I appreciate all the continued contributions to my request for help and advice.
@not2easy: I do have a portfolio of domain names that I have invested in for some years now, so domains are not new to me. I have not however had to "do" much with them other than set the dns periodically and set the appropriate keywords for my parking provider.
We do not think we will have to do much marketing in the early stages of the business. With so few offering what we plan to, we think word of mouth and the social media energy will get us good exposure. If it does not, we will have to change our plans. As things develop/change, so will our approach and what we end up doing.
I don't know about those other things that you mention, but we are not deterred by hard work, or the apparent enormity/complexity of what lies ahead of us. We have both made big achievements in our respective lives, achievements with things which seemed like "no way" when we each first came across them. And overcoming our fears and achieving success with those things that scared us before gives us a great deal of confidence to do it again.
I see people less able than ourselves make successes of their ventures (in more competitive markets than our idea) and so, why not us?
Thanks for the mention of w3schools. I'll be checking it out for sure.
@tangor: Amazon, as an example, sells lots of merchandise and has had massive success and multiple effects on retail. But people still shop at Walmart, Macys, Target, Kroger, other retailers, small local retailers, et al. The markets they each serve with their merchandise is big enough for all of them to compete in and have a share. In addition, Amazon can never really compete on items that have to be handled, seen up close and examined or tried on. Plus Amazon can never compete when you want something "right now" and you just go to the store and get it. So, there is space for many players to exist.
I realize that being online only, we will have a challenge to compete with big online names (or names with a street presence too), should any of them think its worthwhile to take an interest in the product lines we will be focused on. But being the biggest, or having a famous name aren't always the factors that determines success and there are many people who prefer to spend their money with someone other than Amazon, Walmart, etc., for various reasons.
I appreciate your sharing your view on what you think someone needs to have in order to be successful in business. We believe in ourselves, in our idea, in our values, in our mindsets and the way in which we intend to conduct ourselves with our customers, suppliers and competitors.
to learn what is required to field a website and maintain it
. How do I find out what is required? What would you recommend?
@dpd1: The business will sell many products, not one product line. In addition, we are starting off small because we don't really know what demand there will be for what we have identified. Therefore, in the worst case scenario, if the site ends up sitting there with no activity, the most we would have lost is a relatively small amount of money - an amount of money we are more than happy to risk, because if we don't and someone else develops and takes such an idea to the sky, we are going to be mad at ourselves, for quite a long while.