Every week I get a variety of questions about how to start an online business.
Most of them come from people who have heard about the opportunities online, and are struggling with all of the options and information out there. Just like this email I received from Rebecca...
I am trying to do too many things at once. I have been trying to learn it all to start an online business: Affililate marketing, article marketing, video marketing, creating and maintain a blog, etc. and really just going in circles.
My goal is to find ONE good method of creating an income from home similar to what you have done. The problem: Where to start. Most likely I need to scrap it all, and just start with a clean slate. Any suggestions as to a starting point? (Just one)
Thank you so much for your advice!
How To Start An Online Business
The proper way to start an online business, just like any kind of business, is to first decide which market you want to serve - and how you want to serve that market.
All of the other details will fall into place once you make that decision. Details such as your website model, business plan, marketing strategy, etc.
Most people start out backwards, trying to learn all of the models and strategies, without actually having a specific business idea in mind. You're certainly not alone on that point, and it can be very overwhelming.
Especially when you don't yet have a business to apply it to!
I have a personal rule when it comes to "learning". I learn only what I need to know to accomplish what I am working on right now. And when I do study a method or strategy, I implement as I learn - on the spot.
My suggestion for your starting point is to choose a niche. Just one niche. Then decide how you are going to serve that market, or what your business model will be in that niche. Everything else will fall into place from there.
See How To Make Money Online - For Beginners for 10 simple steps to start a successful online business.
Click on the link above, read through my advice there, and then start with step one. Each step includes detailed instruction, with an opportunity to leave a comment or ask a question about that particular step.
p.s. You're going to have even more questions along the way, and you may need technical help as well. Find a community you can get involved with where you can get feedback & resources, and ask questions. I run a community for online business owners and welcome you to join us there - even if you're still just trying to figure out how to start an online business (yes, newbies are welcomed!).