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    Quote Originally Posted by Chew the Mintie View Post
    Yes, I agree - but what I can see happening is that the OP gets overwhelmed.

    Sometimes you don't have all the pieces in front of you to start. That's okay - they will come. Do what you *can* do.

    Depending on your investment BEP - I'd go for someone to send you up an attractive online store & then work hard throuhg facebook to promote it. There's a load of pages on facebook designed for wahms to promote their products (look up the mummy tree on facebook, for example). If you have some good images, then you should be able to get a lot of people following your page.

    I know several women incl some hubbers who make their living just throuhg their fb page.
    You have helped me enormously! It CAN get so overwhelming some days, and I have a science degree

    I'll do what you suggested in this post... from the start I knew the most important thing for my business was an attractive, simple-to-navigate webpage, but I can develop it later with all the complex marketing stuff....?

    My business is selling gift hampers online, but starting locally first so I can deliver them myself. There are lots of other hamper businesses out there, either run by florists, or other that deliver Australia wide.... mine are interesting, gourmet and with champagne and beer, and have other points of difference that I'm hoping will be really popular, but it is risky as I said above, there's others out there..... I NEED visability.


    My brother used to do webpages but hasn't in about 10 years... I have a good eye for design myself, but little technical ability, and time.... Maybe I should just wait for LBM and do the FB thing in the meantime...

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    That's wonderful. LBM (or someone else) can prob do you a facebook package so you can look professional from the getgo. She did my fb package & logo & I think it was maybe $150 or something? (would have to check). Then if you installed ecwid you' have a fully functioning store inside facebook. Once you have over 25 people you'd have a website address ie www.facebook.com/blackeyedpea and somehwere to send people.

    I know LBM did a 24 hour turnaround on my fb page, so it might be something you coul get happening quicker. She also designed a flyer for me for $40, so once you have some hampers put together, you could get some nice pictures and put flyers out to markets.

    I think Nomsie also does fb pages??

    You can look at arranging cheap shipping once you are ready too. You can look at fastway couriers who do same day delivery within your city (eastern states only) for $5. This is probably better than you spending half your time making deliveries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    If you're just wanting to start small, then why not follow CTM's suggestion of starting up a FB page? They're free, you can get excellent advertising just through word of mouth (or create your own paid for advertising ON FB) and if you really want your own webpage, just start with a splash-page and link it back to your FB, and then you can grow it all from there.

    The benefit to starting on FB is that you are REALLY minimising start up costs. You don't have to pay a single cent for it, and it really tests the water as to the potential of your business. IN a years or so time, if things are going well, then fork out the cash for a webpage. If things are ok, stick with FB for a little longer whilst trying to drum up more business. If things aren't looking so great, you haven't really lost all that capital into your own webpage.

    Almost everyone these days has a FB page (or knows at least ONE person who does!) and once you have 25 'likers' you can have your own domain name, eg : www.facebook.com/mybusinessname

    And lastly (I should be paid for all this advertising!) I have found through starting my own business that friends and family usually will do everything they can to help you out and grow your business. The easiest way for them to do that is by talking about it on FB. I was looking at my pages' stats today, and just through friends of friends on my business page, I have the potential to reach an audience of about 80,000 people, without it costing me anything.
    This is what I need.... Just got a call from Fair trading and my name is available so they're sending cert of registration out today, yay!

    Have contacted Nicole from LBM and waiting to hear back from her...

    I'll go have a look myself at friend's FB pages and maybe get some advice from them too.

    CTM thanks for the courier info too! Will def look into that! Don't know how to thank you all for your good advice!
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    Woo, congrats on having your name approved! Always exciting!

    And the best thing about FB apart from it being free is that really is a lot of pages dedicated to helping you advertise your business- CTM has mentioned a few on a few occasions, and even BH now has a place where for a small fee you can advertise with a link (eg see my ticker- it's a link! ) which in the short time I have had it up for, has bought around 11 new likers to my page.

    (It seems small, but I aim for very small and manageable growth because I also work .8 and mod on BH AND have 2 x 3y/olds! I can barely keep up with the 350 or so likers I have at the moment...)


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    Sound like you have your hands full! Well done to you! Sounds awesome, will have a look!

    I reply emailed Nicole at LBM but haven't heard back from her. She really mustn't need the business, so I'll keep looking around. I'm sure my brother will know someone in Sydney.

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    BEP - no problem! Re nicole, yes she is absolutely snowed under. Also I just got her do a few things, I think I jumped the queue a bit because of my subject header 'DESPERATE EMAIL!!!!'

    There will be others with a smilar service. The quickest way will prob be to do it yourself lol if you google 'word press toy store theme' just have a look what comes up

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    I heard from Nicole just after I posted that last post! She can do it all and will be in touch... In the meantime ill have a look into it myself.

    Ok will try what you suggested CTM, you should charge for this!

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    Excellent! I think Nicole uses Zencart which I am kinda familiar with, but once the store is set up then running it behind the scenes will be easy - you just need to upload your images, write descriptions etc. It has lots of options for having sale banners and yada yada.

    I am really happy to help, honestly, I absolutely love what I am diong and think it's a great work option for women. If you want to say thanks, like my page lol. I'll be looking for your toy store opening on fb too!

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    Hi All, couldn't help noticing this thread for some reason (I actually came on to see if anyone else wanted to rant a bit about Swan's demolition job on the Bbay Bonus and saw this). Anyway, I'm a designer (Businesses include www.generic.com.au and www.voot.com.au. As for the latter, Voot is offering a Free website (With Wordpress back end) to a randomly selected Liker on its Facebook page. Currently there's 11 Likers so your odds are good. Examples of other sites we do are ones like http://skipandskop.voot.com.au which has a PayPal kart. With our own little un due in May this Web geek and his wife would certainly appreciate the opportunity to help you and make an honest dollar! I hope this isn't construed as too blatant advertising but others have had a go so why not...

    Don't buy just yet from the Skipandskop site. That shop's in demo mode but they do have a FB page.
    Last edited by Mr Ken; 29-11-2011 at 13:42. Reason: add disclaimer on skip and skop site

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    Thanks Ken!


 

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