Having a business means you have to attain people networks for connections and customers. Needless to say that the internet is a very good and sometimes free method of getting your business on the internet, so let us discuss tips about a website for that start up business!
Why Build a Website?
As cliché goes, the internet is really the number one medium to release or attain information. Anyone can post various forms of information from almost any place at any given time. Businesses require the exposure for it to be known to customers. It is vital that people will know your vision mission, your products or services, and how they can reach you, more so if the business is a start up so you can start your venture the soonest possible time. A website can do just that! You don’t have to be a techie web developer to have a website, nor should you shell out tons of cash. Let us get into the advantages of having a website for your business.
Your website can give you extra income
If your website looks really good and has gained popularity that many users visit your site, some may be interested to put in classified ads there and this will merit you cash! Also, there are options for people to put in their links or banners on your website that will still give you income. Joining Google Adsense can also give you money from contextual ads.
A Website can help to grow your business
Your market niche has to be updated so having a website will do just that. A website may display all information about your business, more so the products and services, and all other updates that can spread like wildfire that can grow your business!
You can share your opinions, experiences & visions easily
Sharing all sorts of information is possible in websites. These may not just be beneficial for you, but it may also provide help for other aspiring businessmen out there. Who knows, you might be a philanthropist via your informative website which will further boost your business and reputation!
Ways and Tips to Build a Website
Basically you can build a website in 2 ways, one is by yourself, or hire a web developer to do the work for you! If you are the techie kind or if you plan to save money or you have time, and want to learn at the same time, you may opt to design your own website. When you do begin your quest for your website, there re lots of software you can use, but the hardest parts will be for you to learn web programming languages like PHP or HTML and learn how to make interesting graphics so study up! Creating your own website can give you your own domain which will be very advantageous in the long run but will cost you a little money.
But, if you are not the techie type or you just don’t have the time, you can opt to use free website builders and hosting. They are easy to use and may be free if you don’t plan to upgrade features so this is also a good option. But take note of these advantages and disadvantages before you decide to go for free website hosting.
Advantages of Free Website Hosting
· Free website hosting is of course free. No monthly fees are required and everything can be uploaded to your website.
· It is generally user friendly and may be a good starting point for newbie website developers.
· It practically saves you time and effort.
Disadvantages of Free Website Hosting
· Has a limited amount of space and bandwidth you can use.
· Your website can be spammed with ads and other entities as it is through these that website hosting companies earn money.
· Your domain name will be appended with the host’s name. It may not give you the personal touch and may let people think that you are not successful, therefore may ruin your reputation.
· You are limited in the website design and system. You cannot also upload features like WordPress into the free site.
· Free sites may not be stable. Once the company dies, so does your website.
So upon looking at the pros and cons of free website hosting and you decide to just do the website yourself or if you hire a developer for you, always remember to design your website simply and ensure user friendliness and at the same attractive to the users in the internet. Make sure to always include basic information about the business, and always remember to include stuff that sets you apart from your competition. As a startup business, it is vital that people will see your business’s value and uniqueness that will turn them to you. Be simple in your design, and make sure that everything will be readable from you and your audiences’ ends, but also be creative! Being unique and artful will be attractive to your customers. When you hire someone, take into consideration a freelancer friend as it might save you money and will give you ease to communicate all sorts of design concerns. Always remember too to ask from him or her how to update the website’s text or image contents so it will be easy for you to update the site. As the old Chinese proverb goes, “Give man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” So make sure to learn the updating process so your business will always be in sync at the soonest possible time possible!
Maria Park is an aspiring writer and an online enthusiast. A former food outlet owner.
she also has a passion in singing and an interest in traveling. Today, Maria is currently writing for Luke Roxas a renowned real estate business tycoon.