Those were the good old times when you needed both publicity via people and the local newspaper to ensure that your little business gets put on the map.
But with a change both in the perception of firms and the technology that has brought the world closer, both advertising and market reach have changed vastly in the past decade or so. And while big corporate businesses are taking up the online business world with glee, it seems it is the small business entrepreneurs who are largely losing out.
Recent studies and general trend has pointed to the fact that small businesses and new ventures generally tend to ignore the online business options, unless their product or services are directly related to the web and its content.
Experts close to the industry say that they do so at their own peril as presence on the web gives them both greater accessibility and an option to reach out to whole new markets. This also helps rope in consumers with far greater ease and while the big boys are taking full advantage on social media and online marketing to expand their customer base, smaller companies are falling behind.
A part of this is due to the misconception regarding both the time and the costs which are involved in online business options. Many believe that it is futile to invest both time and money in this regard and while it is true that takes sufficient resources and skill to turn web-based ventures profitable, it is far from improbable. There are many firms that offer expert help in providing smart website design, simple interface and even shopping cart software in case you wish to sell your products with ease.
While cost and time constraints are a part of it, the main reason still seems to be the way in which many are tuned to the ‘traditional’ model of business and their unwillingness to accept change. But in a world that will soon have 8 billion handheld devices, along with millions of laptops and PCs, it only seems wise to take your business online