• Getting Started With An Online Business: Three Things That You Will Need

    Date: 2013.09.05 | Category: business blogs | Tags:

    One of the most common dreams that people have is opening their own business, and the internet has made it possible for people to do so without many of the costs associated with opening a more traditional operation.  An online business might sound like it is easy to run and it may seem that there is not much to do, but the truth is that running an internet company is just as challenging as a brick and mortar company, and you will need a lot of help to get started on your business.  If you are starting an internet company from scratch, then there are three things that you will need to make everything run more smoothly.

    Web Developer

    The foundation of any web business is the website, and this is the place where you should be prepared to invest most of your money.  The site is the first thing that customers will see when they find your business, and if you do not make a good impression, you are not likely to make the sale.  You should start your site construction by finding a good web developer.  A developer is someone who not only builds and designs the site, but also deals with the back-end support that your site will need to stay running.  Back-end support ensures that customer data is secure and keeps all of the customer information easily accessible for your business.  Customer databases are a target for hackers, and a good web developer can help protect your site from outside threats.  In addition, a web developer will monitor the site to make sure that it is running smoothly, and that the end user has a good experience when they are on the site.

    E-Commerce Support

    Another feature that you will need to have for your site is some kind of e-commerce support so that your customers can pay for their purchases directly on your site, instead of being forced to go through a lengthy payment process.  Paypal is the most common online sales partner, and you should consider adding Paypal functionality to your site, but you can also discuss other payment options and methods with your web developer.  You might find a better deal on fees by going directly through a credit card processing company, so be sure to check out all of your choices.  This is also the time to make certain that your site has stout encryption available, so customers feel like their transactions are protected; when customer data gets leaked or lost, your business may be damaged to the point that you cannot recover.

    Cloud Storage

    The final thing that you need before you get started is cloud storage or backup for your company files.  There are few things in this world that can derail a company faster than lost data, and this is especially true if you are running a company where all of the data is stored electronically.  A computer can go down for any number of reasons, from physical damage to a piece of malware, and you will need to be able to restore your data as seamlessly as possible.  On site storage is good for most situations, but there may come a time, such as a flood or a fire, when your on site storage is compromised.  When you keep all of your backups in the cloud, you can rest assured that your data is well protected and that you will have access to it any time of day, from anywhere in the world.  Cloud storage services are cheap, and there is no excuse for an online company not to use these services for their data.

    When you start an online company there are a lot of things that you need to take care of, and they all seem like they need to be done right away.  Taking care of your site, and protecting your customers’ data must be your priorities, and with these services, you will be able to do so as soon as your site launches.

    I am Daniel Moon, and I have been a web consultant and site security manager for almost a decade.  When it comes to web development Brisbane based Vivo Group (www.vivogroup.com.au) is the company that I recommend to my clients, and one that I highly recommend for all of your website development needs.