Start a Business Online Today

Like many, my desire to start a business online was one born out of necessity. After years as a struggling single parent, I became an expert at making rice, spring onions, garlic and bacon go a long way. Times were hard, despite receiving support from family and friends. That’s when I decided to start my own business working from home. A logical step in my mind at least. However, I was ill-prepared for the long and arduous journey I was about to take.

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You see I had zero experience as a business owner and zero experience on how to start a business online. But I knew I had to do something to improve our lot in life. What I did have was previous experience in administrative and secretarial roles. I decided to capitalise on those skills and so began my journey. First, I tried my hand as a Virtual Assistant but the nature of it did not gel with me.

Not to be deterred, I completed a resume writing course and found it was the perfect fit for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I knew that at the heart of every job seeker was the basic need to support themselves and their families, which resonated with me.

Soon after, I began helping hundreds of job seekers achieve their career goals, with many becoming repeat customers. My only downfall was that I could not bring in a steady flow of new clients due to poor online marketing efforts. I did not have much money and what I did have I lost on traditional marketing and advertising.

I tried so many different things including:

  • Free templates – and as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for” 
  • A WIX site – gorgeous but lacking substance 
  • A WordPress site – more hassle then it’s worth 
  • Thousands of dollars towards traditional advertising i.e., yellow pages, newspapers, business mags etc 
  • Membership in many different online directories (some free, some paid for) 
  • And the most painful of all, I took out a loan to hire a so-called local ‘expert’.

All very time consuming and at times very costly.

What I learnt from all this was:

  1. You need a website that focuses on building organic traffic in the long-term i.e., SEO/SEM.
  2. You need to combine several different marketing tactics to get your business name out there as much as possible i.e., social media, online memberships, directories, pay-per-click etc.
  3. Plan but don’t wait for perfection before you begin – just do it. It will never be perfect. Just remember it is a work in progress and you will make mistakes – lots of them.

If you can find a great web developer/designer that can guarantee results and you are willing to pay for it, that’s up to you. I tried that and got seriously burnt. So that’s when I decided to try building my own site – again!  Thank goodness for SiteSell otherwise known as Solo Build It (SBI).

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You Can Start a Business Online Using SBI!

Don’t get me wrong. Not only will you have to do a lot of work writing content, uploading your own pages etc. but you will have to get your head around everything else that you need to learn to start a business online, i.e. taxes, legalities, insurance - the list goes on. But with SBI all the technical "online" stuff is already built in or, at the very least, available to you. You will be in FULL control of the whole process and the results.

And bonus: it’s so easy on the finances. I have heard others who advocate that WordPress, Wix, Weebly are much cheaper options. They criticise SBI, saying the price ($29.99USD a month or $299USD per year) is too much. But what they don’t understand is that everything is included with SBI i.e. research, planning, domain name and hosting, metrics, security, excellent support, SEO - and much more. And you can try risk-free for 90 days. I reckon it proves to be a very affordable option.

I had to go through a lot of wasted years to get where I am now, so if you want to start a business online, please don’t let that be you. Learn from my experience and save yourself a lot of time, effort, money and heartache.

To your success, 
Sharron x

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