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Setting up Web Design/Hositng Business - A few Questions
I have an interest in web desgin, and wanna get into the business. So heres a few basic questions
1.) I want to some sites that could help me learn the basics of web hosting
2.) Can i use paypal for international customers, until i get enough profit for a merchant gateway
3.) more questions cane come later :p
Thanks for any help
1) All the info you need is here on this forum
2) You can use paypal but, I wouldn't recommend using it as your only processor.
yea - ive been looking thru the forums - they are great
is paypal alright just to get going tho ?
One good way to setup your new business is to use quickbooks pro accounting. Quickbooks has a credit card processing tool built in. So you can generate invoices, and charge a persons card, and credit your check register all in one step. Really slick. It would cost you about 35.00 per month.
Second you can use products simular to Miva Merchant to build an ecommerce site promoting your hosting plans and set it to do simple validation. The program will gather your sales without a gateway, you download the credit info and enter it into quickbooks.
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When I first started out, I used only paypal, checks and money orders for about 5 or 6 months, then I added CC payments. I think it does leave you at a disadvantage, but it can be done
Welcome to the site. You'll find bundles of information on these forums. You can learn a lot from here. You should check out
http://www.sitepoint.com they have a lot of webmaster resources.
Paypal only accepts certain countries, not all of them. So check their site out before you try anything. I think the best solution is 2checkout.com or another 3rd party processor.
Good luck with the business!
also go to
you'll need a good business plan if you're going to make money at it and stay around a while.
Oh, if you're looking to do some part-time job, instead of a full time business... it's wise that you check out eLance or scriptlance.
thanks a lot guys - your a very friendly community