The rise of the small business website is a phenomenon that has truly taken off in recent years.

The creation of the Internet brought about massive change and a wealth of new opportunities in the business world. Marketing, advertising, sales and business promotion changed drastically, and continue to change as the internet grows and reaches more and more people worldwide. With this change came the rise of the small business website. According to the Chamber of Commerce, as of 2021, 71% of small businesses now have a website.

If you’re an entrepreneur with a new startup, chances are you won’t be doing all your advertising and business promotion solely through the local newspaper or radio stations — why spend the time and resources when the internet is much more powerful, effective, and essentially limitless in scope? When your business first launches, you may rely initially on word-of-mouth to promote your business. Of course, you will have family and friends within your inner circle who will support you and spread the news. But, just like newspaper and radio, this type of promoting and advertising can only reach so far and is very limited.

With all this considered, you already have an important reason to get a website for your business. But advertising and promoting your business is not the only thing you need to consider in order for your business to succeed. What about building your brand? Establishing a relationship with existing customers and gaining new ones? Knowing your local competition? Having an online presence will make all of the above much easier.

There are plenty of resources out there describing in more detail why a website is essential for your startup, and how it will drastically increase your rate of success. To learn more about the specific benefits of having a website for your small business, check out this article by GoDaddy: 7 reasons you need a small business website.