Today’s social environment is all about business. In the nineties, if you were good at drawing, you were an artist and maybe you printed some business cards advertising to fact. Today, you don’t just call yourself an artist, you add “Llc.” to the end of your name and you start a business around your skills, offering “Graphic Design and Consulting.”
It’s becoming more and more difficult to make extra money as an individual these days, but fortunately, it’s becoming easier and easier to make money with a small business. The internet allows endless opportunity for anybody with a good idea and a little bit of startup cash to get some income flowing into their home.
For a mum, being able to run one’s own business through a website allows freedom, it allows growth opportunities and it provides a feeling of importance that you just can’t get from a dayjob. More than that, it lets you stay at home with the family and totally removes commute from your daily schedule. Being able to work from home without debating with the mister about who works and who doesn’t, and without having to hire a nanny, can be a tremendous help.
The Nuts and Bolts of Building a Site
When you build your own website, it would be a mistake to assume that you have a difficult road ahead of you: You don’t. The actual process is quite easy, and most web hosts feature easy-to-use, drag-and-drop user interface to allow you to build your site to look exactly as you please. Others use ready made templates. The process itself is incredibly easy.
Paying for It
How you want to approach this is up to you. There are free blogging hosts and websites where you can post your own articles for a share of the ad revenue, and there are paid hosts where you can do whatever you want and post any ads you please for a few pounds a month.
The first thing you need to do is determine what kind of website you’re trying to start. Many bloggers and writers prefer to start with a free web host, upgrading to a dot com and paid hosting after they gain a sizable following. Others don’t bother starting a site of their own at all and choose to simply hold an account on an eZine or how-to site.
When it comes to eCommerce, selling things online outside of auction sites and other eStores that let folks start their own accounts, you definitely want to start out with a good, reliable, paid site and a dot com name. People are quicker to trust your site when it looks clean and professional than they are when it looks slapped together and you don’t even have your own hosting.
When you run a website, you’ll find that for every minute you spend writing an article or uploading new items to the shop, you’ll be spending about an hour getting the word out in your blog, on your social networks, on your message boards, posting videos to get people interested and on and on. Making your website is the easy part, getting people to visit it will take a bit of work.