Time to Start a New Business! Times are a-changing fast. Never before have we been freer as a people. What?
Yes, it's true... we do have the choice to not be tethered to a desk at a boring job we hate. We can, instead, tether ourselves to our own desk and love it! Covid-19 had a big hand in that.
Haven't you noticed how traditional ways of doing business are falling apart—meaning they are changing rapidly? Take book publishing, for instance. Authors can now self-publish over on Amazon and other places. It's a great way to start a new business. The gatekeepers of the big publishing companies do not have the stranglehold on new authors anymore.
Admittedly, it makes the competition out there steeper with more and more authors, for instance. But competition is good—it keeps prices in check. It may also mean you have to work a little harder; put out a better product—be the best you can be—and do the best you can do.
But, to reiterate, competition can be fierce. You need to get the right ammunition. No point in going off half-cocked with a "free" website. You honestly do "get what you pay for."
Do those "free website" companies teach you how to build a business plan? How to do keyword research? No Sir-ee Bob.
But SBI does. They have so much stuff... it's easy to get your site hooked up with Facebook, Twitter, et al. How about making sure your site is mobile-friendly? Yup, it's in here too. It truly is mind-boggling.
I must admit that I use WordPress sites. Hey, their templates are great and it's free (hosting isn't, don't forget—you still have to pay for hosting!) BUT, and there's always a but!—I get tired of just about everyday having to update someone's "free" plugin. Every time I log in, I have to spend precious time updating and updating and updating... there's none of that needed over at SBI!
of templates, SBI does have a good selection, but really, just about
all of them can be customized to your liking. Don't like the header in
the template? Then upload your own header instead! Do you want
horizontal navigation bars instead of the vertical bars? No problem.
Change the color scheme, headline font? Easily done. Do you want to have
a blog page? No problem... I have a "Recent Articles" sidebar/column
that links to the blog page that links to the corresponding site pages.
It's all so easy to do too. Yes, I'm going to use that very old worn out saying, "If I can do it, you can do it too!"—Yes YOU can start a new business of your very own!
This site was created with SBI, AKA SiteSell. Its founder, Ken Evoy, goes way out of his way to help you succeed. Their support staff is phenomenal too. The company recently updated SBI to stand for Solo Built It; it used to be Site Build It.
I was blown away (still am) by the vast amount of resources at SBI. Got a question? Visit the friendly forums. Still in need of an answer? Then contact "Support." They have never let me down yet. There's the old email way to contact them, or the handy pop-up chat.
A few of the gals in support know me well—don't you "Lesley in Devon," "Carol," "Jenny," and "Laura"? :-)
You DO Get What You Pay For!
It always amazes me when people ask, "What site builder do you use, Susan?" and I reply SBI and then the next question is always, "How much does it cost?"
When I tell them you can get going for as little as $35 a month (you save almost $90/yr if you choose the yearly plan, see more below), they balk.
I don't know about you, but I cannot think of ANY SINGLE BUSINESS you can start with such a LOW OVERHEAD. Can't be done. No way with a brick'n'mortar store!
The $35 a month is totally affordable, but you can save money by opting in for the yearly commitment of $329.99. What happens if you just want to "test out a theory/site"—see if there's enough potential? Do what I did and opt to pay month-by-month for just $34.99 a month. I do that until I'm sure I want to continue with my new website. If it's a fruitful site, then I'll switch over to yearly and save quite a few bucks!
Everyone knows something about something... a little, or a lot. Don't you want to share your passion? So long as your passion is something that could benefit someone else, then you have a shot at creating a successful website business. If it's too obscure a passion, then just keep it as your passion—a hobby. Sometimes when you turn a small hobby you love into a job, the fun of it is lost... and then it turns into a chore.
Instead, choose one of the many "a-ha" moments you've had and start a new business website with your idea. Like when you were frustrated while washing the car with an old cloth that kept falling into the dirt—and you know that a washing-mitt would be better... (yes, I'm sure it's already been created by now).
On that note, SBI also helps you with their SearchIt! tool—to make sure you don't go ahead with an idea that's already been trademarked, etc. SBI comes complete with traffic stats, link trackers, sub-domain plug-in capability, keyword research tools...
but wait, there's more! :-)
Image library, tracker library, link library... reusable block library, form library, email too! We have Special File Manager to upload an eBook for sale on your site for instance; RSS set-up, Name Park It! The traffic center is loaded with goodies to aid in Search Engine HQ, Image Search HQ, Local, and Other Search HQs too!
You are not left floundering—there are Tips 'n' Techniques, Monetization methods, Google studies and much, much more.
Their site-builder, called Block Builder (BB2 latest version), is absolutely awesome! When you've created your page, there's an "Analyze It!" tool that combs your page for word-count, it checks that your page title, description, keywords, etc. are all used in the right amount in the right places (yes, "search engine optimization" the RIGHT way—not black hat).
SBI really "has your back" and now is a great time to start a new business—hey you may even get big enough to hire help! BUT—if that scenario is too scary and you like working solo—then building a website is a perfect way to go!
I put in many twelve- to
Because I LOVE IT.
You are your own boss.
Try it, you might like it!
Today is the day to
start a new business!
Copyright© January, 2015, updated February 2023
Susan Gast began Easy Food Dehydrating in December 2010. Read Susan's story of what sparked her interest in all things related to "food dehydrating."
Susan is featured on Mother Earth News blog, and on Solo Build It (SBI) who host this site along with her sister site, Finally-Keto. Read her first SBI interview, and her second SBI interview. Susan also runs an additional SBI website: SusanGast.com - Non-Fiction Author - and showcases many of the books she's created and marketed over the years.
Since 1980, Susan's involvement in publishing - in one form or another - led her to create a "review site" of products related to the publishing industry. Visit ePubTechReviews today.
Do you want to send Susan a quick message? Visit her contact page here. She'd love to hear from you!