Bringing Your Small Business Online? Don’t Miss This!
Bringing your small business online is not as hard as you think it is. This is the quickest and easiest way to get your business on the web!
It’s a big leap bringing what you have to offer onto the web. With a flood of options and decisions you have to make, it can look like it will get really complicated, really fast.
There are a ton of platforms all telling you they’re the best way to build a website- Wix, Weebly, WordPress, Squarespace… but you need a store. How to choose?
Your site has to be better than the competitions’, but you’re not a developer… is it going to cost a fortune to hire one to make your site look good? (hint: keep reading and you won’t need one!)
Beyond getting a site set up to sell, managing inventory, and shipping or scheduling service from your site… that must mean you need someone with some technical know-how, right?
Bringing your small business online doesn’t have to be complicated. You can do this on your own. It won’t cost a fortune. It will not take a ton of technical skill. Keep reading and discover the quickest, easiest, and most cost effective way to bring your small business online![click_to_tweet tweet=”Don’t waste time bringing your product or service online for your customers. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s how to do it, fast!” quote=”Don’t waste time bringing your product or service online for your customers. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s how to do it, fast!”]
With these 4 steps, you’ll have your small business online and selling without breaking your bank account!
Set aside all the other noise and the five thousand other ideas you’ve googled. These 4 steps will take you from zero to a fully functional online store without even putting a dent in your bank account!
1. Choose a host
First things first, you need online real estate to build your digital store on. When you sign up with a host, you’ll choose your domain name. That’s what your URL will be, i.e. www.awesomeplumber.com etc. If you already have one you can just register it with them.
Below is a short list of very affordable hosting providers. There are plenty of good hosts to choose from if you want to shop around more, just focus on ones that offer managed WordPress hosting. That will be important in our next step.
Plans range from just a few dollars to a few hundred. If your business is small and you don’t expect a lot of traffic at first, one of the cheaper plans may work for you. If you’re an established business coming online for the first time and expect a good bit of traffic to start, you should dig into the higher end plans.
Probably the most important factor for a business choosing a hosting plan: make sure you get a plan with SSL/an SSL certificate. You won’t be able to accept credit card, or even PayPal, payments without one.
2. Install WordPress
Any of the hosts listed above offer one-click installs of WordPress, the world’s leading website building platform. After signing up with your new host, you’ll literally be able to out together your first website with the push of a button.
From there, it’s all about customizing to your heart’s content, and installing a great commerce plugin to turn your website into your business’ first online store.
Customizing is easier than you think it will be! Let’s look at that next.
3. Build the site you want… with little to no technical skill required!
You don’t have to have a lot of (or even any) technical knowledge to build the perfect site. One of the best things about WordPress is the huge variety of themes and plugins. Themes will give your site the unique aesthetic you need to set your brand apart. Plugins add worlds of functionality.
WordPress has thousands of free themes to choose from. You can browse (and install) them under Appearance > Themes right from your site. Or directly from wordpress.org.
There are also a plenty of places that offer premium themes to choose from. Here are two of the best:
Where themes are form, plugins are function. Security, performance, integrations, analytics, contact forms, if you want it, there’s a plugin for it. Browse the 50,000+ plugins that are offered for free through WordPress at your leisure. To get your shop up and running though, there’s only 1 that’s essential. That’s our next and final step!
4. Setup your shop and start selling!
After running through the steps above, all that’s left to do is give your customers a way to start buying.
Question is, what are you selling? Digital product like software, music, or art? Physical items you’ll need to ship out? A service you need customers to schedule?
You probably still have a ton of questions… how will you collect taxes? Track inventory? Handle shipping costs? Manage scheduling? Slow down. There’s good news.
It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or how you’re selling it, there’s one plugin that will walk you through how to do it!
There are a variety of commerce plugins for WordPress, but Ninja Shop is your ticket to getting a fully featured online store built fast. Install the plugin right from your site, and a setup wizard will walk you through the rest. It doesn’t get easier or faster than this![click_to_tweet tweet=”With these 4 steps, you’ll have your small business online and selling without breaking your bank account!” quote=”With these 4 steps, you’ll have your small business online and selling without breaking your bank account!”]
Followed these 4 steps? You’ve brought your small business online. The sky’s the limit from here!
If you’ve worked your way to here, you now have an online shop for your small business. Fine tune, customize, adjust from here, but don’t waste time getting your product or service to your customers. If you ever need a hand, we’re standing by to help you get where you need to be. Don’t hesitate to reach out!
Comments are below. What questions do you have about Ninja Shop or bringing your small business online?