So, you're interested in going into business for yourself but you're low on funds.
We've all been there. Building an online presence for yourself seems simple (and inexpensive) at first. You setup a business page on Facebook, setup a Twitter account, establish yourself on Google Plus, start Pinning on Pinterest, play with filters on Instagram... but what happens when social media isn't enough? You'll reach a point where potential clients start asking, “What is your website?” Trust me, there is no excuse in the world that is going to sugar coat the fact that you don't have one. In today's digital world, being an entrepreneur demands having a personal and branded website.
But websites are expensive!
You need to pay someone to develop your website.
You need to buy a domain for your website.
You need to seek out and pay for hosting for your website.
You need to pay someone or learn how to maintain and update your website.
Ok! Ok! I'm done pointing out the obvious, and I know you're wondering where I'm going with this. I promise the point of this blog post is not to depress or discourage you. Instead, I offer you a solution:
What is Strikingly? I literally just stood up from my chair and did a cartwheel across the room! This is how excited I am to tell all of my entrepreneurs out there about this fantastic, new tool that will flip your LinkedIn profile into a personal, branded website... FOR FREE! So just let me go get some ice for my back, and then I'll be right back to tell you all about it.
And we're back! You're still here! I knew you would be! This sounds way to good to be true, and you want more information. I think you'll be surprised to find that there is absolutely no catch! You can have a beautiful and personalized website, live and online, in just MINUTES... and The Social Edge is here to tell you how:
Login to your LinkedIn profile. Don't have one? Visit www.linkedin.com to create your free profile. This platform is great for networking and staying in touch with your professional contacts. Need help setting up your profile? Click here and send us a message! Our team would love to help!
Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. Include your most recent employment and education, and be sure to talk about your new business!
Open a new tab, and go to www.strikingly.com.
Type your first name, email address and a password for your account and then click on GET STARTED. IT'S FREE. (Told ya!)
Halfway down the screen, there is a blue box that says: INSTANT PERSONAL SITE USING YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE. Click on GRAB YOURS NOW!
Once you're redirected, click on the big button that says: CONNECT TO LINKEDIN
For all of you savvy designers out there, Strikingly will now lead you through choosing a template. As I worked my way through the process of developing my new, personal website, I was surprised out how easy and fun it was. I was even more surprised over how much control I had when it came to editing the content that was generated from LinkedIn and the design of my site.
Once I chose to LAUNCH my new website, Strikingly gave me a domain that looked like this: www.firstname-lastname.strikingly.com, but I was also given the option of purchasing my own domain if I wished to do so. (I wonder if www.ilovefreewebsites.com is taken...)
There you have it! A FREE personal website. Quick. Easy. Fun. And most importantly... professional!
But a website for a new business or entrepreneur is only as good as the amount of potential clients that can find it.
That's where The Social Edge comes in! We can introduce you to our SEO Technicians who specialize in the set-up of social media profiles (and awesome, free websites), using trending keywords that are relevant to your industry, taking your new website straight to the top of Google!