Communication with customers, clients or suppliers via email.
Ordering products or services by email from other businesses.
Selling products or services via a website.
Research on the internet to find industry trends, competitor information, reviewsof products.
Publishing information about our products and services electronically.
Using the internet for storage and access to our
Online banking and bills paying.
1. Selling goods online:
E-commerce, or electronic commerce, is one subset of ebusiness.It involves buying and selling hard goods, electronic goods or services over theInternet. What comes to mind when people think about doing business on the Internet isgood, old-fashioned trade. Selling goods online is probably the simplest way you canstart an e-business. Depending on your business plan, you can put up an online store for a very small investment or you can spend millions.
2. Service Companies:
The Internet can be used for a lot more than just selling products.Companies are now moving toward service-oriented models, using the Internet as adelivery vehicle to provide services to consumers and to other businesses--includingmany services that weren't possible before the Internet revolution and the technologyaccompanying it. There are a variety of services that can be offered using the Internet asa conduit. You can offer online data backup, be an ASP or provide a unified onlinemessage center. ISPs fall into the category of e-commerce services as well.
3. Distance learning:
In the old days, when a company wanted to train its employees, ithad to send them to an off-site location, pay for accommodations, and lose a day or twoof productivity for each employee. Now it's possible for employees to get training ondemand, right at the desktop, delivered via the Internet. Becoming a part of this trainingdelivery vehicle can be lucrative.
Since deregulation, telecommunications has blossomed, and thecompetitive marketplace has opened up. There are plenty of opportunities for the Internetentrepreneur here, from simply selling telecom equipment and services to becoming alink in an Internet telephony network. Internet telephony, a new type of technology thatallows you to place long distance calls over the Internet at very low cost, is an area withlots of potential for service-oriented companies. Tremendous opportunities exist inestablishing the infrastructure required for Internet telephony and in reselling longdistanceminutes.
5. Information and content provider:
Here's your chance to be a publisher. The WorldWide Web has turned publishing on its ear, giving you the opportunity to create apublication without having to invest in printing presses, ink or paper.