What Do I Need To Start An online Business?

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What Do I Need To Start An online Business?

Question by Ihateusernames: What Do I Need To Start An online Business?
I live in Arizona and I know some things depend on the state your in.
I want to know what licence and things do I need to start up a business online.
I would be selling consumer goods like bedding, electronics, and office supplies.
I would also be buying things wholesale.

Best answer:

Answer by Alby
I’d recommend you try to become a vendor via Amazon.com. That way, you have access to a massive market of buyers. Setting up your own website and hoping to steer traffic to it for simple retail operations is likely going to be an exercise in failure.

Start Here: http://www.amazonservices.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm?ld=AZFSSOA#pricing

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By | 2014-01-01T19:25:55+00:00 January 1st, 2014|Arizona Marketing|4 Comments

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  1. Jake January 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    If you plan to incorporate then you need to register with the federal,state and city government. If you plan to run the business as a sole proprietor then all you need is a business license from your local city government. Some cities do not require you to get a business license until the business makes $ 3,000 to $ 4,000 so see what your local government requires for an e-commerce business.

    Steps for getting started:
    First and foremost write up a business plan.
    1. Forming the business either through incorporating or as a sole proprietor. If you plan to incorporate then you need to get with your states Secretary of State to do this.
    2. Find your SIC and NAICS code you will need either one or both for your business formation with the government entities.
    3. Getting an EIN if required
    4. Setting up a Franchise and Excise Tax and Sales and Use Tax account with the Dept of Revenue in the state you are in. You need to determine if you need one or both of these accounts. Just call the Dept of Revenue in your state and they are usually pretty helpful in answering all your questions.
    5. Set up a business bank account or bank account with a DBA attached to it if you plan to do the business as a sole proprietor if you incorporate then a business bank account is what you need.
    6. Set up a merchant and or paypal account. The merchant account you can set up through your bank and this allows you to take all major credit cards.
    7. Build a website and get a domain name and hosting. You can either build your own website or have one built for you, some start out with a blog because it’s free and you can make it look like a standard website so take a look at this option and see if it will work for you. Just keep in mind if you use a blog you need relevant content in the body of the blog if it’s just full of product links then you will eventually get shut down. As far as building your own you can either buy software or use the online website builders. Using the software allows you to create your site how you want it just make sure the hosting provider you use will support the software, with the online website builders you will be limited to their templates and I believe you have to use their hosting but you can buy your domain name from anywhere and just direct to their server.
    Research SEO for your website, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and you can read about this at any article directory. Once in the directory put in a search for what you are wanting to read about and you should get some articles to read up on. If your search comes up empty or not what you are looking for just reword the search until you do. The info is there you just need to use the right phrasing. If you are on a tight budget you may also look into free ways to market your site.
    8. Get inventory.
    9. Figure out how you plan to ship product. This all comes down to how you plan to handle inventory. Some people have their own and some get involved with companies that have the product and you sell it and they drop ship the product for you. This saves on you having to carry the product yourself and having unsold inventory in your possession. If you plan to do affiliate marketing then you need to sign up to the affiliate programs and get your code specific links to post on your site.
    10. Marketing your website. Just because you publish a website doesn’t mean it’s visible to the search engines and the public at large so you need to submit the site to the 3 top search engines at the least and start marketing the site.

    This is a basic order and some of these may overlap each other during the process but I hope this helps out. I’ve been through the routine and had to figure it all out myself. Just ask a lot of questions with the people you are dealing with to get things in order.

  2. Des Johansson January 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I’d just like to add to Jake’s input.

    For shopping cart or ecommerce software, there are free and paid software available. These software allows you to have a storefront for your business on the net. They also come with free templates so you do not have to spend money to get one custom designed for you (if you’re on a tight budget). If you know bits of programing, you could try the many free shopping cart software available eg. Zen and Agora.

    If you have the budget, you could go for paid carts like the ones from Volusion or Insantestore. Do not subscribe right away. Sign up for a free trial first and see which one fits your needs and is easy to use.

    In terms of inventory, you could also use the services of a drop shipper to fulfill your orders so you don’t have to source them, store them, pack them and ship them out. Drop ship suppliers charge a small fee for their services so make sure you factor them into your budget. Some shopping cart software providers are already integrated with drop ship suppliers so you can opt for the service as an option.

    Saying that, drop shipping isn’t the answer to all your inventory issues. However, it’s a good alternative for newbies and a good way to offer a wider product range for more experienced online merchants.

    Good luck.

  3. Alex Sam January 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I congrats you and my best wishes are with you. I will strongly suggest you to make shopping from wholesalers as there you will get lot of branded and non branded trendy products. It could be more economical for you because they provide best discounted prices and exciting deals to their customers. You can earn sensible amount of profit due to the purchasing of less prices products. I know the link where you will found lot of wholesalers for you I usually use this link for my shopping.

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