Step By Step Business StartUp!
The process of how it's done @ Sarah Bryce Designs...
STEP 1: Logo Design
The beginning of your business is your branding, starting with your logo. Your logo identifies you, your brand and communicates what you are all about. So stage one is naming your business and creating your brand logo. Ask yourself these questions:
• What does your company stand for?
• Write down who you are, who you serve and what you represent.
• What style logo would you like. Classic? Modern?
• What fonts do you like, simple, ornate?
• Choose your color scheme of 2 or 3 colors that represent you.
See also: Steps of Logo Design
Once your logo is created, that "theme", style, colors, feel...etc....can be carried into the rest of your branding. Such as setting theme for your Custom Website.
STEP 2: Open your WIX.COM account to get your website started.
For convenience, you have the option to allow me to create a Wix Account for you!
I just need your preferred email and a password. It can be a shared password at first if you like. Once it is created, I can choose a website template to start off with, and add myself as a "contributor" and "admin". Then, I log into my own Wix account and begin your website's custom design.
As a second option, you can create your OWN wix account and add me as a contributor. Here's how:
Then Let Your Site Begin!
Your website can be built FREE until you are ready to upgrade and buy your domain. Wix subscriptions vary, but a yearly site is around 160.00-200.00 (and up) and a domain around 20.00 dollars per year, depending. E-Commerce sites are typically more expensive (start at around 250.00 per year and up) because they need more special functions such as product pages, check-out and credit card processing.
These site functions that do "extras" (like booking ) are called APPs are considered "upgrades", but many (like "reviews app" ) are not necessarily very expensive, but are nice to have.
Choosing a yearly website subscription versus monthly can save you too. The same is true with APPS that you add onto your site.
You can choose your domain right in your Wix account, following the prompts they have on the site. This will save you time and the extra step of “connecting” a domain you bought elsewhere.
STEP 3: Online Business Profiles and Print Design
Once you know your URL name or your domain, you can continue on to creating your FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGE, your GOOGLE MY BUSINESS Profile, your business card design, your letterhead, your custom flyer and whatever else you need to launch your business.
Your Google My Business Verification takes about 2 weeks for your verification code to come in the mail and needs to be entered in your google my business account (log into your gmail account associated with business listing ) before you will show up in local SEO Google Business searches. When I build your Facebook Business page, I can also use your cover images and similar images as your Facebook page to design your matching google listing. This is how people find you locally!
STEP 4: Other Business "ADD-ONS"
Do you plan on editing and adding to your site? Would you like an easy way to learn the steps custom to what you need for your site without hunting all over the internet or Youtube? I also provide free tutorial videos, about a minute or 2 long, showing you how to create a blog, change photos, how to edit your mobile version....available to all clients of Sarah Bryce Designs.
I can also provide coaching in other ways by email, text or phone. Custom videos specifically for your site are available, and can be made, for you to order as well.
Don't want to hire a photographer, but your photos need a little help? I can help. I can enhance your color/contrast, or remove backgrounds, or even use the photoshop paintbrush to change colors or smooth away flaws in your photos. The heavier the editing though, the more time it takes. So only consider this if you are a pretty good photographer.
STEP 5: Marketing, Networking & Advertising
Once you have achieved the first 4, don't stop there! No one will buy your product or service I f they don't know it exists!!!! Which is why you need a marketing plan. Being active on social media platforms, sharing, posting, email marketing, youtube videos, LinkedIn, paid advertising....so people see you, find you, get to know you and then eventually buy. If you need help consider a monthly marketing subscription.
It doesn't have to take MONTHS to get a business started. There are many cost effective options out there, that can look equally beautiful and professional. Get out there are share your product or service, be your own boss and live an inspired life!
See also: My Google Reviews