Minimize Your Office And Equipment Start-Up Costs

Written by Maria Stefanova

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Finally, let's look at your website. Your website is your store- front and here, you'll have to go an extra mile in order to create a good first impression. If you can afford it, I would recommend that you hire a professional web designer. However, if money is tight, there are various alternatives that will help you to create a professional image. One of my favorites is BigStep ( ) that will help you to create your site in several easy steps. Another good source is Working Solo ( ) andrepparttar SCORE program ( ) that offers free consulting for over 500 categories. Once you have your website ready to be published, you should think about finding a host for it and securing your own domain name. InterNIC listsrepparttar 117909 major ISP providers here ( ). There are some very good solutions: bfmid=12768212&siteid=37618938&bfpage=home offers 200 MB of web space for $200 upfront without Any Monthly Fees. This is a good deal, especially if you plan to keep in business for at least a year. Here: you can secure your business name for free (the free service comes with a navigation bar) or upgrade torepparttar 117910 deluxe version.

Think about safety

This section includes anything that may jeopardize your business— from word of mouth that a customer tripped in a toy and broke her neck to a costly lawsuit for damages. Don't dismiss any of these possibilities and research carefully how to insure and protect your business.

Finally, I wish you success with your newborn business!

Maria Stefanova is the owner of LG Software (, a company which aims to make SAT, GRE and GMAT preparation more easy, funny and effective, of course!

Is A Web Design Business For You?

Written by Liz Folger

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Liz: Do you have to know everything there is to know just to get started?

Jen: No, that is one ofrepparttar wonderful things about web design, there is always something new to learn. You can start out offeringrepparttar 117908 most basic services and work your way up as you learn new techniques and strategies. In my eBook, while I do not explain or teachrepparttar 117909 reader web design skills, I do explain whatrepparttar 117910 different skills are and new ones to keep an eye on inrepparttar 117911 future. The Internet is a constantly growing and changing environment for those who design it and those who surf it, so you can really dig out your own little niche tailored to what you know and what you are willing to learn.

Liz: Is a web design business expensive to start and manage?

Jen: If you already have a computer then you haverepparttar 117912 biggest expense out ofrepparttar 117913 way. I started withrepparttar 117914 basics: a computer, printer, HTML editing software, graphics editing software, and lots of free learning resources. I did not take any college courses or pay for any online courses, most of my learning came from a few books I picked up (like Laura LeMay's "Teach Yourself Web Design in 21 Days"), free online tutorials, and viewingrepparttar 117915 HTML coding from other web sites. As your business grows you can add other equipment and upgrade your current equipment. Inrepparttar 117916 beginning I made a rule that I would not purchase anything new for my business unless I hadrepparttar 117917 money in my business account. My account started out with $100 of my personal money, which I have since repaid myself, and I have never had to violate my rule. I had to make some sacrifices, like not buyingrepparttar 117918 "best" programs when I started, not usingrepparttar 117919 more expensive forms of advertising, or borrowing my friend's scanner until I could buy my own, but I wanted my business to pay for itself and it has.

Liz: What has been your biggest struggle with marketing your business and how did you overcome it?

Jen: My shyness. Online I can talk to anyone and can project a great image. But offline I am incredibly shy and introverted. A lot of that stems from low self-esteem and a general belief that everyone is better than me. I have made great strides in this area as my business has grown, but inrepparttar 117920 beginning it was very difficult to overcome. I was able to get around it by focusing my marketing on techniques which did not involve me being placed face-to-face with potential clients. My marketing was primarily accomplished online. As I mention inrepparttar 117921 marketing sections of my eBook, this might not work for everyone, but it was what I had to do to feel confident enough to speak with my potential clients.

Liz: Any last words of advice?

Jen: Know your strengths and weaknesses as a business owner and have a good support network around you. Many times you will find that your strengths can be utilized in unusual ways to compensate for your weakness in other areas. Your family, friends, and business colleagues can help you determine if you are overly concerned about weaknesses you may have. We are always our own worst critics anyway. If you aren't finding enough support in your current circles then go out and find new ones, because starting a business is hard and you need truly supportive people around you. In my eBook, I have tried to lay out bothrepparttar 117922 pros and cons of starting a web design business, but only you can makerepparttar 117923 decision on if it isrepparttar 117924 right type of business for you. Weighrepparttar 117925 pros and cons, then balance them with your own strengths, weaknesses, andrepparttar 117926 advice of your friends to makerepparttar 117927 right decision for you. Regardless of your decision I wish you well and hope you achieve all you hope to in life. Good Luck!

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Liz Folger is Work-at-Home Mom Expert and author of, "The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To Making Money". Her book is available at your favorite bookstore like at or by calling, 800-632-8676. Liz has also created a resource site for work-at-home moms at: When you visit don't forget to sign-up for the free Bizy Mom e-newsletter.

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