Below you’ll find an in-depth guide to help you start and launch your online business. Even if you’re a beginner, you can follow this thorough step-by-step checklist to turn your online business idea into a reality. 😍
Use this checklist to keep track of your progress and to help make sure you don’t miss any important steps along your journey.
PRO TIP: As you go through this list you’ll likely discover lots of cool new stuff that you’ll want to play around with. But be careful! It’s quite easy to follow one of these links and get lost down a rabbit hole while exploring these new tools and services.
To make matters worse, many of these business tools and services offer additional features that overlap with topics from later steps. This might tempt you to skip ahead. For example, you might sign up for a tool in Step 1 that also offers marketing features that we’ll talk about in Step 7. Stay on track and don’t get distracted!
So, make sure to bookmark this page 🔖 so you can come back at any time and pick up where you left off!
✅ STEP 1: The Basics
Before you dive into all of the business-specific tasks, make sure to set up the basics. You need to get all your ducks in a row! 🦆🦆🦆
Although these very basic tasks may seem ultra simple, they will help keep you organized and your files secure, and help streamline the entire process. You don’t want to skip this step!
In this first article about starting an online business, you’ll learn about basic things, such as:
✅ STEP 2: Define Your Business
Defining your business is probably the most important step of them all.
Many businesses fail to launch (or quickly go out of business after launching) because they skipped parts of this process when they were starting out. 😱
In this vital section about defining your business, you’ll learn how to:
✅ STEP 3: Set Up Your Infrastructure
Back in step 1, you organized yourself. In step 2, you organized your business plan. Now, in this step, you’re going to set up your business infrastructure.
PRO TIP: At this point in the process of starting your new online business, things are really ramping up and getting real! You’re at a point where you are going to create actual business accounts, sign legal documents, and do things that could have considerable tax ramifications. So, it’s super important to get this step right!
In this section about setting up your business infrastructure, we’ll cover important topics, such as:
✅ STEP 4: Set Up Your Products
Congratulations! If you’ve made it this far, you got all of that required business nitty gritty stuff out of the way!
Now it’s time to actually start working on the part that likely inspired you to start a new online business in the first place! 😍
That’s right, this section is all about setting up your products! We’ll go over:
✅ STEP 5: Set Up Your Backend
Now that you know exactly what it is you’re going to be selling, and your product pipeline is set up, you’re ready to work on the backbone of your online business.
Your business backend is usually hidden from your customers, but it provides the technical foundation on which your business frontend is built. We’ll cover the frontend in detail in step 6.
For now, in this step, everything is about setting up your backend tools and technical infrastructure, such as:
✅ STEP 6: Set Up Your Frontend
With your backend now in place, you’re ready to make a splash!
That’s right, you finally got to the point where you can set up your business frontend that your customers will see and interact with.
In this step about setting up your business frontend, you’ll learn all about:
✅ STEP 7: Marketing
You’ve made it! With steps 1 through 6 behind you, you’re now ready to market and promote your online business. 😊
Marketing is a huge topic, but don’t worry! We’ll break it all down and cover important topics and powerful tools, such as:
✅ STEP 8: Money Matters
Finally, in this last step, we’ll cover lots of important topics about money, such as ways to make more of it, paying your workers, and paying business taxes!
In this topic about money matters, you’ll learn how to:
If you made it here to the end of the checklist, you deserve a big congratulations! 👏🎉
Successfully starting and launching a new online business is no easy feat… so, good job! We wish you all the best with your new business!
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