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Top 10 Questions When Starting an Online Business

Presented By: EJ Cooksey | 7/02/2008 12:40:00 AM

What are the reasons to begin an online business?

Many people begin online businesses for various reasons, ranging from needing more money to expanding a hobby so they can quit their day job. Whatever the reason, there are questions about starting an online business expressed by budding entrepreneurs.

Here are ten of those questions that rank among the top.

1. How do I get started?

You may have an idea but that is not going to get you on the Internet. An online presence is required to begin a business that uses the Internet as its base. People have to be able to see you.

2. What does it cost to begin an online business?

The costs depend on the service or product you are looking to sell to the public. If you possess the basic materials needed to get the business up and running, you could spend as little as a few hundred dollars to get started.

3. What equipment do I need?

First of all, you need to be sure that your computer is as up to date as possible to handle new applications. You will want to be able to manage your business at a speed that gets things done in the least amount of time.

4. How much time does it take to get set up?

That depends on your expertise in website design. You can go it alone or hire a company that does website set-up. By using easy to follow templates, you can set up your website in no time.

5. What name should I use?

Your name identifies you from everyone else. Doing a domain search will let you know whether the name you are thinking about is already taken or not.

6. Do I need a web host?

Every website needs a web host to manage it. When choosing a host, be sure that they can accommodate the bandwidth you will need for you site. If you plan to upload pictures, open a virtual store, play videos, and more, you will need a web host which can expand your space as you need it. Don’t just choose the cheapest host. Look for one which will meet your needs now and as your business grows.

7. How long will it take to make money?

That is up to you. In order for people to know that your services are available, write a detailed marketing plan so that once your website is up, you can begin implementing your plan.

8. Is website rank important?

It is very important. Most people including myself don’t look past the first page of results for a web search. You want your website to come up somewhere on that first page so you will get noticed.

9. How do I get the word out about my business?

Visit business forums, join associations pertaining to your business, and do a bit of social networking. There are many ways to get the word out if you are willing to work them.

10. How do I get paid?

For services, most businesses use PayPal. It is a way to set up a secure account that can be used to pay for services and receive money from clients and customers. Most people that do business online are familiar with PayPal. You can also set up your site to accept credit card payments.

If you’ve had these questions, you are not alone. Use the advice to get things going in your business.

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