There are more and more third-party ecommerce marketplaces available, like eBay, Etsy, Amazon, and even Airbnb or Fiverr, depending on your product or service. Building a business through one of those ecommerce marketplaces can simpler, since you’ll have to make fewer decisions, and you won’t have to build your website yourself—you’ll use an existing template.
Of course, you will have to pay to buy the site. So you have to measure if paying that price is worth not having to build a complete e-commerce business yourself. Also keep in mind that really successful sites will be quite pricey, with prices in the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. But you can find full-fledged online businesses for a few hundred or a few thousand dollars too.
The cost of entry into the internet sector can vary widely from case to case; while some ‘pre-packaged’ online retail opportunities can be bought for less than £1,000, other more established businesses (such as web design companies and internet services businesses) will tend to carry a higher price tag – particularly if they’re being sold as a profitable going concern.
SideProjectors is also a great place for sellers to go to list those projects that they put a little bit of time and effort into but didn’t totally build out into a fully-fledged business so they can get a little bit of a return on their investment. Never leave a side project abandoned again, just use SideProjectors to transfer the assets and operations to someone willing to pick up the task.
Once you’ve chosen a name and business structure, filed paperwork with the state and set up your website, you’re ready to get going with your online business. Remember that the Internet is a busy place and you can’t sit back and wait for customers to come to you. Look for ways to actively promote your business through online advertising, social media and old-fashioned word of mouth.