The idea of owning a business has turned into an impossible dream. We've made owning a business out to be some mountain to climb. Everyone assumes that if you're going to start a business it has to be the next Apple or Google.
But some businesses are simple. And you know what? Even simple business can make a lot of money. All you need is a service or product and a way to sell.
It doesn't take years and massive amounts of planning to start a business. You could finally start that business you've been thinking about in the same time it takes to drink a coffee. Here's how to get going.
The first thing you'll need is a website. Most businesses can avoid the brick and mortar location and reach a larger audience by sticking to online sales. It's easier to reach a wider audience online. There are three things you will need.
- The first is a website host. I recommend Bluehost. Bluehost is easy to setup, but just in case you want to make it even easier, we've actually mapped out all the steps to set it up here. [DISCLOSURE: The Daily Positive is an affiliate promotional partner of Bluehost. We receive affiliate referral commissions if purchases are made through the links above and below. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed in this blog article are the opinions of the Author alone (the Author's bio and details are provided at the bottom of this article).]
- The next thing you'll need is a domain name. Bluehost can actually get you free one when you set up your hosting, but if you'd like, you can also go with GoDaddy.com. You'll just need to point your domain to Bluehost in that case.
- Finally, after Bluehost is setup. You'll want to install WordPress and a theme. I usually do this through themeforest.com. WordPress is how you'll update your site and the theme will help you easily design it to the way you want it to look.
2. Way To Sell Product
Now if you plan to sell any physical products, like t-shirts or art work, you'll need to make selling easy. The best way to do that is by setting up a Shopify account. You can add these stores easily to your WordPress site.
Shopify is great to add products to and they even have an easy way for you to get paid. It's got a small fee to use, but it's worth it to help you simplify selling anything.
The next thing you'll want to do is get a logo. Most people can't design. That's ok. I'm one of them. But thanks to the internet you have access to designers all over the world. My personal favorite site to get design work done is 99designs.com.
99Designs will give you options from numerous designers. You pick the one you like and if you don't like any you'll get your money back. It's a pretty sweet deal.
4. Accounting Software
Ok, now you have your site set up and a logo. It's time to start raking in the dough. But you're going to need to find a way to keep track of it. I highly suggest using FreshBooks for your accounting needs. Seriously, they have amazing customer service and their product is the easiest to use. If you don't want to waste hours and hours learning quickbooks go with Freshbooks. It's inexpensive at just $19.99 a month. Then at the end of the year you'll be able to have all the info you need for taxes.
FreshBooks also allows you to easily send out invoices. In the companies I've started I use FreshBooks to bill all my clients. They can pay through FreshBooks using a few different methods if you'd like to give clients more ways to pay then just by check.
Now, maybe you've read through all this and thought, “I have no idea what type of business I want to start.” That's ok. Before I started my consulting company, I had no idea what I wanted to do. You've just got to find your strengths or perhaps get some outside help from a great business mind. One thing to consider is Startup Camp.
Startup Camp is a simple and easy to understand year long course designed to help maximize the potential of an entrepreneur. Even if you're just looking to start a side business, this is a great way to avoid the pitfalls of not understanding business.
Now you're set! That's it. Ok, maybe it took you two cups of coffee, but it wasn't as hard as you thought.
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Jacob Huff is a small business owner, who enjoys traveling the world and remote working. He’s also a little too obsessed with coffee.