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How to Start an Online Business

Updated on October 18, 2015

Starting an Online business

What's so great about starting a business on line? Because it's different than if you owned a little shop in your neighborhood.

Creating a business on line is endless, your store is open 24/7 and accessible to the whole world. Not just one small or large town.

An on line business, you don't have to keep inventory stocked. You don't have to get dressed or drive to your business.

Yes, you do have to put work and effort into it. No business will succeed if that's not happening.

I'm going to give you some pointers so you can start your business and be your own boss and I don't charge a penny.

To get started, you will need a computer and http://www.YOURdomain.com

Oh and a chair!

You'll need a good program to learn from

The Program I went through recommended and directed me to "Squidoo"

In order to learn something new you have to get some sort of training to learn all about it. And the Internet is a HUGE WORLD of information.

Just because you know how to read your Email, shop online, search on Google and use face book doesn't mean you will be able to start an Online business on your own/by yourself. You need a "GOOD" program to give you all the information in one place that can guide and direct you on your path to your success. Since there is a lot to know about and you just can't do it alone. Oh sure, you can try it alone but it will only be frustrating and take you longer than need be.

When I said "You'll need a good Program to learn from" I don't mean a computer program you can download.

I mean like SCHOOL!!...Except you do it at your own pace, no grading involved, no Quizzes or Tests and there are real people in the forums to help you. People like yourself. Some of them know a little more or a lot more and some know even less. All in all we all learn from each other.

Just like Each one Teach one.

The program will give you Tools that will benefit you to start your online business such as:

* How to make a website

* Website design

* Links so that you can earn commission

* How to find a Niche

* How to write articles ( you don't have to know how to be a writer?

* SEO ( search Engine Optimization)

* Back Linking

* How to get Traffic

* How to optimize Landing pages

* Live Video training

* Live Chat

* Forum

Once you feel you can do it completely on your own. Then just cancel.

Sign up with Blogger.com

Blogger.com is another good free website builder for you. It's different from Squidoo. Which one is better? I can't choose because I like them both. I use them both. You earn commission using " Google Adsense" thru Blogger. Build something in Blogger and link it together with Squidoo and Vice Versa.

I've added one of my Blogs here so you can see how it all works.

Be sure to take a look at it I've included the link Below.

Take a Look at My Website Store

I used Webstart.com and bought the domain name : RainbowSouffle.com

When a person buys from my "Rainbow Souffle" site they are buying the products from me directly.

The products are not sent via - Drop Ship, from another company. Although if you are interested in doing something like that it can be done too. Having your distributor drop-ship the products directly to your customers.

Where to get Pictures for your site

When building your Web Site you will want nice pictures and back grounds. Some sites charge a fee and some are free. You can also sign up and become an Affiliate for them. This is usually free since you are spreading the word for them. They will pay you for it too!

So where can they be found. The one I enjoy and use is 123rf.com just click on the pretty banner and it will take you right to it. Browse around and find some nice pictures to add to your Lens. Yes, of course I do earn a commission for sending you there. That's the Great thing about it. If you sign up and help them promote their lovely site, you to will begin earning money.

LinkShare has many Merchants to choose from such as Walmart, Best deals, Buy.com and 1000.00's more that want people like us to advertise for them. They offer links ( which you just copy and paste ) of their products that you can put onto your websites, pictures and banners. Thus gets you commission. .

Once you have signed up with them, start browsing around for the products that you would like to include into your site. What ever your niche is about. You don't have to buy any products yourself at any time, EVER. Special link codes will direct customers to that particular Company. the company will take the order and send the products to the customer.You get a commission.

Here are a few banners from just a few of the merchants that I use through LinkShare. I am adding them so you can see for yourself how they work. If you happen to order something through these links I will get a commission. Pretty easy, huh?

1. Petsmart .....

2. Drug Store.com.....

Those are just a few I don't want Squidoo to think I'm Spamming or anything. I just want to show you what the banners look like and if you click on them it will take you straight to their stores, all the while you make money by earning a commission. Each company pay's you a certain percentage. You will get what is called a " Link Code" which you just copy and paste into your website to advertise for that said company. Along with Banners there are also link codes for actual Products that you can copy and paste too.

It's much easier than standing in the street with a big sign saying "Shop at so and so".!

Don't you agree?

Maybe you are creative and can make things

Create a "WEB STORE"

In my many years of working outside the home, I have met many people. Lot's of them were creative with their hands. Let's start with that idea.

For instance: this one very lovely young lady worked as a payroll clerk in an office. She was getting married and decided to make all her own "Flower" arrangements since she on her own time loves making flower arrangements with fake flowers. She makes one or two a day here and there and just has them sitting around in a spare room in the house.

We got to talking one day and I suggested she take pictures of all her flower creativity's and start a "Web Store" for herself and sell them.

She was reluctant in doing so, since she had no idea how to even begin in creating a website. So we got together and she is now working diligently in preparing her store. I wish her much Success.

So, as you see take your creativity and show it to the world. You don't have to get a loan for a business, rent a building, hire employees.

You can do it just by sitting in your living room plucking on your lap top.

Register, Sign up with Everything you can

You will want to register and sign up with everything you can. Don't try to do it in One day! It takes time. In doing so you are " Building" many things for yourself. All of these things will eventually get put together by you.

Let me Explain it so you can understand it a little easier :

Say you are wanting to open a store downtown somewhere. You will most likely need a building, products to put in that building and shelves to display your products. Right?

This way, the Internet way : You need a Website and Products to display .

Got it???????

