Creating and launching a website is no easy task and it’s a huge investment. I’m not just referring to the financial aspect but time wise as well. Whether you are a side-hustler or you ready to be a full-time entrepreneur, I understand the hesitation of making such a huge monetary investment into something that you are not sure is going to work out.
However, just sitting on the side lines waiting for the right day is going to cost you more in the long run. So ask yourself do you really want to jump and start your business and if the answer is “YES”, then let’s do this.
I’m going to share with you one way you can launch your service-based business without a full blown website site and for less than $80 (for the first year).
I launched my service-based business (creating websites and web graphics) using my blog ArtiatesiaDeal.com because I was already paying for the domain name and web hosting.
Whenever someone wanted to pay for my services, they would have to wait for me to log into PayPal and create an invoice. That proved to be very time consuming. When you are a solopreneur, you need some sort of automation. I absolutely cherish the day I was introduced to an amazing tool that made my life easier and it’s called E-Junkie (affiliate link).
E-Junkie is a shopping cart tool that you can use to sell both physical and digital products, including services. Now it’s not the most glamorous looking site – style wise compared to its competitors but it’s so simple and easy to use to get your business up and running. Plus I find them the most affordable for any Girl Boss on a Budget.
How To Launch A Service-Based Business For $5
First off you need to know that E-Junkie (affiliate link) offers a 7-Day Trial so you can try out the service. I would recommend that you have everything set up (text, images, and even your marketing/promotion strategies) before hand to really maximize that free period.
Once that period is over, it’s just $5 a month to host a total of 10 products or services. I choose to use PayPal to collect payments because most people are familiar with it but there are other options. When using PayPal, every time you make a sale they will take a fee which is 2.9% + $0.30.
Here’s the math.
Let’s say you charge for a consultation call, which is $5 (please don’t charge that little, this is just purely to illustrate a point):
Your client will pay:
PayPal will take:
(Price of product/service) multiply by (2.9%) plus ($0.30) =
($5 x 2.9%) + $0.30 = $0.145 + $0.30 = $0.45*
Your Profit will be:
(Price of product/service) minus (PayPal fee) =
$5 – $0.45 = $4.55
Number of calls needed to cover E-Junkie monthly fee:
(Cost of E-junkie) divided by (profit per call) =
$5/$4.55 = 2*
* rounded up
Now some people say they hate PayPal because they take too much. Yes, when it’s a smaller dollar amount the fee is just a couple of cents. When the dollar amount is higher, the fee taken out is much higher. It all that adds up.
However, if you market your business right you will not only make a enough to cover your expenses, but enough to be able to afford purchasing your domain and getting your actual website done.
So besides $60 ($5 a month) for E-junkie what else will you need? To make your shop look the most professional and appealing to your customers/clients, you will need these essential graphics:
- A shop header or logo – 736px by 90px | File size: 100 KB or less | File Format: GIF, JPG or PNG
- Product Cover or thumbnail – 75px by 75px | File size: 20 KB or less | File Format: GIF, JPG, or PNG
- Additional image on your product page – 700px by 500px | File size: 100 KB or less | File Format: GIF, JPG, PNG, or SWF (flash)
You wont be able to host your all of your images or files on E-junkie (affiliate link) unless you upgrade to a higher plan. As an alternative, you can check out Flickr to store your images and link to them from there. Or if you have a web hosting account, you can host everything there and link to them.
To get some inspiration for your shop, check out my E-junkie shop: Lotus Design House, which I just recently relaunched for my boutique design studio. I got a new name with a renewed purpose and focus.