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Essential tools and services to run and grow online business

I'm going to share some of the most essential tools and services you'll need to run your online business. I'll name  in particular, and then under each of those categories, I'm going to name some of the tools and services for you that I recommend.


1 : Funding your online business

Despite an online business being very low-cost to start, depending on your business model, you may need some capital to get started and buy some inventory.

And then perhaps, if you're already running your online business, you may want to consider scaling and growing your online business. And for that, you will need some capital. Putting some money into marketing may mean putting it into paid ads and things like that

It provides a suite of performance, financing, products, and services designed specifically for founders like you.No matter what stage of your journey you are at, what I want to emphasise is that 

  • Clearco

Clearco Capital service providers will provide the funding so that you can use it to grow your online business and purchase things like inventory. 

And perhaps you want to set a bit of a budget for marketing campaigns like Instagram or Facebook ads. On top of that, you may want to consider hiring a developer, a writer, or other freelance contractors. What's great about Clicker is that you still have 100% control over your business.

Signing up is easy. All you have to do is click the "Fund Me" button, follow the instructions, and then select the amount of funding you want.Simply drag and then set the amount that you want, and then click the next step and follow the prompts. How your payback is based on the "pay as you grow" model Only when you make sales does the return funding become available.

On the other side of the spectrum, you could just bootstrap your online business and reach into your own savings. If you already have a full-time job or are working, you will be able to fund your online business.Now that funding has been secured,


2. Research and validation tools

Let's go over some tools you can use to research things like product ideas or content ideas and see what's popular.The first tool I want to talk about is none other than Google's own Keyword Planner tool.

  • Google Keyword Planner tool

What you'll need is a Google account, and then simply go to ads.google.com, and then you want to go to Tools and Settings. Click on "keyword planner." Once you're there, click on "Discover new keywords." From here, you type in your keyword or key phrase.

I want to get some insight in terms of how many people are actually searching for that term. On Google, click on "Get Results," and you want to make sure you set your location and who you're actually targeting. If you are targeting specific countries, In here, I'll just put in United States, and right off the bat, I can see the average monthly search volume is between 1000 and 1 million searches per month. Of course, this is a very general idea and a very general example, but you could go deeper and look for things like the best yoga mat.


I almost always tend to use Google's keyword planner tool. Before I even release a product or release a content piece, I simply search up the term, and that gives me an idea of how many people are searching for that term on Google. The next tool that will help you with research is Google Trends.

  • Google Trends

And from here, this will give you the broad categories such as electronics, computers, smart, home, Let's click on electronics, and from here it will give you subcategories, giving you more ideas, and then we can further niche down. 

Let's click on "Wearable Technology," and under "Wearable Technology," we've got even more categories under that, such as activity trackers, sports and GPS, watches, smart watches, smart tracking, and more. Another research tool that I use more specifically for YouTube content to get some ideas and see the demand for specific keyword terms is vidIQ. vidIQ has a keyword tool. All you need to do is enter the keyword right here.


3. Web hosting and domain names


Let's move on to the next topic, which is web hosting and domain names. If you're doing online business, you're going to have to get web hosting sooner or later. And for web hosting, I recommend using hostinger

More specifically, if you're just starting out, I recommend shared web hosting. Otherwise, if you're more advanced and you need a more robust server, then I recommend something like cloud hosting. So with hosting is shared web hosting. I recommend premium shared hosting because it allows you to host up to 100 websites instead of just one with standard shared hosting.And on top of that, you also get a free domain name.


Here's the premium hosting with the free domain, while the single hosting doesn't provide a free domain. Otherwise, if you want to register a domain name, simply go to NameCheap, which I've been using for the past ten years or so. Usually, they do have coupon codes. If you want to save money, you can do a large search for namecheap coupons.


4. Payment processors


Moving on with any online business, you're going to want to accept payments from customers and clients all around the world, and for that you will need a payment processor.


The two main payment processes that you're going to want to sign 

1. PayPal


because some people can't pay using PayPal, and therefore, that's where Stripe comes in, where they accept credit and debit cards. So those are the two I would look into. Next up. To manage and sell your products online, you will need some sort of product management system or a shopping cart system.