It’s been a while since I did any web work and it has been very interesting to get back into it. My son has his own web sites as his sole income source for his family and he does really well with it.
By going through all the exercises this week, I’ve either remembered or picked up new knowledge about all the details that go into creating a web business. There really does need to be a LOT of design and planning up front before “going live” in order to be successful.
Sometimes it seems like just busy work, but when you crunch the numbers and see just how much more effective or competitive different businesses or key words can be it confirms the importance of planning ahead.
In case someone stumbles upon this, these are reflections from taking the Business 250 Web Business class at BYU-I. We are learning about what it takes to create and run an online business.
I’ve done web work before, including SEO and Google AdWords work. I’ve been a DBA and programmer for over 30 years. I started with the assumption that I could fly right through the class without learning much. I was wrong. I’m having to put a lot more thought into this than I expected. The time spent on the actual work has been low (about what I thought), but it has required more time thinking than I planned on.
For example, in one exercise we had to decide if a particular group of people that want to start a web business should choose their business model first and then what their product would be or vice versa. No matter how I looked at it, choosing the product first was the only way to go. After participating in the discussions with my classmates, I can now see where choosing the model first may be better, at least in some situations.
You’re never too old to learn.