Home-Based Business on a Budget: Build a Free Website & More
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Home-Based Business on a Budget: Build a Free Website & More

An in-depth tutorial on using free resources to build a website or e-store & cutting your expenses to $0 to maintain it.
4.8 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
417 students enrolled
Created by Sheila Bowen
Last updated 4/2014
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you'll be able to setup and design your own website
  • Create a visually pleasing Online Store with a shopping cart without paying a dime
  • Learn how to offer digital content directly from your website
  • Create payment buttons and offer a discount
  • Set up your business phone number with options
  • Set up an email marketing campaign and newsletter
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course. If the student chooses to follow along, they can get links to the 4 platforms we'll be using, but again, they're all free.

**Note** This course has not been updated in a while and some of the information is outdated, but still relevant. New modules are currently being developed and this course will be updated in early January 2016.

This course is a click-by-click, step-by-step setup of a website and back office to help entrepreneurs and anyone else looking to save money on costs when running a business or selling a product.

**Get your lifetime access at this super-low price now! The cost will increase Feb 2015 as new content is being added!**

Review from Chakib CM:

Great course for people with low budget ! "Great course that show how to set-up a complete business online without spending a dime with a great free resources, thank you very much"

Review from Vincent Harris:


"I feel like I was taken by the hand into building a website! Concise, informative, and practical. The techniques on how to save money are priceless!"

No matter what your business is, whether it's a service-based business or you have a hundred products to sell, you'll be able to benefit from the lessons in this course and tweak it to work for you and your business. In it we'll learn:

  • How to set up a website using Wix; a super simple, user-friendly platform (I'll tell you why I use this particular one in a later lecture)
  • How to set your website up with your own online store, completely free
  • How to set up payment buttons with options, a shopping cart, subscriptions, and you can even track inventory
  • How to get a business telephone number completely free, that rings up to 6 lines. You can schedule the times it rings to specific lines!
  • How to set up simple email marketing and newsletter
  • How to create forms/polls/questionnaires with results sent directly to a spreadsheet and how to bring it into your website. (you'd be surprised how useful this is!)
  • How to create a calendar/schedule with registration (perfect for events, meetings and even restaurant seating!)
  • How to create webinars/virtual conferencing and even broadcast a show LIVE! (This comes in handy for remote meetings/collaborations, video marketing and training sessions)
  • I'll show you how to link these resources together so keep your back office running smoothly at no cost
  • I'll also show you how to create a simple text logo for your business as an added bonus.

Now, there will be a few other things we'll get into, but these are the major points we focus on in this course. I've personally seen this system and these resources work for all types of business in all types of markets: Gyms and personal trainers, event planners, beauty supply store, martial arts studio, food truck pre-ordering system, hair/nail stylists and even a major insurance marketing agency...this list continues to grow!

You'll watch a series of screencasts that will walk with you through every step from beginning to end. I'm sure you'll pick up some great ideas for your business along the way! You'll be able to watch, follow along and then do it yourself before moving on to the next section/lecture. Each phase is divided into small, manageable lectures so that if you need to refer back to something you can find it quickly and easily. This isn't a course that hands out general information in hopes that you go purchase a more comprehensive course that contains 'the real' information you need. I'm not telling you what you should do, I'm simply providing the information and resources you need to get it done. By the end of this course, you'll be able to completely set up and manage your back office and website without having to shell out your hard-earned money on services that can cost nothing but a little elbow grease. Go ahead and click the blue 'Take This Course' button on this page and let's get your back office built!

Who is the target audience?
  • Small business owners
  • Anyone that's paying for ecommerce and other back office features and wants to lower those costs to nothing
  • Anyone with a product to sell
  • Musicians, authors, artists, producers, photographers and anyone else with digital content to sell
  • Fitness studios, gyms, personal trainers, tutors, teachers and anyone else with a class or schedule-base business and needs a calendar with registration
  • Anyone that's paying for a business line without text messaging features, a ring schedule and much more
  • Hair salons, nail salons, stylists, anyone with an appointment based business
  • Restaurants with a menu and reserved seating
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
Intro to Wix.com and Choosing a Template
4 Lectures 08:13

A brief introduction into what we'll be covering in this course, such as what platforms we'll use.

Preview 02:30

A quick overview of the Wix.com homepage.

Introduction to Wix.com

Here we'll go over some different types of website templates you could choose from.

Preview 02:34

Here you can see some of the premium packages that are offered on Wix

Premium Features?
The Wix Editor Interface
7 Lectures 20:21

We begin learning about the Wix editor interface.

Preview 02:21

We continue learning about the editing interface and learn how to add/change content on website

Preview 02:27

We begin to learn about the design (editing) panel. These icons are what we'll use to actually build the website. This first video is regarding the pages icon.

Preview 04:16

The design panel continues with the paintbrush icon (design). This is the icon we'll use to change the background image of the website.

The Editing Panel: Design

The design discussion continues with the plus sign (+) which is the add button. We'll go over several instances that we'll be using this button in this video.

