How to Start Up an Online Business

By Lanee’ Blunt

When you start an online business you can sell your own products, work with wholesale suppliers, write content, or start an online store. Starting an Internet business doesn’t require a lot of overhead, and is a business to get into with minimum upfront investment.

Decide what type of internet business you will be going into. Is it a product or products that you are selling or are you going to sell; business to business, or sell your service? Are you going to do affiliate marketing? A sales tax license is required to collect sales taxes. The requirements may be different, so you must check with your own local licensing department. Most online businesses will take time and work to get going, there will be a lot of things to learn, and things to do before the commerce is started.

Register your domain name. This is the web address of your online business. Get a web host. It will provide you with space and support to create your website. Design your website because it will be considered your store front. You can design it yourself, use a template, or hire someone to design it for you.

Use search engine optimization to drive people to your website. Pay-per-click advertising is an effective method to get traffic to a new site. Capture your visitor's email addresses when they visit your site. Build an opt-in list from your customers and subscribers by asking them to give you permission to send them an e-mail. Create an email newsletter and send it to your customers.

Entrepreneur: How to Start a Business Online; Allen Moon
SBA: Starting an Online Business
Start Online Business Guide: Online Business Ideas; Kanute Fleming


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