Starting your first online business working from a cyber café

When you settle on an idea for your online business and decide to take the next step, which is implementation, you will quickly realize how much the internet is vital in starting, growing it and connecting with others.

This realization stops some people from going on with their idea, simply because of reasons like:

  • I don’t have my own computer to work on
  • I have very slow internet
  • I can’t afford the expensive data bundles
  • I don’t have a good modem
  • Without constant internet access, this thing won’t work

But…

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—does the main question have to revolve around your lack of a proper internet connection, really?

If you want to get started online, however little money you have, you have to think a little deeper, look at your situation – whether unique or not – and come up with solutions that help you move forward, one tiny step at a time, instead of waiting for everything to be just a little better or perfect, before you make the decision to commit to seeing your idea turn into a profitable business.

As someone who’s had a few failures and successes online, I can tell you that sometimes people just focus on things that are not very important – like having a high speed 24/7 internet access.

There’s a point when it’s not a must to have that; when you need to be creative, to think long term and use what you have.

For example, if you believe that part of your business success is rooted in starting and growing a blog, you may not have even a slow computer to type your articles.

But you can find a way to do that and have them published to your site in a cyber café near you by either copying and pasting each to your post editor or by uploading them all at once as an XML file using the import option some blog software have.

You can even do this last bit on your phone.

Do you see where I am going with this?

I once thought that to build something successful (useful) online, I had to have a certain amount of money, tools, and equipment.

I used to think that I could not be able to do anything worthwhile without all these things that cost way more than I had.

That’s until I realized another way.

Instead of just sitting, I could learn new skills, do my own research and learn as much as I could.

Doing this shook the little helplessness in me – the kind that we sometimes feel when we can’t help but wonder if the little we have can actually propel our ideas and little ventures forward.

I am not, in any way, insinuating that the equipment and tools, won’t help you reach your goals fast.

Actually, they make starting and running a business on the internet from the comforts of your home office easier.

But what if you don’t have these things?

Give up? No. Do you just sit? No.

You can choose to do things the hard way; to feel a little uncomfortable – instead of feeling comfortable with your ideas in your head, just waiting and waiting to start in an unknown date in the future.

Running your online business from a cyber café…

… may feel uncomfortable now.

But if you still don’t have a computer, internet connection and any useful software you find installed in some of the ‘public machines’, you have a choice: to start now or to wait – even when deep down you know it’s better launching now.

Check this free PDF resource for more tips on starting your business: 10 Things to Look at If You Are Thinking of Starting a Business (Download it here)

Focus mostly on the work, the kind that is tedious, sometimes boring but delivers more value to others and results in even bigger returns for you and the people you do business with.

Because guess what? There are a lot of valuable things you can do offline first. Sort of like building a strong foundation before you rush online promoting something hastily put together that no one seems to want to look at.

Note down all the important things you can do offline. Do them, so that when you go online, you’ll have something useful people might be interested in. Build connections with others. Introduce yourself.

Participate in social media. But while doing all these things and wondering why you spend so much time in cyber cafes, getting little done, remember to ask yourself:

What are the top 5 things I should be doing to take my business a level higher?

Focus on those. Your top five. On the hard stuff…mixing it a little with the more fun, easy to do activities that lack the compounding effect your top 5 have.

That usually involves creating more value (by teaching through content, helping others find solutions to their problems) and refining what you’ve already created (your own products and services).

That internet café near you can lead to great things. It’s up to you to decide if you want to get more from: 1) you, and 2) it.

For tips on the things to focus on when starting your business, I recommend you check the free ebook I linked to above.

Niabusiness Recommendations – Tools, Resources

Book Recommendations – Buy & start reading these ebooks on your device now

  1. The Miracle Equation: You Are Only Two Decisions Away From Everything You Want by Hal Elrod
  2. The Art of War: Complete Texts and Commentaries by Sun Tzu, Thomas Cleary
  3. Secrets of Self-Mastery by Mitch Horowitz
  4. Master Your Emotions: A Practical Guide to Overcome Negativity and Better Manage Your Feelings (Mastery Series Book 1) by Thibaut Meurisse, Kerry J Donovan
  5. Coleman’s Laws: Twelve essential medical secrets which could save your life by Dr Vernon Coleman
  6. The Elements of Moral Philosophy by James Rachels
  7. Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away: Real Help for Desperate Hearts in Difficult Marriages by Gary Chapman
  8. Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room by Dr. Johnny C. Parker, Jr
  9. The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune by Conor O’Clery
  10. Here’s The Deal: Everything You Wish a Lawyer Would Tell You About Buying a Small Business by Joel Ankney
  11. Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startup Game by Walker Deibel
  12. The Art & Science of Respect: A Memoir by James Prince by James Prince, Jasmine Waters
  13. #BreakIntoVC: How to Break Into Venture Capital And Think Like an Investor Whether You’re a Student, Entrepreneur or Working Professional (Venture Capital Guidebook Book 1) by Bradley Miles, Carol Tietsworth
  14. Leading with Cultural Intelligence: The Real Secret to Success by David A. Livermore
  15. 101 So Bad, They’re Good Dad Jokes by Elias Hill, Katherine Hogan
  16. The Sleep Solution: why your sleep is broken and how to fix it by W. Chris Winter
  17. Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000 by Jason Calacanis
  18. Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, Vashti Harrison
  19. Ruthless: A Memoir by Jerry Heller, Gil Reavill
  20. The Upside of Stress: Why stress is good for you (and how to get good at it) by Kelly McGonigal
  21. How to Be a Great Boss by Gino Wickman, René Boer
  22. Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
  23. Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition by Bo Burlingham
  24. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Exposed and Explained by the World’s Two by Al Ries, Jack Trout
  25. My Favourite Dictators: The Strange Lives of Tyrants by Chris Mikul, Glenn Smith
  26. Influence – Science and Practice – The Comic by Robert B. Cialdini, Nathan Lueth
  27. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People by Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
  28. The Dynamics of Conflict: A Guide to Engagement and Intervention by Bernard S. Mayer
  29. The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management by Pat Nickerson, Alec Mackenzie
  30. Choose Yourself! by James Altucher, Dick Costolo
  31. Get a F*cking Grip: How to Get Your Life Back on Track by Matthew Kimberley
  32. You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, 2nd Edition: Sandler Training’s 7-Step System for Successful Selling by David H. Sandler
  33. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  34. How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Mark Cuban
  35. The Greenhouse Approach: Cultivating Intrapreneurship in Companies and Organizations by Chitra Anand
  36. DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson, Dan Kennedy

Domain registrars – get your own domain name

  1. Namesilo – get a .com for $8.99. Use the coupon code BP to get $1 off.
  2. Namecheap
  3. KenyaWebExperts – get .com & .co.ke domains for less than KSh 1000/yr.

Web hosting companies – get hosting for your blog or website

  1. KenyaWebExperts – starting at KSh 2,100 / year.
  2. HostGator – starting at $3.95/mo if paid annually.
  3. Bluehost
  4. Namecheap
  5. Namesilo
  6. WPEngine
  7. Garanntor Kenya

Plugins for your WordPress site

  1. MonsterInsights
  2. OptinMonster
  3. WPForms

Hire freelancers to help with tasks you’d rather outsource

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For more recommendations, check Niabusiness Tools & Resources page.

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