The Steps I Took To Start A Small Business Online – Create Your Own!

Start A Small Business Online

For me, being able to successfully start a small business online with minimal hassle and confusion, came down to asking the right question.

Unfortunately, many beginners who decide to venture into the online business world, usually in an honest attempt to learn how to make money, get caught up in some get-rich-quick scheme which promises fast riches, minimal work, and a cozy lifestyle.

Some of the questions I would avoid asking include:

  • “How can I get rich fast online?”
  • “How can I make money overnight?”
  • “What is the easiest way to make money from home?”

You’re starting a business, not playing the lottery!

It’s perfectly fine to want to be able to spend more time with family, make money, or even work on your own terms. But realize all of these things are usually an END result of starting your own small business.

Asking The Right Questions

I feel better questions would be:

  • “Who am I looking to help/Who is my audience?”
  • “What are my interests/What am I skilled at?”

You can translate just about any interest/skill/passion into an online business. Earning money and being able to ‘be your own boss’ can be a result of a successful online business.

Don’t forget to factor in that it is people who will ultimately be bringing you business and allow you to grow.

The question that I asked and that started this whole thing for me – “how are people able to earn money through a website”.

I say that I was able to avoid all of the hassle and confusion because I am aware of the many scams out there.

Fortunately, based on asking the right question, I came across some genuine answers and eventually, a learning center which taught me just about everything I know about online business and earning through my very own website.

I still use it to this day.

Realize that to start a small business online there is real work involved. There are no exceptions just because you are on the internet – (though rather cost friendly as opposed to your traditional brick and mortar business.)

No push-button, 90% done for you, ‘expensive car and huge house’ flaunting program is going to do all of the work for you.

The good news is that there are places online that genuinely teach and help others, learn how to start their own small business.

Steps To Start A Small Business Online

I’m going to try and break this down into 4 simple steps, the first is deciding on a niche.

Step #1 – Who’s your audience?

The first step is to determine a niche. This is a word you probably hear being used often.Start A Small Business Online

A niche can be defined as – a specialized segment of the market for a particular kind of product or service. Simply put, an audience.

There are literally MILLIONS of different potential niches that you could tap into online. I suggest choosing a niche you are passionate about.

What are your interests? Your hobbies? What excites or motivates you when you think about it?

This very well could be a niche for you.

Step #2 – Create a website

If you want to establish a long-term business on the internet, what better way of doing so than creating your own website.

For those unfamiliar with building a website, it is not that complicated to do.

Your website is the foundation of your business. Whether you are selling physical or digital products, want people to find you on Facebook, want to spread a message, having your own website is ideal for an online business.

Step #3 – Get people to your website

There are a variety of ways to attract actual people to your website. Both free and paid.

A couple examples of paid advertising would be through Google Adwords or Facebook Ads.

A bonus when using paid advertising (when done right) is that it allows you to send traffic directly to your sales page or any page of the website of your choosing.

Then, there are also free methods of driving traffic to your website. One example would be SEO. Another would be social media.

SEO when done right, could help your website rank on the first page of the search engines (like Google) for certain search terms (or keywords). When people search these terms using Google, for example, your website could appear bringing in visitors to your website.

Step #4 – Earn Revenue

There are a variety of ways in which one can earn money through a website.

From placing ads on your website to affiliate marketing to creating your own products, to selling your website. You have options.

You can learn more about these business models here: Our 6 Favorite methods for earning online.

Create Your Own Online Business Today

I found an excellent community named Wealthy Affiliate which ultimately has allowed me to work from home full-time.

I will also like to add that I am no internet “guru” or millionaire, nor do I pretend to be.Start A Small Business Online

However, bills are paid, everyone is eating, we live comfortably, and I LOVE working from home on my own schedule – with no boss.

For those who are interested in earning online, realize this can be a reality for you too. Just be prepared to learn new things and work for it!

If you decide to join Wealthy Affiliate or WA, you will notice classrooms, training modules, a Live Chat with other members chatting away, different tools to help you build an online business.

Some of these things you may not understand right away, which is OK. (I didn’t understand EVERYTHING right away either).

With Wealthy Affiliate, not only will you learn the steps to creating an online business above in more detail, it’s also free to create an account and begin the first level of training – they do have a Premium option which costs around $49 per month.

