As part of rethinking the corporate grind, you may want to start your own thing. Whether it is a side business or your main thing, hopefully I can help you as I start my own.
I’ve spent a week working to get this site up and running, and as you can tell, it is a work in progress…much like my business. I am definitely not a techie.
Here are the steps I’ve taken in the past week:
- I decided to take the plunge. Whether you are pushed, have decided to do it yourself, or a combination of both – this is a big deal!
- I formed my own company. Cost $300 to file with the state. Fortunately, I have a close friend who is a lawyer and an entrepreneur, so he spent some time on the phone with me and handled the paperwork.
- I bought the domain names associated with my business. Domain names are simply the url’s – the web address that you type into your browser (internet explorer, safari, firefox, etc.) I used namecheap.com, and I recommend them. Easy to use, and relatively inexpensive at under $100 for multiple domains.
- I set up hosting for my site. Hosting is simply the servers that run your website. I’m using A Simple Orange. Fantastic support – online chat helped me tremendously. Inexpensive at less than $5 a month.
- As part of site hosting, I installed wordpress. WordPress allows you to set up the bones of a website, and it provides structure for millions of websites. And it is free for the self-hosted version!
In the next few posts, I’ll take you through the other resources that I’m using as I launch my website and my online alter-ego.
Do you have any questions about “how to?”