Getting a website live for your small business can feel overwhelming. At least a thousand questions, ideas and roadblocks come to mind.
A wise man once asked, "How do you eat an elephant?" The answer is one bite at a time. Below I've outlined some of the first steps to starting a website so that your audience can find you.
Get a domain for your small business
The first thing you need to do is find the right domain name for your business. The domain name is what people type in to their web browser to find your website. For instance, google.com, facebook.com and amazon.com are all domain names. Your business needs a domain name and you can get them for somewhere from $10-40/year. It's easy and inexpensive. You can easily get one from GoDaddy.
Get email for your small business
A lot of small businesses are still using an @gmail or @hotmail (or the worst, @aol!) for their business. Although this is the easiest path, it's not the most professional and many of your emails may be ending up in the trash can.
The easiest and best email service I've found is the Google Apps for Business. It's only $5/user and the storage and functionality is all you'll need for a long time! Click here to set up a custom email address with Google.