Building a Web Store on Shoestring Budget in less than Four Hours

Written by Nowshade Kabir

Starting a business online is no longer as difficult as it used to be! Now, there are plenty of interesting business ideas that anybody can pick up from various Internet resources. Startup related cost, which used to deter many in taking action, has become negligible. Many people already started to notice this! According to a recent report GoDaddy has gained 294,368 new sites in justrepparttar first 5 months of 2005 whilerepparttar 138470 top four domain registrars combined, including GoDaddy, have gained more than half a million. Mind it! This is notrepparttar 138471 quantity of domains registered, this isrepparttar 138472 quantity of websites hosting with them! This recent explosive growth means one thing. Online business is onrepparttar 138473 rise!

So, if you have one or several products to sell to a large geographical area and you would like to start an online business fairly quick but you donít have much money to spend on it, there are still ways to do so.

Usingrepparttar 138474 integrated features of many portals you can start your dream e-commerce site on a shoe-string budget within several hours. I am going to show you how to do this on

Sign up Preparation needed: Write an informative, precise but easy-to-read profile of your company in less than 600 words. If your companyís name is less than 12-letter long you are fine. If not, choose a nice name, preferably, by shorteningrepparttar 138475 company name. This you will require for login name. Create a logo for your company. You can do it later if you donít have a logo as yet.

Steps: Register your company by filling uprepparttar 138476 membership form. Choose a membership other than basic. You need an option withrepparttar 138477 ability to build a web store. Copy and paste your prepared profile. Once you submitrepparttar 138478 form you will be taken to a page called My Business.

Time required: Maximum one hour including preparation.

Add products torepparttar 138479 e-catalog This step will help you create electronic catalog of your products that you will use on your website as well.

Preparation: Take digital pictures of your products. Each picture should not be more than 100 KB. Make thumbnail versions of your pictures. Thumbnails should be less than 10 KB. Both pictures and thumbnails should be of JPG or GIF formats.

If your product requires special instructions, schemas, etc., make an electronic copy of them as well. This should be of doc, txt, or PDF format and less than 50 KB in size.

Steps: Now from your My Business page click onrepparttar 138480 ďAdd ProductĒ button. You will be prompted to "Add Product" page. Next step is to selectrepparttar 138481 correct subcategory, where your product should be listed. First, chooserepparttar 138482 main category and than keep on selectingrepparttar 138483 right subcategory until you end up onrepparttar 138484 final subcategory. This E-catalog is based on USPSC, electronic classification standard, which offers a ten-digit, five-level logical hierarchy for organizing products and services. Once you successfully selectedrepparttar 138485 fifth level subcategory you will be prompted to a detail form. Add allrepparttar 138486 necessary information about your product. Insertrepparttar 138487 pictures inrepparttar 138488 designated places. Once you finished, submitrepparttar 138489 form. Continue doingrepparttar 138490 same for allrepparttar 138491 products. You have just created your first electronic catalog!

Rebates: Savings or Scam?

Written by Gary Gray

Weíve all had our issues with rebates. Rememberrepparttar time you purchased that ďfreeĒ product from Comp USA or Circuit City who then promised you would get your money back? What an easy purchase! But, did you know thatrepparttar 138364 majority of folks never redeem their rebates? If you really ever did get that check inrepparttar 138365 mail, youíre one ofrepparttar 138366 few savvy consumers out there. If not, I want to let everyone in on how to ensure theyíre going to be gettingrepparttar 138367 savings they signed up for. Get out a pen and pencil; this may require a little work.

Iíll be honest; Iíve always had a problem with rebates. Iím a consumer aware ofrepparttar 138368 price Iím paying, constantly wondering if my purchase is legitimate or thereís some hidden agenda motivatingrepparttar 138369 seller. Rebates seem to fitrepparttar 138370 bill of a scam. After all, who wants to give something away for free, and how can you make money on that? While rebates can seem promising onrepparttar 138371 surface, they rarely pan out. According to Peter Kastner, executive vice president of Aberdeen Group, only 40% of consumers submit rebates they are entitled to, 40% submitrepparttar 138372 rebate and successfully get a check, and 20% have problems. You think they want you to redeem that rebate? Think again.

But despiterepparttar 138373 difficulties of rebates andrepparttar 138374 burden to redeem, they do offer an opportunity at great savings impossible to find elsewhere. A couple items of due diligence are required when using these cheap discounts. But first letís explain some ofrepparttar 138375 deception involved.

Atrepparttar 138376 outset, merchants hope you wonít bother. It takes a lot of work to redeem a rebate, so be prepared. In addition,repparttar 138377 redemption process is made to be complicated. Who owes you your rebate,repparttar 138378 retailer orrepparttar 138379 manufacturer? Andrepparttar 138380 tediousness inrepparttar 138381 process will make you so fed up youíll forget about your savings or give up inrepparttar 138382 process, takingrepparttar 138383 loss as a learning experience.

OK, so we know rebates are difficult at best. But what if everyone turned them in and was willing to follow up on allrepparttar 138384 problems that can be involved? Iíll give you a hint, these retailers would lose money, and rebates would end. But thatís notrepparttar 138385 case: rebates grew from 1 billion to 4 billion dollars from 1999 to 2003, and they continue on today with a presence inrepparttar 138386 online discount shopping arena. Learn how to take advantage of these savings and youíll be adding to your online shopping smarts.

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