April 5, 2008

Making it Easy to Set Up a Web Store

There has never been a more fascinating time for entrepreneurs. My friend, James Maul, told me about Amazon's service called WebStore that allows small businesses to create their very own e-commerce website using Amazon's technology infrastructure. I went to check it out. Great news for someone interested in selling designer shoes from Milan or bourbon coffee from Bahia. You pay a 7% commission, which includes credit card processing fees and fraud protection, and a subscription fee of $59.95/month, no matter how many WebStores you set up. Time to brush off that old business plan you discussed with a friend over a few beers.

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