Can You Really Earn Money with a Personal Website?
Know Something About Your Product and Have a Passion About It
First of all you need to know how to use a computer, you need a trusted source that will help you build your site that will provide an address and a working phone number. If they only provide a chat line and an email address you should ignore them. You want to compare prices and also determine what level of help that the web site host will give you. This is also included in the final pricing which could mislead you and end up cositng you hundredes of dollars before you even get started. Talk to people with experience and knowhow. Keep in mind that if you expect to get professional marketers to help you build and design your sight, you eather have a lot of money for capital or you are just doing this for a hobby. You want to determine what your intentions are such as just selling a few products to make money or you want to have your own business. In some cases you may just want to sell on Ebay or Amazon, two of the well known sites or other types of sites like this. The second thing you need to understand is that you don't need to get involved with sites that help you draw traffic because you don't have enough money to keep up with the big "dogs" like Wallmart, Kmart, JC Penney, LL Bean and the like. If you did you would not even consider going in to business to make money in this way. When you set up your site and your web address, google already has you in their search engine. So what you really need to do is find a product you really know about and have a passion for it. You want to put up a minimal amout of money that can get you started and have the gift of gab. You need to be outspoken and willing to do what it takes to get people to your website. Print posters, cards, Include information in emails to friends and family as well social sites. Many people and businesses are doing this. You may also want to us Twitter to relay facts and information to your followers. If you drive post a sign on your car if applicable in the city or town you live in. Some transportation services such as a taxi service will post your adds on their vehicles for a modest price. Once you've chosen your website provider be sure that you choose an sddress that is simple to remember but does not sound like a familliar big business and also accents your business and product or products. Choose a popular product that is somewhat inexpensive and easy to market. You should also determine where and how you will obtain these products. There are sites that will allow you to dropship products. This means that they will ship the products for you with a transaction fee and you will get the difference. This way you would not have to keep up with an inventory. Most sites require a membership fee. You may obtain your products through other sources. Read all of the fine print and know what you are getting into before you commit. Then you need to dertmine what you will sell. For example I would not sell electronics as it could get complicated because of rules that protect buyers. Also do some research. You need a merchants license, you need to know how state and federal taxes would apply, how often you need to report sells and what type of forms to apply for and if any documentation is needed. Now how will your customers pay for their products? You can use trusted sources such as Pay Pal, or Google Check Outs. You will not obtain business by check or money orders. If you are not willing to put hard work into it, research the information you need, promote the business and services you have to offer and be willing to accept falling below your expatations, and cannot stomach the possibilites of lost revenue or not making the money you expect and the possibility of failure, selling on your own website is not for you. Continue to seek help from publications, join forums to learn ideas from others with experiance, even go to siminars if feasible for you. You need drive, ambition, zest, and reslience to succeed in a business that is web based. As you grow and learn you will, at some point, be able to use more tools such as professional marketing to make your business a success. Most of all you must believe in yourself.