It seems like hardly a week goes by without picking up a newspaper and reading about another successful online business. Think Organic Bubs, a range of organic baby food that is now sold worldwide, Shoes of Prey, an online store that sells the perfect shoe by giving consumers complete control over the shape, colour and height of their shoes, and KeepCup, a business that has sold more than 3 million reusable coffee cups online, reducing the landfill disaster that is represented by billions of disposable cups.
What do Organic Bubs, Shoes of Prey and KeepCup all have in common? They started a new business with an idea that was born from necessity or frustration. Ordinary people just like you and me who found something they were passionate about and turned it into something that the world wants.
Starting a new business doesn’t mean you have to be a retailer – there are plenty of service-based online businesses who have successfully turned their knowledge into cash. From HR advice to social media consulting and blogging, if you’ve got some skills, you can open your virtual doors and start attracting customers pretty quickly.
No matter what your idea, it’s not that difficult to get yourself online, so once you know what it is you want to do, here’s what you need to do to get started:
While setting up your own online presence may seem a little daunting, it’s actually not that difficult. But if you’re not that comfortable with creating your own website and taking the time to improve your search rankings, there are plenty of online businesses who would love to help you.
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