I recently developed a website for a business I would like to start. The business is TextBranding™, Inc. www.textbranding.com : a copy writing service for the food and beverage industry. I think it will be a great way to make money while I am still looking for a job. It combines two special interests of mine: the food & beverage industry and writing.
I used godaddy.com to buy the domain name for $12/ year. I used iWeb to design the website which was free (the program came with my macbook). It costs about $70/ year to host the website for which I also use godaddy.com.
I've been strategizing how I will attract business. I plan to network using LinkedIn groups and contact companies directly. I am also going to a marketing conference hosted by Seth Godin in Boston this June. I may also try to market to international food & beverage companies since they should be interested in my services given the language barriers.
Overall, it will be a good, low cost way to develop my entrepreneurial skills. I think it's better to make mistakes here then on a more sophisticated, expensive business in the future.
I am still looking for a logo and advice on how to market my services. Should I do an internet marketing campaign? Search engine optimization?