While online business start up costs are nothing compared to the brick-and-mortar businesses, you still need to make some minimum investment to launch a web business.
When you hear people say, “start a business on a shoe-string budget”, remember this: a shoestring also costs something. And what for some people “small investment” means RM 3,000, for others it might mean RM 500 or less.
So, how much exactly do you need to have available to start an online company? Let’s review the costs.
*Please, note: Assuming that you already have a computer and the Internet access – otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this article. I am also assuming that you are starting a basic online business – not an e-commerce web site with advanced shopping cart system selling hundreds of items, which would require a bigger investment.
If you are serious about your business, you want to choose and register a domain name – www.yourdomain.com. You can purchase it for as low as RM 60.00 a year. Some web sites offer it for less, you just need to do some searching. Give a lot of thought to your domain name – after all, it will represent your company. I kept thinking about my domain for the longest time. I wanted something unique, memorable and with humor.
Web Site Hosting
Hosting is an absolutely necessary component to any web business. In order to have web site to host on a web server, you need to get them from the hosting companies outside, they provide you with space on their servers for which you have to pay for. Of course you can choose a free hosting company at first (such as wix.com and yolacom) but for reliability try to switch to a paid one. Paid version often provide more safety and also support on hosting level.
Web Site Design
Now, the biggest stone in the web business set up – web design. You can choose to do it yourself by picking up a book for beginners, going through the free online tutorials, or purchasing quality training materials to learn how to set up your own web site. Or you can hire a professional designer. Because web design is a relatively simple task for any computer-literate person, just about anyone can call themselves a web designer today. That’s why fees vary greatly from RM500 to RM15,000 just for web design. You can probably hire a college student to do an entire web site for you for RM 200 – 300.