The Editing Panel: Add (+)

This video introduces us to the Wix App Market and some of the apps we'll be using.

The Editing Panel: The App Market

A continuation of the App Market

*Additional info about the App Market and your Email Marketing

Knowledge Check 1
7 questions
Creating an E-Commerce Store
8 Lectures 46:46

A brief touch on e-commerce sites why you don't need them.

Preview 13 pages

An introduction to a live working online store set up with only free resources.

Preview 04:37

This video shows you how to set up your online store and add items to your product list.

Building Your Store

This video walks us through visually designing the store.

Designing the store

3 questions

A brief comparison of the top three online small business payment processors and an intro to PayPal.

Preview 10 pages

This step-by-step video is a walk-through of creating a PayPal shopping cart button with different options

Creating a Shopping Cart & Payment Buttons (PayPal)

This one walks you through creating a similar button instead of starting over each time.

More with PayPal Buttons

This video shows you how to set up subscription-based payment buttons

And Just a Bit More with PayPal

10 questions
Selling Your Digital Content
5 Lectures 23:43

An introduction to many types of digital content and how you can use it in your business. Even if you're not selling digital downloads, you should be using one of these methods in your marketing strategy.

Preview 5 pages

An example of selling digital content on a live website

Preview 07:40

In this video, we create an audio playlist where customers can preview the audio before they purchase.

Setting Up Your Own Digital Downloads

We're back to PayPal to create this button. Here we focus on where we direct the customer after they finish the transaction.

Setting Up Payment Buttons for Digital Downloads

This is the final stop after the customer purchases your digital content. The PayPal button leads them to this hidden page to download your content. In this lecture we'll link our Dropbox account to our website to allow customers to download it.

Creating a Thank Page with Digital Content

8 questions
Creating a Calender of Events With Registration
5 Lectures 24:40

A brief overview of event registration and uses for a scheduler

Preview 6 pages

You may have a need for a calendar to let the public know about events. Perhaps you have limited restaurant seating, fitness class space or specific office hours that you want clients to be able to register for. This lecture will demonstrate setting up an event calendar with multiple events and allowing people to register with the ability to limit availability.

Preview 03:05

In this lecture, we'll go over how to input events into the template and export it to your Google Calendar so your customers can register. The link to the template is in the downloadable exercise file 7.

Entering Events with Registration Options Into Your Google Calendar

Embedding Your Calendar Into Your Website

Creating Payment Buttons With Options for Your Calendar

6 questions
Getting a Free Phone Number w/Features For Your Business
4 Lectures 11:34

These slides list the features and benefits of getting a free business number with Google Voice and what it can do for your business

Preview 6 pages

Setting Up Your Phone Features

Knowledge Check 6
5 questions
Web Conferencing, Webinars, Live Streaming Video!
3 Lectures 08:06

A brief overview of Google Hangouts and many ways to use them in business

Video, Webinar & Conferencing
6 pages

Reaching Out With Google Hangouts

Reach Your Audience With Live Video Marketing
3 Steps to Email Marketing
4 Lectures 14:06

An introduction to Alicanto, a simple and effective email marketing resource

Preview 4 pages

Welcome to Alicanto!

Learning To Navigate

Setting Up an Email Campaign
Creating a Member Login
1 Lecture 05:00
Site Member Login and Protected Pages
You Are Now Ready to Publish Your Website!
2 Lectures 03:23

A quick wrap up of what we covered in this course.

Preview 3 pages

Making Your Website Live!
About the Instructor
Sheila Bowen
4.8 Average rating
7 Reviews
417 Students
1 Course
Do-It-Yourself-er, Entrepreneur, Graphic Designer

For many years as small business owner, before pursuing my bachelors degree in graphic design, I built my websites much like everyone and paid for premium services I thought I absolutely needed to pay for in order to effectively run my businesses online. I paid for e-commerce, I paid for an appointment scheduler, I paid for sites to host my digital content for sale, I paid for a business phone line, I paid, paid, paid! To the tune of $350/month (not including merchandise and other expenses) for "premium" services to run my website and reach my customers.

I knew there had to be a better way! I was putting out as much money as I was taking in. Fast forward a bit and I'm now a graphic designer building websites for myself and for my clients with the same design and functionality as those "premium" services I used to pay big time for. But now I'm saving a load of money every month doing it using only four resources that I already had free accounts with, and most of you do, too.

All of the methods I show in this course are tried-and-true effective for real-life businesses. Not only the content for your website and other business services (like a phone number), but even the method by which I'm teaching this course. I chose the platforms I did not only because of the cost, but because they are extremely user friendly. I know that when I build a website for a client, more often than not, they will be the one who manages it. My objective is to make it as easy as possible for them while still maintaining the quality. After the website is complete, I host a video training session with the client and we go over each stage of the build step by step, just like you will in this course. You'll be able to take what you learn in this course and expand on it. You'll realize how much you can do with free resources, and that's something you'll take with you beyond this course.

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