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Starting an Internet Business

Doing business on the Internet has never been more popular, nor more possible than it is today. Thanks to a range of online services and applications, it is now easy to establish the framework for an online business to facilitate marketing, sales, payment processing and delivery all from the comfort of your own home. That said, many entrepreneurs still shy away from starting up a business solely on the Internet, despite the tremendous growth potential achievable and the minimal relative start-up costs to consider.

Starting an Internet business has become a popular alternative to starting a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ business because, primarily, it is less capital intensive to get off the ground. In terms of start-up costs, all you really need is your web design budget, stock (if you’re even selling a physical item), a little each month for hosting and a domain name, plus anything else you want to spend on marketing and bringing in your customers.

There’s no need for premises, no need for staff, no need for exorbitant heating costs, no rates or local authority taxes – nothing. It’s just a straightforward, virtual operation you can run from your bedroom for very little investment capital indeed. Or to put it another way, £10,000 invested in an Internet business will go a good deal further than £10,000 investing in a physical business. And on top of that, you can easily reach a global customer base through your website, attracting sales from across the world that would otherwise have been impossible to close.

Further to that, it’s important to consider that starting an online business can be a great way to earn serious money on a residual basis, unlike any other business in the ‘real’ world. With ad-monetized sites, you can generate revenue for no additional work on a residual basis, because traffic will continue to flow to your website and adverts will be continued to be displayed automatically. While this is a bit of a simplification, it is nevertheless highly possible to establish an Internet business that generates revenue 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – even when you’re fast asleep.

What’s more, because there are a range of services out there to handle your business needs on the Internet, from communications to marketing to payment processing, you can benefit from the same flexibility as an offline business while also enjoying the lower start-up and running costs of doing business on the Internet, and of course the real business advantages of being able to reach a wider target audience.

The beauty with Internet business is that at present, it’s still very much in its infancy. While there are many tens of thousands of individuals around the world using the Internet as their main source of income, most people still haven’t a clue how to go about starting up in the virtual domain. For you, that means there’s still time to get on board and to establish your business online, rather than following the traditional route of setting up a physical business.

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