What Do You Need to Start an Online Business?

What do you need for an online business to be a success? If you are just starting a business venture, and have been working the 9-5 job grind, the thought of running a business can be overwhelming.

However, it doesn’t need not be a burden for a newbie who is trying to work out where to begin.

Before you initiate any efforts to get started, know what is involved before you even start your business.

I believe many make the mistake of trying to get started in their business before they know what is involved. It is important to be realistic.

What Do You Need to Start an Online Business?

What do you think it takes to be successful in marketing what do you have to consider.

We are going to give you an idea of what is required to get started.

First tip is what are you wanting to achieve in your marketing strategy for your business?

Again, research is in order, online is a good resource tool to find out the information you need.

This is also important to include in your business plan. Also, it would be a good idea to read books, take courses on the subject, depending on your budget.

Again, marketing and researching your competition is a good idea.

Why the research?

Research can give you insight on the business you are proposing.

It is an important step that many business don’t have in the equation of starting a business. This is what leads many online businesses to failure.

This is a fatal mistake that many online business just don’t get. They don’t have a concept what to do online to get their name on the Internet.

What about marketing?

  • Forums
  • Adwords
  • E-mail
  • Business cards
  • Classified ads

Let me explain these forms of marketing.


Forums are an excellent way to build traffic to your website. Also, a great way to achieve a higher ranking in the search engines.

Search engines welcome that because, it gives you more links and gives them more links to spider to your site. Be sure to know the rules before you post however, or you could be banned from the site.

Be in the know about the rules of posting on their website. Be sure to read all the posts, before you post to the thread or subject being discussed.

Stay on topic.

Don’t post ads!

Post a minimum of 5 posts a day if possible.

Make sure your information is useful, insightful and well-thought-out before posting a message to the forum.


seo and AdWords

AdWords such as Google AdWords is another excellent marketing method to get traffic to your website.

However, you may want to look to the experts, before you start this form of marketing.

This form of marketing, is not to be left to chance. You need to know what you are doing, to do it effectively.

This is where knowledge is power. Power-up your knowledge on the subject by taking an online course or doing some research on the subject, before starting your AdWords campaign.

Don’t be hasty, it is too risky & expensive to second guess on this form of marketing. So be sure.



E-mail is a revolutionary marketing medium, that can be a quick inexpensive way to get your red-hot promotion, out to your prospects.

You can speak to hundreds or even thousands in seconds using an autoresponder. You can also send one message, in a blink of an eye.

Even better you can continue to build your list over time.

However, you need to choose your words carefully when it comes to your subject line & when comes to your e-mail message itself.

If it is too much like an advertisement, this is going to chase your customers away.

Instead, your message, should not focus on merely making a sale. It should focus on building a relationship with the customer not on you.



This is one thing that you never want to do, is send an e-mail to a person that did not contact you, nor should you ever send an e-mail to someone unsolicited!

If you do, at best, they will delete your message.

If they are really annoyed they will forward your message to your ISP and even to the authorities!

If that happens you may lose your Internet connection and may open yourself up to a lawsuit.

Neither of which is to your advantage.


It is better to not even start. It is not good for the credibility of your business.

Business Cards

Business Cards are an awesome way to introduce you and your business to people you meet.

Also, to potential prospects you talk to specifically about your business just about anywhere.

You can send them in the mail or leave them in any public place that has a place to leave them.

At restaurants for example, or in a store, parking lot, or at the mall and at meetings. Be creative. Be careful not to give people the impression that you are just trying to sell them on your business.

Be sure to personable with the people you meet. Be sure you give them the message that you are there for them, to be a solution to their problems.

That your business is the solution they need to make their life better. Then, become a friend to them.

Classified Ads

Classified ads are another way, to get your message to the masses. In addition, you can post your ads to thousands of websites worldwide!

Be selective on the classified ad sites you go to. The ones that say they can submit your classified ad to thousands of websites could be a trap for sending out spam.