I suggest you try the free membership first to see if it’s right for you. There’s no credit card needed to create your free account.

You can learn more about WA in a full review here.


About the author


    My goal for this website is to help those who are looking to make money online from the comfort of their home and to offer people an alternative to the FIXED 9-to-5 life. Whether you are looking to make full time income online or just looking to make some extra cash. I've got you covered.

    Ryan Biddulph
    Ryan Biddulph - 5 years ago

    Jason I love these simple tips. Because simple is powerful. Simple is asking a few honest questions to verify your intent. If the intent is pure, and true, and loving, you will really kill it online. In a good way 😉 I had to get serious about why I was blogging to build a successful blog. I moved away from survival mode – trying to make enough to eat and have a roof over my head – toward something bigger, some higher purpose, to see success and to be super happy too.


      Jason - 5 years ago

      Thanks Ryan, I truly appreciate that.

      One of the things that I love most about being an internet business owner, (besides the freedom!), is absorbing all of the information out there and being able to share that with others. I love learning new things.

      Thanks for the tips and for verifying for others, that blogging and running a small business online is possible.

      Have a great week,

    Lisa - 5 years ago

    Hello Jason,

    For one, I just wanted to thank you for not only taking the time to research this website, but also for sharing the information with us. I’m glad that I had a feeling it was bogus and found your website in my research. I feel so bad for the people who didn’t feel suspicious and gave their money over to this criminal. I wish there was a way to stop people like this. I tend to have a good feel for situations where people are scamming, somehow I can just feel it. It is a blessing to have this intuition, but so many people are being taken advantage of with these sorts of scams, they don’t have the intuition! I wish there was a legal way to put an end to it. I think I could easily open a business putting people like this “Richard Paul” guy, out of business! Also, protecting innocent citizens from being victimized like this. I’m just so tired of this world where crime is to be expected! People like you, people who care about other people even when they don’t know them, well we just need more! Lots more. So I thank you personally for verifying what I was already intuiting, for sharing with everyone what they need to know and helping them. Quite frankly, this guy is preying on the people whom are most vulnerable, whom cannot afford to pay out that $97.00 for nothing. I am one of them. I’m disabled with 2 children, a father whom refuses to help, my daughter is disabled. Get paid SS on the 3rd, broke by the 10th after bills and groceries. I could not afford to lose that 97.00. But I also am looking for some way to improve our financial well being. I plan to research this information you have given us access to. I’m not afraid of work, I just have to be able to take my time and break as needed. Take my daughter to her appointments. Etc. something like this may be perfect. We definitely are in desperate need of increased financial freedom. Thank you so much for all your time and effort. It is quite gracious of you.

      Jason - 5 years ago

      Hi Lisa, you’re welcome. Thank you for taking the time to share!

      When it comes to penalizing the people behind these scams, it becomes quite the wild goose chase.

      Fake names, images, voices are always being used to promoting some of these products. Not to mention, there’s no telling where some of these individuals may live. The laws may be much different there.

      One way to counter these scams is to write reviews on them, sharing your honest input. This is what I try to do and tried to do with the review you are referring to, Countdown To Profits. I’ve bought/fallen for scams before so can relate to where you are coming from.

      There are many of these get rich quick schemes out there. It’s best to learn how to start your own sustainable business, which can be achieved from a computer, rather than to chase quick riches. Look for positive training, not hyped up programs.

      Here is our #1 rated training and service.

      I wish you well, and if you have any more questions for me, do not hesitate to ask 🙂

    Paula - 5 years ago

    Thank you for this content. I agree about all the scamming and schemes to get people “thinking” they’re are going to make money online. The information you have brought to the table sounds very legit. I do have one question; when I got to step #3, you mentioned SEO. I wasn’t sure what that meant. Can you explain? Creating my own website does sound exciting and it is something I can do at home in my spare time when kids are at school. Thanks!

      Jason - 5 years ago

      Hi Paula,

      SEO or Search Engine Optimization, is an excellent, (free) method for attracting people to your website/business on the internet.

      The goal for many marketers and webmasters alike, is to get their content ranked on the higher pages of the search engines. Page 1 obviously being the best.

      By using proper techniques of SEO, you very well could find some of your content ranked within the first page of Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.

      I agree, I really enjoy creating website. It’s not all that complicated to do, even if you’ve never created a website before.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Paula.

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