what does your website say about your business?
Wherever you are doing business, online, or offline you need to present a professional image.
You can have best product in world, most targeted advertising campaign dragging people to wherever it is you sell your product, but when they get there if you don't look like someone who takes their business seriously why should your customer?
For an online business owner, cost needn't be a reason not to look as professional as anyone else.
So ask yourself if you need to address any of following to bring your website up to professional standards.
Firstly, what is url to your business homepage? The url is address you type in to get to your website. If it looks like http://www.somefreehost.com/123/yourname.com you are in need of a domain name immediately.
Domain names are a great first step to creating a professional looking website, and are simple and cheap to setup. I personally use http://www.godaddy.com for my website at http://www.cashinonline.info as a domain for 1 year there only costs $8.95 and is easy to administer to point at an existing site (forwarding) or to a hosting service.
So there's no excuse not to have a domain name for your business, unless it's already taken, but Godaddy will even offer alternative names containing your name so even that's taken care of. Go and find your domain name now, and then continue reading.
The next big question is where you host your site, at first free hosting can seem like a good idea, but your business could quickly outgrow their offerings. Most free hosts only offer very low bandwidth and may have high demands placed by hosting lots of sites. This means your site will load slowly, and your potential customers will move on before it loads.
The next problem is amount of download (transfer) free host will allow you. If your site gets lots of hits (which would be great) they could pull plug to conserve their own transfer limits. Then your website will not be seen.
My reccomendation for web hosting would have to be http://www.Host4Profit.com/cgi-bin/home.cgi?67213 host4profit has an excellent package for businesses, and offers plenty of space for your site and more bandwidth than most will ever need. Your site will always be available. But even better is that as a host4profit user you can refer others to service (with a clear conscience too) and receive commissions each month, and with just 3 people referred using service you are into a profit.
A slightly cheaper alternative which gives you both a domain and webhosting for $10 a month is available from www.Movie.ws/dougyt which would be more than good enough to host most startup sites, and also has a business built in.