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How to Start Your First Business: A Guide to Creating a Successful Internet Business

Jinger Jarrett
Mar 1, 2008
The secret to starting your first business online and being successful at it is to have a clear purpose for what your business will be about. You should also have a definite plan for your business.

You should start by writing down what your business is about, who your customers are, and what you will sell.

Also, you'll need to set up a separate bank account, as well as buy a business license if your city requires one.

Once you've taken those preliminary steps, then it's time to dive into the task of setting up your business online.

Start with a website. Although many people dread this step, it's one of the most crucial to your success. Having a website will allow you to build your list of prospects, as well as sell your products and services.

It doesn't have to be anything complicated either. It can be something as simple as a lead capture page or you can use a content management system to build a content rich site.

Regardless of what type of site you choose, you want to get it set up as soon as possible so you can start promoting it.

Next, you'll need to consider your marketing plan. Creating an effective marketing plan really isn't as difficult as it sounds.

You have lots of options to choose from:

*Search engine optimization
*Linking
*Article Writing
*Press releases
*Blogging
*Joint Ventures
*Affiliate Programs
*Free Classifieds
*Social Networking
*Forums

There are many others, and how you market your business is only limited by your imagination.

When choosing how to market your business, you have several things to consider.

First, what do you like to do? If you hate to write, then you'll have a difficult time coming up with a good article even if you can write. If you've never written a press release before, it can seem pretty daunting, but you can still do it. You will simply need to do a little homework first.

Now, once you've chosen the type of marketing you want to do, you need to choose the sites where you will market. You'll need to do a little research.

Go to your favorite search engine and do a search for the type of marketing you want to do. If it's free classifieds, then you'll look for free classifieds ad sites. Don't overlook sites on your topic because these sites will actually be more targeted to your market than general sites, for example, article directories.

Select about five sites and then study those sites. Again, if you're doing free classifieds, you'll want to look at as many ads as you can. Study those ads. Which ads made you want to take a look at the actual offer? That's how you want to write your ads. The same applies to any other promotional material: articles, press releases, etc.

Once you've completed this task, write your sales materials and start posting. Then go and find five more sites. Test and track your promotions to see which ones get results.

By following these steps, you're now well on your way to starting a successful business.
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