Sometimes I am truly amazed by the internet. I can get an idea on a Friday night while talking with friends, go home, buy a domain name, create a website, upload it to a server, and have it live to the entire world before morning. I don’t need to buy any licenses, line up manufacturers, pick up raw materials, or hire any employees. Sure, I may have to wait a day for some DNS servers to resolve, and I will spend many more hours working on it later, but overall the instant gratification is great.
I’ve alluded in that past that part of my side business involves making websites for local clients, as well as miscellaneous websites on a variety of (mostly non-financial) topics that interest me. I get paid for the design work, as well and hosting and maintenance. Some of my own websites are profitable, and some are complete flops. But it’s fun and if you already have hosting set up for another website already, the only additional costs are my time and $9 at Godaddy (currently only $7 with coupon code ‘hash3′). To be perfectly honest, I’m not terribly good at graphic design or even web design.
Here’s the thing: I’m sure there’s some topic out there that you know about much more than the average person – venison recipes? making your own furniture? old Toyota truck? homeschooling your kids? That knowledge and passion are the most important things you need start your own website, not HTML skills.
Sorry for the rambling; I would write more, but the sun is going to rise soon and I can’t think straight anymore…