Online Business Success: Your Essential Guide

Online Business Success: Your Essential Guide

The following contribution is from another author.

Want to know how you can make your online business a success? Then look no further because below you will find all the essentials to ensure your business thrives. Read on to find out what they are. 

Choose a niche you love 

One of the best pieces of advice a professor gave me in college is to always pick the assignment that is the most interesting, not the one that looks the easiest. This is because it is this interest that will sustain you through the process of getting the assignment done. Of course, the same is true for choosing a business niche. 

Pick one that you already have a love for such as a hobby or passion and you are already putting yourself ahead of the competition, not only because you are likely to have a wealth of knowledge and experience already, but because when times get tough (as they invariably will) you won’t give in. 

Protect your assets

Doing business online comes with a whole host of benefits. You can reach millions of people with the touch of a button. You can take payments instantly, and avoid all the overhead costs of a brick-and-mortar company. 

However, there are some downsides, and risks associated with running a business online, and one of the most prominent of these is cyber security threats. Yes, that’s right when you have an online business you have to make sure that those with nefarious intentions don’t stop you in your tracks and cost your company unnecessary time, money and hassle. 

Of course, there are cyber security specialists that you can work with to help minimize any online risks to your business and website. Although, it always pays to educate yourself on the potential issues and have at least a basic understanding of how they can be solved. 

Create a stellar website 

The foundation of any online business is its website. Indeed, in today’s market, every business needs a good website, whether it runs solely online or not.  But what is a good website? Well, the most important thing about any website is that it’s user-friendly. This means that it’s easy for your customers to access and use and that it does not leave them feeling confused or frustrated. Indeed, websites that create these feelings in users tend to cause potential customers to navigate away and buy with a competitor instead. 

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure your website is as user-friendly as possible. The first of these is to make sure that you use a website design that prioritizes the user. This may require a little research if you are creating your site on platforms like WordPress, but it’s worth it in the long run. After this, you’ll want to look into purchasing some memorable .com domains that relate to the name of your business or your niche. By purchasing a domain you’re effectively owning a little piece of the internet and this is how customers can easily reach you. By picking up some easy to remember and relevant domains, you’re more likely to see returning users and have new users recommended more frequently.

Next, your site must be mobile-compatible. This is because the vast majority of people now access web content on mobile devices like phones and tablets. What this means is that if your website does not display correctly on such devices you will be losing custom. 

Clear navigation is also very important when it comes to user-friendly website design. Usually, a top bar with 3-5 navigation categories, as well as easy back and forward buttons will be enough to make sure users can get around without getting lost. 

Content architecture such as H1-H3 headings is also helpful when it comes to ensuring that your site is user-friendly. This is because it breaks down great swathes of text into smaller, more easily readable and digestible chunks. It also makes it easier for users to scan the page to see if there is any information that is relevant to their needs. Oh, and a bonus is that if you do your H1-H3 headings right (include keywords) they can significantly help boost your SEO as well, which means it will be easier for customers who are looking for your business to find you online. 

Embrace specialized software 

Another great way that you can maximize your chances of business success is to embrace the use of specialized software. The reason for this is that the software that is specially created for the niche in which your business operates can save you a great deal of time and money. 

The good news is that there is specialist software out there for just about every possible business under the sun online or otherwise. For example, if you run a commercial HVAC business, choosing a product like this BuildOps HVAC software will help you schedule your workers more effectively, make data-driven decisions, and give your customers a stellar experience every time they work with you. 

Alternatively for online business, there is specialist software such as Woo-commerce that allows you to easily and quickly upload products online to sell, as well as sell across a range of channels including social media and take payments from all over the world safely. 

Create a robust brand 

If you want your online business to succeed it’s also incredibly important that you do everything in your power to create a robust brand. Your business brand is your company’s unique identity visual and otherwise, that sets you apart from your competitors. A strong brand is crucial for doing business online because there are so many opportunities to connect with potential customers and your brand must be both recognizable and consistent at each of these. 

One aspect of a strong brand is making sure you have a great logo. Your logo should be a visual representation of your business, and its values, and should be immediately recognisable by anyone looking at it. For example, if you were to see Nike’s iconic swoosh, you would know immediately what company it represents even if it was not surrounded by text.

The colors you choose for your visual branding are crucial too. Especially as there are set colors in some industries. For example, banking and financial business often use the color blue in their branding because it conveys a serious and trustworthy image. 

Focus on marketing 

Last, if you are looking for online business success, you will need to invest in marketing. The good thing about marketing your online business is that you can also do it online, and there are many effective options to consider. 

One such option is to make use of content marketing which include blogs, vlog, videos and guides. Content marketing is a great way to improve your SEO rankings which means your business will climb to the top of the search results on engines like Google. This is important because studies show that the businesses that get the highest click-through rate are nearly always the ones that hold the 1st-3rd SERPs rank

Content marketing is also a great option because it can help you connect with potential customers at the very beginning of the sales cycle. Indeed, if you do it right you can begin your association with a potential customer by providing them with information they value, which helps them view your business in a positive light, even before you have made a sale. 

There are many other forms of online marketing you may wish to try as well, such as social media marketing. This is when you establish a presence for your business on a social media platform. The key to doing this successfully is to ensure that you choose the platform that your target audience uses. Also, your aim should not be to only promote your business’s products or services but to make sure your brand becomes a permanent part of your potential customer’s social media landscape with entertaining and valued content. Then when they do come to make a buying decision it is your company they will always consider first. 


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).