Don’t waste another day wondering how to create a website business. It’s really not that hard! If you are part of the Boomer era, computers can be a bit scary. But this doesn’t need to be the case. The world has changed a lot in the last 15 years and many parts of the computer have been streamlined. You no longer need to understand or be able to write computer code, yeah!!
You also don’t need to spend a small fortune paying someone to build a website for you as there are plenty of budget learning platforms if you are willing a ready to learn a new skill. This way you have absolute control over how your website looks and how you make money from it. If that is what you are looking for Let’s explore the journey.
What is your why?
You need to have a strong reason for creating a website business or you will give up the first time it gets complicated. There will be frustrations along the way and placing yourself within an online structure to support you, will make all the difference.
Whether you already have a local brick and mortar business that you want to expand online. Or you want a second income that you have control over, it is a lot simpler to create your website and run it yourself. The days of having a website builder who is always too busy to fix a small issue or spelling on your website are gone.
So Why do you want a website? This is a question that you need to go away and dwell on the answer. Keep in mind that creating, maintaining, and promoting on your website will take a certain amount of hours a week. You need to consider:
- Initial creation time
- Writing content
- Maintaining the general background of your website
- Creating promotions
- Answering business and other queries
We are all very busy with our work and our lives, so will a website business enrich your life? Will it bring you more money, more time, and expand what you have now? The immediate answer is, not when you are just setting it up but definitely in the future.
Initial Creation Time
If you have zero computer experience (perhaps you only check your emails online) then it still won’t take you long to get your head around building a website. You probably already have an idea for the theme of your website. Possibly, the business you are in right now (plumbing). Maybe a part of your job that you could do from home (nursing). Even a service that you can provide from your website (financial advice). Or even a hobby. Perhaps you paint or make wooden tables.
For instance, I’m a professional musician for over 40 years. So it was a no brainer to create a website to help other guitarist/singers. After spending 2 weeks researching online to find the cheapest, supportive, hosting, and learning platform, I selected Wealthy Affiliate.
Why this company? Two reasons. I couldn’t find a bad word about them in the reviews and I could try them out for free, no credit card needed. That showed how solid they were and I’ve enjoyed building my websites and knowledge with them. If you are looking than have a read here and I can help you personally to get started today to build your first ever website business. Need more information read on!
The lessons take you one step at a time through creating, writing, and maintaining your website. No guessing, just learning.
One of the skills you will learn is how to write content. The internet is like any other open market, you will be competing with all the other people in business in your niche. The more posts (articles or blogs) that you write that are informative and interesting, the more people who will come to your website. Then you will have the chance to promote your business and collect email names to create a mailing list.
Just as you keep the name and contact details of your customers now, you will collect email addresses to drip-feed promotions to interested buyers. There is an art in all of this but at Wealthy Affiliate, you will get plenty of lessons and free advice to help you build a healthy solid business.
Maintaining Your Website
When you first create a website there is a lot to learn. Choosing a Theme, deciding on the structure of your posts, understanding SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and deciding which Plugins to use. Does this all sound like gibberish to you? It did to me a year ago. What on earth is a widget? How do you use Google Analytics? Perhaps you know all about this, or maybe not. But you will have to learn how to check for security for your website. Update plugins, change the appearance of a page, add pictures (downsize the image) and so much more.
Please don’t throw your hands in the air as all this is covered in the tutorials in Wealthy Affiliate. You can ask the community, read up on other problems, and ask for help from our great technical support people or your mentor. There is always a way to get an answer to your problem and you have the world’s resources at your fingertips.
As you build out your website you will be learning and beginning to understand the simple steps to keep your website running smoothly.
In any business, you need to promote to get a sale. Internet business is no different but the way that you share with a customer is more organic. Most of us will go to our computers to find an answer to a problem, much as you are reading this post today. That is the first way that you attract a buyer. Offer a solution to a problem! By writing an interesting and informative post that will steer a person to resolving their issue you are building a relationship.
Internet businesses are run on trust and we all like to do business with someone we trust. Much in the way that we will ask a friend for a suggested trade person, your post will help and advise. Over time, you will gain that person’s trust and they will like what you are selling.
You can create a promotion for your business. Perhaps you are willing to give a prize for signing up or a free e-book that will help with the problem. You can have a post that explains the special deal you are offering. Then promote it through free social avenues like Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter, just to name a few. Perhaps you are willing to pay for advertisements. It will all depend on your budget.
Answering Email Queries
Much in the same way that you answer your business phone. Contacts are the lifeblood of your business. Through comments to the posts that you write and contact queries, you can talk to the people interested in your niche. All of your business contact is through the internet and it won’t take you long to get the hang of helping people. Like all new skills, it takes a little time to get used to allocating the time to converse with your potential customers but well worth the effort.
“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want,” Zig Zigler.
Your office is your computer and through this, you will have a direct link to people wanting your product or service. This is an exciting time to be a creative person. All the resources that you need are available now, today with just a click of a few keys.
Making it Happen
If you have read this far you are very interested in starting your own website business. Mostly fear is what stops us and some rational thinking, like how much will it cost? In a nutshell, hosting (having someone to host your website) is usually the most expensive cost, somewhere between $50 and $150 a month. But not all hosting sites are equal in value. Some also provide amazing training and technical support for the same cost of other hosting sites. Shop around and have a read of the reviews available for any company on the internet.
One bit of advice. If you are not willing to go through the learning process and are thinking of paying one of the advertised companies on the internet that promise to build your site and give you a business making your $$$ in a day, it’s a scam!!! Why would they build it for you if there wasn’t any money in it for them? Also, if they build it, they own it, not you.
No matter what you do in this world, there are people trying to make the quick buck, don’t be the patsy who falls for the slick sales spiel. Do your due diligence and dip a toe in where it won’t cost you anything to try. Knowledge is power.
If you have enjoyed this post or would like to have a chat please leave a comment and we can trade war stories. Always willing to help. Please share this around. It’s time for a coffee, enjoy the journey.