Are websites still necessary for a small business?
Only if you want someone to know how to that you are open for business, what you do, who you are and how to contact you. Today’s consumer goes online for information. If you aren’t there to be found you put the burden on yourself to reach each and every potential customer. And when you do contact the customer, they don’t have the ability to confirm your message or contact information. A simple website provides reassurance and serves the role of the old yellow page ad.
Is it something that you can do ‘eventually’?
Ideally, staking your claim to a URL is part of the business start-up process. Your website is part of your marketing and getting the right name and right website address will ensure that your customers can find you. The cost of getting your domain name (web address), web hosting and the design of basic website can be the most effective marketing return-on-investment available. Don’t be concerned that your starter website doesn’t have all the bells and whistles from the beginning. It is most important that you secure your domain name and that the basic who, why, how and where are answered. A more ambitious web strategy can come later; be sure to claim your space.
Be sure to get the affiliated email addresses and use them in your business. You can forward the email to whichever account you prefer to use, but don’t waste the opportunity to reinforce your business name in all of your communications. Using a free email service in your business communication shows that you aren’t investing your own trust in your business.