How to Start an Online business in 30 days

Theoretically speaking, all what someone needs to start a business online is an idea, a computer and free time. It has never been easier, however, is it possible to launch a business inside a month?

In the 21st century, the internet is making it very easy to start selling your services and goods. Anyone can do it if there is a good idea and a good head on their shoulders.

We have been doing some research and asking some entrepreneurs for their advices on how to start up an online business from scratch. We think that you can do it within 30 days, here’s how.

Day 1: your idea

First thing to do, you need to know what you are going to sell. If you have already got some ideas, perfect. If not, try to take a look at Craigslist pages for your region in order to see the kinds of things people are doing to earn extra dollars. You can also check out some of the online articles offering inspiration. Make sure that you idea is original enough to be interesting to customers, but not so out-there that nobody can relate to it.

Day 2: your business plan

In this step, you may have to go against your instincts a little. The secret is not to plan too much. Try to take a tip from the (highly profitable) software development community and go agile. Start with information of what you want to achieve and a place to start, and go from there.

Week 1:

Product development

Ask yourself this: what’s the smallest scale you can do this at and succeed?

The simpler your product is, the faster you can get it up and running. But if you do need a website and, arguably, most businesses do here’s how you can do it for less than $100.

Business financing

If you need your idea to be financed, you can ask friends and family for help, angel investors, lenders associated with the SBA, traditional banks and financial institutions or even alternative options, such as crowdfunding.

If you go for more traditional ways of seeking financing, be prepared to share documents such as your business plan, cash flow analysis and more.

Weeks 2-4:

Marketing

Getting the word out could be as easy as contacting friends and relatives. Word of mouth is the best way to get noticed, and it works much better on social media. Another way to market yourself is by seeking recommendations from happy customers.

Up and running

Now you should have everything set up to start the journey, and be on your way to having your first client (if you haven’t already got some). However yhe work doesn’t stop here. You need to continue improving and developing your business as you learn new things and adapt your plans to the reality of running a business.

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