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Starting a Web Based Business

Aug 17, 2007
The first step to starting a web based business is to work out a business plan in detail, choose a name for the business, what kind of products you want to sell or market, the price of your products or your service, workout a plan to face competition and better them. Determine the costs of starting up and work out how much money is needed, what funds are available, figure out if a loan is necessary and research which kind of a loan best suits your needs. Good business plans will definitely be the first step towards success as a person gets to know about his business while doing research as he works out the business plan. An attorney can be consulted to find out about the licenses and other regulations that may apply to your business.

Domain Name Should be Catchy

A creative and eye-catching domain name will help improve business. After selecting a name, a person has to register it as the domain name with a .com ending. If a .com ending is not available try a .net, .org, .biz or .us registrations. If the name is not available try adding an appropriate prefix or suffix. Certain businesses like Network Solutions will help you in the matter by checking if the domain name you have chosen is available if it is not offer suggestions. They charge $25 fee for domain registration for 3 years. Once a domain name has been secured trade marking the domain name will be helpful in protecting the business. An attorney can be consulted for further information regarding registering trademarks.

Select the Right Hosting Service Provider
Choosing a host for your domain is the next task when you want to know how to start a web-based business. Web hosting companies will offer a variety of services tools to build the site, tools to create a catalog of your products, shopping-cart technology, methods of payment, shipping and different marketing strategies that can be used, tracking and reporting capabilities, domain registration and hosting. Make sure that your host offers a variety of templates, a full wizard-driven setup to help your domain be fully functional, SSL encryption to ensure safety of transferring credit card data and offers a database driven system. Web hosting could cost as less as $50 a month but make sure the host is reliable and reputed, have back up copies of your site in Cd's, make sure your domain is registered in your name and not that of the IPS's name, that they offer a guarantee of at least 95% uptime.

A good web designer and an IT consultant can be hired to create the web site and to ensure that it is functioning fully. Make sure that the web site is tested and free from any glitches before you begin operating.

Keep the Site Interactive

A simple menu-driven website that is interactive and easy to navigate, with search features and proper, easy to browse catalogues, with the secure features of an AVS {Address Verification Service}, CVC2 (Card Validation Code 2) and a CVV2 (Card Verification Value) will help a customer feel safe to do transactions. These are a few steps that need to be taken if you want to know how to start a web-based business.

Several software programs are available online that make even the task of running and maintaining a web based business simple and easy.
About the Author
David Gass is President of Business Credit Services, Inc. His company publishes afree weekly e-newsletter on Small Business Consulting at their web site http://www.smallbusinessconsulting.com
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