Building Your Home Based Business Website
By Charles Fuchs
In fact, a well-planned, well-designed website can be a home based business
ownerís best friend.
The first thing that you need to do is to start planning your home based
business website as soon as possible. A mistake that many home based
business owners make is in waiting until their company is already up and
running. This can cause problems because the domain name should be on all
offline marketing materials. It costs a great deal of money to have new
letterhead, business cards and other printed materials redone to add the
domain name. Also, having a website adds substance and credibility to your
home based business. So you want to plan your home based business website
strategy as early as possible.
You also want to put a great deal of thought into your
home based business domain name. In many cases, itís the same as your
business if the name isnít already taken. This may not be the best way to
choose a domain name, however. You want to make it easy for prospective
customers to find you, so you may be better off choosing a domain name that
describes your home based business product or service accurately. The reason
for this is that people who are looking for lawn care services are going to
do a search for lawn care services, so the domain name should relate as
closely to that as possible. A hot trend these days is to put hyphens
between each word of your domain name, but stay away from periods and
When it comes to actually building your home based business website, unless
youíre extremely knowledgeable about web development and design, itís a good
idea to hire someone to do it for you. You can find many great web designers
online who will build and host your website for a truly affordable fee. Many
of these companies have templates you can use to design your home based
business website yourself. Whichever method you choose, remember that you
want your home based business website to look as professional as possible.
And be sure to stay away from slow-loading graphics and flash. Web surfers
arenít known for their patience and will leave a website if the pages take
too long to load.
Another important part of your home based business website that you want to
put a great deal of though into is the content. Youíll want the content to
speak to your customers in an conversational, informative manner. And
website experts suggest the more pages the better. When youíre first
starting out five to ten pages is probably enough, but you will want to add
to the content as you go and frequently update your content with news and
information to give your home based business website visitors a reason to
come back. If youíre sitting there screaming, ďBut I canít write!Ē Relax.
You can hire professional website content copywriters on outsourcing
websites like Elance and Guru to develop the content for you for quite
affordable rates. Itís money well-spent to have the best content possible
for your home based business website.
All of these, along with a merchant account, are essential for a successful
home based business website. However, there are some other things that you
will want to consider for your home based business website such as:
Shopping cart if youíre going to be selling merchandise
And donít worry if all of this website building stuff sounds confusing or
difficult to you. A good website developer or a few nights searching the
Internet for information on building a website will clear everything up for
youóor lead you to the right company that will build your home based
business website for you, from beginning to end. Just make sure the company
has a great reputation. You may be running your home based business from
your basement, but that doesnít mean your website has to be anything less
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Copyright © 2006, Charles Fuchs, President of Vision Management Enterprise
Inc., is an established online marketer who specializes in helping people
start their very own Work at Home Based Business.
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