Getting Started

How to get started with an online business

So, how Do you get started with an online business? There are many reasons why people want to generate an income online, and many may have tried once or twice, or even many times. But if you really want to find out one of the easiest  and cheapest ways I have found to BEGIN your journey, then keep reading.

Confused About Where to Start? I'll Help

Confused About Where to Start? I’ll Help

Even if you have little to no experience, and little to no money available, I can try to help you get started in your very own income generating online business in the next few minutes.

Even if you have, like many, already tried and hit a brick wall, I can help. And I understand why – it’s already happened to me. Sometimes, when people attempt to start a business online, they enter a state of “mass confusion”.

This is where I come in.

Where to find a step by step guide to starting an online business

Before I start, let me just say that there really are people out there making money online. Some making a little, some making a lot, some making millions. Of course, there are also a lot of people who are making no money no matter how hard they apparently try.

It really is a huge market out there, but how do you get access? Where do you start? What sets those apart who are making money from those who are not?

Part of the problem, particularly for those, like me, know very little about the internet or social media, website building & design, marketing (and, in my case, even how to set up my smartphone) is that it’s hard to know where to start and who to trust.

There are so many people out there shouting about how you can make money, how they can help you make money, all the millions you can make sitting in your armchair for little or no work, and even those who tell you it’s hard work but promise if you apply yourself you’ll do it.

Trouble is, how do you know which one’s really work (or even if they are real opportunities or simply scams)?

Many offer eBooks or courses where they ask for a lot of money to ‘let you in on secrets’ or you have to put some money down to try out their products or systems. Wouldn’t it be so much nicer of you were able to try something out before buying it? Here, on Secrets-2-Wealth, I will only ever recommend products/services that are either completely free or free to try before you pay a penny.

I don’t know about you, but I even struggle trying to buy clothes online. I much prefer to go into a shop with a fitting room so that I can see if the dress or outfit I’m thinking of buying suits me, fits me, or looks as good on as it does on the hanger! I’ve bought clothes that look fabulous online only to buy them, open the parcel, try them on and – Hm. Not quite was I was hoping. Then, I either have to suck it up or get it all parcelled up, arrange for a return (and sometimes I have to pay for that too), then wait for my refund.

However, when I try on that great new dress in a store and I see immediately that it works on me, looks great, fits and so suddenly I can see myself wearing it out – then I’m happy, if not keen to get to the checkout and pay for it! If not, no problem, I give it back to the sales assistant, or hang it back on the shelves and move on to something else.

For that reason, I will only ever recommend products, training or systems that you can try before you buy, or get completely free of charge. Systems and products that will allow you to ‘touch and feel’, to ‘try them on’ before you give them even a PENNY of your own money.

But, before we get started with that online success thing and what YOU need to achieve success within it, I’d like to ask a question..

As for that step-by-step guide – I’ve found a few who claim to provide it: Clickbank University, etc. But, for me, the best one I have found, not only for value for money, but for tutorship, support, training, content and extras is Wealthy Affiliate (see my full review here).

What is Preventing You From Online Success?

Seriously. This is a question. Have a think.

Fear of failure? Afraid to try something new? Set in your ways? Afraid of technology? Maybe even, afraid of success (and what that might mean)? Cost? Skills? Focus? – what?

Computer Art Image of Man Thinking — Image by © Clark Dunbar/Corbis

There are a million reasons, each unique to ourselves why we don’t all achieve success. First, we need to know what those are for us. After all, you are no different from a million other people who DO achieve success. They are no brighter (maybe sometimes, but not necessarily); they are no smarter, richer, better-looking, deserving, or even educated than you, so how do they manage to succeed and you do not?

Take a moment to think seriously about the reasons (or excuses even) or barriers you have found to achieving success, not even necessarily online, but in general. I’d love you to tell me, so leave a comment below. It will help me to better serve you and all the others who visit my site and help MORE people succeed at a higher rate.

If you fear scams, or have been subject to one or more – I am so sorry. You won’t have to worry about that any longer, I will help to completely turn that around for you by offering Ethical solutions to get you going in the right direction.

Did you know that the difference between a person who achieves online success and a person who doesn’t can be narrowed down to just 3 things?

To Build a Business Online You Require These THREE Things…

People are successful in many different ways, but, when it comes to online business success, there are three things they all have in common:

(1) They Have Help

Having grown up when life was simpler, technologically speaking, with no mobile phones, computers, and definitely no internet, I often seem to get stuck at even the simplest of tasks. I try to read up in order to learn what I should do but don’t always understand the jargon. Then I get frustrated; I want to throw things at the computer, I storm off, have another coffee, and then decide I’m just too stupid. Must be. And there’s only one thing worse than that. I don’t know anyone with the knowledge or skills to help me either fix it or explain what to do. To be honest, I think that is the point where I usually give in, give up, and so fail – yet again.

So, to overcome this first hurdle, we need to know where to get help when we need it?

(2) They Have Their Own Website

No website, no success.  How can you possibly achieve online success if you are not online? Just like a High Street Retailer needs a High Street Shop for customers to come to – so an online business needs an online presence, and that means a website. If you are trying to succeed online without your own website, you’re success will be short lived.  VERY SHORT LIVED.

But don’t be worried. There is definitely good news.

These days, building a website is easy, although I didn’t think so myself, especially without concise and comprehensive, step-by-step help for dummies! It turns out that, in a day, once I found out how, I was up and running. And, in a few minutes from now you too could have your very own website and be up and running online in no time.  Yes, in a few minutes from now…without spending a single cent of your own money.

