Anyone who wants to start an online business has a steep learning curve to climb.  There are a few things that can help you get started on the right foot.  These resources will be beneficial to you whether you are starting from scratch or you already have an existing offline enterprise and regardless of the specifics of your unique business plan.

Since they are all necessary, the order in which I suggest them doesn’t matter that much.  Just be sure to follow all three suggestions.

You should try to locate a free course on Internet business.  Stay away from any that promise some secret or magic formula to instant riches.  There is no such magic bullet.  You need to learn how to put together a real business, built on sound principles.

Get a Google account by going to the Google home page (google.com).  You will see a few blue links.  Select the link that says, “Business Solutions.”  I suggest taking a few hours, or however long it takes you, to nose around the various options.  Many are free.  Here are the particular solutions that I use on an almost weekly basis, although you may find others that are equally applicable to your new business.

– Checkout (a payment processing system)
– Website Optimizer (conducts tests all of content on your website)–free
– Google Site Search (allows your users to locate content on your websites)–free
– AdWords (the advertising program for Google’s for their pay-per-click alternative)
— Analytics, which data for all of your major website traffic metrics–free

There are other Google services that I also use.  I particularly enjoy the Google Reader (for RSS feeds) and Google Docs, which allow me to access my documents from any computer that I use–as long as I have Internet access.  Your Google account is valid for all of these.

If you are able to find one, get a hyperlinked list of necessary resources.  One website has such a list of resources useful for online businesses available in a pdf format for easy access and use.  It includes   a number of highly useful free resources as well as many that have costs associated with them.

These three things will get your new online business off to a good start.

About Ryan Perry

Ryan Perry has taken his 10+ years of business ownership and hands-on marketing skills and focused them on online marketing. In April of 2009, he started Simple Biz Support with an emphasis on Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Ryan is propelling local business websites to the top of Google, Yahoo and Bing resulting in increased market exposure and revenue for his clients using a variety of internet marketing tools including blogs, article submissions and video. Additionally, Ryan speaks and vlogs (video blogs) about internet marketing, educating business owners how to effectively use various SEO tools and techniques to promote their business on the internet. Ryan currently resides in Santa Rosa, CA. Connect with Ryan on Google+