Our Very First Ultimate Guide — Starting an Online Business in 2020 (for Beginners)
You may have noticed that we’ve been a little absent from posting educational content on our Thrive Themes blog lately.
If you’ve been wondering what happened, not to worry... we didn’t forget about you. ;-)
Our team was actually hard at work on an important content project we think you’re really going to enjoy.
In fact, it’s now time to share the most epic piece of free content we’ve ever created.
The first ever Ultimate Guide from Thrive Themes — built entirely with Thrive Architect of course!
It's a detailed roadmap for aspiring solopreneurs teaching how to bootstrap an online business with very limited resources (a.k.a. time and money).
Did you already start reading this guide? We’d love to know what you think by leaving us a comment at the end of this blog post!
Why We Wrote this Ultimate Business Guide
If you’ve been interested in building an online business, then we’re sure you've already heard that they’re scalable, affordable and can yield high returns.
But amidst the ocean of hype out there promising “overnight success” and — let’s face it — BS advice, how do you really know where to start?
Here at Thrive Themes, our primary focus is to build tools that help you sell more and create a better business. But with so many moving pieces to manage along the way, it becomes super tough to maintain the bird's-eye view towards success.
So that’s why we decided to take the time to write an in-depth, step-by-step ultimate business guide for the year 2020 that will help you get there.
And it’s for the beginner; the ambitious solopreneur who wants to get started on the RIGHT track, make the best business decisions possible from the beginning, and avoid costly mistakes that end up getting you nowhere fast.
So if you’re ready to get started building your first online business, read on to get a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of what’s inside our epic, value-packed ultimate business guide...
One of the toughest challenges to overcome in your online business journey is finding and validating a niche business idea that compliments your talents and expertise.
That’s why the first chapter in our ultimate business guide therefore focuses on helping you achieve exactly that.
In this chapter, you’re going to learn:
- How To Identify A Problem In Your Market
- How To Craft the Perfect Solution for the Problem You Identified
- How To Validate Your Business Idea
So if you’re looking for help on how to select the best business niche for yourself, jump straight into Chapter 1.
Of course there’s all sorts of online business models out there for you to choose from.
E-commerce, Affiliate Marketing, Coaching and Consulting, Software, and Digital Products…
But which one is going to be right for you as a novice DIY solopreneur?
Well, Chapter 2 is going to help you make the best decision most likely to see you succeed. Once you nail down your business idea, start reading here to fast-track the work of actually getting your online business off the ground.
If you read this far, then I’m guessing you figured out what the best online business model for beginners is: online courses.
That’s because turning your knowledge into desirable outcomes for customers is one of the most low-overhead, high profit margin and bootstrapped businesses you can find online in 2020.
But to help you do the hard work of creating courses people actually want to buy, Chapter 3 will teach you the following:
- How To Price Your Course
- Which Online Course You Should Create
- How To Do Effective Competition Research
- How To Structure Your Online Course
- Why and How To Create Your Sales Page — First
Get through Chapter 3 and you’ll have the foundations of a profitable online course business ready to build in the digital space.
Here’s where your online course business building gets a bit more technical.
That’s because Chapter 4 is going to teach you how to build an actual website to host and market your online course product. In it, you’ll learn:
- Why You Should Use WordPress To Build Your Online Business
- How To Build a WordPress Website Fast
- How To Craft Your Online Course On Your New Website
Yup, that’s right. After completing all the steps in Chapter 4, you’ll not only have your website up and running, but your online course too.
When it comes to building an online business, one of the most crucial skills you’ll need to cultivate is how to build an engaged audience.
And although there’s a myriad of social platforms out there you could try to audience build on, your primary efforts should always be hyper-focused on building an email list.
You’ll need to read Chapter 5 to find out, but here’s the other super important lessons you’ll pick up along the way:
- The 2 Tools You'll Need To Start Building Your Audience
- How To Create Irresistible Opt-In Offers
- Effective Blog & Content Marketing to Help Promote Your Online Course Business
No matter what size audience you’re starting out with (even zero), Chapter 5 will teach you how to grow it — on autopilot.
You did it. Your website and online course are built — and you even started growing an engaged audience.
Now it’s time to actually launch your online course!
Here’s how Chapter 6 is going to help you do that. You’ll learn:
- How to create your online course sales funnel
- How to leverage scarcity marketing to get more of your leads to convert into paying customers
- How to craft an email marketing campaign that adds conversion focused rocket fuel to your product launch
- How to launch your online course using other people's audiences — especially if you’re just getting started
Get excited for this chapter because by the time it’s over, you’ll be ready to press that big red product launch button!
Although Chapter 7 is short, it’s one you may need to come back to in due time.
That’s because it focuses on teaching you how to scale your business once it’s up and running (i.e. making you some profit!).
Here, you’ll get a final roadmap on how to scale your business from DIY solopreneur side-hustle into your primary source of income. And although it’ll probably take you some time to get to that point, this chapter will be ready and waiting to teach you:
- How to grow a steady stream of online traffic to your website
- How to deploy marketing channels like: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Paid Ads and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- How to start iteratively improving your conversion rates with a very powerful optimization tool known as A/B Testing
Successful value-based businesses don’t appear overnight, but if you follow the step-by-step process laid out in the chapters of this guide, you’ll be on our way to building an info-product empire you can be super proud of.
Ready to Get Started Building Your First Online Business?
So there it is.
The chapter-by-chapter preview of what’s inside the very first ultimate guide from Thrive Themes.
We’d love to hear what you think about it as well as whether or not this new type of ultimate guide content is something you’d like to see more of from the Thrive Themes team in the future.
Join the conversation in the comments below and we can’t wait to see the online business you go build!