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Howard Said:i want to create a website with yahoo small business offer but as other website give option to online payment,?
We Answered:Yahoo small business has its advantages, but I don't know what you want to sell. I would recommend you go check out http://www.instantestore.com They give you 30 days free to check out the site and you can choose from different templates as well. It is going to cost you a little more, but it is the easiest and user friendly site I have ever come across. I use to sell cakes on that website. It gives you so many choices for online payments. You can use 2checkout, paypal, google checkout, paypoint etc. The list is endless and all you have to do is enter the minimal information requested and it is all set up for you. Check it out. I think it is a great site and if you don't like the service, just cancel and come back to Yahoo. But I think you will like this one better.
Monica Said:I want to open up an online lingerie business but unable to set up a website the way I want. Can anyone help?
We Answered:There are many things you need to consider especially when you are dealing with a "customer facing" applications like this one. You must have a clear understanding of the following before you could start thinking about havign a website:
1 - How the images will be captured and uplaod to the website. Who will take pictures and who will "enhance" those pictures, and who will actually upload those pictures to the website. Is this going to be you? How much time you cna spare for this; there might be a full-time employee required to do all this.
2 - How the content (images, desscription, prices, etc) will be updated? You should be able to add items, delete items, change prices, etc.
3 - Is there going to be online shopping cart? If yes, how it will be managed. What kind of payments you will accept, where you will ship/not ship, etc.
4 - Are you going to run any campaigns? discounts? promotions? how those will be managed?
5 - What kind of security measures you'll take to protect user's information, your application, payment information, etc. What are the levels of encryption/certifications you are going to have on your website.
After you have discussed or found solution to all of the above, it is the time to start designing the website on paper (how controls will appear on website, how the user will navigate, etc).
Best thing would be to navigate through several related websites and mark the ones you like for: 1) Images 2) Navigation 3) Multimedia (animations, flash, etc). Then start writing a document which will be for developers to describe how things will happen (Google for "Software Requirements Specifications Document").
At this stage you might want to show how screens should look like (specially if the developers are in some foreign country where labor is cheap). Use MS-Excel to design pages for your developers. It will be amazingly simple (Hint: keep row and column height very small and mark the area which is going to be equal to user's website resolution and work within this area).
And cheap software development is done in India, Pakistan, and rest of the third world countries or where qualified professionals dont earch much; but make sure you have enough time to deal with time differences, patience to write emails about typos and design imperfections, and committment to finish the project.
Disclosure: I am a computer professional in the US with 10+ years of experience. My development shop is in Pakistan but I am not into "outsourcing" since my developers are working with on certain self financed projects; but I can hook you up with some friends who are in the US (Minneapolis and Miami) who are running offshore software development centers in Pakistan. You can send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Said:what is the best website to start a business online.?
We Answered:If you are interested in reselling domain names, websites, ssl certificates or everything that is website-related, here is the best website to start a business online: http://resell.everythingforwebsites.com
Lloyd Said:Do I need a business license or permit to sell items online through my website?
We Answered:Depends on your city, county & state.
Most states would require you to have a sales tax license and to collect and remit sales taxes from your instate customers (some states tax all sales).
So, without knowing where you are located, we can't help you.
I would go to your business service department at your state's official government website.
Dianne Said:Can I start an online business website while staying and working in Ireland?
We Answered:Yes you can, but only while you are continuing your existing job.
If your online business prospers to the point where you can give up your job, you would need to apply for a new employment permit if you intend to stay in RI.
As long as you can show you are contributing to the economy, it shouldn't be a problem.
In other words make sure you declare your online income and pay the relevant tax.