Category Archives: Web Business Creation

A record of my thoughts and observations as I work on establishing an online business.

PayPal and Design

How to add a professional and legitimate aspect to your site: include a “Buy Now” or “add to shopping art” button from PayPal! I loved learning about this feature because it it such an easy way to turn a cookie cutter website into a trusted and working online business site. PayPal is a trusted source for transactions and adding one of their buttons to your site can really connect interested buyers to your product and content. The link I used to create a button for my site was fairly simple, it did not require any coding changes. I literally just clicked on what I wanted for my button and it appeared! I did have to copy and paste the code to get it to work which is not hard for any level. I do not recommend using the HTML link if you are using a Wix website. Wix has its own app for buttons that you can use. I had a hard time getting the button to appear when I added it to the site and then previewed it. I learned that if I pinned the button to the site, previews and then went back and unpinned it it would stay. When you pin an app it stays in that position when you scroll, so that would not be beneficial for a “buy now” button but possibly for a “subscribe” button. So I unpinned it after I saw that it didn’t move when I scrolled. The app finally popped up where I wanted it to in the preview. Before, it was there in the site editor but would not show when previewed. I don’t know if there is a better way to make it appear, that’s just what I found that worked. 
One trend I observed while searching through other websites of my potential competitors is that none of them had very trendy or modern websites. They were alright looking, but none that were too up to date. When they are a little old like that, it makes me hesitant to buy from them because it makes them appear as though they don’t know how online commerce works and I don’t know if I’ll get my product. So I made the decision to try to make my site as up to date and modern as I can for my product. That’s going to require some personal photography and outside work to get genuine change onto my site but I think it will really set me apart from other sites and companies if I do it right. I want the site to feature how well your home will look with custom and unique knobs on cabinetry and pulls on drawers. Its really a great accent to a home and that needs to be shown for people to see the benefit. 
That’s a summery of the week in online business 101!

Site Builders and Hosting

This week I explored the wonderful complications of choosing a site builder for my online business and a host for the site. There were so many options and things to consider! I felt a little lost at first. I learned a lot though. I knew that I needed a place to build my site. I did not know where to find that though. I also thought that hosting was built in or like the same thing. BUT THEY ARE NOT. They can be separate and they are different. I looked at iPage, HostGator, Weebly, and Word press for hosting and I am still looking for a good solution. I was impressed by WordPress the most for price and service. My problem is that I only need a website for 3 months and not many places want to host that, or the price starts getting steep. For site building, I liked Weebly and WordPress. Weebly is for anyone really. I think WordPress is for people whoa re already experienced in WordPress, which I am, so it takes some time to get used to and I don’t recommend it to everyone. Many hosting sites offered Adwords and search engine SEO credit, which was a huge perk to signing with some servers. Overall, I am going to do some more research to pick a Β final site but I know I want to stick with WordPress if I can. Those are my thoughts from this week!

Exploring Wholesale, Affiliate, and Drop Shipping Online

Where do you get started in selling online? It is so difficult to see the available options out there that can enable you to open retail space online. This week I learned about Β finding different avenues in acquiring product. One option was to contact a wholesaler and find a huge amount of product at a low price, ordering the specified unit and then shipping it to your work space to distribute later. There were a few websites to choose from Like Alibaba.com, smallvolume.com to name a couple. These were international distributors and had many options for products and vendors. The next option was to team up with another online distributor as a drop shipping online business. This one seemed like a tricky option to get into in my opinion. You have to contact someone already in business and set up a deal to order form them when a customer orders from you initially. You turn the sale around to the drop ship company and agree on an assigned percent or commission. It seemed like a lot of unofficial behind the scenes work to make a sale that wasn’t completely official. But it would work well once you got a system running and the agreements in writing. The last option is my favorite one (in my head) and its being an affiliate. The business that has the m,sot information for being an affiliate is Amazon, surprisingly. When i found out I was so excited! You can be an associate for Amazon by signing up, using their codes and promoting their items online. Whenever someone buys a product within 30 days of clicking on your promo info, you get a percentage of it from Amazon. Pretty easy right?! So awesome! I already buy things from Amazon, if I just create a website to talk about these products and promote them and make money off of it I have nothing to lose! So cool! So yeah those were my takeaways this week, lots of options for carrying or promoting product. Options to think about…

Embarking On An Unknown Quest

It ‘s been a long time since I have posted on my school WordPress, but I have returned! My 20 month break is at an end and I am back to posting about my thoughts and progress in my education in Communications and Business. This semester I was SO excited to have been able to get into a small online class called Web Business Creation. I knew I wanted to take this class because running an online business is one of my dreams! I think it would be just so great. I knew I had to get a spot if possible. I’m two weeks into the class now and its been an eye opening experience. My parents own their own business and I have been pretty involved with it throughout my whole life and I have seen the struggles and complications. But now a similar opportunity is before me. I know that if I actually learn something from this class, this will not be my one and only online business, and I know my piece of entrepreneurship is a lot smaller than my parents business, but its a start and I identify with it well. There is just so much detail involved! I am grateful I’m taking a class to figure it all out even though its a little complicated. I think the main lesson I am taking away this week is that I have a lot to learn still, but I have to jump in and jut go for it right away! I cant make up for what I don’t know so I might as well get to work. Its been enlightening to learn about the different types of business models out there and the different approaches people take to create a need for a product or service. Ideas are endless and there are so many ways to approach making money online. I am excited to continue t learn more and I will keep you updated. Until next week…