When starting a new business online, it can be quite challenging and rewarding at the same time.

Sometimes, the whole process might look simple, but you need to try and narrow it down to a couple of steps to understand it better.

The 20 steps highlighted below are very necessary for both online, and offline businesses (you can skip some part if it doesn’t relate).

In general, these steps are all relevant and you should possibly take note on the ones that suits best to your kind of business.

Related: 6 Online Businesses You Can Start Now.

  1. Be Motivated – This is the first step to becoming a successful entrepreneur. If you’re reading this article, there’s a great chance you’ll end up becoming one.
  2. Get the required skills – You absolutely do not need a university degree to start up a business, but you do need to equip yourself and be aware of the experiences and skills involved in owning a business.
  3. Come up with an idea – In this part, you need to brainstorm ideas that have the potential of becoming a full scale business.
  4. Research about this idea – Create questionnaires and surveys, ask questions. Heck, surf the internet to get the answers that you seek.
  5. Create a business plan – Now that you’re in full swing of launching your business, you need to create a business plan that includes all the relevant details, what your competitors are doing, your target audience etc.
  6. Scout for potential clients – Be on the look out for people and businesses that can buy from you or partner with you. Try to at least get prospective clients before spending any money.
  7. Register your business name – It’s a simple, yet necessary step.
  8. Establish a unique brand. Find out what makes your business unique, and develop a brand around it. This should be coherent on your website and on social media as well.
  9. Launch a website – As soon as you can, establish an online presence by launching a website for your brand.
  10. Develop a social media marketing plan – This is just as important as anything else. A solid social media marketing plan will drive your business to grow.
  11. Create a test product or service – Feel free to call it a prototype or a beta. By creating a sample, you are giving your audience a chance to test, you get insights before officially releasing the product.
  12. Establish key partnerships – Reach out to like-minded individuals, contractors, vendors and suppliers who will agree to work with you and help your business grow.
  13. Create company culture guidelines – Create some guidelines for your business, and employ people who will adhere to them.
  14. Start selling – Go all out and start selling your products in droves.
  15. Network online and offline – Make it a duty to meet people on social media and in person. You simply don’t know who will be a new customer or partner.
  16. Use a lead magnet to attract new customers – You want to get new customers as fast as possible and to do this, you need to come up with a lead magnet – a free item that will be attractive to potential customers.
  17. Invest in automation software – Make sure to improve and automate whatever you can, to give you more time to focus on growing your business and make your customers happier.
  18. Keep learning about your industry – Don’t stop learning and researching to stay ahead of the curve. Reach out to competitors, attend industry conferences, and embrace partnerships.
  19. Become a thought leader – Grow your own personal branding and establish yourself as an authority in your niche by speaking at events, hosting webinars and writing articles.
  20. Track and Evaluate your progress and keep tweaking – Keep track of your progress and evaluate your results at intervals. This is to determine where you are versus where you ought to be. Make necessary changes as your business grows and learn from your mistakes.

    What else would you add to this list?

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