Potential customers and employers will usually do their research before purchase from you or be hiring you.
Google and Facebook will usually be the first place they look. If you Google your full name in quotes, what shows up in the search engine?
It is good, is it bad, is the results about you, or someone else with the same name?
Creating a website with your name as the web address will put the real information about you at the top of the search results.
Are you a creative person?
Are you willing to put in the time to create a basic website and write some content to introduce yourself, your skills and your services?
If so, then the quickest route would be just to create a website yourself.
It takes hardly any time to register a domain name. There are always excellent deals out there offering a domain name and hosting at a special price.
Usually, the domain name will be free, and the hosting will cost less than $9.00 per month.
If you hate doing this kind of thing, are not a technical person, and you know you’re never going to get around to doing it, then it’s probably better to pay a professional web design agency to create the website for you.
The cost of web design can vary. If you want something quick and you could but a Fiverr.com gig and someone will upload a site within an hour, yet.
On the other end of the scale, a full-fledged professional designed website could cost you hundreds of dollars.
How to Create Your Website
First of all, we need to figure out exactly what you’re going to use your website for.
If you want to have is a simple “online business card” style site, then it would be helpful to use a website builder like Mobirise.com, Weebly.com, and Wix.com. They offer a very easy design environment, enabling you to see and edit your website in real time and edit each page like a Word document.
If however, you are looking for something more complete, with the ability to add different plug-ins, then WordPress is the way to go.
WordPress is a free, very easy to install, super easy to use content management system (CMS) and website creator.
WordPress is used to create nearly 30% of websites worldwide. Notable website using WordPress includes New York Times, National Geographic, and People Magazine.
Another benefit is the fact that most hosting companies will provide the resources for a one-click install of WordPress.
By just logging into cPanel and click on the installer icon, you can have a WordPress installation within minutes.
Once installed, you can choose a WordPress theme of your choice, related to your business. There are tens of thousands of free WordPress themes out there, and some pretty amazing paid version as well.
It’s a matter of installing the one you choose, and your website will be transformed. From there, it is just up to you to write the relevant content and create the pages you desire from the WordPress login.
Creating a website for your name or your business will be very beneficial to your home business. It lends you instant authority, shows you are a serious business persona and inspires trust with your customers.