Here’s a trend worth noting: increasing numbers of individuals looking to start a business are opting for an online business startup that is low-cost and easy enough to operate, so that they can do it all themselves.
Of course, starting a business of any kind - online or otherwise - requires a heavy dose of time and effort. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, with many pieces that need to fit together for it to work. Even with an an online startup business, you still need a legal structure of some type (corporation, LLC, partnership, etc.), some financial and budgeting skills, marketing plans and materials, bank and merchant (credit card) accounts and much more.
Still, starting an online business is easier than many people think - and getting less expensive all the time. For entrepreneurs who are willing to start small, grow gradually and put it all together one step at a time, operating an online business offers one of today’s best routes to independent business ownership.
Don’t let fancy techno lingo stop you. Choosing an e-commerce platform, finding a hosting service or hiring a web designer all seem daunting. But site providers such as Interland, Affinity, Yahoo! Small Business, BigStep, 1&1 and others offer simplified do-it-yourself packages that make the process straightforward, if not outright simple. Even with little tech know-how, you can get a basic site registered, designed and online quickly for less than $20 per month.