Many people want to start an online business, and that is great. The problem is when people think that it is easy. That you start writing and people all of a sudden start flowing to your website and you start making millions. That is not the case sadly. Most of the time people who seem to have overnight success have been working for years behind the scenes.
I know when I first started a few years ago I was still on disability and I did not have a lot of money to spare. I did not have anyone to talk to as to what investments I should make, and I made a lot of what were to me costly mistakes and when you are only getting a few hundred dollars a month it ‘s hard but not impossible to start a business. Below I am going to tell you what you MUST have to start a business, so you don’t go almost broke like I did starting out.
Now I have a MacBook Pro, but when I first started, I was working on a computer that was 300 dollars at Was-Mart. It served my purpose just fine. I was able to get things up and running, and when my needs got more demanding, I upgraded.
Access to the internet
You need to be able to upload your posts to your blog. It doesn’t even have to be fast internet just enough so that you can post to your blog. I had the slowest speed cause that was all that I could afford.
A self-hosted website
I know I know you are like why I should go to a self-hosted site when I can get blogger or Tumblr for free? I will tell you why. With self-hosted word press blog, you can do ANYTHING you want to it. With others, you are limited plus you OWN your content when you have a self-hosted blog. Unless you are dumb like me and did not back up your blog, you can never lose your content.
Something to take pictures with
I have a fancy DSLR camera now that confuses the hell out of me, but when I first started, I had an iPhone 4. Yeah, remember the crappy pics that thing took? And I had no idea what photoshop was so my pics were horrid. I am not self-critical, it is the truth you can look through my archives on my book blog and see for yourself. Don’t feel bad if your picture taking equipment is not the best. When you start growing and seeing results, you can always upgrade.
A Blog Hosting service
This is where your blog is hosted. I have been with BlueHost for years, and there have been some sticky moments, but overall they are ok. I have heard that SiteGround is amazing, but I am too lazy to make the switch. At the moment everything is working as supposed to and I go by the if it ain’t broke don’t fix it mentality. This is a must for a self-hosted blog. I know Bluehost has some cheap plans that are affordable to people without a lot of money to spend.
With these five investments, you will have what you need to grow and remember don’t compare yourself to people who have been blogging since LiveJournal heyday. If you are just starting out focus on YOU and when you begin to grow and see more money from your blogging you can always upgrade!