If you don't have a website, the real reason is that it can seem bewildering... at best!
Otherwise, frustrating and even intimidating.
Well, who can blame you?
Let me put these points kindly.
If you did not grow up with computers (I certainly did
not) they are, shall we say,
an acquired taste!
And maybe you just have not (and never will) take to it like "a duck to water."
And techies sort of speak their own language. Makes it easy to groan and say "I have no idea what you are talking about. I don't know what that means and I don't care."
Can you relate?
Fiver.com, Wix.com, Weebly.com, & Go Daddy Website Builder.
Some will disagree with the above. Let them!
You want quick, simple, easy, and inexpensive.
So is this list the "top of the line?" Not! You won't win any awards!
You will have to settle for money.
And some techies will howl in protest.
Some will scream for WordPress. Is it better? Yes!
More complicated? Steeper learning curve? Yes!
How do you suppose I know this?
For heavens sake! Simplify. Get it done and get on with business!
Make life simple and get started!
Go to Fiverr.com. If you are unfamiliar, Fiverr.com is a website for hiring freelancers. The prices start at $5 for a multitude of tasks (called "gigs") including website design.
You can get a simple website done for just $5. Many freelancers offer premium services in this category that can go up to $200 or so.
That said, for less than $100 (maybe a lot less), you can get a
very nice website that will serve
your needs. Takes a few days if not less.
Wix.com, Weebly.com, and Go
Daddy Website Builder are simple, serviceable options. Tutorials and help galore even for a non-techie.
Go Daddy has techies 24/7. Call. They will walk you through everything.
All you need to start is a home page and contact info. Very simple. Fast. Inexpensive.
On Fiverr.com, key in "website design" and "Wix" or "Weebly" or "Go Daddy."
Lots of techies who do these sites. So you are not the only one who wants it even easier!
And you can get help from some freelancers on how to make simple edits or add articles.
And this on top of the help the
various sites provide!
Actually, the big job is to get it in your head that this is not as bewildering as it first seems.
That said, go to Fiverr.com. Click on a few freelancers.
Read the reviews. Some have lots and high ratings. Pick one!
Get started! Keep it simple and it's not a big deal!
Will there be a "learning curve?"
Sure! But not nearly what it would be if you did it all yourself.
Hey! You're an entrepreneur. You get paid to solve problems and meet the needs of others.
Learning curves are a part of moving ahead. No learning curve in your business? You are falling behind.
Good news! Now you can get the friend or family member that promised to make a site (and didn't) to help. He or she will easily navigate any of the options I suggest.
Why? They are very simple for anyone with even a modest degree of computer experience
Done! Painless. Didn't cost a bundle.
You needed a website. And you got one!
Why? The times demand it.
It’s that simple. And simple to do.
It's really not the big deal you might have once imagined it to be.
And your new domain name is memorable, easy to spell, easy
to say, simple, direct, free of numbers, hyphens, and abbreviations... and is a "dot com."
This gives you many advantages over competitors who may have had websites for years.
And they might have spent a mint on a fancy website... that makes you say "Huh?" and the mind clicks somewhere else!
A surprising number of your competitors are still living in the past before the telephone was an
accepted business tool and a copy of the Yellow Pages was in every household.
Hopefully, they are making a living and that's fine.
And many don't see any difference between one domain
name and another... even if you explained it based on your new "expert" status!
OK. That's perfectly fine too!
They are giving you an advantage and don't know it.
How nice of them!
Good news! Now you know it. And that makes all the difference in the world. You can use it!
Do you know why I recommend going to Fiverr.com and not Craigslist or keying "small business website" into Google?
A certain percentage are doing “Fiverr Arbitrage.” This means that they sell you the website for $500 or $1,000 and hire a Fiverr freelancer for $100 or less to do the work.
This online marketer is a middleman. It happens every day. Not here. Ever.
Why? If you need a revision, you are better served by communicating directly with the techie.
Word to the wise:
Whatever you do, hire a techie and not a middleman.
That said, if you click on one of the "Fiverr" links, I will receive a modest referral fee which I appreciate (no extra cost to you). You will get a real techie, not me!
And while I am on the subject, Google “small business website.” Look at the prices.
Unless you need “bells and whistles” and don’t mind paying a real techie for them, Fiver.com will be fine for starters. And a lot more reasonable!
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