Starting Online Store Term Paper

Pages: 5 (1450 words)  ·  Bibliography Sources: 8  ·  Level: College Sophomore  ·  Topic: Business

Online Store

Business

CONCEPT

TYPE of Business: More consumers than ever before are jumping online -- and buying online. That's because more consumers are comfortable buying goods via Web sites. In fact, recent studies indicate that even consumers with three or fewer years of online experience feel at ease making Internet purchases. My business idea is an online store.

DESCRIPTION of Business

What type of business are you starting? Is this a new business, or the purchase of an existing business?

A eCommerce is still quickly gaining popularity among Web users young and old. It is particularly appealing to people in remote areas who can now visit their favorite stores online with just the click of the mouse. Shopping online is fast, convenient and buyers can shop in the comfort of their own home. For the following reasons, my business idea is an online store which will offer to its customers a wide variety of the best quality brand-name electronic and other merchandise.

Although big shops like Ebay and Amazon already exist, my online store still has a big potential. I will focus on a small niche of customers, specifically those who reside in remote areas and sell hard-to-find products that are usually obtained from other countries. Since there will be lower cost of setup, I will be able to compete with traditional shops by offering the same products at lower prices. This is the main advantage of an eCommerce business over a traditional one.

Why have you chosen this particular type of business? How did you determine that this business would be appropriate and possible for you?

A chose eCommerce due to its ease-of-use, convenience and scalability. Once the store has been completely set-up, it's very easy and convenient for customers to buy items from the website. They can choose among various products, pay electronically, and have these delivered at their doorsteps. I can charge less than traditional shops because there are no actual stores to construct and no employees to maintain. The whole business concept is scalable because as more and more customers visit the site, I only need to increase the bandwidth and coordinate with more suppliers. This is much easier to scale up than traditional stores where you have to build more shops and hire more employees as your customers become larger.

In addition to this, the business idea seems to be a very good match for my skills and interest. Coming from it industry, I would bring the technical and analytical skills necessary to run this business. I think my computer programming background (Bachelor of Applied Computer Science, Ryerson University) will allow me to build my business idea and make the right choice on the way. I don't consider this as career change but rather a next step, to utilize the skills that I already posses and succeeding at this new challenge. I am confident that the combination of my practical work experience (3 years) and solid educational background gave me the skills necessary to plan, setup, market and continually maintain an eCommerce site and business.

Does your business have a seasonal peak? What will you do during the off season?

Generally, it is not a seasonal business. The items I will be planning to sell are those that can be obtained throughout the year. Electronic gadgets, unlike food, can be manufactured any time of the year. On the other hand, some seasons could be more profitable than others for example holidays such as Christmas, where people buy electronic stuff as gifts. In general, I'll be able to generate profit for the whole year.

Maximum Score: 10

RESEARCH

Describe the steps you have taken to research your business. Please be very specific with your answers.

Library research what did you find - books, articles, statistics?

Web:

www.intelliquestmedia.com, www.canadabusiness.gc.ca, www.gov.on.ca

Books: Starting Your New Business by Charles L. Martin, Survey Research Methods by Fowler, F.J., Jr., E-commerce myths and realities, pg. 53-63, by Wilder, C.

Articles: Shopping online: A sticky business. Advertising Age, pg. 20, by Wallace, D.J., Business Start-Up Info-Guide, Ministry of Revenue

Magazines: Fortune Magazine "The Art of Covering Business," PC Magazine "Portal page bonanza." PC Week "Don't just take any portal in the e-commerce storm"

Newspapers: Communication Technology: The New Media in Society. New York: The Free Press.

Statistics: 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census Canada, U.S. Department of… [END OF PREVIEW]

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