How to Start a Small Business Online

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There is a proven sequence of steps you can follow to guarantee your success when you're starting a small business online. I've seen thousands of people start and grow successful businesses by doing the following: Find a need and fill it.Write copy that sells.Design and build an easy-to-use website.Use search engines to drive traffic to your site.Establish an expert reputation for yourself.Follow up with your customers and subscribers with email.Increase your income through back-end sales and upselling.Anyone, from newbie to seasoned online entrepreneur, can benefit from this process in learning how to start a business online. Related: 10 Online Invoicing Services for Small-Business Owners Step 1: Find a need and fill it.Most people who are just starting out make the mistake of looking for a product first, and a market second. To boost your chances of success, start with a market. The trick is to find a group of..

7 Realistic Ways to Make Money Online

February 6, 2019 14 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you're looking to make some fast cash, or you're after long-term, more sustainable income-producing results, there are certainly ways you can make money online today. The truth is that making money online isn't as difficult as most make it out to seem. It does require some discipline. However, if you're looking for realistic ways you can start earning money online now, then it really truly does boil down to seven paths you can take towards profit. Some will provide you with immediate results, helping you to address your basic monthly necessities such as rent, utilities and groceries, while others have the potential to transform your life by revolutionizing your finances in the long term. No matter what method you select for generating your online income, there's one very important thing to understand. Money can be earned and spent, save..

You Can’t Build Your Business on Bartering and Free Information

February 4, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s common to bootstrap when you’re starting out in entrepreneurship. When you don’t have disposable revenue, you work with what you have. You might offer a barter arrangement with another entrepreneur who has a strategy or tool that can help your business grow. You offer what your business does in exchange for the service or tool you’re seeking. Value for value. You’ll also take free training that’s offered online. The internet and social media have created an opportunity for entrepreneurs to read blogs, listen to podcasts, watch instructional videos, attend webinars and participate in free local Meetup training. All of the mediums present learning moments for parts or direct strategy that helps grow your business. As entrepreneurs grow their business, they may barter and take free training. However, there comes a point where you should grow past relying on these two..

2 Ways to Make Money Online This Month

January 28, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ecommerce sales are expected to hit $4.88 trillion dollars by 2021 according to Statista. As of 2015, it’s estimated that 3.2 billion people use the internet every day according to Time Magazine. In the United States, 196 million people use social media every day according to Statista. The opportunity online is great for entrepreneurs with billions of users on the web. Entrepreneurs can grow their business and generate revenue online in as many as 21 different ways and streams. There is a wealth of content about making money online. You have probably read articles about creating courses, coaching, selling digital information products and offering services online. Today I'd like to share two non-traditional ways to make money online that you can add to your business this month. Use these to grow your revenue. Related: Why Search Engine Optimization Is the Key to Ma..

Did You Do All You Could to Prepare Your Online Company for This Peak...

December 17, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Traditionally, preparing for the holiday rush has meant sprucing up your store's front window, stocking up on inventory and bringing on seasonal staff to handle the throng of customers that begins in mid-November and doesn't let up until after Christmas. Related: Apps to Supercharge Your Ecommerce Site for the Holiday Season But because today’s retail industry is a patchwork of ecommerce storefronts, brick-and-mortar stores and massive online retailers like Amazon and Walmart, preparing for the current era's holiday rush looks radically different. And it should. Total holiday online sales, according to Shopify, jumped from $94.4 billion in 2016 to $101.8 billion last year, and this year’s numbers are expected to be the highest we've ever seen. Modern consumers expect a shopping experience that’s easy, fast and convenient. So businesses need to go far..