It isn’t what I set out to do, but somehow I started an online business. Yes, the services I offered early on could be done online and business ran that way, however I never thought I would spend my days working from home and making a full time income. It’s really a dream job, but it does require a commitment from you if you want to run your own online business. Over the years we’ve learned a few things that have helped us grow our online business and thought we’d share them so others can benefit from their own online company growing and succeeding.
Create Your Online Presence
Early on when creating your business, be sure you know what you want to set out to do. Create a logo and find the handles you want early on. Make sure they all match and stick to your branding. This will become the face that your readers or customers know you as and while you may update it some in the future, having consistency throughout is ideal when just starting out and growing your business.
Offer Your Skills to Others
Don’t think that because you’ve started an online business that is the only thing you’re able to do. We all have a wide variety of skills we can share with others and market them to help your business grow. One way to do this is to become a consultant for people in similar fields. Make use of your skills, teach other people to grow and bring in some more income for your company.
Set Goals for Your Business
No matter the reason you start your business you need to have an idea of where you want it to go. Are you just opening a business to pay your bills? If so, there is nothing wrong with that! But do you want to grow it over time? Have employees working for you? There is a lot to consider. Each month we set a goal of our ideal income and projects we’d like to complete that can help our business grow. With smaller and more obtainable goals you can easily work your way to the larger goals for your own business. It may not be immediate but you will see the increase income as you set and meet your goals each month.
Running an online business means you are accountable for everything from marketing, budgeting and running your own schedule. And while it is a lot of work, there are a lot of benefits to working for yourself and working on growing your company.