My first attempt to kick-start an online business was by attending a workshop related to the subject. One such workshop was held on 12 December 2009, conducted by Mr. Irfan Khairi who is an Internet Business Coach (as written on the Certificate of Attendance). He is also a well-known Internet Business Specialist as well as TV & Radio Personality.
The one-day workshop, conducted in Bahasa Malaysia, was named “Cara Memulakan Perniagaan Di Internet Dari Rumah Dalam Masa 7 Hari”. In English, it means “How To Start Your Internet Business From Home In 7 Days”.
Needless to say, the session was full of knowledge on internet business topics suitable for a newbie. To summarize, for anyone who is interested to start an online business, he or she has to follow the following four (4) steps:
(1) You must identify the product / service that you want to sell on the internet.
(2) You need to have the website – web hosting and domain name.
(3) You need to determine how you want to be paid by your buyers.
(4) You have to promote, promote and promote your internet business.
When the workshop ended at about 6:40 p.m., I observed that all the twenty (20) participants went home feeling satisfied. Our investment of several hundred Ringgit Malaysia (Malaysian Dollar) was well spent.
I do still maintain communication with two of the participants –
Nori Anwar at www.mymagnetized.com and Mohd Fathuallah Mohd Nawi at http://www.fathuallah.com.
Both of them are now successful in their own online / offline businesses.
During the workshop, there was a quiz for participants to come out with a good domain name for their proposed website. I won the first place, the prize was a book written by Mr. Irfan Khairi himself entitled “Soal Jawab Perniagaan Internet” or “Questions and Answers On Internet Business”. The book was authographed by him with the words “Congratulations! Great domain name”.