The key to learning how to start a small business online is knowing exactly what kind of operation you want to run. Do NOT attempt to find your way as you go.
As simplistic as it sounds, write out your mission statement of your new small business online. “My business is a _____________. Every day we have our customers __________________, and they learn how to _____________ and then they have the opportunity to buy ____________________.”
I know. Sounds like a no brainer. But just do it. (Thanks Nike.) Do it and keep it near you when you hit the computer every day. And stick with it because if there;s one thing I know, its that it is VERY VERY EASY to lose your way once you get started surfing.
You may start out with the intentions of doing simple keyword research and end up at your favorite chocolate shoppe…that’s the way things go on the net.
But because you’re now learning how to start a small business online, you’re not going to fall into those kinds of traps. You are going to be very deliberate about doing what needs to be done first and then allow yourself to do your ‘fun’ research only when the required stuff is done.
I can’t emphasize that enough. Do what you have to do.
As far as the mechanics of learning how to start a small business online, I would first and foremost set aside several days…that’s right…days and head directly to Google. Get a hard covered notebook (because it will ‘feel’ important) and just start entering related keyword searches such as “how to start a small business online” and “starting a small business online” etc.
Use the plural form of ALL words and think of as many different variations of what you’re looking for as you can. Then go to Overture.com and enter in your phrases there.
Fill that hard bound notebook up. I’m serious. All of this learning is FREE! Now it’s up to you to do it. Because once you learn exactly how to start a small business online, and get good at it, you will never look back. Except into that notebook!