Internet business owners sign in *advice*

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  1. DeleriuM

    DeleriuM New Member

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    Im thinking about starting a small intarweb business in which I will create andy warhol style paintings for people and plak mount or frame them and send them to the customer

    I've found a website doing this for a lot of dough
    I made this for a friend of his dog and I'm getting it plaked for his bday

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    questions: is it absolutely neccessary to be a registered business
    how do you get your money from your customers? paypal?
    how much did you pay for your website
     
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    if there is already a few websites doing this it sounds like a saturated market
     
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    actually I only found one :o
     
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    hardest thing will be advertising and getting people to know that you exist
     
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    right

    ad space is a bitch... maybe I could get a discount for adspace on OT :o

    what's your business?
     
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    It's not necessary to be a registered a business but how serious do you want people to take your work ? That's a question you have ask yourself. I have a merchant account setup for billing. I paid around 5k for my site lots of Java, voice overs, animation etc...it's in my profile.
     
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    :sad2: I have a part time job/school so Im very busy and I dont have a lot of time or money to invest into this thing

    it would just be a small gig
     
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    Does his dog have many friends?
     
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    it'd be pretty easy to throw up a simple website, people could pay with paypal and email you about whatever they wanted
     
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    As am I go to school full time and work another job aside from my business. If you want to make money you'll find the time.

    You don't have shell out tons of money for a site you just need to find someone who's reliable and good. I probably spoke with 10-15 developers just to cut cost. I've designed sites before but this was a bit out of my reach.

    Why don't you sell your work save your money then start a site :dunno:
     
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    yeah I already have a few people lined up that wanna buy this type of thing but I can charge them much since they are friends

    $500 would be my max investment
     
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    For a simple site to showcase your work $500 could get you something decent I suppose. Good luck ;)
     
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    It's not fully functional it's still in it's testing phase ;) It'll be operational 12.15.05 as my user text says.

    You think people work for free ? We have it up so we so show people we're not just a business on paper.
     
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    :bigthumb:

    My little brothers idea :)
     
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    i work as a web designer. i dont have my own, but i am constantly trying to help other people with theirs.
     
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    www.miva.com online storefront and inventory management
    www.2checkout.com credit card and check processing
    www.paypal.com paypal payments / credit card processing
    www.geotrust.com SSL certificates
    www.flashkit.com place to ask about websites
    www.engagedhost.com place to host your website ;)
    www.fedex.com shipping your products
    www.marketbanker.com market your product
    www.overture.com market your product
    www.kall8.com Get your 800 number
    www.modernbill.com Client management and billing system (web based)

    To save money in the long run, open a money market account with your local bank and have your own credit card processor. Until your making alot, just use paypal and maybe another company such as 2checkout for non-paypal customers.
     
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    Catch welcome to the society of the inescapable

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    what did you do to the 2a logo?
     
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    :ugh:

    "plak" = plaque?
    "plaked" = plaqued?
     
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    can you link me some of the stuff you've done?
     
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    excellent links man thanks
     
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    no problem, i added a few more :wiggle:
     
  23. VBGOD

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    You don't have to register a business name, but it does help you out - if you're super serious. For starters, you can get away with using just your name. You can setup a Paypal system where the customer's primary method of payment would be Paypal. That's the bare minimum. If you want to shell out the money to register a business name, there are a few certain positives that would come out of this. First, you'll receive an EIN (Employer ID Number). With that EIN number, you'll be able to open up a business account at your local bank. Once you have that business account, you'll be able to accept credit cards online (another fee). Customers will also be able to make payments payable to <insert your business name>, which is a lot more professional than having them write the check to <insert your personal name>. With your EIN number, you'll be able to hire people (if you need to) and they would have to pay taxes on their earnings. There are a bunch of legal and tax issues to consider too. Overall, you will save money on taxes. There is also a level of legal protection for doing things through your business. OT is a horrible place to come to when researching small business questions and answers. Seek out small business forums, and make posts there.
     

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