Starting an Online Business For Dummies

Starting an Online Business For Dummies

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So you want to own your own business, be your own boss, set your own hours, and make real money. If you're comfortable with computers and have a marketable idea, service, or product, this guide will help you become an ontrepreneur (online entrepreneur). It covers everything you need to know to set up shop in cyberspace. You'll find out about using established storefronts as a shortcut (sort of like setting up shop in a huge, established cybermall) or building your own Web site from scratch. You'll explore: doing research, defining your niche and target market, and putting it together in a practical business plan; getting the hardware and software you'll need to get going; creating your own Web site with good organization, useful content, and eye-catching design, including ten must-have features and info on clip art and photos; selecting a Web hosting service (with info on free Web site homesteading); setting up for handling business online, including building in security, accepting charge cards, creating shopping carts, and more; and, managing your goods and services, including sourcing goods, handling returns, adding shipping fees, and maintaining inventory.
You'll also explore: taking advantage of successful online business models, including storefronts such as, Yahoo!, CafePress, PayPal, or Microsoft that already have all the tools and systems, plus great traffic; running a business on eBay; marketing your business and the secrets to search engine success; and, keeping good business records and staying on the right side of the law, including everything from trademarks , copyrights, and licensing to taxes, with info on accounting tools and software. Written by e-biz whiz Greg Holden, "Starting an Online Business For Dummies, Fourth Edition" has all kinds of case studies of successful cyber businesses, including a woman who sells her own insect repellent, a mapmaker, a housewife who sells sweetener and coffee on eBay, a sculptor and painter, and more. Packed with inspiration and information, it includes: lots of Web sites that will give you good ideas; a companion Web site that includes an online directory of Internet business resources; and, a list of legal and business requirements. Get going, and build a booming business right at home.
The only people you'll have to take orders from are customers, and those are the kind of orders you'll like!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 186 x 230 x 24mm | 598.75g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0764583344
  • 9780764583346
  • 1,496,292

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Strategies and Tools for Your Online Business. Chapter 1: Opening Your Own Online Business in Ten Easy Steps. Chapter 2: Choosing and Equipping Your New E--Business. Chapter 3: Selecting the Right Web Host and Design Tools. Chapter 4: Exploring New Ways to Build Business. Part II: Establishing Your Online Presence. Chapter 5: Giving Your Business Site Structure and Style. Chapter 6: Attracting and Keeping Customers. Chapter 7: Building in Security Up Front. Chapter 8: Monitoring and Improving Your Business. Part III: Successful Online Business Models. Chapter 9: Setting Up, Yahoo!, and Other Storefronts. Chapter 10: Running a Business on eBay. Part IV: Running and Promoting Your Online Business. Chapter 11: Easing the Shopping Experience. Chapter 12: Accepting Payments. Chapter 13: Service with a Virtual Smile. Chapter 14: Search Engine Placement. Chapter 15: Advertising and Publicity. Part V: The Necessary Evils: Law and Accounting. Chapter 16: Making It All Legal. Chapter 17: Online Business Accounting Tools. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Must--Have Features for Your Web Site. Chapter 19: Ten Hot New Ways to Be an Ontrepreneur. Index.
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About Greg Holden

Greg Holden is the founder of Stylus Media, which creates Web pages for small businesses. An eBay PowerUser, he has authored more than 25 books and numerous magazine articles.
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