Monday, June 08, 2009

Internet Business Q & A for beginners

In no particular order, these are common answers I've given:

Q: Where do I register a domain?
A: Use It might not be the best deal, but it really doesn't matter. You can use to check for domain availability. If your desired domain is available, and you are semi-serious. Register for it asap.

Q: How much should I pay for developers?
A: It's simple. Assuming you go to credible developers for their service; you pay for what you get. Don't think you can expect good code at $8/hr.

Q: How much does it cost to build an online store?
A: It depends completely on what features you want. An online store is a very vague definition to people who actually build this stuff. Every extra feature will cost more (and it adds up!).

Q: How much does it cost to build or
A: Tonnes. They don't hire an army of developers for nothing. Chances are that you don't understand how complicated their systems are.

Q: My designer doesn't know/understand what I want.
A: Always always always use references. Practically everything you want is out there in some shape or form. Don't expect to do something nobody has done, leave that to real developers (if you are one, you would have already skipped this blog entry).

Q: Any other advice?
A: Focus on the business. How do you plan to market your site? This is incredibly difficult thing to do these days. Don't say word of mouth and tell me people will just show up because your product/service is so great.

A2: Find a tech-guy you can trust and persuade him to partner up. Otherwise, you need to realize your core competency isn't technology (thus, you don't want to be competing in that space).

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