You've been thinking about it for a while. You are ready to take the bull by the horns and start being your own boss! Congratulations!! Now you wonder...what's next? What do I need to do to get this going!! Well, you've come to the right place. In this article we'll briefly go over the basic steps needed to get your future off the ground!
Name your biz: One of the most crucial things you can do is to think of the perfect name for your business. A name that will stand out and represent what you're trying to sell. Once you think of a name or two (preferably a few, and you'll see why), you need to do your research to be sure that name isn't already in use. You can use a domain checker on a site like Go Daddy to see if what you want is available.
Purchase a domain name: So we've discussed a business name and seeing if the name is available as a domain. Next you'll want to purchase said domain (once you've totally did your research). There are many places to purchase a domain from. Go Daddy is the biggest. Most web hosts offer domain purchases there as well.
Web Hosting: Essentially, a web host is like a garage. You park your car in the garage and it protects the car. A web hosting is the place where your site will be held and looked after. There are many many web hosts out there. Do your research. Search through their packages. Find the best that will fit your business and what you need from the host.
Web Design: A good way to ensure your site stands out from the crowd is via the look of your site. Web design has become big business and there are so many options out there for online stores and the like. It really is a great great thing. So, go out and look for some templates that you like. See what would work for you. They also do a lot of custom work if you have something particular in mind.
You'll also want to make sure the design works with the kind of cart or script that your site will be based on. Be sure you tell them what you have before the design process starts.
Logo: Another way to set yourself apart is a nice logo. You'll want something clean yet elegant. Nothing too fussy or mess. Just keep it simple. And the folks who design your site can also design you a logo as well!
Those are the first basics you'll need. If you are unsure about how to set things up on your page, you may want to seek out a professional that can help you get things set up and ready to go. They are out there and if you're willing to pay, it may be the best way to go! Or you can have a go yourself. You may be surprised what you can accomplish!!!
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