Let me tell you a little story (bear with me here). When I first set up my Thena Cosmetics website, initially, I tried getting hosting and domains. I tried a major name in the industry and believed the sales pitch that it would be easy, idiot-proof, and have everything I needed. I struggled for about an average of 14 hours a day trying to get it looking the way I wanted, then getting it to function, not understanding this and that, calling customer support several times a day (and feeling stupid for not knowing this already). Eventually, I realised that it wasn’t going to do what I needed. Sigh.

So, I called asking for something else. They couldn’t provide it. I tried another provider. Still no joy. Now I’m two weeks in. Third attempt, told to try another option. Start all over again – guess what? Still had issues. Finally, I tried yet another option from the same company and eventually, after starting all over again for the fourth time, I finally got into things.

Now, each time I had to start again, I had to organise refunds and wait for the funds to return to my account, I felt I was slowly going temporarily broke and still with nothing to show. Despite this, being determined, I finally got there. It still didn’t do everything I’d like, but now it seemed workable and I was kind-of getting somewhere. By the time I had finally got my first lot of products up and live, I had spent 4, nearly 5 weeks of frustration and starting over. My website was finally up and running, some of the refunds were filtering back and I could finally relax.

Today, having found another way to do things, I can’t help kicking myself for not realising there was another way.

Remember what I said about liking things that are free to try and free to use, websites are no different.

(3) They Keep Learning & Practice Properly

The third thing that successful online people have in common, is that they keep learning. Unfortunately, without learning you’ll never be able to do anything. Not just in business, or even online, but in life. When we were kids, we learned everything from walking and talking to swimming or sport by being helped through it by more experienced people (parents, teachers, siblings, etc). These helpers would often simplify the learning process by breaking things down into easy steps, giving us ways to remember. Providing opportunities to practice. This support and guidance helped us learn to be independent people. It’s the same online and in business. We regularly need to learn and practice:

  1. through training, and
  2. through self-motivation,

Then, the more you know and the more you learn, the more you do naturally – just like learning to walk!

That is what is going to happen when you get trained, but when you also properly practice.

Getting Rolling With $0…

As you can see, I believe in the following things if you are are going to succeed from your online business, especially if you are new to it all.

1. I like the idea of bootstrapping a business
2. I believe that in order to succeed, you need help, a website, and training

The answer I spoke of earlier (after trying the traditional route), the one that got me started with zero financial outlay, the one with lots of help, support and training, and the one that I have gone on to use consistently in my businesses online is the one I advocate below.

Here is what you get when you sign-up for $0.

  • Personal Help & Support
    • Ability to get personal help from me (Username: ClaireF)
    • Help within a community of 10,000’s of users
    • Live Chat support
    • Ongoing topical discussions
  • 2 Free Websites
    • Fully functional WordPress Sites
    • Ready to make money online
  • Training Galore
    • Video Classes
    • Tutorials
    • Courses
    • Entire Classrooms

All this for a big fat $0…nada…zilch…no credit card required, no upfront costs.

It seems nuts and that is because it is.

You will not find training this robust anywhere, nor support like.

There is a Premium option that you should consider, but that will only give you access to WAY MORE, and you do not need to worry about this until, or if you are ready. You can do all you need to do to get started earning online without this, it’ll only give you extra access to training and some additional features to help you grow.

As shown in the screen capture below, choose the “Starter, $0 per month” option and you will instantly get access to the community after you offer your sign-up details.


You can read the FULL Wealthy Affiliate Review here.

If you have any questions about Getting Started online, I would love to help!  Just leave your questions in the comment box below! ?

Claire x

8 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. Thank you for presenting a thorough article on getting started online. Your website is very attractive and the content is helpful. Wealthy Affiliate is a wonderful program!

    • Thank you Irma, for your feedback, it is very important to me as I try to build a goo, attractive, clear and informative site. It is good to know I am on the right track. Good Luck on your own journey!

      Claire x

  2. Hi. I’ve only been with WA for a month and have barely started my website. But I’ve been online for over 15 years and seen thousands of pages. Yours looks very good to me. I did notice you put the word ‘know’ twice in a row, in the sentence that starts, Part of the problem. Right beside the women in the river. I also clicked on your cosmetics page to see how that turned out and it looks very professional.

    • Thank you Gregory! Many people are reluctant to point out small proof-reading errors, but with a background in writing, it’s very important to me, so I am very grateful for this piece of feedback. I can correct that now.

      And thank you for your positive feedback on both this site and my other one. Thank you for taking a look at Thena.

      You may be new to WA, but I am sure you will soon get going. I think it can be like a car moving off, it takes a while to get speed up but as you increase in gears it soon reaches top speed! There is so much information to take in, of course, that you can easily spend hours in training. 🙂

      I’ve seen so many great sites produced by other members, there is no shortage of inspiration – and of course support. So keep going and I’m sure it will all come together for you.

      Thanks again,

      Claire x

  3. Thank you Stan. You’re feedback is truly appreciated – as a new webmaster, it’s difficult to know if the information is coming across as you intend so thank you for your kind words.

    Claire x

  4. Thank you for the feedback on my site. I know it is new but it is slowly developing and I hope to offer much more in the future. And, of course, you’re absolutely right about Wealthy Affiliate – it’s a great place for both training and support and you there is always great people around to help you succeed. Something many other services lack. Good luck to you Norman,

    Claire x

  5. Wealthy affiliate is the way to go for anyone who wants to have online success. Many are now enjoying the benefits of having their successful online business. Your site is well detailed and filled with good information.

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