Are you thinking of making some extra money on the Internet just like choosewaisttrainer.com the online site that sells the niche product – waist trainer corset? You definitely would not be the only one. Millions of individuals are turning to the Internet to discover ways of making an extra income from the comfort of their own homes and some are even hoping to be able to give up their day jobs and work online full-time.
There is no place like the Internet. No country can offer the same entry to a global market for such little cost as the Internet. Being online can cost less than a dollar an hour and for that dollar, you can have access to hundreds of millions of people through their computers. That is access to several tens of millions of people percent of outlay.
That makes an Internet-based business the most cost-effective in the world and it permits you to work from a laptop or cyber cafe anywhere in the world. The one thing that working online cannot do for you though is stopping the stress that builds up from owning any business. Therefore, how can you reduce the stresses of running an online business? I do not mean financial stress or delivery problems, they are common to all business set-ups.
Changes occur very quickly on the Internet. A new style or method of doing things can happen within a week or even less, whereas it may take months or even years in a land-based business. This means that you have to devote some time every week to keep up with ‘current affairs’.
The easiest way of doing this is to subscribe to a few forums. Join say two forums that are relevant to the industry that you are in and one general ‘techie’ forum. That way, you will always be aware of the latest developments and cannot be caught sleeping.
The Internet can be pretty flimsy when you think about it. You might spend years constructing a couple of hundred websites, but if you host goes down, so do you, unless you are ready. In 2009, that happened to me twice, so it is not that unusual. It is very simple for someone to set himself up as a web space reseller, but if he stops paying his bills, he can take hundreds of website owners offline with him, and you may not even know it for a few days.
There are several precautions that you should take to dispel the stress of going out of online business overnight through no fault of your own.
Take regular, very regular backups and do not put all your backups on the same medium. I backup everything every time I modify anything. One day the backup goes to a CD and the next day it goes to a portable hard drive. If I had a large enough flash drive the third day would go there. That way, you can never lose more than two day’s work, and believe me, that is nauseating enough.
Sign all your websites up to a ‘pinging’ service. These services check to see whether your website is on or offline several times a day robotically and tell you if they are down. You can get this free, but otherwise, it costs just pennies per site per month.
Have a second host ready. You can get a year’s hosting for a $60 or a few dollars a month. Have your account open and ready, and you could even load your websites on to it, so that if calamity strikes, you only have to modify the name servers, and you are off again