There are certainly many professional website design agencies out there that will do a great job, almost certainly leading to many new customers as a result. This comes with a price, however, and many small business owners simply do not have it in their budget. That is ok, because you can involve yourself in your website design for a fraction of the price, and it does not require much knowledge in the area either. As you consider developing your own ecommerce website, there are a few factors that you will want to take into account. Let us review some of those in an effort to help you take charge of your own website design. [Read more…] about Take Charge of Your Own Website Design
Starting a business today does not necessarily mean you have to set up a physical store in a commercial area. The trend to do business online remains popular in recent years and many prefer to do it this way to avoid the stress and other paperwork needed.
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Americans almost always type in .com to find the website of their choice. Many times, they’re right. However, for most, even .gov, .net and .edu take some getting used to. With an increase in websites, more domains are needed.Â New York City demonstrated this need by obtaining a top level domain (TLD) to be released at the end of 2013. As more TLDs become available, will .com always remain the most popular?
The Dot Com Kingdom
When you’reÂ looking to complete domain registration, .com websites can make your business seem more legitimate and trustworthy to consumers. The average Internet user will feel most comfortable with websites that end in .com because that’s what they’re used to. For consistency’s sake, choosing .com might be most beneficial. However, as TLDs continue to increase, you can be more creative with your web address.
Even if you’d prefer to have your official website with another TLD, it might be beneficial to register the .com version of your website address as well. This will also allow you to keep your branding consistent. You wouldn’t want customers typing .com instead of .biz and ending up on the wrong page. That will become less of a problem as users get more accustomed to different TLDs.
The Land of Other TLDs
The number one benefit of other TLDs is that small businesses will no longer have to settle for available domains. When some businesses go to register for a domain name, they discover that it has already been taken. This means that the owner either has to name the website something unrelated to the business or even change the name of the business based on the domains that are still available.
Some of theÂ new suggested TLDsÂ would allow website owners to be more creative. Trendy businesses might prefer .biz while a new digital encyclopedia might go with .info. The addition of these TLDs also allows websites to sort themselves into more categories than have been provided in the past.
Some suggested TLDs, like .pro, might even be able to give you more credibility than a .com site. Those wishing to register a site with .pro might prove that they are a professional in that topic. The .pro sites may become highly trusted sources of information.
What’s my Domain, Again?
In this debate about the future of domains, some are pointing out that domains may not even matter. Unless your visitors frequent your site and can type it in from memory, they’re probably visiting by clicking links through e-mails, search engines or shortened links on social media.
As the number of available domain names increases, it will be interesting to see if .com remains the preference or if domain names become even less important than they are now. Businesses that have previously had to rely on whatever name was available will have an easier time registering a relevant domain name because of the increase.
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If you want instant money, business that does not involve work, and absolutely has nothing to do with technology, then an online business is definitely NOT for you.Â In spite of all the hype of earning unbelievable amounts of money in the online environment, there is no truth whatsoever to the popular belief that an online business can do all theÂ work for you.Â Â The many failures among starting online businesses are comprised of people who enter the field with false expectations.
If you think yourÂ business is completely safe from threats in an online environment, think again.Â Brick-and-mortar establishments have to contend with thieves whileÂ online businesses have their own counterparts in the person of cybercriminals who hack their way into their security and privacy.Â They wouldÂ also have to deal with viruses, unauthorized access, and possible loss of data.Â Although this should not serve as a deterrent to open an online business, prospective online business owners should be prepared for them sinceÂ risks form a daily component of operation.Â Come to think of it, there is no business environment which can consideredÂ completely safe from risks.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that an online business is free from legal responsibilities usually associated with brick-and mortar businesses.Â Like the latter, an online business is required to operate in a manner consistent with existing laws although there may be specific differences as to applicability.Â Online businesses have legal issues unique to them including but not limited to privacy, advertising, infringement, and their affiliate programs.Â
An online business can be one of the most productive income-generating activities that can be entered into by anyone.Â However, unrealistic expectations of ease and free-flowing money have to be done away with since the slightest inconvenience can effectively discourage what could otherwise beÂ a successful endeavor.Â
You must have heard of at least one online business success story among the many and are probably contemplating about the opportunities it can offer you.Â Tempting as it may seem toÂ plunge head on to the online business arena, it is worth considering that like any other business, it is not for everybody.Â It has its unique requirements that may not exactly be the cup of tea of everyone.Â For those who are ready, opportunities are indeed unlimited.
This could be a good time to be doing some serious assessment of your business plans for the incoming year.Â An online business in which you have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience can be one of the options that you can consider.Â However, it is best to choose an area in which real opportunities exist in terms of actual needs of customers and income generation.
Of course you would wish that your business succeed and this is only possible if it becomes profitable and enjoys the regular patronage of customers.Â Before a steady stream of customers and regular income becomes a reality, your online business needs to be infused with hardwork and appropriate online strategies.Â You wouldnâ€™t by chance be hoping to have a business that will sell by itself with no effort from you aside from opening a site, would you?Â Although many successful online businesses swear that this is possible, or has happened to them, it definitely did not happen overnight and without the necessary work to make it happen.
For an online business to be truly profitable, you will need to learn about it and do what it takes to succeed.Â The online environment is especially accommodating of people who wish to go on business but have a limited budget since there is no need to rent a physical space or hire a number of employees just to begin.Â It can start with a very good idea and the incredible determination to make it work.