Jan 21, 2020

You need a website for your small business but have some concerns. Leia can help!

Whether you’re selling handmade soap, running a cleaning service, fixing phone screens, or taking commissions for your artwork, one thing is absolute — your small business needs a website.

In the age of the internet, word-of-mouth is no longer the way of the world. From Yelp to Amazon and beyond, the internet is changing the way that consumers purchase products and find service providers. Why would I bother dear Aunt Betsy to ask if she knows of any good dry cleaners when I can hop on the internet and read reviews for any shop near me? Why would I use my lunch break to rush to the store and pick up a new leash for my dog when I can buy one online without sacrificing my break?

Unfortunately, not all small businesses are keeping up with the times. According to market research firm Clutch, less than two-thirds of small business reported having a website in 2018. Of the businesses that did not have websites, however, more than half planned on creating one. But why put off something so important?

We get it: creating a website can be intimidating

From hiring a web developer whose lingo you don’t understand and fees you can’t afford to pay, to choosing a host that won’t overcharge you, to struggling with optimization and HTML — building a website can be a long, grueling process. But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest concerns small businesses owners have about creating a website and how Leia can help.

1. I’m too small to need one!

There is a common misconception that only businesses of a certain size need a website; this just isn’t true. Whether you have 5 or 500 customers, a web presence can increase your revenue, grow your customer base, and make it easier, faster, and cheaper to market your business. With upgrade plans as little as $0.99/month, you could sell one item or book one service a month and still make a profit. When you think about it, how much time and labor are you saving by sharing your website in facebook groups where hundreds of people in your community can see it instantly instead of passing out fliers that won’t make it much farther than the nearest trash can?

2. I’m not tech-savvy!

Good news: you don’t have to be! Leia is built to be user-friendly to even the most technologically out of touch of its users. Our web builder’s artificial intelligence codes the site for you; you’ll never have to even look at HTML if you don’t want to. The editor makes it easy and fast to make adjustments to your website, and if you get stuck we have an ever-growing library of video tutorials available that show you how to do anything you need step-by-step.

3. It’s expensive!

Web developers, graphic designers, domain name purchasing, hosting — the list goes on. Paying to have a website built can add up very quickly. According to Clutch, only 28% of small business owners with a functional website paid less than $500 for their website. So what’s the solution here? You need a website but are overwhelmed by the expense. Fortunately, web builders like Leia make DIY web design easy and cheap. So cheap, in fact, it could cost you less than a dollar a month! Leia’s cheapest upgrade plan is only $0.99/month, and our most expensive is only $3.99/month. If you don’t need access to upgrade features, you can keep your free Leia website forever — you’ll never be forced to upgrade! If you need something simple that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, try building your website yourself. For information on Leia’s free and upgrade features, click here.

4. I don’t have the time!

Running a business requires a massive time commitment, and many small business owners struggle to add any extra responsibilities to their plate. Luckily, building a website with Leia is incredibly fast. Leia’s A.I. codes the website for you, so all you have to do is change the text and, if applicable, images to tell visitors a little bit about your business. Basic Leia websites take only minutes to create; more complicated websites can be finished in a short afternoon. Next Sunday when you’re watching TV in the comfort of your pajamas, download Leia and give her a try. You’ll be shocked by how fast and easy it is to complete a Leia website.

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