dpd1 - 2:14 am on May 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
with your web knowledge, and an interest in shoes, try setting up a shoe review and news site. see if you can make money from ads and affiliates. ... maybe even a shoe forum?
Yeah, I would say this is probably the more logical route. Baby steps... First comes an identity, then comes the sales based on that identity. Start with info. Build a reputation and audience. Start with some items that focus on that subject... Move into other items. And the more unique the items, the better. The less you have to compete with the other hordes of people selling all the same stuff, the better off you are. Think 'small niche'. Look on the state site. See if they want a sellers permit. If they do, no big deal. Your city might also require a license/tax technically, but these are not huge pitfalls. Worse comes to worse, you pay a couple fines at some point down the road. That's better than getting buried in bureaucracy before you make a penny. Where the paperwork becomes important is in doing business with manufacturers and distributors. It's a catch 22. They want people with a buying record (credit), but you can't get a record until people sell you stuff. Start out slow and get some smaller makers to sell you stuff. Even if it's on COD. Then build a rep on that and get a Dun number. Your history as a business can be shown to others through that. But if you start out slow, you don't need all that stuff right away. Do not take the 'all or nothing' approach. Spending money or taking big risks does not guarantee success in any way.