How to start an online Business. You are the department of everything.

How to start an online business

It's been bugging you forever. You see all of these amazing people starting business online and you think, "Wow, they must be loving that entrepreneurial life!" I need to start something! Before you jump into that arena, know this:

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Be prepared to do EVERYTHING.

That includes:

  1. Coming up with a name
  2. Logo
  3. Branding colors
  4. Marketing copy
  5. A professional email address
  6. Social media platforms
  7. Terms and conditions
  8. Will you blog
  9. Product development
  10. Sales pages
  11. Email service provider
  12. Email automation
  13. Purchasing domains
  14. Registering business with your state
  15. Accounting software
  16. Website hosting
  17. Payment software
  18. Shipping for physical products
  19. Advertising
  20. How often will you post
  21. Who is your idea customer
  22. How will you stand out
  23. Website copy:
    • Homepage
    • Contact
    • About
  24. Photography
  25. Email signatures
  26. Customer service 
  27. Apps.
  28. Smart phone
  29. Computer

And this is just off the top of my head! I know, that you know, you have to do everything. I just wanted you aware of what that all entails and that it's more than throwing up a site and posting on Instagram.

And I'm not trying to scare you. I think it would be wrong for me to say, "Hey! Come on over to our side! It's all unicorns, rainbows, and #'s over here!" Cause, it's not. There are, however, alot of #'s. 

Let me be honest here. If you can't handle the idea that this is all o you, then you should be careful. When something goes wrong, who do people turn to? You. When you need money, time off, that's up to you to analyze and decide if you're able to.

When you just want to sit, relax, and do nothing; you better make sure that that's in your best interest. If your work piles up and that makes the "I'm just going to avoid my office." voice come out in your head, think hard.

And don't forget about how long it takes to find your cozy spot. If you don't have at least a year to work hard and SMART, well then my love, you're following the wrong girl here. I offer no get rich quick fixes. You're looking for the guy on Facebook who takes car selfies and has a picture of the beach for his banner photo. You know who I'm talking about. 

So, here's a little test. Did you read that list and get nervously excited? Or did you think, "Wow, that's a lot. I don't know..." That tells you a lot about if you're ready for this.

I get excited when i see things I need to do and things I should learn. Owning your own business takes constant learning and implementation. You are in charge of this! You are in charge of that! You. Are. In. Charge. Of. Everything.