Running a business is hard work and can be overwhelming to the uninitiated; yes there may be profits to be made from an online business, if you know what to do. The internet is like a vast ocean, and everywhere you turn, there is something to attract, yet you are still alone and isolated.
You may have the resources to hire others to run and operate your online business, but first you should consider whether you are the hands-off personality that can trust others, or are you the micro-manager who needs to be in complete control.
Businesses and hobbies are not the same thing.
Examine your motivation. Do you wish to convert your hobby into a serious income producer?
What type of business, would you start? It may be not be too much of stretch to realize that the simple form of business to transfer to the online format is information. Billions of people search daily for information on almost everything conceivable. However this does not make your online business any easier, in fact, it can make it, even more difficult, because there is quite a bit to know about starting your business.
It may be often repeated that almost anything can be sold online, this may be a bit misleading, but some things may be easier to sell on line than others.
Consider, whether, you really need an online business or just a website that will tell others about your business. Doing business on line will involve some form of e Commerce which means transactions such as exchanging cash or credit for goods and or services, will be performed, and you will need the tools with which to process these transactions.
The most important component of your online business is of course your website. It is what defines your or you business to the rest of the world, but a poorly functioning website can easily damage your web presence.
Some very careful and thoughtful planning should go into the early stages of establishing any business and as with any other business; there are some associated costs, maintenance and growth.
If you really believe that you are ready to reap the rewards of hard work only after learning and recognizing all that is required, then you may be on your way to taking the first step.