Do you want to get started with your own website and/or online business?
It can be done!
One of the most fabulous things about having a website or online business is the freedom to work your own hours from anywhere in the world.
It’s not easy. There are no magic wands to make it happen overnight.
But with dedication, a vision for you, perseverance and planning, it’s truly possible.
You can create your own website or get started with an online business even with limited funds… as long as you have a computer or laptop and a good internet connection.
If you are like me, you could spend hours figuring out how to get staretd with your own website.
Which is where my Resources I Use to Build my Website and Online Business comes in.
I hope you find it helpful.
If there is something you need or want and not sure where to look, drop me aline. I’ll be happy to help.
Your domain name is the address where Internet users can access your website.
As you can see, mine is rosalinecallaghan.com.
There are a number of domain name providers. I use Namecheap.
Simply enter the domain name you would like to use and see if it is available.
There are lots of add-ons to choose from them, but simply get your domain name at this stage to get up and running.
You can always add more later.
A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the services and technology needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet.
Websites are hosted or stored, on special computers called servers.
I recommend Siteground.
Or, A2 Hosting
Building Your Own Website
WordPress is simply fab.
To help you on your way, check out Getting Started with WordPress.
There is a difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com. It took me ages to get my head around this when I started.
In a nutshell, wordpress.com is like renting a house and there are limitations as to what you can do. They also run ads on their free versions.
I use WordPress.org which gives you full control over your website.
Now that your hosting is set up and ready to go, how do you make your blog look unique and customised? (If you still don’t have hosting, click here)
WordPress.org uses “Themes” to help you easily customise the look and feel of your website.
They are pre-built site design layouts that you upload to your WordPress installation and can easily personalise to look just how you want them to.
There are a number of free WordPress themes you can start using straight away, and they look pretty good.
Done for You Website Setup and Design
Roscara Website Services can set up your website for you with the design you like.
My prices are incredibly reasonable with a starter website of 5 pages for £500.00.
Contact me if you would like to chat about help with your website.
Optimise Your Website for Traffic
One of my go-to companies.
They provide Search Engine Optimisation, Link Building Services, Blogging Services and Video Content.
And, are a great resource for lots of free information.
On signing up for free, you are offered a one to one consultation to help you get your business in front of more people, whether you are a new business or an established business or online presence needing more viewers.
Transferwise is an online account that lets you send money, get paid, and spend money internationally.
With a TransferWise account, you can send money abroad, get paid in other currencies, and spend abroad on the TransferWise debit Mastercard
Payment solutions and e-commerce needs with Paypal’s merchant services, from accepting Paypal account payments and credit cards on a website to online invoicing.
You are going to need quite a few images to make your website appealing.
Be careful not to just download any image and use it; unless you are sure it is royalty free.
I use mainly my own photographs but do have a few from other sources such as:
An excellent stock agency with millions of premium high-quality pictures: stock photos, royalty-free images, illustrations and vector art at affordable prices.
Stunning free images and royalty free stock photos.
There is a paid version of Canva but the free version is excellent for when you are starting out blogging or building an e-commerce store.
Over 15 million users and growing every day. Join us as we become a household name.
Design anywhere. Available on desktop, mobile (iOS and Android) and iPad.
Endless choice. Millions of photos. Thousands of templates.
Design anything from video to websites. We’re constantly expanding our offering.
Powerful tools. Users love Canva because we make design easy and fast.
Available in 100+ languages. We’re empowering the world to design.
Great resource with over 1.5 million royalty-free photographs and images for all your needs.
Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to priorotise and organise your projects in a fun and flexible way.
The free version is a great way to get started with time-management for your online business and more.
When you need to get things done and don’t have the time or expertise then outsourcing is the perfect solution.
These are some of the providers I have used.
Claims to be the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace by the number of users and projects.
Through their marketplace, you can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software development, writing, data entry, and design.
And, right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing, accounting and legal services.
You enter details of the particular job you want done.
Freelancers apply and you choose the best fit for you.
PS. If you sign up using this link, we’ll both bet 20 US dollars towards our next project.
Freelance Marketing Services For the Lean Entrepreneur.
They have an amazing the range of services that are available.
I have used them a lot for smaller, time-consuming tasks.
Free Courses to Help You Make Your Website
Chris Farrell is one of the world’s most popular teachers of basic online business skills.
His ability to clearly articulate and explain how online business works and his easy presentation style has helped many thousands of people worldwide to equip themselves with the skills they need to compete online, either working for organisations or working as self-unemployed entrepreneurs.
With Chris’s help, you can learn the techniques, tactics, and strategies to start, improve or grow your online business.
ALISON is a free online education platform that mostly focuses on workplace-based skills.
It was founded in Galway, Ireland by Irish social entrepreneur Mike Feerick on 21 April 2007.
It has 11 million registered learners, 1.5 million graduates, and 1,000 courses available for free in 2019.
Writing for Your Website
From grammar and spelling to style and tone, Grammarly helps you eliminate errors and find the perfect words to express yourself.
A helpful introductory article by Jasmeet Singh…Getting Started with Pinterest for Business
This is one of my favourite boards which I am currently working on and collaborators welcome.
Drop me a comment to ask for an invitation to contribute. Yay!
There are so many helpful books out there but here are a few I have used and can recommend to get you started.
by Timothy Ferriss
by Martin Amor
by Carrie Green
by Gary Vaynerchuk
by Robin Waite
Best Blogs to Get Ideas for Your Website
What do you use to create your website or build your online business?
Drop me a message in the comments section to let me see what you recommend.
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