Many people dream of starting their own business. Today, the internet has opened up small business and work-at-home opportunities for people all over the world. With your own business web site, and you can be up and running your business very quickly.
Unfortunately, web sites can be expensive to set up. Depending on how simple or complicated you need your site to be, a web designer will typically charge anywhere from $100 per page on up, plus you will also need to pay someone to host and maintain your site which can be many hundreds of dollars per year.
Some entrepreneurs, when starting out, want to keep things simple and do not have a lot of money to start out with. Others just have simple needs and do not wish to spend money on fancy web sites when a simple one can get the job done just as well.
This was the case when I started my business, Supermom’s No-Lice Advice (http://nolice.blogspot.com). I had quite a bit of text, a fun and casual approach, and just 2 product options to sell. A simple web site was all I needed, so I decided to use a blog.
Blogs are very well known as online diaries or commentaries on everything from politics to current events, hobbies, creative writing, and just about anything else you can imagine. New blogs pop up every day all over the world. One blossoming use of the blog is small business sites.
You can get a free blog from places like http://www.blogger.com, http://www.typepad.com/, http://www.myblogsite.com/, or http://www.livejournal.com/ . For the simplest tastes, you can just use one of the blog host’s free templates and set up your own free paypal shopping cart (www.paypal.com). For some added pizzazz you can hire a blog designer to create a custom design that reflects your business vision, and have them apply the new design to your blog site. Some popular blog designers include http://blogmoxie.com/, and http://www.ciaomybella.com/. Most of these designers are very skilled at working with the blog templates and only charge between $50-75 dollars for your design and application.
With some creative thinking and use of non-tradtional methods, you can get your business rolling fast, and with minimal financial risk. Consider using a blog to help!