I recently launched feistyflags.com and it’s been a blast. I’ve learned so much with real money at stake. I’m walking on a tightrope and as a result – it’s been fun and risky. Unfortunately, there’s many who want to kickstart their own website, but simply don’t know how to start.
While you might think setting up an online store is difficult, (I certainly did) you’d be surprised at how easy it can be.
I’m about to give you 3 steps to building your own online store and start making big money fast. Much of what I’m about to say is inspired from books like The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich and others come from personal experience. I hope you’ll enjoy:
1.) Pick a Website
For business I’d recommend Wix, Webs, or Weebly.
Wix.com: Wix is fantastic if you’re new to business. They have amazing customer service and make it fairly easy to set up. It’s fully customizable with 0 tech skills required.
Web.com: Web.com has no setup fee. That’s a big deal. If you’re unsure your business will be successful, Web is highly recommended. It’s great for sticking your toe in the water and seeing how well you can swim in the world of online markets.
Weebly.com: I’ll admit it – I’m biased towards Weebly. I’ve used them forever now and love them. They’re good people that help with bad problems. Their platform is spectacular.
2.) Find Your Niche:
“If everybody is doing it one way, there’s a good chance you can find your niche by going exactly in the opposite direction.” – Sam Walton
If you’re planning on making a store for pets or animals stop now. It’s been done before and you’ll never make any money. You want to be as specific with your customers as possible. This might go against what you’re taught and that’s okay.
The sad truth is, as kids we never wanted to be pinned down or labelled. We were distinctively independent in our perception of the world. Those days are over.
Be specific. Find people. Market towards them.
Before buying $500 worth of T-shirts to hold in your garage, make sure you can sell them! Nothing’s worse than hoarding items that can’t sell. To test the waters, start a Google Adwords campaign. This part will involve money.
Spend about $25 a day using keywords involving your product. Just as an example, if you’re selling meme shirts, type: meme, shirt, unique, cheap. They should be common enough to generate sales but not common enough to get trampled by larger website that have already dominated your SEO.
I’ll include a link on how to start an Adwords campaign here: https://support.google.com/adwords/.
I hope you found this advice helpful. I’m convinced online businesses are the future. The world has never seen people this dedicated with the kind of technology at our disposal. I look forward to seeing what you sell.