Web Business Resources

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Should You Start Your Own Web-based Business?

Many people dream of starting their own business, and because of the convenience, ease, and popularity of the Internet, an increasing amount of would-be entrepreneurs are tossing their hats in the ring and starting Web-based businesses.

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Finding Your Niche

Now that you know starting a Web-based business is the path you want to take, you are going to have to decide what type of business you want to start.

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Writing Your Business Plan

Your business plan is the roadmap that will help guide you and your Web-based business toward profit and success.

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Legal Considerations

Starting a business takes a lot of work, and there are numerous legal requirements you will have to fulfill before you can legally begin operating your business, including choosing a name for your business, registering your business name, deciding what type of business entity your Web-based business should register as, and applying for all necessary permits.

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Before You Open

By this point in the process, you have already made some major decisions about your Web-based business, including business structure, business name, what type of business you want to start (take your offline business online, startup, affiliate business, selling products with a drop shipper, or purchasing products from a wholesaler and selling them), and your niche.

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Your Web Site

Your Website is your virtual business card.

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Designing Your Web Site

Because your Website is both your virtual storefront and your virtual calling card, you want to ensure it is as professional and as consumer friendly as possible.

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Securing Your Web Based Business

Whether you realize it or not, your Web-based business faces a variety of outside risks that can threaten the stability of your business, from theft or a natural disaster to hackers.

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The Importance of Search Engines

Everyone who uses the Internet uses a search engine.

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Creating Powerful Content for Your Web Site

People are always in a hurry today — there is never enough time for all the things that have to be done in a day, and the last thing consumers want is to have to tread through Web content that is filled with fluff and takes far too long to get to the point.

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Marketing Your Web-based Business

Once you have published your Website and have officially declared your Web-based business open, you are going to have to work hard to build a loyal customer base.

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Keeping Your Customers Coming Back Again and Again

The key to any successful Web-based business is building customer loyalty to ensure they return to your business again and again.

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Merchant Accounts and Customer Payment Options

Your Website should be as consumer-friendly as possible, making it easy for customers to shop for and purchase your products or services.

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Adding a Storefront

If you are going to be doing business on the Internet, you are going to need a virtual storefront that allows customers to browse your products, to put those items they want to purchase in a shopping cart, and to proceed to checkout where they will make their final purchase.