Inexperienced? Low on confidence? Low on money? Social media pages are a great way to start an online business, many people start out as a hobby, remember the top businesses online today had to start somewhere, they did not just spring up one day with millions and millions of users. Social media pages can help you to build up a following quickly and easily, social media also allows you to “test market” without having to spend money building a website, you do not even have to sell or promote anything to start with. Just building trust and a “connection” with your audience can give you a good footing for introducing a fully fledged service, blog or product.
Social media pages have so many users with different interests you can reach such a huge audience who have an interest in what you have to say/promote fast and cheaply.
Many of the top guys you see today are making dollar just with a social media page or two, then they can expand their offering, clearly that 140 character limit is rather restricting but in a way it makes it easier for people just starting out. Everyone is on social media websites, your potential target market is already there you just have to make yourself known.
Top tip – When you start a new facebook page you will have lots of numbers after the page URL, make sure when you get 25 or more likes (minimum required) that you claim the page name you want and then the page url will be something like www.facebook.com/yourpage rather than www.facebook.com/yourpage/239o4435
I said at the start that if you are low on money a social media page could be a good place to start, it is also low commitment too, if it does not go all that well you do not have much to lose. If you do have a bit of money to spend you could buy a professionally made Twitter/YouTube background and even get interactive facebook apps that show a “landing page” for people who have not liked the page inviting them to like the page for some sort of incentive. You could even buy some promotion or video testimonials on the website.
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Some useful resources:
Referly – (One of many ways to monetise a social media page) http://www.youngwebbuilder.com/get-on-refer-ly-now-or-you-will-regret-it
Build twitter followers – http://www.youngwebbuilder.com/get-10000-targeted-twitter-followers-in-1-month/