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What You Should Know Before Starting Online Business

by Bob F. CCO

The Internet offers a pool of opportunities. After the first period of skepticism, nearly all businesses in the world switched to web tools, interaction channels, and strategies. Nowadays, each modern company relies on online solutions to some extent. Evidently, new entrepreneurs are also looking to create an online platform because they understand how powerful it is.

Needless to say that the recent crisis confirmed the importance of the Internet. The coronavirus pandemic forced even the most traditional and old-fashioned brands to go online or, at least, switch to remote collaboration tools. So, if you have decided to start your own business today, you should learn a few essentials beforehand. This article unveils them.

10 Steps to Prepare for Launch

At this moment, let’s agree that you already know which product or service you are going to provide. That’s why we won’t go into details when describing the first step where entrepreneurs determine the niche, choose what they want to sell, and define their target customers. We will provide one rough example instead.

Let’s say you want to fit into the web gaming market. You may opt for two broad options here. The first and the easiest option is to create a gaming website. This can be a single-game site or a large-scale any business like  Arivoli site. The second option is to produce online games. However, opting for game software development you obviously need to possess appropriate skills. In terms of customers, your general target audience would be players. Now, it should be clear what the first stage of starting a business involves. If not, you’d better get professional help from business advisors.

Still, if you’re here, you might have some ideas already. Remember them and move through the following crucial stages.

1. Always Have a Plan

Initially, it’s about your business plan — a document that describes the goals, ways to reach these goals, and deadlines. Good plans also reveal the nature of the business, some info on the company and the founder(s), strategies, etc. It’s a roadmap of your brand’s development. Business plans help to attract investors and also structure your entire work.

Moreover, be sure to have local plans for various activities:

       Software development;

       Website design;

       Content;

       Launch;

       Advertising;

       Customer support;

       Expansion;

       Time and costs.

2. Study Laws

Right, this point is the second most important because any business is about laws and regulations. From the registration of an entity to tax rules that affect your income, it’s crucial to know how to work legally. Laws relate to finances, assets, banking methods, insurance, data privacy, and more. Each jurisdiction or country has its own laws (especially, this point is crucial for online gambling business). Hence, we suggest hiring a lawyer to handle all these issues. 

3. Know Your Customer and the Market

We’ve agreed that you already know your product and the audience. Still, customers tend to change their preferences. Regardless of the startup stage, you must be sure that you know your clients perfectly: their pains, needs, wishes, preferred communication channels, and so on. Timely feedback and analysis can help with this task.

4. Prioritize Client Experience

Following the previous point, let’s repeat: never forget about your customers. People are the most important asset of your company. Get a product/service that is demanded by clients, make a convenient and user-friendly interface so they can order whatever they need, have a professional support center. You should be flawless.

5. Get a Reliable Website

When it comes to the technical side, think how you will present yourself on the Internet. Online businesses rely on sites, obviously. To build a robust and feature-rich platform, you should cooperate with a hosting provider, get a domain name, develop a web design. Again, we’d suggest hiring an expert developer or a software provider for this task.

6. Invest in Advertising

Even if you sell a real iPhone killer smartphone or provide consulting services that are more professional than those McKinsey offers, it doesn’t mean that you will succeed. It’s just impossible without proper advertising via email, social media, etc. The competition on the web is brutal. That’s why you should have a perfect marketing vision with effective promotion campaigns.

7. Interact via Social Media

Particularly, focus on social media presence. Modern online businesses often find their clients and partners in social networks. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn — these platforms can generate hundreds of leads for your brand. You just have to learn their algorithms, build a solid audience, and work with advertising tools.

8. Maintain Your Business

Here, we mean both tech and non-tech maintenance. On the one hand, you should be able to build and support a reliable website, with enough room for scalability. On the other hand, you should manage assets, cash flow, marketing strategies, customers, and employees. The final goal is to make the business up and running 24/7.

9. Be Ready to Work for Free

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about entrepreneurs with billions of dollars in their pockets. Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg — their popular success stories inspire new-generation entrepreneurs. But real life is cruel. Initially, your business will be unprofitable and you have to survive through this phase. Are you ready?

10. And Be Ready to Fail

Admit it. There are dozens of success cases but there are hundreds of failures, as well. You should be ready to lose it all and keep spirited to start again. To avoid such a devastating outcome, make sure to plan everything properly, i.e. return to point number one.

Top Mistakes to Avoid in Online Business

Phew! Now, you have some points to consider before launching your brand online. But we have some extra tips & tricks. Often, newcomers to the world of e-commerce make all the same mistakes. These mistakes have remained relevant over time. And it’s really vital for you to know and avoid them.

       Adopting best practices without testing;

       Focusing on small things instead of core tasks;

       Giving away something for free too often;

       Ignoring customer-first strategies;

       Investing in social media all at once;

       Not installing a payment system for payment processing;

       Not thinking about money OR thinking only about money;

       Setting a too low price, which shows that you don’t value your product.

Follow Your Dream!

The aforementioned insights form the tip of the iceberg. These points are crucial for initial stages. Any entrepreneur should think about basic steps, from official registration to social media expansion. You can handle some of these tasks later after the launch, but you need to be sure of your capabilities.

Still, the launch of your own online business isn’t rocket science. Explore the available guides, educate yourself, get the needed skills, build a team, and start. Don’t play games. Work. 


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About Bob F. Junior   CCO

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