been built around a passion, reason being you don’t lose interest.

Your niche could be something you love to talk about, work with, or even something you have a lot of knowledge in. This way you are less likely to get bored plus you’ll have fun building your business.

Understanding the online business community is a must in building a business so researching a few questions on where and what to begin with is crucial.

The online business community is the best place to put your passion into action without going broke. Believe me money can be made with any niche, but works best when you love what you’re doing.

Once you have decided on an idea, you need to get a website theme setup for the business.  Some people say you don’t need a website, but I believe otherwise, the reason being that, it is your internet store to place your wares.

 

Finding the best website for your business.

Today most everyone is offering websites for free and you can find a great offer if a website is all you’re looking for.

If you’re experienced with the internet or website themes, the free sites work well, but for the inexperienced, you may need to seek out one that includes help or is more user-friendly.

Most free sites come complete with products ready-to-go but your benefit’s are small from this type of site. In order to have complete control of the business, you need a domain name, your own website and paid hosting. Having these you control and decide what to place on your site, plus you reap the full benefits from the business.

You can purchase a domain name from places like 1 & 1, Go Daddy, Namecheap and many more. The average cost to retain your domain is between $10-15.00  per year and must be renewed yearly. A website with a ” .com” ” .net” ” .org”  and so on will rank better in the search engines and getting a website ranked on page one is the goal of most online business owners.

Since being online I’ve found a great place to get a website that comes with the help needed for starting and running an online business. Wealthy Affiliate,is the name and it’s free to get started.

Their training is concentrated entirely on helping one achieve complete success from a zero knowledge base to a full blown online business plus you’re never obligated to join or purchase a thing. 

Unlike other businesses for the cost, wealthy affiliate offers the best hands on business training you’ll find online.

My experience tells me Wealthy Affiliate is the best place for starting your own ground-level business that truly makes you money and as a premium member, should you choose to move on; you’re free to leave and take your business.

 

Now that you have a niche and a website, let’s find a product.

There are thousands of companies selling products on the internet, which is a multi billion-dollar industry, and all  online business owners want a cut of the profits.

For that reason, we need products to advertise on our website. To promote items for a profit you must get permission from the company by becoming an affiliate.

You can find a number of ways to become an affiliate, but some of the best ways are to sign up with other internet sites like linkShare, ShareAsale, Commission Junction, Amazon or even Clickbank.

Run a search on Google or Bing for affiliate programs, then sign up directly with the company. However, note this, you must be an approved affiliate with these companies to collect any commissions.

At this point the business should be set up and ready to start making money without spending a dime, unless you purchased a domain name, (which I suggest not doing until you understand how this business works).

Most people who fail at this business are those who believe they know everything about the internet or quit before getting started. To succeed at this business, an investment of time and work must come first because no business will become successful without true dedication and work.