The web has revolutionized the world of business. In the past, starting a small business meant taking out a loan, going through the whole credit check and approval process, putting your home or car up as collateral, renting a storefront or an office somewhere and on and on. Today, you can run a whole business right from your cell phone. Seriously. You don’t even need to own a laptop, you can build websites, check on inventory and post new listings with your phone.
Good, affordable, reliable small business web hosting is a vital component in any successful online business plan. Here is what you need to look for when selecting a host for your small business.
Cheap, Cheap, Cheap
- Here are just a few good reasons to keep it cheap…
- You need to turn a profit
- Top notch service is available for cheap
- Your site should pay for itself with ads
Even if your business idea goes belly up, you should never be taking a loss on the website itself. Even if you do not earn dime one from your project, the site itself should at least not cost you anything.
A cheap website can pay for itself with a few banner ads. Even if you never make a real sale, you should at least be able to bring in a few clicks to pay your monthly or annual web hosting fees.
Anyways, when you consider that some of the best hosts are so cheap, there’s no reason to spend more.
Flexibility is Key
Flexibility is incredibly important. You should be able to host an online shop if need be, you should be able to start a blog on your site, and it should all be easy to run. If your host does not provide you with web building software, then that’s more money you have to spend on a web designer. Keep it cheap, keep it flexible, keep it accessible.