So, make sure they have a policy against spam. So the conclusion of the matter, be careful!

However, done correctly you can get your message out to a lot of websites in no time.

Creating good classified ads is an acquiring skill… so again becoming educated on what works and what does not work.

This is something you should know about creating ads. It is also an art. This where researching your market is helpful.

My suggestion to you is, to go to different classified ad sites and view some of the different ads to get a feeling of how they are done.

Also, another way, is to search online to see what the experienced marketers say on the subject, can prove to be very beneficial.

Also, in time when you start your posting of ads you will find that some ads will pull a better response rate then others. It has been suggested, that, once you discover the ads that get the best results, that you use those ads the most.

The best advice is, that, when you post a classified ad, that you should post it a minimum of 7 weeks before changing it.


Because response builds over time. Some people will not respond to your ad immediately.

Some may have to see your ad more then once before they act. Some may have to think your business proposition over, before they decide to respond.

The message is loud & clear, that consistency, patience, persistence is the rule of thumb when comes to this form advertising.

You need to be flexible, because the same ad that got a good results one place may get completely different results elsewhere or even in the same place at a later time. Be adaptable to change with the marketing trends.

Because the Internet is continually evolving and changing.

Pen and paper with phone and laptop handy

Where Do You Go From Here?

Now that you have some information and marketing tools and education you need to get started. You will need a website to get started.

Then you will need to register your domain name. I would also recommend a getting an autoresponder.

However, if you are starting a business for the first time. My recommendation is, to find an online marketing system that has all those tools set up for you.

All you have to do is find the right one that suits you and your needs. The best one is a marketing system that is free.

The one you choose, is a marketing system you can test drive first, before you join. I will leave a link to the system i use which is FREE No Credit Card Required to get started.

Hope you get your business up and running.

Wishing you all the best in your new business.

Would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general, and I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any affiliate marketing questions or comments.

I’m happy to help any way that I can.copywright

Kind Regards Shane.

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12 thoughts on “What Do You Need to Start an Online Business?”

  1. Thank you for this post, it really gave me good ideas on where stand to start a business online. My business is too new and all these ideas really help me to improve. I think what you share here is suitable for any kind of business online. No Spam! Totally agree, a business that starts spamming ends tragically.

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    • Hello Pablo, 

      Thank you for the feed back. 

      Happy to hear you were able to get some useful information from my post.

      Good luck with your new business.

      Regards Shane.

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    • Hello there, 

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article. 

      You can start your own business and be successful no doubt about it.

      All you need is to learn as much as you can. 

      Regards Shane.

  3. Great review on facts and points needed to start up an online business… online businesses are by far the most interesting business one could ever think of as the easiest way to start earning and you really don’t need much details to start up….these tips given here could help you decide on the best online business to go for and what you are needed to research on them all..

    • Hello Evans, 

      Appreciate the positive feedback.

      Good to see you have gotten some good tips. 

      Regards Shane.


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    • Hello Skuchmane, 

      Thank you for reading my post. 

      Happy you found my content. 

      Better late than never.

      Regards Shane.

  5. Hello Shane thanks for sharing these wonderful insights on what one needs to start an online business. Starting an online business is really a nice idea but starting with the right set of needs are more important. Anyways really think this article will set as a guide to us wanting to start an online business. Thanks

    • Hello Sheddy, 

      Thank you for the feed back.

      Appreciate the comments you have made on the best ways to starting your own business. 

      Regards Shane.

  6. I know that finding a good article does not come by so easily so i must commend your effort in creating such a beautiful website and writing an article to help others with useful information like this,this post has really helped me on how to start up my own online business,i love the point you made in the creation of Ads You need to be flexible, because the same ad that got a good results one place may get completely different results elsewhere or even in the same place at a later time. Be adaptable to change with the marketing trends.nice strategy…..keep it up sir.

    • Hello Wilson,

      Thank you for reading my post. 

      You do truly understand what I was writing about. 

      Wishing you all the success for the future. 

      Kind Regards Shane.


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