E-Commerce Internet Business
So you want to be an Internet
Entrepreneur? Well good, you have just taken the
first step to starting an Internet business.
Knowing what you want to do is half the battle,
devising a plan and executing it is the other
half. To begin with you will need to have a
basic idea of what type of business you want to
have online. Will you sell products or services?
You need to give careful consideration to what
you will be selling before you start your online
business otherwise you will be wasting your
What should you look for as a means for a good
If you already have a business in the brick and
mortar world off line, then you can capitalize
on it by expanding it on the Internet. In this
case, it would be the most logical thing to do.
Just make sure that if you decide to put your
business on the Internet and actually sell
products or services that you create a website
that is fitting. Dont just use the Internet as
a way of advertising your business, actually do
business on the web.
Some people who start a business online merely
use their site as a sort of brochure or sales
letter for advertising purposes. These types of
sites do have their advantages but dont give
the businessperson the advantage of utilizing
potential opportunities available by new online
technologies. Your web site can showcase
information about your company and products or
be an efficient way to communicate with clients
and customers. It is virtually your
international marketplace for selling your
products and services.
The Internet is the best place in the world to
run a business. The technology available to the
lay person just starting out is tremendous.
Everything from designing a website for free, to
adding such features as shopping carts, merchant
accounts, and interactive shopping are
abundantly at their disposal. In addition, never
before has there been a mechanism that allows a
business to reach more potential customers so
easily and on such a vast scale. Businesses
online today have global access to customers,
literally reaching all corners of the earth.
Now for the other side of the coin. If you dont
already have an off line business but want to
start an Internet business, dont give up hope.
Opportunities abound for you as well. Start by
making a list of your areas of expertise. Maybe
you are a great writer, or a wonderful cook.
Maybe you have exceptional public speaking
skills, or can create training materials.
Whatever you can think of by way of experience
and expertise can literally be turned into an
Internet business. Take for example this
concept, you can take your area of expertise and
write an ebook about it. Instantly you will have
a product to sell online and officially be in
Lastly, if you dont have and off
line business already and you dont feel that
you have any expertise to offer anyone, there
still is something that you can do to start a
business online. You can learn about existing
businesses on the Internet and how they operate.
Hopefully you will find something of interest
that you can do as well, just differently and
hopefully better. Look for a niche market for
your idea as well. One that has not been
services properly or very little. There are
always opportunities available to improve on
products and services, you just have to figure
out how and you will have the makings of an
The Legalities of Running an Online Business
Do you need an
attorney when starting an online business? It
depends on the type of business that you will be
operating online. Typical brick and mortar
businesses use an attorney when structuring a
new business for a variety of reasons. The
following situations are typically when a lawyer
would be needed whether you start a business
online or off.
Incorporating your business has several
benefits to it. It may be more beneficial
tax wise, it lends credibility to the image
of your company, your business will be
treated more seriously by investors, banks
and such. You can incorporate your business
whether it is an online business or not.
Patents, Trademarks and
Intellectual property law is still a pretty
gray area. You may need to make sure that
you are not infringing on copyright,
trademark or patent laws. An Intellectual
Property lawyer can help with this and also
help you if you have anything that you want
trademarked, copyrighted or patented.
Licenses and Contracts:
Before signing any legally binding contract
or agreement relevant to your Internet
business, you should have an attorney look
it over to make sure your rights are
protected and that you are not signing away
the store. Anytime that you enter into any
type of contractual situation with vendors,
suppliers and so on, it is best to be safe
that sorry by having the legalities of the
contract or agreement checked out.
: Because of the 1999 Internet law on Anti-Cybersquatting,
it is best to consult a lawyer whenever you
are thinking about buying expired domain
names. Just because they have expired
doesnt mean that they are free Intellectual
Property. They may in fact still be under
copyright, trademark or some other
intellectual property law.
So before you spend money
building a website and promoting your new
business, make sure that you will not run into
legal issues in the future. The relatively
small cost of seeking legal advice may save you
much more money down the road.