Has anyone started an ecommerce site or other online business while still working your 9 to 5 job?
I would like to here what your experience has been...
Good question... It's called piggybacking. There is an
article at elance that discusses the process.
Here's a list of schools that have programs that may help...
The University of Arizona
The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina
University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
Real Estate Council of Ontario
University of Alaska Anchorage
Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa
Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada
TAFE SA South Australia
Dawson College Montreal, Canada
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, Toronto, Canada
Palomar College San Marcos, California
to name a few. Questions to ask...
1. Do you have instructor(s) that have created websites that rank in the top 3% (minimum) as judged by Alexa?
2. How can I avoid the "churn and burn" tactics used by many web hosting companies?
3. Can I make a good website without knowing all of the technical coding?
Top 3% of Alexa ranking doesn't really mean anything in regard to an ecommerce site. The website may not have sold a thing. or even be set up for e-commerce.
A better question to ask about the effectiveness of an e-commerce website would be How many visitors are required to generate $1000 of net profit?, or what percentage of visitors sign up to a mailing list, or some other useful indicator of the effectiveness of a website.
And you can easily avoid the churn and burn of hosting companies by selecting them on the basis of reliability and client satisfaction, instead of by how cheaply you can get an "unlimited" amount of everything.
Eric, you seem to be an expert. Thank you for your comments.
And you're right. Many people put the "cart before the horse".
What does that mean? Exactly...
...They build an ecommerce site before they have traffic. Background note: In the real world its location, location, location. However. in the internet world people are looking for INFORMATION, INFORMATION, INFORMATION. Logical, isn't it?
Here's more background information. It takes a minimum of six months to grow a website that may not have sold a thing. or even be set up for e-commerce. Doesn't mean it's not worth anything, it only tells you that it's young. An infant.
So, if I could find an instructor that could help me create a website that would rank in the top 3% as judged by Alexa within a reasonable amount of time, wouldn't that be of some value?
P.S. Find a good instructor. Save time.
I agree with what Fadyboy said in some of the comments, i have 8 websites up and running with a 9-5 which am giving soon and concentrating on my business in the beginning every thing seems like hard work but once you are up and running its easy and the other thing always help someone get to where you want to get, if you start your online business like that you will stay focused and not get disappointed.
Yes. I have created one two months back. I am in Gems and Jewelry business and running my company Vardhaman Gems from Jaipur, India. I have been working only offline and never had a web site.
I have started creating a web site as i found myself little less busy because of recession in overseas markets especially US and EU. I have not taken any technical support from any outsider and build it completely with my own knowledge.
I followed guidelines from Google and Yahoo and used my knowledge that I have acquired during my tenure in the trade. It is just two months' baby and have more than 400 back links.
I have got many online contacts which will pay me long life. I also got some business from my web store though negligible.
I'm setting up a couple of websites while running a 9-5.
1. is a mobile phone blog with affliate links.
2. is my own art on canvas. It's a drop shipping company so I never (in theory) see the finished art.
The first one is a test for a company my step brother owns.
The second is a test for a company my bro and I own.
Because I have a 9-5, I'm not fussed about how much I earn on the sites. The way I see it is anything is a bonus on top of my wages.
The biggest part of it is building the sites. As both sites will run on the .co.uk domain I'm planning on making both sites quality websites.
For those who don't know, .co.uk sites are the best in the world (yes I'm British but no bias) Ask Venture capitalists who build the best web sites. It's .co.uk
If you want to start your own site, first work out what your subject matter is. Then work out how to make the most money from it. Then research, then some more research, oh and you might want to research some more. Look at potential competitors sites (do NOT copy them) And make sure you do your own SEO. No company will be able to do your SEO as well as you can when your only starting out.
Most importantly though, keep your overheads to a minimum, the less you spend the more you make.
Here's what I think. If you're going to set up an e-commerce website, try to make it on something you actually believe and are willing to commit to make a good go at it. Having a rregular job and setting up this other business takes commitment and hardwork for it to be successful. If you believe in it and are enthusiastic, I believe you will succeed no matter what. Have enthusiasm, ask yourself why you want to do this and your answer has to be compelling enough to drive you to success.
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