An increasing sector of home based businesses is based on the internet. They break down into three sections those that sell products or services, those that service the internet, and content providers. Which ever business you decide that you want to do then you need to follow certain steps to make it happen.
First create your website. Then you need to register your site with search engines. Then you need to link your site to others. Then you need to keep your site fresh. Then promote, promote, promote. You can also establish yourself by signing up for the Better Business Bureau online.
If you plan on selling stuff, there are two ways to go about it. You can either set up your site or sell from it, or you can participate in online auctions. Both are legitimate ways to sell your wares over the internet. Perhaps the biggest name in online auctions is EBay. However, at lot of sites are now available that allow individuals to sell items for a set price Yahoo shopping or Amazon.
If you want to be able to have people pay on your site, then you need to set that up. Paypal is the top name in internet payments. They allow you to link with their site so that people can pay, but you receive the money. Selling also requires that you charge sales tax on your site. You can search for your state’s sales tax rules and contact information through www.taxadmin.org/FTA/rate/sales.html.
Blogging is a new way to have an internet home based business. You can create one on your own website, or you can join one and put up regular posts. You can also post articles or other information that people can read.
Starting an internet home based business can be difficult and is not for everyone. You need to have an understanding of the internet, how to market to the internet, how to setup your site and make it attractive. Plus, you will have even less contact with the outside world with this type of business. This may or may not be the type of business for you. If you choose to not have an internet home based business, you can still use the internet to setup a website for your business; do research on market, customers or buying supplies. The internet can be a valuable tool for your business, no matter what kind of business you run.
Information from The Idiot’s Guide to Home Based Businesses