This page is to simply explain the resources I use to bring this website to life and are helping me with my own career change.
I believe you can benefit too by taking a shortcut in your learning curve, using these resources. (Well, just one for now!)
You will find some affiliate links here and there as I develop my business, but I will let you know what they are so you can choose to click on them or not.
Being an affiliate of someones product means I will get a very small payment for recommending a product or service to you.
(I explain my affiliate links policy here)
However, this does not affect you in any way and you don't pay any more if you do decide to purchase a particular product or service.
It is the business owners way of thanking me for sharing their resource with you.
You can be sure though I will only be bringing you the very best products I think will be of use to you on your small business ideas journey.
The list will be quite a small one anyway because the first resource I am going to share with you is so comprehensive.
I currently don't have to look outside it for any other business building information or tools.
And I make no apologies for explaining it in detail.
It is brilliant for beginners, but just as useful for more experienced users.
This is relevant to both online business building or if you want to have an offline one instead.
A web presence of some sort is a must even if you are only selling your product or service in your local area.
You may not think you need to reach a global audience but when you learn more about starting a small business you will no doubt see the benefit as time goes on. The world has become a very small place since the dawn of the internet.
The length and breadth of the online world knows no bounds.
Trust me when I say, I am was not tech savvy.
I knew nothing about building a web site, search engine optimisation, or the whole process of going online.
I approached it all with fear and trepidation and the perceived cost of starting and having to engage a professional really had me in a bit of a sweat.
So, I did a bit of research, tried quite a lot stuff on my own that didn't cost any money like blogger, wix, weebly and wordpress (the no cost version) but I soon realised, ridiculous as it may sound,
And the price is time looking for all the information you need, and money needed when you realise you cannot necessarily actually do it yourself.
I did even have a go with Typepad, it does come with a monthly or annual cost. which I liked for ease of use, and a bit of a technical helpdesk but no business building advice.
To cut a long story very short, after a lot of trial and error, I came across the product I am using now.
It is a full online business building package and I could build it all myself, so that really kept the cost of start up right down.
There is so much in it I don't have the room to write about it all.
But, please don't take my word for it.
I absolutely insist you to go and have try to get going online with one of the free programmes like blogger or the no cost version of wordpress and see how you get on.
The problem is...
I know because I have tried them all thinking I was saving money and being savvy.
I got a bit fed up in the end with people spouting , now just build a website, its free to start with, because it wasn't working for me.
All the well known names above can help you produce a website in some form, shape or fashion but, as a few examples, there are:
No really decent support functions, no forums to ask questions with real people answering quickly.
No decent guide to what steps you should be taking and it what order.
No anything useful really to shortcut your training if you are a beginner.
Pretty much you have to trawl the web to find out every piece of information or pay someone who knows more than you.
Very little is mentioned about security and how to protect your business from hackers looking to exploit weaknesses.
No one explains in details how to track your visitors or how to find out who is visiting your website
In fact, no business building information at all!
The programme I am using, offers you a 10 day process to follow with logical steps and a bible to follow or Action Guide as it is known.
You go from zero to hero in 10 steps, without having to go anywhere else on the web for your information, and the forum help offered is absolutely world class.
And you may be surprised to learn you never pick your domain name until step 5, and the reasons are obvious once you start on your journey.
Social media training included, marketing advice, webinars, hosting, domain name and a lot more.
One of the most fun parts is the brainstormer tool to help you find your best positioning in your industry.
You find out just exactly what is is people are looking for, not what you think they are looking for online.
You are not just building a website you are actually building a business here.
A crucial point to remember in the land of low cost/no cost!
All for the bargain price of about £25.00 per month or less if you pay in one go.
So, if you think you might be interested, have a look here.
You get 90 days to trial it for free to see if you like it, if not just say so, and you don't have to pay anything at all.
No problem, Wordpress lovers can get it even cheaper here, you purchase the widget to drop in your current site or the one you will start and away you go.
You get all the bells and whistles included so in less than 90 days you could be up and running your own successful online business.
Go on, give it a trial run, you have go nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Here are 52 other people who want to share their experiences, have a look at what they achieved.
Click on the links to their sites and see what a diverse, cross section of small business ideas they have come up in pursuit of a new career for themselves.
If you have an idea, not matter how crazy you think you are, you can start...