If you are one of those looking for extra income at the comforts of your own home and you want to explore the many opportunities online, you can indeed find a lot of opportunities. In fact, a lot of people, even those without any existing businesses, have put up an online business and succeed.If you are planning of setting up an online business and you want to learn where to start, read on for a number of basic things that might help you have a good start with your online business.- Learn everything you can about setting up an online business. You may be wondering how your target audience will find your website amidst the millions of websites already existing online, but once you have learned the basic search engine optimization (SEO) techniques, you will find it easy to set up a business that can be visible to many people online.- Think of your niche. Even before putting up your own website, it is important that you have a niche in mind that you will use in your online business. Keep in mind that your website’s niche or topic, is one of the ways to get your target customers visit your website. Of course, if you have people interested in your business, you will also get a good chance of boosting your sales and eventually increasing your profit.- Set up a user-friendly website. Make sure that your website is easy to navigate, pleasing to the eyes and make sure that you have a professional-looking website design. Of course, all these matters if you want to grab the attention of your potential customers online. Keep in mind also to make sure that your website is search engine friendly as you will not only target to grab the attention of online readers but also the search engines as well.- Think of an online business that is ‘in’ online or that can be most likely be profitable online. Of course, it is important that you consider selling items or products that are easy to ship. Also consider consumables as these will encourage repeat purchases. You can also get into consultancy business. If you are an expert in credit and finance, accounting, psychology, law or any other areas, you can also get into consultancy online. Of course, you have to think how to channel your services through your online customers.In setting up an online business, it is also important that you have to advertise and promote as well. Although online marketing can be a little cheaper, a poor online marketing campaign may however cost you a lot, so make sure that you know the ins and outs of advertising and marketing your business online.Just like putting up a business offline, it is important to consider drafting your business plan as well. Of course, there is still competition online, there are also factors that may cause your business to fail, so make sure that you are well-prepared in running an online business. It is also important that you protect yourself as well as your business scams and from unscrupulous individuals as well.