Having to do with non-traditional hard cover and paperback books, ebooks are digitally created using online editors and your computer keyboard to write the content which is then formatted for publishing with a program from the Adobe Acrobat company. or other similar software. The entire process takes place online.

Creative Ideas Are Central To Your Web Business


We all have, from time to time, a bunch of ideas running through our minds. Not all of which are creative however. But when you are able to extract the creative ideas, put them on paper and apply them to a Web business, you have more of a chance at success than NOT taking action.

According to the old adage, “having a great idea and not acting on it is essentially the same as NOT having the idea” in the first place; and allowing someone else to take action on YOUR idea is just as bad.

Have you ever been struck by the “Hey! I invented that!” conniption fit? You know the one I’m talking about. It happens when you’re aimlessly watching TV and a commercial pops up marketing THE item you always told your friends, family, and anyone who will listen, would be the next big idea and make you truck loads of money. Now it’s right there on TV staring you in the face and making boatloads of money for someone else.

Or maybe you’re the type that gets convulsive with the “Psssh! I could make that!” twitch. Well whether you have the “I thought of it first” knee-jerks or the “any five year old could do that” spasms, it all boils down to the same coulda-woulda-shoulda disease. The appalling disease of inaction and envy.

If you’re tired of hearing success stories of Joe Blow selling everything from safety pins to speed boats on eBay (“I could do that!”) or a neighbor making big bucks with his online business from an idea you casually chatted about (“Didn’t I tell you what a great money-making idea that is?”), you can take matters into your own hands and plunge into the world of Web marketing with your own online business.

Now, just so you understand, let me say this up front: There are going to be a few bumps in the road and you may dvelop some misconceptions that you definitely have to deal with…But understanding what you will need to get started as a Web entrepreneur will go a long way in smoothing out the rough spots for you. So here are two of the major things (tools?) you’re going to need:

1) A Website: Making One is Not That Easy.

First and foremost don’t lie to yourself and don’t let anybody else sell you a “bag of goods” and lead you to believe that it’s peaches and cream, either. Do your own preliminary work by learning as much as you can about website creation. You don’t need to learn any fancy new programs from the ground up.

If you’re a real beginner, there are free html editors that you can download from the web; and if you’ve ever typed a document/essay/paper/letter in your life, you basically understand a textual layout and the things you can do to/with it. Your first website is not going to be very… attractive. It may be a very rough prototype. BUT, you’ll have at your disposal, some excellent tools available to you free of charge. Ever heard of Google? Sure you have!

The thing about the Web is people like to talk, and they like to give out information for FREE. So you can take a step-by-step approach to learning just enough html to understand the underlying site structure, and when you have the chance use that helpful little trick of “View>Page Source” (on simple pages, of course… simple but probably better looking than yours as it exists). You can google any html code abbreviations you don’t understand. And before you know it, your self-made website will be up. Like I said, it won’t look pretty, but it’ll be all yours.

Long story short, you’ll learn the fine art of balancing a little too much with just enough. (Helpful hint: just because you now know how to highlight every other word, doesn’t mean you should.) And while you’re patting yourself on the back over a job well done (at least until you can make enough money to hire pros to make your site professionally wonderful), you’re liable to run into misconception number two.

2) If You Build it, They Will Come.

Don’t be shocked if the only people who know of your existence in the early going are family, who you brag to, and your Web hosting company, who you can be sure will always remember you on “invoice day.” You can see where I’m going with this next, right? Ok, I’m not going to re-hash everything you already know about bringing people to your site, nor am I going to preach to you about “conversion rates.”

Let’s just say the bottom line for actually getting your website viewed, is to be creative. There have been hundreds (and will probably be millions) of e-books, eguides and reports which show you the sexiest ways to get traffic to your site, down to the simplest method like…get this…writing an article. THERE IS lot of good information out there; and again, it’s free.

Ultimately marketers want to sell you something, but you would be surprised at the amount of free information on the Web that is actually worth something and is more than a baited hook. Poke around, do some research, check out a few forums, download a few e-books (free or paid), and above all get creative!

Ultimately, it will be your creative edge, or your USP (Unique Sales Proposition) that will make the difference between the success or failure of your Web business (entrepreneurship), but you definitely need a website (blog-site) AND Web hosting.

Do You Need A Business Plan to Sell eBooks Online?


In order to address the question of whether or not a business plan is needed in order to sell ebooks online, we must first determine if ebook sales can be considered a business, an entrepreneurship or just something you do on the side to make a few extra bucks for your nights out with the boys/girls.

Another point we should touch on is the interchangeable uses of business and entrepreneurship. There is very little difference between the two terms based on the usage of each term. Since every entrepreneur is technically a small business person and entrepreneurship is simply the act of being an entrepreneur, then it follows that a small business can at any time be referred to as an entrepreneurship and vice versa.

That having been said, it is an accepted principle that every small business is launched with the goal – or objective, if you like – of achieving certain levels of monetary success, notwithstanding the service it provides to the local community. Entrepreneurs want to succeed at their particular crafts and therefore should have a clear idea of what it takes to succeed. Most successful business owners will tell you however, that whatever that idea is, it must be in written form.

Success online depends on having a plan, or more specifically a business plan. Very often, aspiring Web entrepreneurs contact a designer with a burning passion to have a new website designed, built and launched. FAST! But success takes more than waking up bug-eyed in the wee hours of the morning with the brainstorm of the century. You need to outline and complete a real business plan and make adjustments before the official launch.

Mentioned earlier was selling ebooks online and if it is to be a serious endeavor then it has to be considered an online eBook business, in which case the aspiring entrepreneur will have to provide enough information to satisfy the requirements of a business plan writer or to fill in the blanks of a pre-printed BP form. Thinking through the questions and answers is a vital step towards developing a good business plan. For example:

  • Do you have a company?
  • Do you have a logo for your company?
  • If no logo, what color scheme do you like?
  • How many products (eBooks) will you offer?
  • Are they all written and ready to go?
  • Do you have cover art for your books?
  • What system of e-commerce do you intend to use?
  • Will you offer just pdf or exe formats, or both?
  • Do you have the domain, plus registration and hosting?
  • Do you have a projected launch date scheduled?
  • How many affiliate products do you have to offer?
  • Etc.

Defining what you do, your market, and how you intend to be different are vital considerations for starting your online ebook business. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.

For an eBook online business, the competition is fierce and filled with some shady characters. When you begin the process of planning before jumping in, consider your image first and then answer “How will I establish credibility in the early going?”. Weave this into your business plan and you should do well. Don’t act before thinking or you may be perceived as just another online marketeer.

In summary

Your image comes first – It is recommended that you have a stunning set of graphics for your corporate image to make a favorable first impression. Hire a pro if it’s in your budget.

Credibility is a close second – Although it does take time to build a solid reputation in your marketplace, you can help yourself in this area by soliciting opinions from trusted people to give honest feedback about first impression and how credible they think you are.

And of course your Plan must guide your operating activities – If you can’t hire a financial/accounting pro to write your business plan, I’m sure there are Outlines or templates for creating a business plan availble free online. Get one. Use it. Be flexible, and change as you go.

A final word. I know that many startup online entrepreneurs neglect creating a business plan. Selling eBooks online without physical inventory except bits and bytes seems so easy that you will be tempted to just dive in to a ebook sales opportunity with both feet and not give the plan a second thought. But keep this thought in mind: Your chances for success will improve tremendously with a real business plan.