A lot of work goes into starting a new business or bringing more people to your already existing business. Aside from having a space to lease or buy, maybe hire a team to help your online presence. While many business owners put a lot time and money into advertising their business, some overlook the importance of creating a website for their firm. Here are some reasons to consider creating a website:
Attracts Potential Customers
Businesses are still successful in a world of online shopping, but businesses need to step it up and work a little harder to attract their customers. While there will always be the occasional die hard in-person client, it’s becoming rarer that customers will just pop into a business without having done a little research first. Think about your own research habits. You heard about a place in the area. Are you more likely to look them up online first or stop in spontaneously? Many customers like to check for a Facebook page, read reviews online, or even search for a website before visiting. When you build a website for your business, you’re attracting and building a customer base by letting them get a sneak preview of what you’re offering, and they also get other valuable information such as hours (which can be particularly helpful if you have special hours).
Low-Cost and Easy Advertising
Depending on the type of advertising, a small business may expect to spend anywhere from 2 to 10% of their annual revenue on advertising and for businesses just starting out, that may be an overwhelming expense. While there are free and low-cost ways to promote your business, such as through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a website is another great way to advertise without spending a lot of money. While many business owners assume that they need to spend up to thousands of dollars a year to build and maintain a website, there are website builder sites that make it easy for anyone, tech savvy or not, to create their own site for little to no cost. This could expand your presence through content such as a daily blogs, which has many benefits to your and your clients.
While your firm may have regular operating hours, your website can allow your customers to have access to your business 24/7, which may actually increase your profit. Think of it as you are offering a product even when you’re not in the office. If you provide “products” that can be purchased online, as well as during regular hours, your customers can shop when you’re not open and may even help expand your customer base to outside of your community. Can you think of an easier way to bring in more potential revenue while you’re away from work or in the middle of the night? Just make sure, when creating your website, that you have an easy to navigate flow that not only accurately describes and displays your practice areas, such as car accidents, slip and fall, and medical malpractice. Here you will be able to feature helpful content such as a geographical-specific accident map in Vancouver, information pertaining to various types of practices, and even a daily blog. Also, make sure it provides a secure and trusted visiting experience.