If you’re ready to be in charge of your own destiny, but don’t have the capital to buy a franchise or open up a storefront, consider starting an online business. When your store is online, you can reach millions of customers instead of whoever happens to wander in – plus, you don’t have to pay for retail space. However, like with any business, you’ll need an excellent product and a solid marketing plan. See Step 1 to learn what it takes to start your business online.
Q. I am a land speculator/agent that helps to arrange for lease or purchase of properties. How can I do this online?
First you need to secure a domain name for your website. Then find a hosting service. You will want to create content for your website that is easily read and used by potential customers. If you have set prices for your services, it is best to be transparent about them. If your fees are individually based, then state that. Explain your expertise and success in the business on your “About” page. Be sure to have a “Contact” page with your information so clients can get in touch. Once your website is ready, all you have to do is market it.
Q. How do I start an online business if I do not have capital?
Try to find someone who trusts you and will give you their product on credit. You can offer some guarantee in return.
Another option if you are selling products rather than a service is to set up an account with a merchant site that charges
a small commission for each product sold.
Q. How can I get my presence in the online market noticed?
Advertise! Whether you pay for advertising or you trade advertising with related websites and blogs, or you use free search sites, the important thing to remember is to put in the time and keep track of what works. Search out other websites and blogs with similar content and leave comments with your contact info. There are services that will do all the marketing for you for a fee, but to start out, you can do the marketing yourself. Fiverr.com will advertise your website starting at $5.
Q. How many rupees does it cost to start an online business?
It all depends on your business and also on competitors in your business field.
Q. How can you get people to trust your business or your agency?
You give more value. If people see you’re a valuable person, they will trust you and your business.
Q. What can I do about the legal issues that may arise with things like copyrights?
Be aware of the copyright policies of each company you work with. Make sure to state your copyright policies on your website. Copyright Material and ideas as much as possible. When you find your information has been illegally copied and distributed take immediate action. Contact an attorney.
Q. Is this something you can do in India?
Yes, you can run an online business anywhere but you may have to use other hosting sites, domain register, etc.
Q. How can I sell my products?
You can sell your products in numerous ways.
1. Link your website on other similar sites, and in exchange, you link their website on your pages.
2. Look for free websites like Craigslist.org, local.com, Google+, etc.
3. Use all the social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin.com, or Google Hangouts. These sites give you a free account, then you search their site for people or business with similar interest and engage and follow those people. Be careful of the spam policies. This is free but time-consuming.
4. Pay for ads on Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
Q. Can I market a service or knowledge of a service?
Absolutely – you can market anything online. WHO you market to will be determined by your product – some services only work for local markets (i.e. alterations for clothing), but marketing internet services (website building and management) can be national and even international.