Therefore, everything I am telling you to sign up with eventually builds your "Web Site Store"

How to get your Business out to the Internet World to drive Traffic to your Website Store

Once you have Built your on line business

( Website) you will want to get it out to the great wide Internet World filled with an abundance of people that can come across your business.

In other words your wanting Traffic to your business. How do you do this? Social Networking.......You'll sign up at Socialmarker.com and place your sites link or links if you have more than one site, in each network. Social Marker has all of them but, you do have to sign up with each individually. This is somewhat time consuming so don't try to do it all in one day.

It is well worth it.

Sign up with "Socialmarker" and put your website link every where at one time.

* Propeller

* Stumble Upon

* Digg

* Slashdot

* Technorati

* Fetch

* Reddit

* Del.icio.us

* Tagza

* Plugim

I just listed a few but there are tons more in Social Marker.

Register with GOOGLE

You'll want to sign up/register with "Google". There are many products, tools and gadgets that will be beneficial to you later.

* i-google

* Google Ad-sense

* Blogger

* Feed burner

* Keyword tool

* Website

* G mail

* Google hangout. Now this is pretty Awesome. You can create a hang out with family, friends or business. Just invite them and you can hangout thru webcam.

What does your site look like on Mobile Phones? - Is it Mobile Friendly?

Once you have completed your Website you will eventually want to know what your sites content looks like on every ones Mobile phones.

Now a days people do everything from their phone. You will want them to be able to access your web store .

So you will be ahead of the game, I have included a link for you so that you can analyze your site and see how it works and looks on Mobile phones.

This Link will direct you to " Google's how to go mo"

To many Viruses on your computer?

Make sure you have a good Virus protector for your Computer

While surfing the internet as your trying to learn how to start your Internet business.

You can easily pick up bad viruses, Mal-ware, Ad-Ware, High - Jackers, Parasites, and Trojans.

You will need some protection for your computer.

Super Anti-Spyware worked great for me. I hope you like it as much as I do.

No, I do not get a commission for referring you to them. That is okay with me. Because it's not always about money. Helping people that need and want help is first important. I help you, you help me, we help someone else and we pass it forward, so on and so forth we grow together!

I wanted to tell you about " Superantispyware". I started off with the free version. Enjoyed it so much because it kept my computer and me safe that I went ahead and spent the few dollars ( $19.00) for the upgrade that would protect my computer even more. I paid the $19.00 one time and it is good for one year of protection. Let me tell you it is absolutely worth it.

Before using that product I tried McAffee, Panda Cloud, Avast and a couple more. None of them worked. I always ended up with a Virus of some kind of way or another.

Superantispyware catches the virus and let's you know you have one and stops it right then!!!!!!

You might want to check it out. You can start with the free version it does work an doesn't give you any pop ups to ask you to upgrade.

You can trust this.

Get a PayPal Account

Once you have finished creating your Store you will need to add shopping carts and accept credit card payments on your web site.You most certainly will want to sign up with PayPal for that.

If you already use PayPal for your purchases that you make over the internet then the next step is to sign up for their Money Making Products which is listed under the " Products & Services" category .

They offer many things that are FREE to you. You can start with those.

You can create your own PayPal buttons to put into your website for the products you are selling.

My PayPal Link

Here I have included my PayPal link so you can see how it works. You don't have to donate anything unless you would like to.

Where to get a Domain Name that's affordable

With Godaddy of course!

Whether you have your own website or you use sites like Blogger.com, Squidoo, etc you can still use go-daddy. Once you sign up You can take your Lens Link and convert it to your very own link.

For instance: Let's say your link in squidoo is : www.squidoo.com/blahblahgoody569ll.

Changed in godaddy to : www.blahblahgoody.com

Coverting it through go-daddy you can totally change it to the domain you picked. The slash ( / ) won't be in there either.

You can add as many sites as you have onto your account.

Don't just stop there, because you can also build and create a website with their service and get it hosted. Do it all in one place.

a) Website

b) Domain

c) Hosting

You choose the pay range that is best for you.

What else is there?

* Your http://www. site is your store.

* You have to build your store with products

* Advertise it to the World what you are selling

* Email your friends about your grand opening

* Social Networking is: Face book, Twitter, Blogging, etc.

Have you started your on-line Webstore Yet?

Ready to get Started?

See results

A Good Book

"Get Rich Click"

This book was written by "Marc Osterofsky" . He is well know for his record selling domain name "Business.com" which sold for $7.5million

which landed him in the Guinness Book World recordsTM as the most expensive domain ever sold.

His book has lot's of information to help you Make money on the Internet. Whether it be affiliate marketing or e-commerce.

Thank you for Stopping by

I wish you an Abundance of Wealth and Success with your Business!

Copyright 2008 Ramona Britman - All Rights Reserved

Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

There is a lot more information to list but this Lens is for you to get started on your business not to Overwhelm you. You will come across the rest as you learn. But the more I find out and do I will periodically add so be sure to keep checking back.

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      stephen777 5 years ago

      Yes this lens has helped me quite a bit. I definitely will be following many of the links in your excellent lens. Thank you.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Great lens with useful information. I will be bookmarking it for future use.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think you also need to know where to find good application support for when things go wrong, like inordinate amounts of traffic crashing certain viewable documents. Nothing frustrates customers more than having to deal with faulty businesses' computer programs.

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      SchwabBrett 4 years ago

      I found you in the search engine - great blog!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice introduction to the online marketing world, thanks.

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      ramonabeckbritman 4 years ago

      @SchwabBrett: Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      tremendous info, Ramona, thank you. I have saved it in 'favourites' so that I can slowly work through it & follow all your great advice. Just fantastic! :)

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      All good information of use to new and some experienced marketers alike.

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