Most Read

  • Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko to step down
    Telkom has announced that its CEO and executive director Sipho Maseko will step down on 30 June 2022. The telecoms company said the process to appoint a successor is well underway and a designated group CEO will be announced in the not too distant future.
  • How cooking oil brought a moment of joy during a dreadful week
    It is possible that cooking oil prevented more looting in South Africa in the last week than the president, the ANC, the intelligence community, the army and the police combined. This, without question, says something about the versatility of the product. It says even more about the state of the state. When you are shown up by canola, you might want to revisit your strategy. By Howard Feldman
  • Park Advertising launches digital performance unit, Lucid Media
    Performance Media across Search, Social and Programmatic platforms is the single fastest growing area of digital media in South Africa. Combine that with the detailed analysis of campaign management, tagging and ad operations, and it becomes apparent that these highly specialist functions require a highly specialised unit.
  • #BehindtheBrandManager: Meet Tamsin Darroch of Kellogg's South Africa
    Few food brands have the historical connection with consumers around the world as Kellogg's does, having held meaning at the breakfast table for over a century. By Lauren Hartzenberg
  • Transnet hit by cyberattack - Operations disrupted nationwide
    The Transnet Port Terminals website has been hacked, implying that all companies under Transnet have been affected. All Transnet websites were down at the time when reporting was done for this SA Trucker article. The publication cited sources who requested to remain anonymous because they are not allowed to speak to the media.
  • Business unusual for small enterprises on the road to recovery
    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit South Africa's small business sector hard and there are grim statistics to bear this out. Those statistics will not be repeated here. After all, if you are a small business owner setting out on the road to recovery, the last thing you probably want is more details of the toll the pandemic has taken on small enterprises. Far more useful would be some good, solid tips on how to build back better after any business setbacks. By Ameen Hassen
Show more
Advertise on Bizcommunity

Subscribe to industry newsletters

How to start an online business

So you're ready to start an online business, but not sure where to start? Here's the step-by-step process to follow:
1. Make sure you have a viable business

So you’ve got a hobby that you’re really, really good at. You love doing it, everyone else seems to love you doing it and you’d like to see if it’s viable as a business. Maybe your friends have been telling you for years to turn your hobby into a business, or you’ve noticed that there’s a gap in the market for a product or service just like the one you’ve created. Here’s how to turn your side hustle into a business.

2. Find the right domain name

Your domain name is often your customer’s first interaction with your brand. If the domain doesn’t match your brand, or if a brand only has a Facebook page and not a website, it lacks credibility. Here’s how to find the right domain name.

3. Get your business online

We all know running a small business can be very rewarding, but it’s also a complex and time-consuming job. Fortunately, creating a website is one aspect that doesn’t have to eat into your resources. Take a look at how to build a small business website in minutes.

4. Turn your business into an online store

Starting an online store may seem like an intimidating process. But the barrier to entry for becoming an online retailer is actually quite low. That’s because e-commerce platforms enable you to quickly and easily set up shop on the web – even if you’ve never done it before. There’s never been a better time to open an online store - here’s all you need to know to get started.

5. Choose the right hosting provider - and platform

Maybe you’ve heard of WordPress: it’s a free, open-source and very popular website building platform. What people often forget to tell you is that to run a WordPress website, you need to host it somewhere. Here’s why you need web hosting, how much it can cost and how to make the right web hosting choice for your business.

And finally… Grow your e-commerce store

Once your online business has been up and running for some time you can get trapped in the monotony of the day-to-day running of the business. Here are some simple suggestions to inspire you to take action to grow and scale your store.

At xneelo, we’re here to support our 500,000 website owners 24/7. Our goal is to help them grow their businesses, any way we can. Find out more at www.xneelo.co.za.



xneelo
xneelo provides reliable hosting for your business. With a stable network and 24/7 support, we ensure that your website stays up, stays fast and stays supported.
Comment

Read more: online business, xneelo
Let's do Biz