Need Help w/ Possible Side Business

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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    The chaeto trade has been heating up. I mean, it's HOT! :shocking: No matter how much I cull from my fuge, I always seem to have a ton of it more.

    In one month, I made (are you ready for this) ... Over $400 selling chaeto on Ebay. :shock: But here's the problem. After paying for the shipping costs, the Ebay fees and the PayPal fees, I was left with about 1/4 of that amount. So basically, I'm not going to be buying myself a gold-plated Ferrari with my algae money any time soon.

    How hard is it to buy a domain name and set up my own chaeto specialty store? Ebay takes a HUGE chunk of the cash I make. Would I be able to make more money if I have my own website? How would I get publicity for said website? Don't get me wrong, I'm not selling chaeto to make a living or to make cash off of people, but I just don't like that Ebay takes so much of that money!

    All I have to sell is chaeto. That may be a hindrance. Although one of my friends did offer some of her home made knit goods to jump start my website. And I can always throw in a complimentary stray animal to each order. Hahaha.

    I just can't sell enough of this stuff. It grows too fast. And I have big dreams; big goals. I want to corner the chaeto market. No, I want to OWN the chaeto market. I'll be like the chaeto mafia. I'll rule the world.
     
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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    Go to godaddy.com, pick a domain, host it there, to keep it simple since it's probably just what, one page? A domain (depending on what you pick) is just $10 or so/year. Hosting prices vary...for starters :)
     
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    Biff, you talk about this magical cheato so much, I'm going to help you become the cheato queen of the world by buying some from you. :)
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Yesssss! Smitty is in! Just send me a PM. And I'll get the info you need!
     
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    PRC Stop Quoting Me!

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    We use bluehost.com for the company's hosting. it's reasonable and customer support is good, also comes with some free template that would be good enough for you to build a simple 1-2 page site. You can use them to pick your domain as well, or use godaddy or any number of sites...

    When you pay for your domain, you'll have to pay the first year upfront.
     
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    Smitty

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    Message sent Biff. :)
     
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    ditto
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Thanks for the messages everyone! I'll get back to you all! :)
     
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    I am looking at godaddy.com for my hosting needs. They offer a full E-Commerce package for like 30$/month you get the hosting, shopping cart tools, ability to accept credit cards, keep track of shipping, reports, etc etc etc etc, and many of the packages offer marketing credits for google and facebook, not to mention you can list your items on godaddy's store for instant brand recognition.

    Edit: Oh and its super simple with templates and color schemes and things.
     
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    SSalty Team Liquid Force

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    So basically you will be starting a company?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Yeah. But it will not be a "business" business. More like a "hobby" business. I'm not going to make enough to call it a business for tax purposes.
     
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    i also recommend bluehost. Get your domain from godaddy if you want but their hosting's cPanel is crap.
     
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    Altohombre The Tennis Pro Reefer

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    too late Biff! I just started a website called www.BifferwinesCheato.com to confuse all your buyers into buying from me instead
     
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    RyanG ^*Eternal Dumbass*^

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    Biff you should expand your endeavor into gracilliara too its the next big thing in reefkeeping
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Agreed.
     
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    I thought the issue with "Gracilaria" is that it has problems in high-flow tanks, at least in the DT... although I'm sure it'd be fine in a refugium.
     
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    RyanG ^*Eternal Dumbass*^

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    I've hot all the algael growth one could ever want in my display. I'm hoping it migrates to my fuge.
     
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    I've now begun to grow Biff's Cheato myself...This particular species was trimmed from Biff's personal collection and homegrown to gargantuan specs. It grows at at least twice the rate of the original. I'm calling it Improved Biff's Cheato :mrgreen:
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    :shock:

    <Bifferwine scrambles to the Moderator Page so she can quickly press the BAN button before any further damage is done!>
     
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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    Too bad there's no Mod control to wipe peoples memories of your idea LOL
     
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