What do I need to start a business?

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  1. zak_schmidt

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    I am looking to open a new business for apparel sales. I will include a few notes before asking my question.

    -The product type probably won't exceed 50 different types.
    -Multiple pictures for each product would be preferred.
    -I have knowledge working with WP, but never using any E-Commerce plug-ins.
    -I'd like to keep monthly costs between $25-50.
    -I just need a very simple selling platform that can show products, have a cart, and accept CC's for online transactions.
    -I want to the URL to be without a server tag at the end.

    With this in mind, I was wondering what I would need or what would be the best to use. I was looking at hosting with JustHost, and I have heard good things about Magento, and I know that there are ways to pay for software to accept CC's. Is there a single program that I can do everything with or what is the easiest way?

    Thanks in advance,
    Zack
     
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    Zack what about starting with an eBay store or something like Yahoo Merchant?

    Could that work for you or do you want to build the store and website yourself?
     
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    I'd rather have the satisfaction of creating a site that is more independent than a eBay, Amazon, or Yahoo site. I'd rather my URL not be followed by a .ebay or .yahoo or anything like that.
     
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    I think there are several different templates and themes of an e-commerce or e-shop websites which lets you to post your products through a content management system. The working of the CMS is very easy and you can post products very comfortably but you will need a security certificate for the page on which your buyer will give his credit card number.
     
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    I am asking for more of a list of what I need, and then possibly suggestions?

    Do I need a:
    -Hosting Service
    -Shopping Cart Service
    -CMS
    -CC purchase platform

    Can I find everything bundled?
     
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    I'm not really sure if you needed the independent site badly, but as a start, maybe starting with Ebay or YahooMerchant would be great. Just my opinion though.
     
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    After further consideration, I think I will highly consider starting with something easier. However, this leads to the questions...

    Which is better for what I need; Amazon or eBay stores? (or others?)
     
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    Hi, Congrats! you are going to start a new business. I liked the reply of William king you can follow that. Thanks
     
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    I think there are several different templates and themes of an e-commerce or e-shop websites which lets you to post your products through a content management system.
     
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    The social sites will help you out in your mission..!!!
     
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    hi zak_schmidt......
    i am just interfering to help you in selection of best ecommerce solution. Amazon and ebay wil not supports for integration, and they are not flexible to use. As one of my friend experienced a best solutions from 'Nichesuite' it is best ecommerce solution can integrates with all ebay, amazon, and google base. more independent, user-friendly solution.it also works with multiple online channels & leverages the power of social media to propel your business.
    Try Nichesuite
    thanks.
     
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    First off, put some listings up on craigslist to see what will actually sell.
     
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    I will suggest a some more requirement to start your business.
    1.Determine if the type of business suits you.
    2.determine if your idea can make money.
    3.Find sources of start-up financing.
    4.Set up a basic marketing plan.
    5.whether your business would benefit from being able to sell stock.
    6.Research the various types of ownership structures
     
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    Mostly u need to start the business "experience" and "Knowledge" . And u must need the capability to handle the all type of customers in ur business.
     
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    Kudos Zack! For your plan to start a business. Well, let me help you on the website for your upcoming business. Beep me back if ever you're interested. :)
     

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