Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are some of the advantages of moving your business online:

  • You can start having customers come to you.
  • It’s easier to get media attention.
  • You have multiple ways of communicating with your market.
  • Your content can be used to prime people to work with you.
  • Online systems allow you to scale and automate so you can earn more money without needing more time.

How to move your business online:

  • Buy a domain name for your business.
  • Create a website or a page for your business name.
  • Work on the site/page’s design and make everything simple and easy for your customers.
  • Decide what to sell: Another thing you need to do when moving your business online is to decide what to sell from your existing offerings.
  • Add content to your website/page, for example (home page, about us, product/service page, returns & refunds page, and contact us page).
  • Announce that you move your business online through (Emailing, Social media, search engines, and Influencers)
  • Online consultancy business: Start with a home-based online consultancy business you can virtually connect with your clients via an online portal. 
  • Online tutoring classes: Parents and students are tense, because of this lockdown everyone is anxious to find good online tutors to cover the loss of their studies. Online tutors are in great demand for the right moment, even after this lockdown phase, parents and guardians will look for online tutoring for their kids. 
  • Get hired on a freelancing platform: Working for firms, organizations, institutions, etc… as a freelance which will help you and the firm itself. Sales and marketing professionals/consultancy: If you think you are impressive in your talks and can rule a conversation, you can make a big way in this field, with almost every business being transitioned to the online platform, sales and marketing jobs are blooming.
  • Set up your own hyperlocal delivery business: for example (Pharmaceutical delivery, drinks delivery, grocery delivery, and daily needs essentials delivery).


  • Not starting with enough capital and not carefully budgeting
  • Thinking that success will come quickly
  • Not focusing on the quality of the product and mispricing the product or service.
  • Underestimating the importance of sales and marketing
  • Not adapting or iterating quickly enough
  • Not understanding the competitive landscape
  • Ignoring legal and contract matters
  • Hiring the wrong employees.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a grant, the applicant must:

Be a company that is duly established and registered in accordance with respective KRI legislations

Be a small and medium size enterprise (SME) with up to 500 employees

Be a large company with above 500 employees (eligible only for apprenticeship/internship)

Be registered and acting in the territories of the Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaimaniyah (including Halabja) Governorates

Be registered at least 3 years prior to the deadline of the Call for Proposals, i.e. before 1 July 2016

Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the project, not acting as an intermediary

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