How Much Does It Cost To Start An Online Business

How Much Does It Cost To Start An Online BusinessIs it really expensive to start your own business? Well, if you want to build a traditional business the cost is some thousands of dollars plus the daily and monthly expenses for months or years before you get a profit. If it’s a small business you may work 12-15 hours per day to avoid hiring an employee who is going to cost you, even more, money.

Personally, I think that it doesn’t worth it. Too much risk. You shouldn’t try it if you can’t afford to lose the investment as the 50% of small businesses fail during the first year. I would prefer a 9-5 job instead of work 12 hours per day with the fear of losing thousands of dollars.

Thankfully, you don’t need the same amounts of money and time to get started online. So, how much does it cost to start an online business?

Ok, I’m going to describe two types of online businesses. The first one is with a website and the second one is without a website.

Build A Website

I’m not going to analyze the process but the cost of this effort. I suppose that you don’t sell your own products but you promote products of other people to get a commission (affiliate marketing).

The Expensive Way

In this way, you aren’t going to do anything by yourself but you’ll hire other people to do the job for you. Let’s start, here is a list of the tasks I would make:

  • Buy a domain – 10$ per year
  • Find a hosting service – 10$ per month
  • Hire a freelancer to create your website – 200$ (website building with 5 pages)
  • Hire a writer – 200$ (20 posts)
  • Autoresponder and landing pages builder – 20$ per month

If you know the basics about SEO, you can ask from your writer to optimize the content for specific keywords. In this case, you may pay for a good keyword tool differently you can hire a SEO expert.

When your website is ready, you should update it regularly (add a post per week). You can also hire a virtual assistant for scheduling your updates and other simple tasks like managing and updating your social media accounts.

So, before your website starts making money it usually takes 3-6 months. With this way, you are going to spend 800$ – 1000$. For faster results, you may start a PPC (pay per click ads) campaign.

This way works better for people who don’t want to learn the skills of online marketing but they need a website for their business or they want to start on online marketing without effort. It isn’t as expensive as a traditional business but you can save a lot of money if you learn how to build your website by yourself.

My Recommendation

In my opinion, the best online for a complete website plus over 100 emails for your email campaign in a niche of your choice is AffiloJetpack. It costs 747$ but it saves you time and money.

The Standard Way

Most of the online marketers know how to build their own websites and they usually don’t hire freelancers and companies to do the job for them. How much are you going to pay with this way?

  • Buy a domain name
  • Hosting Service
  • Autoresponder

With 30$ per month, you can start your own business. You may need a training program if you are a beginner. If you join Wealthy Affiliate you can learn about the online marketing skills while building your website. It costs 49$ per month but you save the hosting provider money. So, you can start with a total 49$ per month plus 10$ for your domain name.

Try For Free

Some people don’t like to spend any money online even for something helpful like the tools they need to start their business. They don’t afford it or they don’t believe that you really can make money online. If you one of these guys, you can start for free by choosing a free domain, two good choices are Siterubix and Blogger. You are probably a beginner if you want to try this way so sign up for a free membership on Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama. You can earn money even with a free website but you won’t have any success if you don’t understand how this process works.

Learn how to make keyword research, optimize your website for search engines and create content consistently. It usually takes 3-6 months to get organic traffic with a new website.

Without A Website

social mediaBuilding a website isn’t the only way. You can also create and build an email. We build a landing page where we collect emails and we send them content and our recommendations. When they buy something we get a commission as above.

First of all, we need an autoresponder, where we are going to create our first campaign. You can start on Aweber with 19$ per month until 500 subscribers (is more expensive for more subscribers). You can also build your first landing page without any extra cost. On their website, there are tutorials and guides on how to start.

Then you send traffic to your landing page and when someone subscribes, the autoresponder starts sending him your emails. The problem with way is that don’t have free organic traffic from search engines. So, there are two options:

  1. Social Media: You can build accounts and pages on social media and try to get followers that are interested in your niche. The traffic from social media is free but it doesn’t convert well as the traffic from search engines. You also need to create content consistently and it takes a lot of months to build enough following for earning money.
  2. Online Advertisement: You may have heard about Google Adsense, Bing ads or Facebook ads. There are many other options for online ads but these are the most popular PPC programs. You pay per click(visitor). This is an easy way to get traffic but it costs a lot and if you don’t know what to do, you’ll lose your money without any results.

So, you can start with 19$ per month plus the ads expenses. You can also hire freelancers for some simple tasks like building the landing page or writing emails. You can sign up on Aweber here.

An Alternative Option

Learning to write emails, build landing pages and your own website are important skills for any online marketer. However, if you don’t have any intention to create content then there is one more option.

Some months ago, I joined the CB Passive Income. It’s a money making program founded by Patric Chan. I wanted to see how this program works and I paid the 1$ trial. So, here is the process:

  • You get landing pages which convert really well.
  • You send traffic to the landing pages.
  • When you get a subscriber, he/she gets emails from the Patric Chan’s autoresponder with your Clickbank affiliate links.
  • If someone buys, you get a commission.

When you sign up there is a form to fill in where you write your Clickbank ID. Next, they can include it in your email campaign (you can sign up on Clickbank here if you haven’t done this yet). There are also two guides for free and paid traffic.

After the 1$ trial, you pay 37$ per month.

You can sign up on CB Passive Income here.

Last Thoughts

As you can see there are many ways to start but I prefer to make the job by myself. It’s cheaper and most effective. So, join a training program and learn as much as you can for online marketing. Then buy a domain name and create your content with the way you have learned.

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