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Irvine, Ca--Pushed by today's tough economy, many former nine to fivers are embracing their inner entrepreneurs and searching for fast ways to start something new.
According to Jason R. Rich, author of Design and Launch an E-Commerce Business in a Week (June 2008, Entrepreneur Press) and Design and Launch an Online Web Design Business in a Week (May 2009, Entrepreneur Press), the quickest, and most viable, startup option is to go online.
"If you've got an idea for a new product or service to sell, there really is no easier, faster or more cost-efficient way than starting an online business," says Rich. "There are so many turnkey solutions available that, with the right guidance, anyone with the ambition to start business, can build a fully-functioning business website, learn how to capture clients and build an online presence--all within one week and with very little startup costs."
Rich covers the following ready-to-use solutions for aspiring online business owners:
As a complete solution, ProStores provides tools to handle everything from website development to inventory management and merchandising. For people just getting started and looking to test their online business idea, the ProStores Express allows users to design a basic e-commerce website and get up and running within a few hours, providing you are selling fewer than ten products.
For online business operators with more advanced and extensive needs, eBay offers ProStores Business, ProStores Advanced, and ProStores Enterprise, which offer different plans, online businesses can grow almost limitlessly as needed.
GoDaddy.com's WebSite Tonight and Quick Shopping Cart
In addition to being a well-established website hosting service and ISP, GoDaddy.com is also an inexpensive domain name registrar and offers a wide range of a la carte online tools for promoting and managing any type of website. For people interested in launching a business that uses an e-commerce site complete with Shopping Cart module, GoDaddy's turnkey solution is called Quick Shopping Cart.
For those looking for extremely powerful and versatile e-commerce website that will allow you to create the most professional and highly functional online business possible, look no further than OSCommerce. Unlike the turnkey solutions described earlier, OSCommerce is downloadable software that runs on your computer. It can be used to design, publish, and maintain an e-commerce website.
OSCommerce is not a complete turnkey solution in that it does not offer online hosting services for your online business. It does, however, provide a free collection of development tools.
As a company, Yahoo! also offers a wide range of other services to internet users. For online business operators, Yahoo! offers its Small Business Services division. The services offered by this division include a robust e-commerce turnkey solution, Yahoo! Stores, as well as search engine marketing/advertising opportunities for promoting your online business.
No matter which of the Yahoo! Stores plans you purchase, you'll be given full access to the service's Store Design tools, which allow you to design a professional looking site using a step-by-step wizard and templates that can be fully customized. Using this solution, you can sell up to 50,000 unique products and maintain your online business with the utmost of ease.
Julien Sharp is a freelance writer and business communications consultant. She has more than18 years of entrepreneurial, training, writing, and communications experience and has worked both nationally and internationally, providing consulting and coaching services to executives in small to midsize businesses.
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