Back in the days when I was still studying, I often heard or seen ads that said "Mom Makes $80k Working Part-time from Home". Whaaaattt？!! I thought I wonder if I should still go to Uni then. But soon, I asked myself "Is it real? Somehow it just sounds too good to be true". Let's face it. Like everybody else, the biggest doubt when people hear such phrases is... Do People Make Money Online? The answer is YES, ABSOLUTELY. In fact, there are tons of different ways of making real money online depending on your time, your budget, what you are good at and what you are comfortable doing. And there is no limit as to how much you can make. I have known people use the opportunities as ways to earn extra money online just to complement their part-time or even full-time jobs, while some take it more seriously as businesses that ultimately make them 6, 7 or even 8-figure earners. KA-CHING!
Just like any other businesses, when you want to create an online business, you would need a way to scale it. You would need a system that will make it work without you really being there. If set up properly, an online business basically provides you with an automated system that will make money on auto pilot. This automation practically gives lots of brownie points that are often associated with FREEDOM. You can then have the option to work whenever you want, from wherever you are. You are no longer bound to your 9 to 5 job and you don't need to commute every day to work. You can even work while you are having vacations at your holiday destinations. Not to mention, the potential income that you can earn from your online business can also lead you to FINANCIAL FREEDOM.
Along the way, I am often asked these two popular questions and I thought I would like to share them with you in this post. How to Start an Online Business for Dummies? And How Much Does It Cost to Setup an Online Business? Regardless whichever ways you use to make money online everyday, you would still need the essential ingredients to get you started.
OK...so here are the essential steps:
1. Get a Domain Name
A domain name is like an address that people normally use to identify a particular site on the internet. It is like your mailing address. It tells people where to find you or your site. For example, www.adelinesugianto.com.
The most popular and sought after ending for a domain has always been and is dot com simply. I don't know if you are aware but there are also other endings, or also known as suffixes, that are getting more popular as more people are buying domain names nowadays. As most of the wanted dot com addresses are already taken, more people are buying domains with dot net, dot org, dot biz and dot tv. I would recommend getting a dot com address whenever possible even if it means you have to find another hopefully-equally-awesome domain name to do so. Why? It's simply because the dot com address gets indexed more readily than others and it is the most widely used so it is a lot of easier for people to remember.
You can get free domains with WordPress or Siterubix but they will end in wordpress.com or siterubix.com. For example, www.adelinesugianto.wordpress.com or www.adelinesugianto.siterubix.com. Although they can still be indexed and ranked in Google, a custom domain name that reflects your brand or is related to your business would add professionalism and credibility and help build your brand over time. Remember, branding is a key ingredient in every successful business.
So, if you are serious about starting an online business, I would strongly recommend getting a custom domain on your own. To purchase a domain name, you can go to GoDaddy or Namecheap. I personally like NameCheap better because they do not upsell you to death unlike GoDaddy, especially when you are about to renew your domain after the first year.
2. Get Web Hosting
A web hosting service is an organisation that stores and display your website's contents on the internet. It is basically like a physical house where you live in and store all your furniture, while a domain name is the address where the house is located.
You definitely want to go with a reliable host that stores all your files and webpages just like you want to find a solid house that will not fall apart when the wind blows or the storms come around. Personally I trust HostGator. They are one of the 10 largest web hosting services that are heavily used by internet marketers. If you are planning to build multiple websites, I would recommend getting their Baby plan which costs <$8 per month.
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3. Get an Email Autoresponder
An email autoresponder are the tools that allows you to send emails to your subscribers on auto-pilot at a predefined time. It's basically comparable to an automated postman that will never sleep and always deliver your mails whenever you want.
Now, why do we want to send emails to subscribers? Now, it has been proven that it is easier to grow your business by selling different products to your existing customers rather than trying to spend more money to acquire some new ones and offer the same products. Sending regular emails to your list will help you build trust and relationship with your subscribers. Try to treat your subscribers right. It is then easier to sell multiple products that you would think will be of interest and benefit them. As a matter of fact, email marketing returns $28 for every $1 spent and 60% of shoppers are more apt to buy after receiving an email.
The autoresponder service I personally use is AWeber. You can get a special $1 trial for the first month. The cost for the following months depends on the number of subscribers you have in your list. Basically it starts from $19 per month for up to 500 subscribers. If you are graphically intuitive, I reckon GetResponse would suit you more. Getresponse is slightly cheaper than AWeber and you can create a 30-day FREE trial account to test it out. The price starts from $15 per month for up to 1,000 subscribers.
4. Educate Yourself
One common trait that successful people share is that they never stop educating themselves. Apart from all the tools and vehicles that get you going, you also need proper education that provide you with all the essential training, tools, interactive community and 24/7 support to step up your learning curve and fast track your online success. After countless of searching and trying countless programs, I came down to only two that I think worth the time, effort and money value. The two tend to target different types of people but they can complement each other.
If you are a self-motivated individual who loves to learn from scratch and enjoy doing the technical bits yourself, I would highly recommend Wealthy Affiliate. If you are tired of all the B.S. and the hypes you have read or heard out there, you've finally found your home. Wealthy Affiliate scraps off all the myths and teaches you the true fundamentals of making real money online with the aid of easy-to-follow, step-by-step video tutorials (scripts provided) and classroom discussions. It's by far the best interactive platform I have ever seen. It used to cost $47/month to join but now Kyle & Carson, the founders of Wealthy Affiliate, have made it FREE to try out their proven program. Oh..and did I mention you'll get free hosting too?!
If you love to have a complete done-for-you system that does the heavy lifting for you, I would highly recommend My Top Tier Business. In this system, you will have a personal 1-on-1 coach (all 6 and 7 figure earners) who will be guiding you through the important steps you need to know to start and grow your online business. This system has blown my mind away as it continues to create a lot of success stories for complete newbies let alone the gurus. How is that possible? Because the system takes care of the most difficult parts for you including making the sales that essentially earn you the commissions up to $9,000 per sale. So all you have to do is just initially focus on the easy part until you master it and are ready to move on to the next level. I am not surprised if this system is classified as one of the fastest tracks to making a good sum of money online to date. There is a small application fee of $49 to get started with just because they would like to attract serious minded entrepreneurs only. This fee is fully refundable if you are not a good fit to the system.
As you can see, you can get the All-In-Package and the start-up costs can be as little as <$100 per month! The low overhead is simply another reason why I love online businesses over traditional businesses which generally can set you back at least 4 figures a month. Yep, you got me!
Oh by the way, in case you are still wondering, yes I went to uni in THE END 😉