As I have previously mentioned. I have started a few businesses online and helped with the set-up of quite a few others. I cannot recommend enough the importance of having an online presence in the form of your own website in this day and age! A lot of small businesses do not see that this is a priority or consider it a cost that they cannot afford. I disagree! Here are a few simple reasons to have your own website. A website gives a certain air of PROFESSIONALISM. It allows you to have email addresses that reflect incorporates your business name e.g. email@example.com and so on. It secures your spot on the worldwide web so you can develop an online presence if you choose to do so later on. You do not want to decide you are ready and your preferred domain name is already taken! You have more control over your content, layout and design. Your BRAND can and should be reflected in your website. You are not at the mercy of other businesses taking decisions that can affect content that you have created over a long period of time. All that SEO gone in a flash! So for those that are scared by the potential costs of starting a website, checkout out DREAMHOST a web host and domain registrar that I have used for a number of years and am quiet happy with. They offer a great range of hosting plans for as little as $8.95 a month and will even throw in a free domain name when you sign up. Check them out www.dreamhost.com. So that’s my first business tip for the year!