With the global recession still biting hard it’s looking like 2013 could be another tough year for many businesses and individuals. The fear of job losses means that lots of people are looking for something different. So what better time to come up with ideas about developing an online business that will allow you to be your own boss?The freedom of running your own business from home on the Internet is something that many people aspire to, but for one reason or another never seem to get round to. With the cold wind of recession and redundancies blowing round every corner this might just be the time to jump in and get started on an Online Business.But if you’ve never used the internet for business where do you start? Setting up Online can appear daunting to a novice. This very fact of not having a clue how or where to start will probably turn a good number of people off. In fact it isn’t particularly complicated but there are many different aspects that you need to master.However, if you try to master too much at a very early stage then you’re in real danger of being overcome by information overload. So what should you do?Here are some ways to go forward.1). Identify a market that interests you. It is much easier to set up Online if you are working with something that you like. Then do your research to check whether there is sufficient demand for products in that area. This really is essential – you don’t want to spend time and money trying to market products that no-one wants to buy.2). Decide on a business model. Here are two possibilities. Develop your own products that you will sell. These can be physical products that need shipping to customers or digital products e.g. e-books or MP3s that can be downloaded online. Alternatively, you could become an affiliate marketer for other peoples’ products.You will get commission when someone you introduce buys a product. Lots of people start out down the affiliate route and then progress to having their own products.3). There is no need to ‘re-invent the wheel’. Plenty of people have started with no knowledge of this type of market and set up successful online businesses. So if you want to fast track your journey to online business success I suggest you find someone who has the experience and skills to help you. Someone who will guide you through the difficult first steps that you need to follow and also explain what you need to learn.Now the internet is full of ‘experts’ who want to help you – some not as reputable as others and sometimes at a very hefty price! Better to do some more research on who you think might be suitable – find out what other people are saying about them before you part with any money.4). Develop a step by step plan and then get going. Look to work at your business little and often so as not to cause burnout. Be consistent – learn something new, put it into practice and then move on to the next thing. You will be amazed as to how much progress you will make in a relatively short time if you follow this approach.The new year might just be another in a line of low property values and high fuel costs, strict austerity measures and rampant uncertainty so why not make 2013 the year that you take control of your future and set up your own online business?It might just be the best move you ever make.