An Entrepreneur View On Online Business

The last decade the has Internet changed everything about how human beings live and interact. We now have the whole world at the click of a mouse. It has also revolutionized the way people work and do business. A few years ago, running a business online was still considered something wild and risky, only to be tried by computer whizzes and tech-savvy entrepreneurs. Today, more and more average folks are deciding to start their own businesses online. Why is that? Here are the advantages of starting a business online.

Unbelievably Quick Start-Up

It takes months and a lot of hassle to get an offline business started and even years to make it break even, but online business to get started is just a matter of having your website designed and hosted. Once your site is created, it’s online and ready to get promoted. Now, anyone in the web can access it. In the online world, things happen much faster than in the traditional.

Almost Zero Start-Up Costs

What stops most people from starting their own businesses is the prohibitive cost. It takes much more money than anybody has lying around to start a business. However, you can start a business online with just a computer, an internet connection and a little software, which in some cases can be obtained for free. When I was still working in the corporate world as a financial advisor, I would often speak with local businessmen who wanted to get a loan to get their venture started or others who just wanted to increase their cash flow through a loan. Almost every one of them was in mortgage debt. They would constantly buy to let mortgages. Much of the expense of running an online business comes in the form of advertising. It’s not cheap if you let others do it for you. However, if you’re smart about it, you can advertise your business all over the Net for absolutely nothing as long as you are willing to work hard. There are proven techniques for getting your website noticed and they don’t have to cost you anything. When I started my own venture of software reviews and coupons site, which now makes me a fulltime job income, I was totally unaware of free promotion techniques and Google rankings. Since I launched it last autumn I ‘ve made over 70 guest posts and 1,000 comments in hundreds of blogs and forums and with the right on-page and off-page SEO I managed to get ranked first page for my niche keywords.

No More Day Job

Running an online business, won’t give big money instantly but, once the cash starts rolling in, you can kiss your day job goodbye. This means no more slaving for somebody else, no more racing to the office each morning in rush hour traffic, and no more problems with annoying coworkers. You can work in your pajamas any time it suits you and be your own boss. It took me 3 months to get my first dime but I had cut my costs substantially since I quit my day job. I have reduced the monthly phone bill to half and gas expenses to a quarter cause I don’t have to call the so called-prospective clients and trying to sell myself by phone. I don’t have to drive back and forth to the office, customers or the banks, pay office rent and parking lot (Let alone the parking fines). All this time I used to waste on that kind of clutter, I now give to grow and expand my ventures.

A Company Of One

You can run a successful and lucrative online business without hiring any staff at all. This cuts down on headaches tremendously and also saves costs. Another great thing about running your own company online is that you keep all of the profits. You can simply outsource the tasks you need done or hire a virtual assistant to help out, and then you can manage all of its operations yourself. I am currently in the phase of automating my first website by outsourcing certain tasks to others. As a result I can focus on more strategic activities. That’s how I managed to start a second website last month.

Worldwide Reach

Small businesses operate locally (at first), but as soon as an online business is live, it has a worldwide reach. People from all over the world can buy your products and services 24 hours a day. This increases your profit potential by leaps and bounds. You can also automate the entire payment process after some time, so that you can be earning money and work less.

Time Is Money

Working online saves you a lot of time as well. For example, you don’t have to go from house to house distributing brochures. There’s no more morning commute, which means that you cut as much as an hour of wasted time out of your day. Then, you can spend your time focusing on making money. Sometimes people in the corporate world confuse the state of busy with that of being productive. They are two totally different terms. If you spend your morning answering stupid emails or calling those prospective customers for the 5th time or driving your car , then you are merely being busy. You end up feeling emotionally drown but you have not produced anything at all.

Technology Is Incredible

Once you get started and find out all the different technological possibilities there are out there, you’ll be amazed at what you can do. There is software that allows you to do just about anything business-related, and this saves you money and time. You can automate tasks that you’d otherwise have to hire people to do. Even if you’re not a high tech person, everything is designed to be user-friendly and easy for non-techies as well. All of this is making starting an online business easier and more attractive. It’s not just for high-tech marketers or computer geniuses anymore! It may seem difficult to get started at first, but stick with it and all of this new technology will become second nature. When you get your first online payment, you’ll be hooked! And don’t forget: be productive, no just busy.

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