Welcome to the Manny M. Viloria Big Business Training Series! Before we begin this exciting journey shared by many people who are discovering how to promote any business, product or service online, it helps to make a few preparations.
1. Credit Card – You will need to purchase some services online, such as a dotcom or a dotnet Domain Name.
(An example of a domain name is Viloria.net)
2. Desktop or Laptop – You (or your team) will need to do a fair amount of typing. This isn’t fun if all you have is a smartphone. While it is possible for you to publish information online using the keypad of your mobile phone, you will eventually go crazy.
True, you can use a Bluetooth external keyboard, and even hook up an external monitor. Still, get access to a regular desktop or laptop.
Your hands and your mind will thank you for it!
3. Reliable internet connection – Subscribe to a DSL or Cable Internet service. Before you do, ask your neighbors what they think of their internet/DSL connection.
The various Broadband Service Providers give different experiences depending on the area.
For example, some people are unhappy with SkyBroadband, and say it disconnects everyday (a certain part of Marikina). On the other hand, there are some SkyBroadband customers who do not experience daily disconnections (a certain part of Quezon City).
Therefore, take the opportunity to chat with your neighbors!
And if they graciously offer you the password of their WiFi router, graciously decline.
Tell them you’re going to make heavy use of the internet, and you don’t want to impose on their internet bandwidth.
(In reality, you’re beefing up your online security. It’s better for you to connect to a WiFi environment that you control, via your own DSL/Broadband subscription. In addition, you won’t risk straining your relationship with your neighbors. We’ll tell you about that in another story, some other time…)
4. A Thirst For Knowledge – Sometimes, the answer to your question is just a Google Search away.
We’ve met some people online who would ask a question, and then another, and yet another. While we would answer the earlier questions with a straightforward answer, the later questions would get a link from us that looks like this:
Eventually, they get the lesson that it helps to have diskarte or resourcefulness, and to display a go-getter attitude and verve that helps everyone actively move forward towards solutions.
What if you don’t have a credit card, nor a desktop/laptop, nor a reliable internet broadband connection?
We suggest you partner with a friend or relative who has access to those resources. You’ll discover that it helps to work with a manageable group of 2 to 3 people (at the start).
Until the next tip, remember to “Invest In Yourself First, Before Others Will Invest In You.”
P.S. Are you ready to continue? Next Step: Register Your Dotcom Domain Name