Online business

4 Must-Have Tools to Start a Profitable Online Business Without a Website

If you need a custom site for your online business, you will need a good budget for it. If you don’t have the budget, you better have the design skills to develop and launch your own site.

The tools include QR codes and social media pages. Photo: UGC cooperative bank.
Source: UGC

So what happens when you don’t have both the budget and the technical skills?

Lucky for you, it is possible to start and run a profitable online business without a website!

Here are some must-have online business tools to help you sell your goods or services without a website.

QR codes

QR codes are simple, inexpensive, and require no additional app downloads. You can easily create interactive experiences for your customers and provide product information.

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These codes also help you redirect your customers to your social media pages, even if you don’t have a website.

Get a payment link

It is possible to start a business without a website.
You can start a business without a website. Photo: UGC cooperative bank.
Source: UGC

If you’re already running a business but don’t have an online presence through a website, you need an easy way to accept payments from your customers, right?

Well, the Co-operative Bank of Kenya has the perfect solution for you: it’s called Pay-By-Link.

Before you wonder how a link can work without a website, Pay-By-Link does just that. Once you get your unique payment link, you can use it to bill your customers.

This is how it works:

  • You and your customer agree on the price, then email your customer the payment link.
  • Your customer receives the invoice with Pay-By-Link on his email.
  • When they click on this link, it opens a portal where they will enter their bank.
  • The card details and the amount they pay for the goods or service.
  • Once the payment is successful, you will receive a payment confirmation SMS or email.
  • Your customer will also receive a confirmation by SMS, provided they have subscribed to the SMS alert service of their card provider.

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That’s it! There is no cost to you, onboarding is completely free and the solution is 3D secure with two-factor authentication for all card payments.

If your customer makes a bad payment, you don’t need to call Bank Co-op to help you with the cancellation – you can do it yourself. Plus, customers can’t reverse payments, so you’re covered against the risk of losing money to questionable characters.

When you want to reconcile your books, just go to your dashboard to see and track all payments.

Social media pages

Social media can help you reach billions of people.
Social networks make it easy to reach many people. Photo: UGC cooperative bank.
Source: UGC

Social media platforms have made it so easy for anyone to start and run a business without a website. You also have access to billions of users on these platforms, who flock there in search of unique things.


Even if you don’t have a website, you can still create an analytics account to track your sales, visitors, and other metrics. This way, you can gain more in-depth information about your audience so that you can refine your marketing campaigns.

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Don’t miss out on business opportunities

Whether you are selling affiliate products or providing services to the public through your business, you don’t need a website to get started.

Have a good product or service, know your audience, and make sure get your unique merchant Pay-By-Link link of Co-op Bank to start receiving payments.

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