How can you avoid website beginner mistakes, and save yourself a lot of time and distress? When you start a business, the last thing you want to do is waste time on tasks that don’t bring in money. And that includes a big time-sucker – building your website.
Does this happen to be you?
|3 months ago:||You wanted to start your online business, and you were ready to build a website you love.|
So far so good!
|1 month ago:||You’re still excited about starting your online business, and the website you’re building is receiving all your love.|
And possibly a little hate. And frustration. And despair. Maybe a bit obsessed.
|Today:||You have almost forgotten why you wanted to start your online business, as you’re too busy figuring out technical stuff.|
And your website is now on your stressed-out sh*t list, causing you tears and sleepless nights. (I really hope it’s not that bad, but I’ve heard real-life stories in that direction…)
If this is not you yet, but you think you might end up like this, then this blog post is for you. Many of my clients have been through the never-ending task of building their first website, but it doesn’t need to happen to you. Instead of risking your hair going grey and your spirits going down the drain before you get your website up and online, get smart before you start.
Some mistakes are good to learn on your own, the rest are preferably learnt by others.
These are the website beginner mistakes to avoid:
- Not having a clue about what your website needs to attract clients, but not even knowing that you have no clue. (You can get a clue here)
- Listening to anyone who seems to know what you need better than you (You can learn how to dodge that unsolicited advice here)
- Trying to do things yourself although you have little idea about how to best do it, and spend hours trying to find out how it works – precious hours that don’t bring in money (If you need help, click here – write me!)
- Spending more time on tweaking your website than finding clients and what you are actually in business to do, possibly because you’re…
- Hanging about in your comfort zone, delaying putting yourself out there (a bit of encouragement here)
- Over-preparing, wanting to make it all perfect before launching the website
- Worrying about not having a professional-looking website
- Constantly change your mind about content and layout because you are not crystal clear on who your client is, what his/her greatest need is, and what attracts and keeps your client’s interest.
Are you in the danger zone?
Some questions to ask yourself:
- Is the time I spend trying to fix technical problems that I don’t even understand worth the hours of investigation on Google and forums?
- If I had a professional website set up within a few weeks, instead of trying to do it on my own for months, would I already be earning money?
- If I had spent my time on finding paying clients from the beginning, would an initial investment of getting help have been earned by now?
What do you want to do? Spend ages insisting on doing it all yourself, or get a bit of help so that you can get started with your business? It’s not an easy step to take (and I’m not the best at this myself), but sometimes getting support sooner rather than later is the best thing you can do for yourself and your business.
Let me know where you are at!
What is your first experience with your website? What delays you, and what do you worry about? Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear your story! And I would love to help you if you are stuck – get in touch 🙂