In the midst of the cost of living crisis, it is no surprise that many people are looking for additional streams of income to help them make ends meet. While some choose to seek a second job, others are setting up micro businesses that they can run as side projects along with their normal employment. If a side project is your intention, here we discuss the benefits of setting up a website for your micro business.
Get more customers
The most important reason for having a side project website is to get more customers. With a website, anyone can find your business online just by searching. This means you can attract more people to your business, both locally and further afield. And with the right content, you’ll be able to convert more of your website visitors into paying customers.
Available even when you aren’t
If you already have a full-time job and family commitments, you won’t have too much time to spend on your side project. The great thing about a website is that it is available online even when you’re busy doing other things. So, even when you’re at work or asleep, it can still be attracting new customers, selling products or creating leads. As a result, your micro business can keep working all the time while giving you the flexibility to do other things.
Showcase your products and services
Whether you are selling a service or a range of products, a website offers enormous potential to show customers what your business is offering. By combining text and images, you can create detailed product pages or a portfolio of your services and the work you have done in the past. You can even include videos for your visitors to see.
Look more professional
People expect that a business will have a website, and it can raise eyebrows if it doesn’t. Without one, potential customers might think a business is not professional or legitimate. If you want to increase sales, you need to convince people that you are both professional and trustworthy, and having a website containing all your business information is important for doing this.
How much will it cost?
Running any business, even a small side project, will require some investment, but in the current economic climate, you will want to keep running costs to a minimum. Thankfully, creating and running a website can be done very cheaply.
The three things you need are a website, a domain name and hosting. You can build a website for free using software like WordPress, you can buy a domain name (e.g., mybusiness.co.uk) for around £10 a year, and hosting (where you pay a web host to make your site available on the internet) costs less than £1 a week here at Webhosting UK. What’s more, you can buy your domain name from Webhosting UK and with our hosting plans, you can install WordPress for free with a single click and get working on your website straight away. We even provide you with free email hosting, so you can use a professional email address to match your domain name (e.g., [email protected]).
It’s easy to get started
Getting a website up and running is easier than you think. You can choose and buy your domain name with our domain name tool, quickly sign up for a hosting plan and then install WordPress with a single click. Our cPanel hosting comes with the industry-leading cPanel control panel, making it simple to manage every aspect of your hosting and your website, and WordPress makes website building a breeze. There’s no coding required and it comes with thousands of free themes and tens of thousands of free plugins, enabling even beginners to create professional websites in no time.
What’s more, if you get stuck, you’ll find plenty of help from our online knowledgebase, community forum and blog. You will also have 24/7 access to our technical support team who can help you fix any problems quickly.
If setting up a side project is something you have considered, then Webhosting UK is your ideal partner for launching and benefitting from a website. We provide the hosting, domain name and website-building software you need to get started, you have ongoing technical support whenever you need it, and we provide a wide range of other features in our plans. These include guaranteed 99.9% uptime, high-performance, SSD accelerated servers, unmetered bandwidth, unlimited email addresses, multiple website hosting and free daily backups. For affordable cPanel Web Hosting with 24/7 support, visit our cPanel Hosting page.