Ecommerce businesses are businesses that communicate goods, services, and money over the Internet – varying in size and scope from retail giants like Amazon to Etsy craft sites. Online shopping is one of the many sectors that have seen huge growth in the last five years.

Research the detail about the e-commerce space and find your niche

The first step in learning how to start an e-commerce business is performing the necessary research. Just as if you were starting a restaurant and looking into different locations, food options, and themes, you’ll want to investigate the e-commerce area you’re interested in and make some decisions with regard to your specific business.

Decide your business name and choose a legal structure

Once you have a proper plan for your e-commerce business, the next step is to choose a name. Like any other business, you’ll want to choose a name that’s unique, but also that clearly indicates what your business is or does

Apply for an EIN

You have to apply for an EIN, or employer identification number, for your e-commerce business. Although not all business entity types are required to have an EIN, this nine-digit number can be useful to help you separate your personal and business finances.

Choose an e-commerce platform and create your website

Most e-commerce platforms not only allow you to create and launch your online store, but also customize your design, add your domain (or purchase one), manage inventory, take and ship orders, receive payment, and more.

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