You were excited about your new business, side hustle, blog, or idea. You found the perfect domain and now…
Nothing. You're stuck.
Your domain just sits there. Your project is stalled.
What's holding you back? What's making you freeze at the starting line?
Are you feeling overwhelmed and aren't sure where to start?
It doesn't have to be scary.
Start with an email address
No matter what sort of business, blog or project you're considering, you'll want an email address.
Many of our customers start with Google's G Suite, which not only gives you an email address and has the familiar Gmail layout, it also gives you 30GB of cloud storage in Google Drive and Google Docs professional office suite for a few dollars a month. We have a guide to setting up G Suite which will walk you through their setup.
Other popular options with our customers are Fastmail and Zoho Mail which have easy setup options or you can check our full list of email service suggestions with easy set up to find the email service that best suits you.
Sell things online
If your new business or project will involve selling products online, Shopify, Big Cartel and Bigcommerce are the most popular choices with our customers. Each service lets you set up your online store, add product descriptions, photos, pricing, and handles payment processing. With beautiful website templates and tutorials to help you get set up, each eCommerce solution will give you a professional looking online store without having to worry about coding and design.
We also have a selection of other eCommerce hosting options that we recommend.
Start a Blog
When we think of blogs, we usually think of Wordpress. Considering that 27% of the Internet is Powered by WordPress, it's easy to see why. However, Wordpress does come in two different formats, which can be confusing.
First is Wordpress.com, which is operated directly by Wordpress and includes hosting. It's quick and easy to get set up with a Wordpress.com blog, which does give you some templates for the look of your blog, but it does limit you to using only the templates and plugins they provide. This could be a great starting point if you've never had a blog and want to dip your toe into blogging.
The other version of Wordpress is the self-installed version found at Wordpress.org. If you already have web hosting and are comfortable with setting it up yourself, Wordpress.org's version of the Wordpress software will allow you to use any templates or plugins available and to create your own. Wordpress is straightforward to set up and install (they boast about their 5-minute install) on your web host, it's probably not the best option for someone who's is new to Wordpress or blogging in general.
Many web hosting providers, such as Dreamhost, have an easy 1-click install option that will automatically install Wordpress on their hosting platform for you, so you don't have to download and do the install yourself.
For managed Wordpress hosting that makes sure your Wordpress install is always up-today with the latest versions and security WPEngine has it all: security and 100s of premium Wordpress themes, plugins and expert support
Looking for other blog services? We have a list of other blog options to help you get started.
Of course, not every project is a blog or an ecommerce site. If you're looking to set up an online portfolio, podcast, or something else check our full list of favourite services. On the left side of that page you'll find a list of categories to help narrow down your choices.
Just Do It
Let’s start up the old ‘cliche machine’ and see what it has to say about starting something new...
Rome wasn’t built in a day
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step
How do you eat an elephant… one bite at a time
You have a great project idea and you have a great domain, so just get started. Forget how overwhelmed you are and get fired up again.
When I need a little kick in the behind to get started I watch the video below, An Invocation for Beginnings, on Youtube. After watching this I'm ready to get started on whatever the project is and hopefully it will inspire you to get started too.
(NSFW: the video uses adult language a couple of times but it’s a worthwhile watch… prefer to read the transcript instead? You can read it here but trust me, the video has much more impact when you need motivation!)