Starting an online business is very appealing, for many reasons.
We live in times where running a business remotely is not really a real obstacle.
You can really run a profitable online business completely remote – using internet to communicate with both clients and employees remotely.
You probably arrived on this blog post because you already have an idea that starting an online business is for you, but let me keep selling you on the concept.
Here's 10 reasons why you should pursue the noble dream of starting an online business.
10 reasons to start an online business
Starting an online business has a lot of upsides. Here's my top 10 favorites:
1. Choose your own hours & set up a schedule that works for you
When you have your own online business, it's gonna make the work part of life more fun.
I love working whenever I feel like working. You know what that gives me? A craving to work more, because I let it flow naturally.
If you are forcing yourself, you’re only creating resistance. I can’t be away from work for more than just a few days. That is why I’m never on vacation, neither am I working. It’s a lifestyle.
2. Be more happy with a business related to your passions
Assuming you start an online business that's related to your passions and interests, you'll be more happy overall in life just by combining work and play.
When you follow your passion and do what you love doing every day, you’ll do more than just survive, you’ll thrive. And the feeling that comes from accomplishments, is the best feeling in the world.
3. Be location independent (if you set it up right)
You can work and travel at the same time. Live wherever you want (I moved to Malta). Setup your work station on the beach, be in nature.
This ability to work from basically any place you want to, makes it so much easier. It also means you’ll make greater use of spare time.
For instance, when I’m flying, I usually take up my laptop and start writing, or read something that inspires me. Building up more momentum, getting a mental plan of what I’m going to do next.
4. There are no limits, no income roof, and infinite opportunity
Your ideas and radical action are the things that sets your success (and limits). Many online businesses are very scalable and doesn't have a lot of bottle necks with production or logistics.
“Unlimited opportunity exists for new online businesses due to the massive size of
your potential market. By selling online, the global market is literally at your fingertips. Running an online business also has the obvious benefits of independence and the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. However, starting any business has the greater benefit of the satisfaction that comes from building something of value and making a contribution to the economy, which benefits everyone” adds Carolyn Young from StepByStepBusiness
5. You can start your online business today
There is no need for training or education. Learn by doing and don’t allow excuses to get in your way. Any information and resources you need to run your business, can be learned easily by using Google or exploring social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram.
An easy business is to start an affiliate marketing website and get commissions from products.
6. Be 100% independent
You will create your own world and rely purely upon yourself, which by the way is a very amazing feeling. Your belief systems will try to limit you, but if you understand how it really works, you can remove the limits for yourself.
7. Get more time for other things in life
With running your own business, and relying fully on yourself, you’ll get a new perspective on time. You might find yourself stop watching TV, and do more things that you really enjoy.
8. Realize life is more than just money
Having sufficient funds in your bank account, and being able to do the things you want does feel amazing on so many levels, but it also makes you realize that money alone is not sufficient to create your ultimate happiness.
9. Connect with other bright business owners
Surround yourself and connect with more like-minded people. Find people that share your dream and choose more relevant work colleagues.
10. Get more insight on how to run a big business
If you want to take the big step and start being your own boss, online businesses is usually an easier place to begin.
Affiliate marketing, for instance, might just be a good start, since it doesn’t need any larger investments, also you can literally start right now. You’ll learn a lot about running a business and how things work in reality, and not on paper. Gives you a lot of advantages if the day comes when you’re going to handle a much larger and more complicated business.
What do you need to start an online business?
1. A clear business idea and target market
Starting an online business requires a clear idea of what your business will offer and who it will serve.
This includes identifying your target market, understanding their needs and wants, and determining how your business will meet those needs.
2. Setting up an online platform
Once you have a clear idea of your business, you will need to create a website or online platform to sell your products or services.
This may include setting up an e-commerce store, creating a blog or social media presence, or building a landing page.
Your online platform will be the foundation of your business, so it's important to make sure it is professional, easy to navigate, and responsive.
3. Handling payments and shipping
When starting an online business in e-commerce, you will need to consider how you will handle payments and shipping.
This may include setting up a merchant account, integrating with a payment gateway, and determining how you will handle taxes and other financial transactions. You also need to consider shipping options, packaging and tracking.
4. Marketing and promotion
Marketing and promotion are crucial for any business, and this is especially true for online businesses.
This is the fun part.
You will need to develop a marketing strategy that includes tactics such as search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, social media marketing, and email marketing.
You need to also work on your complete sales funnel including lead generation, lead nurturing, sales analysis, etc to understand your customers. It will help you better plan your marketing strategy.
5. Patience and persistence
Starting an online business is not a one-time event, it's a process that requires patience and persistence. Building a customer base takes time, and you will likely encounter setbacks and obstacles along the way. But, with patience and persistence, you can establish your business and achieve success.
If you're thinking about starting an online business, I can highly recommend my free entrepreneurship course.
Starting an online business is tough, but rewarding
Are you ready to start an online business?
It might feel a bit intimidating.
But the road to success doesn't have to be as difficult as people think.
You have been told that the only way to success is to work hard, and torture yourself until you’ve reached the destination.
What they missed telling you is that enjoying the journey is half of the success.
The only way to truly be successful, is to feel good while working on your dream.
Because, chances are high, that when you have reached your destination, you have set other goals and dreams, and you'll be in a constant state of chase (which is unavoidable in a sense, but at least you're enjoying the process).
Whatever it is that you do, it’s important to get pleasure out from it. Not on a 24/7 basis, but if it's more energy depleting than generating, you might be on the wrong path.
Most people I know who started their online business are way happier, even if they have to work hard.
Best of luck!