How to Create an Online Business

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It’s a new year and the start of a new decade and time to make a better future.

How do you do that? By creating an online business.

Time to make the future you want.

You don’t change things by doing what you’ve always done. So now it’s time to change that, to create the future you have dreamed of.

How can you do that?

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Can I learn how to create an online business?

First you need to learn how.

There are ways to learn for free with many You Tube videos on the subject as well as blogs. There are also websites offering free online courses if you Google it.

These of course are limited in the amount of information they give you as many are selling more extensive courses themselves.

That route can take a while as you piece together the different amounts of information.

I tried this way but it always felt as though something was missing. Which is certainly not helpful.

How can I afford a good course?

There are always ways to save cash once you decide you want to invest in yourself and your future.

Do you pay for TV subscriptions? How much do you pay and do you need them all?

Do you eat out or have Takeaways? How about coffee on your way to work? Make savings on lunch and take your food from home and use refillable water bottles.

You can shop around to reduce your utility bills.

Shop around to cut back on food bills. Do click and collect rather than pay a delivery charge.

You don’t have spare time.

When you work full time, it’s easy to instantly dismiss the idea of doing extra work at home but it’s how many successful entrepreneurs started out.

So think about it.

Do you play games online, on a console? Do you watch television programmes, films, box sets?

Do you see where I am going with this?

If you want to build a better future then you need to make changes. Instead of slouching in front of a screen dozing, why not put that time to good use in front of a screen that has you wide awake and keen to do more?

What would I do?

Training. Running up steps.

Training!

No, not that sort of training, though the word does make me think of running in particular and being pushed to the limit.

Though if you sit all day a bit of walking or running is not a bad way to have a break.

I mean a different sort of training.

Learning how to build a website, how to find a niche, to master SEO, Keywords, blogging, social media and more.

Training that seems endless, tough at times but is exciting too.

Building a basic first website is fun and gives a massive sense of achievement.

What is a niche?

Is a small part of a wider subject. Such as Health. This is a large subject so you narrow it down to something you are interested in.

Some examples of this one subject.

* Health & Beauty Aids Retail
* Health & Diet Foods Retail
* Health & Medicine
* Health & Wellness Programs
* Health Aids
* Health and Beauty
* Health Associations
* Health Care Plans
* Health Care Professionals
* Health Care Providers
* Health Clubs
* Health Food Stores
* Health Spas
* Healthy Gut
* Hearing Aid Audiologists
* Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices Retail
* Heart Disease

There are, of course, hundreds of possibles niches covering a wide variety of subjects.

What is SEO?

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation.

Basically how to get the search engines to see your blog posts and rank them.

The higher the ranking the more your posts and site gets seen by people searching for what you are writing about.

 

What are Keywords?

The particular words and phrases that people use when they are searching for a subject they want to know about. Using the right ones help your posts move up the ranks to get seen.

Think about when you do an online search. The better the words you put in, the more descriptive, the better the results. Keywords give good results from both sides.

What is blogging?

Writing a blog post or an article which is more commonly known as content to those that have a website and blog.  You write information about your niche, solving problems, writing reviews and anything else relevant to your subject.. To do that you need to do research, check facts, create good post titles and find good keywords.

Many think of blogging as writing something fun, perhaps about your day, adding some pictures and that’s it done. This is unbelievably far from the truth. Well it is when you are blogging for a business. 1 post can take many hours to create.

Read article writing tips HERE!

Social Media

social media

Not the sort of social media where you keep in contact with family and friends but business social media.

You need accounts with the main platforms to share your blog posts and create posts that interest people so they become followers.

Followers are important as through them your work gets a wider audience. When people like, share or  comment on your posts, they then get seen by others from their circles too.

Social media has an important part to play in running any online business. It’s not enough enough to have a business, you also need customers. That means you need to advertise your site, blog posts and anything you sell or items you recommend that your customers might need or are searching for.

It can help with reaching potential followers of your site and the all important traffic, while you are building your content and rising in the ranks of search engines.

 

How soon would I be earning?

That is a question that comes up a lot as you can imagine. Especially as many watch videos for ‘systems’ that promise fast set up and money coming in within hours or a few days. Then just a couple of hours a week to keep it going.

Many people have been caught out with these.

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Well the one I recommend doesn’t work like that.

It teaches you the basics then moves on to the more in depth training to help you build a business that will last and grow. It’s focussed on building a good solid foundation that can continue to grow well into the future.

The official training is excellent and very extensive and there is also an endless amount of training available from members you have been on the site for years.

Some have started earning small amounts after a few months, others have taken longer. It all depends on the amount of time you have to give to your fledgling business and how much effort you are willing to put in.

Have I earned anything yet? Small amounts which are nice and shows the training works but I didn’t expect more or even that just yet as other commitments reduce the time I have available. I do however spend every spare minute I have on it.

So what is my recommendation?

Wealthy Affiliate!

wealthy affiliate starter membership

It is a hosting platform that as well as offering training and offers you hosting on up to 50 websites, 25 domain and 25 non domain.

The site support is excellent, responds promptly and solves minor problems instantly, difficult mostly within an hour or two and the impossible takes a bit longer.

There is a very large supportive community, that is always available and very inspiring.

They offer a free starter membership to look around, have a go at building a website and doing some basic training, which I was impressed with when I started. It made me take the next step, which was signing up for a month of Premium membership, which costs $49 or £37.44p.

That gives you the chance to examine what else is on offer and check out the premium training.

For me, after a week, I knew this was what I wanted and where I wanted to build my business.

I always recommend that you try the free membership first.

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Think you can’t do it?

I say you can! If at 64 I can learn this while running a small crafting business, running a home and caring for grandchildren, then you definitely can. It’s all about attitude and believing in yourself.

Try it for free and see what you think. You lose nothing by looking. Then if you like what you see, take the leap and invest in yourself and your future. You are worth it!

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