How to Start Your Own Online Business

The Internet has leveled the playing field for all and makes it much easier for anyone to start their own online business. But where do you start?

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Your Business Plan

If you have made the decision to start an online business, you probably already have a business idea but will need to do some research to access the viability of your idea. Some important areas of research are:

  • Is there a need for your product or service?
  • Who is your target market?
  • Who are your competitors?
  • What makes your business different than your competitors?

It is better to do your research before embarking on launching a business so that you don’t spend your time and money on a business idea that won’t be successful.…

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4 Simple Hacks for Your SME to ‘Go Digital’

Having a digital presence in 2018 is essential for any company that wants a lucrative slice of the global online marketplace.

But for smaller firms with limited budgets, marketing effectively can be challenging — and owners who aren’t ‘digital natives’ completely at ease with the latest technology can find the process bamboozling.

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So if you’re a small business owner taking your first tentative steps into the sphere, here are four simple hacks for your SME to ‘go digital’.

Google My business

Google is gargantuan, but you don’t need to spend big bucks to have a presence there.

Google My Business is probably the world’s most powerful local directory — and you can grab your own page for free, and a spot in Google’s influential local three-pack results, after a brief verification process.…

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Why Virtual Phone Number is a Must-Have for an Online Business

The idea of a business phone number without any physical lines attached to it is a relative new one. In days gone by, a business would have to pay their local landline provider a premium for access to unlimited long distance, and shell out thousands in initial costs for multi-line phones, IVR equipment and software, and other physical infrastructure needed to answer incoming calls.

Using a virtual phone number

Now, everything can be done on the Internet, using a virtual phone number that routes calls to whatever device you want to use when calls come in, to any member of your team that’s available to take the call.…

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15 Online Businesses You Can Start Today Without Any Investment

You would be surprised some of the simple business ideas that can bring in a decent sized paycheck. If you have access to the internet, you have the ability to make money even from your own home.

Online business ideas with minimal investments

Depending on your qualifications, the possibilities may vary. Nonetheless, a little ingenuity can go a long way in today’s internet age.

Keep in mind, some of these ideas may or may not work for you. Some ideas will require certain educational requirements, so see what you are interested in and what meets yours qualifications.

1. App development

You can create apps or help develop them at home or anywhere, all you need is your trusty computer.…

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5 Plus Tactics to Scale Your Online Store

The future of online shopping is very bright indeed. It’s believed that global ecommerce sales will exceed $2 trillion in 2017. Of the some 20 million online stores that are now considered to be actively selling products and services worldwide, it’s believed there are only a paltry 650,000 that make more than a thousand bucks a year.

Online shop

Depending on your outlook, maybe those few who do make money are lucky. That’s very unlikely though. The smarter bet is that far too many people started their site in the hopes of a passive money making venture, then soon realized there was a lot of actual thought and work that goes into maintaining a successful online storefront.…

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5 Reasons You Should Be Taking Your Small Business Online

How can you as a localized small business owner, combat the growing online purchase market? Opening your own online store should be an option for you to consider. Providing the ability for your customers to shop online and either pick up directly from you or have it delivered locally will earn you more of your local market.

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So, why should you take your business online?

It’s not that hard

There are an amazing number of tools already developed for you to use to build your online store. Shopify, Big Commerce, Weebly, and Square are just a few of the companies that have pre-built packages to help you get started.…

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Taking your Business Online? What You Need to Consider

If you’ve finally made the decision to take your business online, then you’re doing the right thing. Today technology dominates our lives and more and more people head to websites and apps to purchase items or use different services – so if you’re not tapping into this market, you’re missing out.

Online business presence

There are a few things though that you should consider first before you put your sites and apps live. To help point you in the right direction then, in this post you can find out a few useful steps to take.

Usability of your Website

Your website will be the focal point of your online presence and as such it should be easy to navigate, be clear, styled appropriately for your business and not slow to load.…

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3 Tips for Opening Your First Store Location to Accompany an Online Business

Many businesses who started out as purely online business are now branching out and trying their hand at opening physical locations to accompany their already successful online business. However, just because you’ve found success online doesn’t mean that opening your first brick and mortar store is going to be a walk in the park for you.

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To help you make this transition a little easier on yourself as the business owner and on your company in general, here are three tips for opening a physical store as an extension of an online business.

Integration

Although your brick and mortar store is meant to be merely a physical manifestation of your online store, it can be difficult to figure out how to integrate these two into one consistent being.…

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