Making money online is possible with a home based business but to do this you will need to have a website of your own. Many people who start up a business from home may try to build their own websites and this is perfectly in order if they know what they are doing, but can be a total disaster if they don’t. Whether you work from home or not it is essential that your website looks professional, because if it looks like an amateur job you are unlikely to make a success of your business.

There are home based online income opportunities available for entrepreneurs on the internet where you can get started with a ready made website when you sign up, but depending on what you want to do online there are a couple of other options that may be more  suitable for you.

1.  You could choose to pay someone to build a website for you and if you do some research online you may find a website designer who may be prepared to do so for a very reasonable price.

2.  The other option is to use a free or a paid template. There are website designers who also work from home and are only too happy to charge a low fee, especially if they are just starting out and trying to get their own businesses off the ground.

A couple of things to keep in mind when designing your website is that your site needs to be consistent in its layout and it must be easy to navigate. If your site is too complicated and difficult to navigate, any visitors that come your way will not stick around for any length of time and this can mean a possible lost sale.

If you are basing your home business online on an e-commerce website then don’t try to build your own shopping cart. You will be far better off using a respected and well known payment processor such as PayPal, especially as they will be able to take care of your data protection requirements and you can get on with the work of marketing and promoting your online business.

With just a small investment you have the option to buy complete shopping cart or if you are really on a tight budget you could use an open source e-commerce product. Which ever method you decide on if your home based business sells a lot of products, there is no point in trying to re-invent the wheel!

Another thing that you will need to take into consideration is the hosting of your website, and whether to go for the paid or free option.

Actually for your own good this should not even be open for discussion. Internet hosting for a year with your own domain name works out to less than the price of a dinner out for two people. This is one investment that should be non- negotiable if you really want to have a successful home based business website. Owning your own domain immediately adds a touch of professionalism to your business and it also gives you more security and control over your website.

So now you may be wondering “How much is all of this going to cost me?”

Hosting your own website and fitting it out with e-commerce and cost you less than $100 a year, depending on how many products you sell and how much of the work you are going to do yourself. The main thing when making your decision about this point is that you are realistic about your own limitations and that you know when you need to ask for some help. If you keep these points in mind and are prepared to put in the effort then you are well on the way to building a successful online home based business.

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