While it’s always a good time to start an online business, the least expensive time to do so is on Black Friday and Cyber Monday when there are great deals to be found. Many tools and services like webhosting, niche research software, vendor tools etc… are being discounted extremely heavily to the point where it’s a no brainer to sign up.
For example, you can literally start an online business for under 3 bucks which is pretty insane.
So realistically speaking…Do you have 3 bucks to spare on something that could potentially change your life? There really is no excuse not to give it a try. The only thing you have to do is to take action.
Find Your Niche – Long Tail Pro
Before you decide to pull the trigger on a business, you first have to figure out what you are going to sell. I’ve written about this topic quite extensively in the past, but a tool that I highly recommend for niche research is the tool Long Tail Pro
Long Tail Pro Platinum allows you to easily evaluate your chances of ranking for large groups of keywords by assigning an “average keyword competitiveness” number from 1-100 for each keyword.
As a result, you don’t have to look at any complicated backlinking reports, page rank, domain age etc… Everything is nicely summed up in a single number!
Right now, you can get Long Tail Pro for 50% OFF on Black Friday only!.
Launch Your Website For Under 3 Bucks
Another key component to starting an online store is finding the right place to host your website. Right now Blue Host is offering webhosting at a 50% discount for only $2.95/month
Blue Host is the host that my wife and I used for 2 years for our online store when we first started.
Offer valid Cyber Monday only from 12:01am EST and ends 11:59 PST
Click on this link to redeem this Blue Host discount
Then, follow the step by step video below in order to install your free open source shopping cart.
Start A Blog
Another thing you might need for your business is a blog. Did you know that MyWifeQuitHerJob.com has made over 300K this past year?
If you want to start a blog using Blue Host, then follow this excellent free tutorial that I put together on how to start a blog in under 5 minutes.
Find Your Vendors
Once you’ve decided what you want to sell, it’s time to find vendors for your online store. Whether you are dropshipping or carrying inventory, a great place to start is WorldWide Brands
For all of you who are unfamiliar with WorldWide Brands, they are a service that aggregates product vendors all in one place. As a result, you can use their service to find a vendor for what you want to sell online.
Right now, WorldWide Brands is offering $30 off its lifetime membership fee.
Click here to get $30 off of Worldwide Brands
Then, watch the video below for a quick tutorial on how to use the service.
Accept Credit Cards Online
Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is being able to accept credit cards online and making sure that your site is secure. And in order to do so, you’ll need a merchant account and gateway. Right now, my merchant provider Merchant Plus is providing a lifetime 20% discount on monthly fees for their “Advanced Plans”.
If you want to be able to accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards online, then check it out. This service integrates nicely with all shopping carts.
Anyways, in case you are confused about the process, I’ve put together a step by step video on how to secure your online store using SSL and how to sign up for credit card processing.
There Are No More Excuses
As part of running this blog, I hear a lot of excuses from people who continue to hesitate to start their own business. Well right now, it’s only going to cost you less than 3 bucks to launch your website. Do you have 3 dollars to spare?
Even if you aren’t ready to officially launch your website, you should at least sign up and play around with the various services. And once you get comfortable with them, perhaps you’ll get the courage to try. Good luck!
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- How To Install An Open Source Shopping Cart And Start Your Online Store In Under 5 Minutes
- Common Mistakes New Online Store Owners Make That Prevent Them From Ever Being Profitable
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