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The 3 Essentials You Need To Sell Services Online
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The 3 Essentials You Need To Sell Services Online

First off, it’s not the services you need to worry about, there are plenty of them. I know what you’re thinking; you need more than 3 things to sell services online, if it was that easy the world and his brother would be doing it. But missing out these 3 will mean disaster.

This article covers these 3 essentials in detail; my internet journey would have been a lot easier if this information had been available when I first started.

You Need a Website,

Now that might sound obvious but back in the day I had a great excuse not to have one. You needed HTML, no not an ointment you apply to your dangly bits but a code you used to build websites. Without knowing HTML it couldn’t be done until some bright spark invented the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor.

I then learnt how to build websites using this which made it easier because it does exactly what it says on the tin, you just write all the content out as text, no code involved. However, it was still a steep learning curve.

How things have changed, there is no excuse even for me with WordPress, it’s as easy as it can get. The added bonus of course is Google loves WordPress.

Don’t go down the route of avoiding to build your own website and using redirects (a link that goes to someone else’s website) like some people still do. It’s not a good idea; if that seller wants to drop the service from his website and that’s all you’re promoting, you’ve had it.

You have no control over what happens on their website and you need that control to do what you see fit and build a brand for yourself.

You need Support

Not talking re-enforced underpants here, it’s an absolute nightmare trying to find an answer to a question without it. Many a time I was up all night Wikipedia, Yahoo answers you name it I was there, desperately trying to find someone who knew how to get me out of a hole on a particular task.

It may have been simple to them but I was clueless on technical stuff, so with no answers coming forward I would take hours finding a way round the problem or have to pay for the privilege. Yes I got stuck and so will you, maybe even on choosing the service you are going to provide, it’s impossible to know everything. Show me someone who knows it all and I will show you a liar.

You need Training.

How can you ply your trade without knowing your trade? Maybe the services you will be providing are your own or you’ve been in the industry for years, but it doesn’t take care of the other 2. You need all 3 of the above to have a proper fit.

Unfortunately I didn't have a service to sell online, at that point come to think of it I didn't have anything to sell, online or off.

One piece of good luck was finding a website that covered all 3 essentials above, I say luck but I've found over the years that the harder you work the luckier you seem to get.

I set up my first website using the tutorials on how to build a WordPress website, I got stuck again but used the live chat to get the answers I needed. I was impressed with the support because I didn't have to search all night or pay for any of the info.

I don’t think its push button magic mind, there’s work involved, but I'm sure the rewards will far outweigh the work load. I won't be leaving Wealthy Affiliate for quite some time, I still have a lot to learn.

I'm not going to sell services online but physical products instead, but one last piece of advice. if you have a passion for something or you know tons of info on it then stick with that, whatever it is and good luck I mean keep working hard!


Street Talk

I know what you mean having to spend hours and hours visiting site after site to get an answer to 1 stupid question. Having a centralized location to get the answers you seek is a HUGE benefit.

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  about 6 years ago

Hi Steve I remember wading through Yahoo answers and a host of others just to find out I had to pay for the info anyway. It really is a nightmare

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  about 6 years ago
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