How To Effectively Develop An Online Storefront And Start Selling MORE Products Online Quickly!

Written by Mike Blacktop

The Internet, for us, is an absolute dream come true.

As my wife Anne and myself are disabled it meant relying onrepparttar Government to provide us with state handouts. This not only left us physically disabled and on a very low income, but severely restricted any chance of being able to secure a steady real-world job.

If fact we had not been able to earn any money for over 10 years. Being stuck in this position, what could we do?

I heard so much aboutrepparttar 109080 Internet that I just HAD to try it out... maybe it could providerepparttar 109081 answer I was looking for? but I found so much marketing hype that I just wasn't sure... How could I start trading online? What could I sell?

Then it hit me.

I Was In The Perfect Position To Turn Anne's Hobby Into A Proven Internet Money Spinner.... Here's How:

Anne had always liked collecting thimbles and withrepparttar 109082 Internet revolution, maybe I could find people of similar interests who would purchase our findings.

Withrepparttar 109083 help of my family, friends and a few online sites, I developed my own Internet storefront, which soon became one ofrepparttar 109084 UK's most popular and widely used collectable products websites. Here's how I did it:

1) I started with PASSION. Being disabled meant that this was my one real chance of ploughing FULL energy into a project... I chose something that was based on a hobby, ensuring I kept 100% motivated at all times.

2) I knew I had to put together a collection of products that people would purchase. I had to find something that I could see a market for... virtually anything can be sold online, but it had to be a market I KNEW or at least could easily research into... I knewrepparttar 109085 "thimble" market inside out, I also knew I could quickly learn about plates, bells, mugs and other collectables, so my sights were set.

3) Now came my Internet presence... forget free sites or unprofessional web space. I got my own domain, hooked up to a credit card processor and set-up an online shopping cart system to handle all orders. It needn't costrepparttar 109086 earth... for less than one hundred dollars, our Internet presence was ready to go live.

Here's my checklist for starting an online store:

* The right products... do you knowrepparttar 109087 market? If not, can you easily associate and learn aboutrepparttar 109088 market?

* Grab your domain name today. You can register them for as little as $6 per year from Then hook it up to a professional web host (for as little as $10 per month).

Trading around the clock and around the world!

Written by Jennifer Stewart

US business-to-business e-commerce will hit $2.7 trillion in 2004 and more than 90% of firms interviewed described plans to buy and sell onrepparttar Internet, according to a recent Forrester Research study.

The study, "e-Marketplaces Boost B2B Trade," reports that B2B growth will be accelerated byrepparttar 109079 development of e-Marketplaces - new models for conducting e-commerce - such as auctions, exchanges, aggregators and bid systems. By 2004, Forrester expects these e-Marketplaces to capture 53% of all online business trade. Hand in hand with this development in B2B, isrepparttar 109080 estimate that Internet sales (business to customer) will top $1.35 trillion inrepparttar 109081 US byrepparttar 109082 year 2003. (Source: Masha E. Geller, MediaPost )

Many netrepreneurs have already taken steps to hitch their wagon to this rising star and have said goodbye torepparttar 109083 traditional shop front, and hello torepparttar 109084 cybermall.

A cybermall can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can sell to customers in every country inrepparttar 109085 world - if they have an Internet connection. Nielsen/NetRatings figures show that more and more people are connecting torepparttar 109086 Internet every month - inrepparttar 109087 US, 122.7 million people (aged 2 years and older) had access torepparttar 109088 Internet in January 2000. This had increased to 123.6 million inrepparttar 109089 first week of March 2000.

With a world population of 6 billion, it's easy to see why businesses are excited byrepparttar 109090 prospect of cybermalls.

Instead of battling withrepparttar 109091 rising costs of rent, staff wages, advertising, packing and shipping, and dealing withrepparttar 109092 problems of tracking down stock and suppliers - this new development in e-commerce allows an individual to set up a complete web-based business in less than 48 hours and receive commissions of 3% to 25% on all sales made fromrepparttar 109093 site.

One such cybermall is It aims to offer, "simplyrepparttar 109094 best virtual one-stop shop," according to CEO, John Freeman. "We should have completed a women's forum, chat line and a consumer contest byrepparttar 109095 third week of March," he says. This will complementrepparttar 109096 wide range of cyber stores already part ofrepparttar 109097 mall. "It's possible for customers to meet all their shopping needs from this one site," says Freeman, "from flowers and gifts, books and games, furniture and clothes to office supplies, financial services and banking, travel arrangements and auctions - there are even employment services at"

The inspiration for this concept dates back to 1997, when Freeman's company was developing and producing bespoke software and building websites; this was followed byrepparttar 109098 development of software and hardware to upgrade computer systems for Y2K. These products were certified byrepparttar 109099 consultant laboratories torepparttar 109100 UK Government,repparttar 109101 State Pentagon and companies such as GEC Marconi.

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