Setup Your Business Online
When you are starting a new business, it is more cost-effective to start it online in a down economy. All that you need to start an online business is a web host and domain name, a concept, a web designer, and a content writer. If you sell products, set up your site with a shopping cart system-there is software available, or you can just open a Paypal account. If you have a service, whether it be local or nationally available, you can put a site that advertises your business while providing extensive information on the subject. You can easily start an online business with an investment of about $2,000 or less. Click here to learn about WY LLC forms.
Use Online Marketing Services
Online marketing is less expensive and in many cases more effective than advertising offline. You can target the exact people that you want to reach, and you never even have to meet or talk to them in order to get a sale. Use Google Adwords, Yahoo! Search Marketing, or another ad serving service to position your online business. You can also use these services to advertise an offline company, like a Pizza Shop. There are settings to allow your Pizza Shop ad to popup at the side of search results only for people in your city or town. You pay for each click that customers make to your website through the service, which allows you to measure and monitor your costs.
When you’re starting a business in a down economy, you have to be smart about the people you employ. Start off by hiring part-timers to work for you about 15 to 20 hours a week. Out of your part-timers, you will be able to see which one is the best at his or her job and hire that person full-time down the line when things get a little better in the economy.
Start in a Home Office
If you were thinking of renting office space as a part of your business start-up plan, scratch that cost off of your list and start work in your home office. Choose a large, quiet room in your home, whether it be an extra bedroom or a cordoned-off section of your living room and buy office supplies and equipment for your office. Not only will you save money on rent, you may also be able to take advantage of tax deductions when you use part of your home for business.
Get an 800 Number
To save money, avoid getting a landline phone and stick with your cellphone for business use. You can then get an 800 number to use as your business line. You may think that getting an 800 number is expensive, but there are services that charge as little as $2 per month for toll free services.