Saying you want to start your online business is the easy part. Deciding what kind on online business you want to create is where it gets tricky, especially if you don’t sell products.
I don’t know about you but I don’t have a crafty bone in my body, and I can guarantee if I tried to draw, paint, or make something crafty for profit I would starve.
If you can relate, keep on reading.
To make the process of starting an online business when you don’t sell products easier, I created a thirty day action guide to help you go from idea to income.
The guide will take you through the 30 steps you need to go from zero to launch in a month!
And yes, anyone can use the guide (even my crafty creatives) but, it is definitely more geared toward those of us who can’t just create a beautiful design and sell it on Etsy.
Want a step-by-step guide on how to start your online business?
When finally start your online business you will likely be a little stressed because there are so many moving parts and honestly, you may not always be sure what they all are, which are important or what to do first.
Come along, let me make it easier for you!
STEP ONE: GET CLEAR ON YOUR WHY!
Your why is your lighthouse. It’s the reason you have decided to go into business.
Your why is the fire that will keep you going when you feel like giving up.
Trust me, this has to be the foundation of creating your business.
MAKE IT COUNT: Write your why down on a sticky note and place it somewhere in front of you.
STEP TWO: DECIDE WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS YOU WANT
There are so many ways to make a living online. In order to get things started the right way you need to decide whether you want to be a blogger, a coach, a consultant, a service-based business owner, or become an infopreneur.
MAKE IT COUNT: Take a moment to consider what type of business you want and write it down.
STEP THREE: FOLLOW PEOPLE YOUR ADMIRE
This step is all about taking a look at your industry. Refer back to step two (above) when you decided what kind of business you wanted.
Is there another business/person you admire that does what you want to do?
MAKE IT COUNT: Find two to three people and see how their business is set up. Make notes about what you like about it.
STEP FOUR: WHAT IS YOUR SPECIAL SAUCE?
Now that you’ve decided what you want to do (see step two), your next step is to become super clear about how you can stand out doing it.
Choosing a specialty area will allow you to increase your earnings and building your business will become easier.
MAKE IT COUNT: Decide how you can focus on being super focused on one area. For instance, if you bake/sell cookies you can choose to specialize in gluten-free cookies. Or you may be a coach but your area of specialty is a new parent coach.
STEP FIVE: KNOW YOUR WHO
If you don’t nail this you will likely struggle to build a sustainable business. Who in the world will you create products for, provide services to, speak to or coach?
I can’t stress this enough. In fact, I recommend rethinking this twice a year.
The more you evolve and the more your business evolves, you may find that your “who” may change.
Be very specific when deciding this. Take a listen to more about this.
MAKE IT COUNT: Narrow down one specific customer you have in mind. Close your eyes and imagine what they look like, where they live, their income level, what they do for fun and what they’re biggest struggles are.
Write down the details about your one specific customer.
STEP SIX: FIND OUT IF PEOPLE WANT IT
Before you begin building a business that nobody cares about, you need to do some research to find out if people want what you’re offering.
The easiest way to do this is to listen to what people are saying in groups, forums and researching places online like Amazon to see what people are buying and reading.
MAKE IT COUNT: Do a search on Google for the types of questions people might type in when looking for the solution you have. Visit Amazon and check the top selling books and/or items in your chosen field.
Make note of whether or not the product/solution /service is one that is being purchased.