With the Age of Technology
increasingly impacting how we do business with one
another, we are finding ourselves taking more and more
comfort in the convenience of online shopping.
As a global nation, we are
relying on the Internet for our clothing, educational,
entertainment and business purchasing needs. Naturally,
this leaves many of us with the desire to want to get in
not as a customer, but as a merchant of the Internet.
Upon realizing this goal, the first question that comes
to mind is "Where Do I start?" Below are the 3 Most
Important Action Steps Of Starting an Internet Business.
Follow these first, and you will be on your way to
Choose a Niche
As one decides to start an
internet business, it is common to choose a niche based
upon what is "thought" to be the needs and wants of the
market. This is the worst way to choose a niche and will
most certainly end in failure. Consider that to start an
internet business (or any business for that matter), you
need to live, love
and breathe what you are selling. If you are not totally
excited about the product and niche you are immersed in,
then soon boredom will set in and the desire to have an
internet business will move out.
Instead, choose a niche
based upon something you are
brainstorming 3-5 ideas of niches that you not only
are highly interested in, but also have a good base of
knowledge. Do not sell yourself short of being an
"expert" just because you don't have a license or an
education degree in the area. You may be surprised how
much you actually know.
A perfect example of this
is a parent that has had a child grown into a product
and respecting adult. If there were ever an "expert" in
parenting, I would bet on this person's experience
rather then simply some letters behind one's name.
Remember, your experiences CAN and DO make you an
By taking this first step
of properly choosing a niche, you will be setting
yourself up for a perfect start out of the gate.
worry about which product you are going to sell when
choosing your niche. That part will come later in the
Buy a Domain Name
Once you choose your
niche, the next step is buying your domain name. The
domain name is simply your internet business's website
address. There are many different places to buy a domain
name, however, we suggest GoDaddy. Go to GoDaddy and
click on Domains in the top left-hand corner. This will
bring you to a page where you can enter some domains to
see if they are available. If your first choice is not
available, don't worry about it. Keep trying different
variations until you find one you like and is available.
Try to prevent choosing an alternative domain name that
ends in .us or .org. Choose a unique domain name that
ends in .com .
Tip: Try to
choose a domain name that has your keyword in it. This
will help with traffic and sales later on!
Get a Hosting Account and an Autoresponder
securing your domain name, your next step is to purchase
a hosting account and an Autoresponder. If you are brand
new to starting an internet business, I am sure both of
those terms seem very abstract; which in fact, they are.
A Hosting account is a monthly fee that you pay to be
able to house your domain (website). This is a necessary
Autoresponder is going to house the lifeblood of your
You will need this service to be able to keep record of
the people on your list (potential buyers) as well as to
be able to communicate to them through email marketing.
Don't worry, you can learn more about all of this. Just
make sure that you go ahead and buy your Hosting Account
and get your Autoresponder.
purchasing these services, purchase the service that
best fits your finances. In the beginning, you can
select a small package option and always upgrade later.
Starting an internet
business can be confusing, especially for those of us
that don't have ions of experience in the technical
field. Use these three steps to get started and don't
let anything hold you back. You deserve to own the
internet business that you
Tellman Knudson, CEO of
OvercomeEverything, Inc., is a master list builder and
well-known for his List Building Club. Tellman teaches
students how to build a successful online business. Create your successful business from his step-by-step