To recap my previous article, I had made the decision to start my own home based business of internet marketing. Being new in the field, I had many initial tasks to accomplish to get my new business up and running. In my first article, I mentioned finding a suitable desk, chair, and storage area for books, folders, and records. I also set up a business bank account and gmail account. I did too many tasks in my first week to include them all in one article, so this article continues to outline what I did in my first week to begin a home based business.
It definitely seemed overwhelming to make sure that everything I needed to set up online was working properly together. Thankfully, the company I joined had a handy check list with a lot of written and video instructions of what to do and how to do it GoDaddy email login. Though confused, I set off enthusiastically to put together my foundations for the business.
I went to authorize.net to set up a merchant account to funnel credit card payments through. That took a couple of days and a couple of calls to their help desk to make sure I was doing it right. I got to be very thankful for help desks. My banker in charge of online business accounts was able to provide me with a testing credit card number to buy something by credit card on my merchant account and make sure things worked correctly together in test mode. The next account to open was an aweber account, for automated e-mail responses. Again, this took a couple of days and a couple of calls to their help desk to figure it all out. My advice from this is, “Don’t hesitate to call the help desks!” Do this before trying to contact a mentor to clarify the confusions of basic set ups. I set up a new dummy e-mail account with yahoo just to test my aweber automated responder system. I entered it into my “opt in” page, and it worked pretty slick! I was still not done opening accounts. I needed to make a stop at godaddy.com to buy a domain for my website.
When I visited godaddy.com, I learned that more than one domain is much better than just one. I would recommend buying several domains with your name (i.e. yourname.com, yourname.net, yourname.info, etc.) to have the monopoly on your name before someone else with your name gets it. I had the horrifying experience of googling the name of a mentor whom I wanted to learn from and discovered that someone else had purchased the domain of their name before them and filled it with porn. You definitely don’t want that to happen to you. It is also a good idea to come up with a motto name, some name that you want to represent you or your business, like lifestylemarketing.com, livingfinanciallyindependent.com, moreforlife.com, and so on. There are always uses for domains, but you might not have to purchase them all at once. You also have to decide where you would like it to be hosted. A domain (or page) needs a place to be hosted (or be kept). Godaddy also provides hosting for pretty cheap, but it might be a good idea to go with another host if you want more space or control. I have to admit, I still don’t understand it very well, but I’m learning every day.
By the time I had finished setting up these accounts, I had completed the errands to gather my desk set up, and spent the end of the first week clearing out the area for my new desk, assembling my new desk, putting my new bookshelf up on the wall, disassembling and reassembling my computer/printer/speakers/monitor/keyboard from my old desk to my new desk, arranging things on my desk and my bookshelf, and general physical set up that required old jeans and a t-shirt, a drill, screwdriver, hammer, level, vacuum, some rags for cleaning, and some time to figure out what to do with the junk that I pulled out of the corner where I put my new desk.