Low Cost Web Hosting, Small Business, Starting An Online Business, Website Building February 20th. 2010, 7:18am
One thing you may want to consider when setting up your online business and creating your own website are all the opportunities for training that are out there. You have a lot of options besides the informational materials you should expect from your website host. There are formal classes, webinars, online tutorials and videos—even books from your local public library. Is any of it worth your time and money?
The educational and self-help opportunities for those interested in running their own online businesses is incredible. The range of formats in which they are offered is incredible, too. In fact, it’s an industry.
There is no shortage of education-oriented businesses ready to sell you packaged lessons on DVD, attendance at a conference or an online webinar, or something else.
Often, these materials are great, and can give you a lot of great ideas, tips, and techniques for online marketing, making the most of cheap web hosting, growing your business—even finding new Internet business ideas.
Before you part with your hard-earned money, though, think about what you really need and what really works for you.
Is your house already full of books that you’re sure you’ll read some day, but never seem to get to? When you were last in school, did you get a lot of your learning from the books, or did you learn better from listening to the lectures or doing the exercises and homework?
Different people learn in different ways, but few stop to think about it. This being the 21st century, you can easily find your preferred way to learn through any number of free, online quizzes available. Just Google “learning styles”. Free online quizzes and inventories are available, and you can find out a lot about the best way for you to learn.
And this isn’t the only online information that’s available for free. The other thing you should do before parting with your hard-earned money for an educational experience is to find out if it’s not available for free somewhere.
After all, it’s not an “either/or” proposition. You can always learn what you can about running your business better using the free ebooks, tutorials, videos, and more on the Web. Then, if you’re hungry for more, you can consider paying for deeper and more comprehensive training materials.
If you are looking at free instructional materials or programs, make sure they’re really free. It’s typical that they would be supported by advertising, or that they would offer you an introductory level of instruction in the hopes that you would sign on for the advanced course. If, instead, the site you’re looking at is just trying to sell you products and services that are only marginally related to improving your sales and growing your business, look elsewhere.
No one needs an MBA to start and successfully run an online business. But as you get more involved in your new venture, it’s only natural to become curious about it. That’s reason enough to learn more. And as your business grows, you may find yourself looking for new directions in which to take it. When you do, you may find attending a conference, joining an online webinar, or even signing up for an online class—homework and all—can be fun and inspirational.