In the second quarter of 2014, Internet sales in the U.S. were $75 billion, rising 4.9 percent over the first quarter of the year. With figures like that, it’s no wonder that so many people are saying that the Internet is where the money is. If you’ve been hearing that wisdom for years, it’s natural that you’d be curious about exactly what the prospects are for moving from owning an offline business to an online one or leaving your current job to enter the world of online business as your own boss. So what’s holding you back?
When the daily grind begins to grind you down, do you find yourself heaving a wistful sigh and wishing you could leave it behind? Do you dream of firing your boss and going into business for yourself? Everyone in the working world entertains these types of fantasies at some point in their lives, but obviously, not everyone is cut out to actually take those steps to go it alone and begin or buy their own business.
So how can you be sure whether you actually possess that entrepreneurial spirit or if it just a passing flight of fancy? There is […]
You started your Internet business in hopes of growing and becoming profitable. Now, that you’re starting to achieve your goals, you want to continue maximizing growth, but you need to be careful to do so without increasing overhead. When it comes time to sell an online business, overhead can reduce the attractiveness of a company. By reducing overhead in smart ways that improve the efficiency of your Internet business in the years leading up to a sale, you can improve your financials and one day reap the benefits in terms of getting a lucrative selling price. Here are six ways […]
When you read most of the literature about starting an online business, the conventional wisdom is always to begin by writing a business plan. You hear the advice that you must have a business plan to ensure success so many times that it can begin to feel like an unarguable truth about beginning your own company; however, the truth is that a business plan won’t keep your company from failing. In fact, all too often, people invest too much time in their business plans and wind up missing other important steps in the planning process.
When it comes to starting a successful online business, ordinary seems to be the way to go. In a struggling economy, it’s the everyday products and services— health and beauty products, sports and fitness products, IT and online marketing businesses, etc.—that outshine the novel ones.
In general, most online businesses usually sell for about 2.0 to 4.5 times the seller’s total discretionary income. But there is a certain section of the market—namely, businesses that provide common goods and services that command the higher range of these multiples. Why are these companies selling for so much? Here are a few reasons: