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Being successful at running an online business can be challenging, but it can be one of the best ways to earn an income and support yourself or a family. Of course, this only works if the online business is being run profitably. There are a lot of people offering advice to new online business owners, making it hard to pick out what rules to follow. There are some rules that nearly everyone who owns a business should follow, however.
When starting out your business, secure a steady source of income. Studies have shown that new entrepreneurs have the best chance of success when they have a way of earning a steady income for at least the first three years. While some people believe that a second job will distract them from completely focusing on his or her business, this has rarely been shown to be the case. In fact, having a steady income and regular benefits such as health insurance has been show to give a business owner the financial security they need to take risks with their online business. This financial security will also let a business owner qualify for a business loan in case he or she needs to expand the business.
For many new online business owners, their website is a way to test the market for their product or service while keeping their overhead costs low. Unfortunately, many business owners decide to spend very little time on website design before they open. This can be because of a lack of time, and/or the assumption that they can always go back and fix website issues later. In reality, a poorly designed website is likely to scare aware potential customers, and frequently changing the layout of the website can repel existing customer. Before opening, put a lot of thought into the website. Make sure it is functional, can accept credit cards, and is easy to expand.
Next, make sure to review your merchant account online at least once a year. In many cases, the fees charged by merchant account providers change frequently. Debit and credit card processing fees can cost a business as much as three to five percent of its total sales. Because of this, it is critical to make sure you are getting charged correctly.
An online business is certainly just as much work as a “traditional” business, and it can get overwhelming at times. Staying organized and always planning for the next stage of your business can ensure that your business is ahead of the competition and is fresh enough to attract new customers.



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