More than 53% of Americans have considered starting their own home Internet business.
The ease with which these startups can get in on e-commerce has spurred creative business-minded people to think up new ways to make money on the side.
In the best case scenario, full-time employees are able to quit their day jobs so they can focus on the Internet home business that is taking off with success.
If you’re one of those who would love to work from home, but you’re not sure how to do it, these tips on how you can best grow your business will come in handy.
Choose a Great Domain Name
Your Internet business will be invisible to online shoppers unless you choose a great domain name.
You can purchase a domain name for prices ranging from 99 cents to $22.00.
The choice of domain name extensions has broadened considerably in recent years. Current extensions include: .com,.org, .edu, .biz and .corp among almost a hundred others. But the gold standard in domain name extensions remains. com.
If you’re creative with your domain name, you can still get a great one with a .com extension. Try to choose one that is related to your business, easy to spell, and memorable.
You should spend a lot of time thinking about what domain name you should choose, because once you commit to it, it will be an integral part of your business.
Design a Great Website
Your next step is to design a great website for your new domain name.
If you’re lacking in coding skills, you should probably hire someone to design the website for you.
Your website will either give your users a pleasant online experience, or it will be unwieldy and cumbersome, and they’ll never want to return.
The money you invest in hiring a third party to design your site will be recouped very quickly if you have it done by a professional who knows what he or she is doing.
Open Social Medial Accounts
The next thing you need to do to grow your new home Internet business is to open social media accounts.
These accounts will help to get your business in front of new customers as they interact with their own social media accounts.
At a minimum, you need a Facebook business page, a Pinterest account and a Twitter account. These three will give you a starting ground where you can begin advertising new products and information from your main website business.
Incidentally, the following article, “5 tips for growing an entrepreneurial business” are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are dozens of ways to make your home Internet business grow. As you master the early ones, keep looking for more.
Advertising has come a long way from the old days of billboards and bus stop benches.
The new way to grow your business has to do with interacting with your potential customers and proving your authority.
With these tips and more, your home Internet business may even get big enough so you can be one of the lucky people able to quite your day job.
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About the Author: Kate Supino has been widely published. She writes extensively about best business practices.