Smart Answers frequently gets communications from readers asking about how to start selling products or services online. With barriers to entry falling dramatically over the past decade, becoming an online retailer or service provider has become an attractive option. Startup costs can be as low as $3,000, and the business can be set up in a home office and attended to at nights and on weekends, allowing new entrepreneurs to keep their day jobs. Today’s column is the first in a two-part series about starting and running an online firm. First, an expert checklist that covers the major tasks—and costs—involved in setting up an online business.
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