Need A Web Site
by: Edward Robirds
"I have a small business
with just a couple of employees and I donít think my product can really
be sold online. Do I need a web site?"
In this day and time, there
is very little that canít be sold over the Internet. There are over 20
million people shopping online, buying everything from movies to cars to
real estate property. Research predicts that revenues will be over $200
billion in 2004 and will grow at a rate of 30 to 50 percent over the
next few years. These numbers alone should be enough to persuade you
that you and your business should be online.
Regardless of whether you
sell your product online, you should at the very least have an online
presence so that customers, potential employees, partners and even
potential investors can easily and quickly find more information about
your company, the products and services you have to offer, as well as
how to contact you.
But Can I Afford a Web
Given the competition and
current market trends you canít afford NOT to. Think of your web site as
your new marketing tool which, when applied correctly, will generate a
return on investment. Your competition is probably already on-line and
you need to use every possible avenue just to keep up. You should look
at having a web site as an investment in you and your companyís future.
So whatever time or money
you currently spend on marketing, supplementing it with a web site is
probably a good idea. Your site will help you expand geographically and
compete on a much larger scale.
Leveling the Playing Field
One of the most wonderful
things about the Internet is that itís helped to level the playing field
when it comes to competition with the bigger companies. With a
professional-looking web site, your small business can project the image
and professionalism of a much larger company. Itís also a good signal to
potential customers that you take things seriously.
Breaking the Ice into
Taking credit card orders
over the Internet is quite an investment, especially if you donít
already have a merchant account. There are several e-Commerce solutions
that can be custom-built for you that use payment gateways such as
PayPal, which only requires a bank account and an email address.
Customers can pay you through their credit card or even their checking
account, and itís a great solution if youíre looking to test the waters.
The Bottom Line
To be taken seriously, itís
not enough that you simply have a web site, but you must have a
professional-looking web site. Many customers now search for information
online before making a purchase; your web site may be the first chance
you have at making a good impression on a potential buyer. If your site
looks like it was designed by Uncle Bob, your chance at making that good
first impression will be lost.
No matter what size your
business is, and even if you're not planning on selling online, a
well-made web site is essential for any business. If you donít have a
web site, youíre already losing business to companies that do.
|About The Author
Edward Robirds is a success-driven artist and interactive media
developer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since 1996, Edward has been
building business relationships with several association and
commercial clients around the world. Founder of
, Edward uses his artistic skills,
expertise and passion to design and develop web sites, interactive
CD-ROMs, and print media for his clients.