Started a business that solely exists on the internet is probably one of the easiest things you can do these days. The options are endless. You can offer goods and services through the internet and read people all over the world.
Basically, you just need an idea, some items, or a talent you can offer as a service. Many people work online as writers, photographers, crafters, artists, web designers, customer service reps, and even data entry specialists. Some of them still leave the home to mail items or take photos, but the majority, if not all of, the money they make is made by promoting their business or products online.
Get Startup Funds
The first thing you need to do when you have an idea for starting your own internet based business is to get the funds you’ll need to make it happen. If you need to make products you’ll need the supplies and means to make them. If you’re going to be a freelance writer you’ll need a desk and chair, and maybe a couple writing classes.
Funds will depend on your career option and they can come from numerous sources. If you don’t have the money saved up already you could consider getting a cash advance, or maybe a loan or apply for some grants. You might even want to do crowdfunding to earn some, if not all, of the money you need to get started.
Get A Good Computer
You’ll need a good computer and a fast internet connection. You want a computer that can hold and process all of the information you’ll be giving it, so something small and affordable like a notebook computer may not be the ideal option.
You may also want to have a printer or a three-in-one printing system that allows you to print, scan and copy. There are other office supplies you might consider, depending on your business idea, including a decent camera to take photos of your products.
Set Up Your Portfolio/Website
You’ll then want to set up your portfolio or website, depending on the type of business you’re doing. If you’re selling your art, photography, graphic design, or writing skills, a portfolio style site will work best for helping you reach new clients. You want to show off the work you’ve done.
If you’re selling completed products you may want a straightforward website with a photo gallery to show off your products. You also want to consider having a shopping card (no matter what you’re selling) so that people can have a safe shopping experience.
Finally, you’ll need to start marketing and networking. That means getting business cards into the hands of everyone you meet. That means talking to real people and business about using your services or supplying your products.
You also want to market online. Social media is one of the easiest and most far-reaching ways to do that!