I need ideas and help to set up an online business?

Question by thomas4426@sbcglobal.net: I need ideas and help to set up an online business?
I am thinking about setting up an online business and also selling at different events that coincide with my selected products. It will be mainly “gift-type” merchandise.
Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on how to get started, ideas on marketing, search engines,where to buy products, etc. Will I need a license and how hard is it to set up a website? It’s all so overwhelming! I don’t want to do Ebay–so overdone!
Also, does anyone have any success or failure stories about themselves or others that they’d want to share?
Any help is appreciated

Best answer:

Answer by MikeS
There is a reason ebay is over-done though :)

Regardless, it’s not too hard to set up a site. A bit more difficult to add a shopping cart though (you’d also have to figure out how to be able to accept credit cards)

Then you have marketing to actually get people to buy what you sell. Lastly you have a logistics problem of how to deliver your merchandise to buyers.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

6 Responses to “I need ideas and help to set up an online business?”

  1. HiddenBarb says:

    I have attended the Gift Show at the Merchandise Mart in Atlanta and Chicago. Huge shows where vendors offer their merchandise. Many of the vendors will not sell to retailers who do not have a “brick and mortar” store. No matter what your business, in order to buy merchandise you will need a vendors license/business license and a tax ID number. You can teach yourself to set up a website, but remember a more professional looking one will work better. Yes, ebay or etsy is overdone, but it’s a great way to find out if your merchandise will move.

  2. Sat S says:

    Some of the ways you can advertise your business are:
    1. Post an article about your business on related blogs and get free visitors and back links
    2. Submitting to directories
    3. Free classifieds
    4. Forums

    Send an email with more information about your business to e@culx.net for free help on finding new customers and increasing sales.

  3. amisuggests says:

    Try this site http://www.affiliatemarketingintro.com

    It’s a site that tells you the basics of affiliate marketing

    Hope it helps

  4. healthwise357 says:

    setting up an online business involves a lot of things to learn and to develop like website design and development, link building and seo, copywriting and web content writing, off page and on page promotions, directory submissions and article submissions, joining forums and blog commenting.

  5. mantra says:

    Build a website which features all your products,do this on your own if you have expertise or you can just hire a web designer,remember that the web site designed must be search engine friendly,this will help your site to be crawled by search engines.After you are done just follow SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategy,which will feature your site in search engines.You can also hire an expert SEO who will do this job for you.

  6. Asten451 says:

    I cannot let you know why, I can just speculate.