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How to start a web business with no computer knowledge
News hounds and trend junkies who tend to keep up with the latest happenings via outlets such as CNN or The Associated Press understand that online business sales continue to grow as certain brick and mortar stores keep closing up their shops due to the competition of customers preferring the convenience of shopping from their laptops or mobile devices. Obviously, the uptick in web revenue means that having an Internet presence is not only a smart business move – it can also be the vital lifeblood that a company needs to remain alive and thrive.
According to recent reports, the jobs most likely to disappear due to the popularity of the web include mail delivery personnel, newspaper reporters and travel agents. Workers in dying industries might have a desire to use the ending of their careers as the impetus to begin new and exciting entrepreneurial lifestyles, but tend to shy away because they have no knowledge of technical things related to getting a web business started.
Fortunately, computer skills aren’t necessarily needed into order to start an e-business. As an example, let’s use the case of the steps that a seamstress could take to begin her own online store:
Step #1: Choose a business name and get a logo designed
In order to direct your focus, it helps to concretize a business name and make it legal. Let’s say our fictional businesswoman decides to use “Lacey Gracie” as her new company name, after researching that the name is in fact available. Well, not only would that give her the information needed to provide a business name on legal and tax forms, but it would also provide the starting point for the concept to pass along to firms like Artwork Abode, where logo designs and a plethora of other start-up tasks can be outsourced.
Step #2: Get a website designed, choose a payment processor and a method of shipping your product to customers
Once you’ve settled on the name of your business and the concept, you can hire website designers to get your e-commerce site up and running without you needing to touch one line of code. Just make sure to find highly rated developers on sites like Elance in order to pick the cream of the crop based on previous client reviews.
The programmer could also help you select an appropriate payment processor, such as using PayPal to collect payments from your customers. Also, they could advise you on being automatically alerted when it’s time to ship your product off to your clients, either via physical shipping services or digital methods, if the product were an e-book, for example.
Step #3: Continue to promote via social media and grow
Basically, once your e-store is up and running, you’d want to continue to bring eyeballs and interest to your site by creating compelling content via viral blog posts and by using social media to upload interesting photos and gain followers. All it might take is one of the hundreds or thousands of images or articles you publish online to go viral to bring the kind of attention to your new company that sustains it for life.