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How to Run a Web-based Business

How to Run a Web-based Business

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With the state of the economy, more and more online businesses are showing up. They have the distinct advantage of having a low overhead which is appealing to most people. But, do you have what it takes to run such a business?

 

One thing that you need to know if you are thinking about a website or web-based business is that it is still a business. While there are advantages for the entrepreneur with little start-up capital, you won’t stay in business long if the enterprise is treated like a hobby.

 

Online businesses are a great alternative to a brick and mortar establishment. You might just find that your website business grows big enough to one day be housed in an actual building. The possibilities are endless.

 

To run a website business takes a certain kind of person. You are working it alone in most cases and there are a few things to consider.

 

1. Be motivated.

Unlike in an office, there is no one to look over your shoulder and tell you to get on your computer and get to work. That is up to you. Be aware that the monster of procrastination lurks behind every corner waiting to get you occupied with everything but work.

 

2. Have a plan.

A plan is necessary to map out a path to get started. You may not end up on that same path three years down the road but you will go nowhere fast without one. Decide what type of business you want to start and where you want it to go in the future.

 

3. Be computer savvy.

For some, the computer seems like a foreign object. Surfing the net is nothing like running a website business. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a website that you will be responsible for. You can learn as you go, but it is more cost-effective to have some computer knowledge before you start.

 

4. Have a niche.

Website businesses pop up every day. What will make your business different? Research the Internet and see what type of business is thriving. Starting out in a saturated niche can spell your doom.

 

5. Be familiar with Internet marketing.

In order for people to find you, they need to know that you exist. Internet marketing techniques are used to build a customer base and bring in sales.

 

There are also other alternatives to beginning your own business from scratch. If you have the money and the skills, you can buy out another entrepreneur looking to sell their website or web-based business. It is similar to buying a brick and mortar company. You assume the daily operations and manage the workers (if any) who will probably be freelancers.

 

A website business is an excellent idea. If you have a business plan but little starting money, you can use a website business to realize your dreams of working for yourself.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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Starting an Online Editing Business

Starting an Online Editing Business

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Nowadays, it’s become much easier to get an editing business off the ground. That’s because there are people all over the Internet looking for well-written original content, and that content needs to be edited. Getting going is generally just a matter of finding yourself a loyal customer base.

 

Do you have an eye for detail? Do you demand perfection? Do you have experience writing or editing? Then starting your own editing company may just be perfect for you.

 

Having an editing business is a great for people who need to make money while still having a flexible schedule. You will have deadlines, but when and where you work is almost entirely up to you. You can work editing around a full-time job, or do it while the kids are off at school or after they’ve gone to bed. It’s a business you can tailor to fit you, instead of the other way around.

 

One of the best parts of starting your own online editing business is that you need very little start-up capital. You can do it from home, and most people already have the tools, including a computer with a word processing program. You may require a small amount of capital to market your business. Otherwise, the rest of the requirements are your own qualities and abilities.

 

While you don’t need a lot of money to get started, you will need quite a bit of time in the beginning. That’s because you’ll need to find yourself customers. Once you have loyal customers, you will spend most of your time editing (or you will be able to find more customers and do even more work).

 

Here are a few ways to get started finding people who need editing done:

 

Business services.

There are a whole host of websites where you can market yourself as an editor for their business. Many businesses are looking for ways to outsource some of their duties.

 

Message boards.

Many people would rather hire from message boards and similar outlets because they don’t have to deal with sifting through bids that aren’t worth their time, writing numerous job proposals, or dealing with higher prices because a portion of the fees go to the site.

 

Social networking sites.

Sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter aren’t just for keeping up with friends and tracking famous celebrities. You can use them to market your business as well. You can find customers and keep them up to date on what’s going on with your business.

Create your own web page.

Not only can you advertise yourself and give your background in a way that you control, you can also put writing samples right there for potential customers to read.

 

Once you start getting work coming in, you shouldn’t have a problem continuing to get work as long as your product is good. In the end, editing is a great at home business for the busy perfectionist looking to break out on their own.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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