Are you looking to get your business online, and don’t know where to start?
This list may help:

The Basics

#1. Register a Domain Name (aka URL or Web Address)

I use Dotster, but there are a lot of options out there.

#2. Sign up for hosting (aka the server that will host your website)

  • MediaTemple – This is the hosting I use now, for myself and many clients.
  • Dreamhost – I used Dreamhost for years, and still recommend it.

#2a. Design/Create Your Website
Once you have hosting, you can decide how you’re going to design, develop/customize, and maintain your website. (Talk to me about this, I can help!). This depends a lot on the size of your business, the technical capability of you and your staff, and your shopping cart needs.

For small businesses just getting started, I recommend:

  • WordPress
    • Great for brochure sites
    • Easy CMS (Content Management System), that makes editing your pages as easy as editing a word document.
    • Start a blog/news
    • Link your social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc)
    • Set up tracking (Google Analytics, Feedburner)
    • Very robust, grows with your business.

My site is on WordPress(.org), and hosted on MediaTemple. is their hosted solution, but can be limiting, depending on what you want to do.

#2b. Have products? Set up a shop on your website:

Start right away by setting up a web store on one of the following platforms. Marketplaces like Storenvy, Etsy and Cargoh are a great way to get your product out to new people. Depending on your size, you may need a more enterprise solution, most of which are a considerable monthly fee & advanced set up.

*My WilloToons shop was on the Storenvy platform. However, my shop used to be on Shopify, and I can attest, it’s a great service!

If you have a product-based business, you’ll also want to use Stitch. Use promo code ‘willotoons’ for a 45 day free trial! Also see my post “5 Things I Learned the Hard Way: Tips on Inventory Management

#3. Get a Logo

I can help you with this. Reach out & say hello!

#4. Design + Print business cards, Postcards or Brochures
I can also help you with this. Contact me

If you’re already to go to print, use these links & you’ll save 15% or more!

#5. Find a mentor or hire a coach

I offer Coaching & Creative Business Consulting

You can also check out:

  • Renaissance Center
  • Score
  • SBA
  • Cultivate your own supportive Network
    • Have your own roundtable
    • Ask your community for feedback (Forums, Twitter or Facebook)

#6. Start a mailing list

  • Google Groups
  • Use a service: MailChimp, Constant Contact, Vertical Response,, Emma

#7. Get your business listed on other sites:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook Fan page
  • Yelp
  • Linked In

#8. Create a press packet, both for online & off

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What else?

I am sure each of you reading this have a very specific set of questions for your particular business. I know, because over the last 10 years I have helped individuals, small and large companies alike with all of the above!

These resources are just to get you started. If you’re interested in speaking to me about how I can help your business, check out the Work with Me page, and drop me a line.