Introduction and Basic Overview of E-Commerce - The Free Management Library will help you address the major considerations in setting up an e-commerce business. The considerations are as follows. E-Commerce is Like Any Other Business, Except ... Developing a business over the Internet requires many of the same major activities as starting any other business. You should do some basic business planning. After all, you need a product. You may need funding to get your business going. You need customers. You need to market products to your customers. You need strong customer service. You need to manage purchases by customers, finances, staff and other resources.
Not All Products Are Very Compatible to Sales Over the Internet. But there are some features unique to e-commerce. Not all products are real compatible to be sold over the Internet. For example, they may require a lot of face-to-face selling.
They may cost a lot to ship (a primary practice in e-commerce is that customers buy products, and you ship the products to them). You need to make sure that, because your product may be advertised to the world, that you remain in control of your ideas, or "intellectual property". You Need an On-Line "Store" - Basically, you need an "on-line store" to be an "e-tailer". Your store will also need a "merchant" account, or the ability to process your customers' credit card transactions over the Internet.