Tips about starting an Online Business in India

According to reports, up to 60% of people shop online in USA and up to 80% of people would have tried this experiences once in a lifetime Worldwide, as available. Shopping online has it’s benefits and minimal drawbacks, if its a purchase you made, did not meet your expectations. When you look to shop online, you have open market there for you, with many shops to explore and compare price. Most of all it’s convenient for people who are not able to make much time for shopping. India has one of the biggest market for online shoppers & I am sure many businesses would want to make benefit out of it.

Now, If you are a business man with shop in mall or any other shopping center and interested in opening doors of your shop to internet customers, I would say its definitely worth. It will clear the boundary of keeping your sell in shopping center only, and business will be open to people from all corners of country. But, does it cost too much? How is it worth if not generating expected revenues?

To start with, see how well your shop doing at your location. Now, if you can spare about Rs. 5000 a year to make your presence felt on Internet and draw more customers to your business, don’t you think it would be worth? To, start with think of your Internet Web Store as a visiting card for your local store with more detailed information about your products, shop hours, about your customer service etc. This idea alone is worth spending Rs. 5000 a year as a marketing/advertising cost that you can surely afford. Now, go step further, start accepting online orders for mail in delivery. Simple!

To have successful business on net, one must keep all product information clear, such as product photo, description, return policy/warranty/guarantee etc. Doing this, visitors to your site will become more interested in being your customers as they know that what exactly they getting, and how convenient it will be to get in touch with customer service in case they are not happy with their purchase. And, knowing that you are not home based business, having your local shop, they will know your business is legit.

So, how to start online business?

First of all, you will need Web host. Internet is like planet, and you need space on it. So, web host is a company who will rent you that space. Just like renting shop in some locality for example. If you try finding web hosts in India, you may feel that I must have missed putting extra couple of zero, when I said Rs. 5000 is all it will take. No, I have not forgotten. Look for Web Hosts from USA, if can’t find one that offers cheap services in India. You can easily get a web host with yearly cost of average around $70 a year, which will between Rs. 3000 to Rs. 3500 a year. And before picking web host, you think of name which relates to your business/local shop name to put it as a domain name. A name that anyone can type and reach to your website.

Most of the web hosts in USA offers free domain name as you sign up for yearly paid service. So, you will have name and space on net. Now, you will see your web host has simple software in control panels of your website, through which you can make simple web page for your site putting information and picture. This is the way you can do if you only want to put information. Now, if you want to sell online, you will need to find a shopping cart software.

There are many opensource/free software available online with many free templates to pick a look that you would like. For example –

Magneto – http://www.magentocommerce.com/
OsCommerce- http://www.oscommerce.com/
PrestaShop – http://www.prestashop.com/

And there are many more, simple and more advanced shopping cart software on net, you can select one that you will feel satisfied with. I understand that, you may think how I install all this without any knowledge. Well, If you know basic computer skills, I think you will be OK. All Information on how to use web host control panel, and install software, are given on website of your web host and shopping cart software. Just follow instruction and I am sure you will get it right (or drop your comment here, and I will send you in right direction).

Take few days, playing around your how shopping cart works, read its user guide and you will know how to add all information in it about your business, and products which you like to put for sale. Now, comes important part, how to accept payment online using credit cards? First, I tell you again, don’t fall for those web companies who offer merchant account and set you up to accept credit cards online for fee that starts from Rs. 25,000 and all other transaction fees, and yearly service fee etc.

Go for PayPal. It just charges you 3.9% of total sale value and $0.30 cent per transaction, which is way cheaper than those companies who currently offer services in India. PayPal is US Company, globally known, is legit and offers services in India and is safe for you and your customers. Your shopping cart software would have PayPal future built-in to it, so just enable it, after setting up your PayPal account and you will be good to go.

PayPal will handle all payment security part, so no headache whatsoever for you. This is enough information for you to make your presence on Internet. You still have roughly Rs. 1500 left, spend it for some computer class kid, who can help you out as you need in case you get stuck up :)

And, final thing, put your website name on your business card for your local shop so your local customers can also benefit from it. Remember, Idea is to keep your website clean, put all detailed description about your products. Don’t expect Rs. 5000 that you spending bring you lots of business from net only, think it as money invested for marketing of your business. Have a patience after it, and you will sure get benefit of it. Now, if you are home based business, than you can still follow this same tips, and those who wants to just start something without stocking any products from home, you can also research your local market for items you are interested in selling, and follow this tips and buy – sell – ship as you get order. Expand and Develop your website more as your profit grows.

Hope it helps, and any more information you need, just ask :)

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  1. What about the taxes and legal issues involved in starting an online business?

  2. You will need to get business license from local city as you are doing a business, you will be issued your business ID Number/Tax ID. So you will be paying tax also like any other business.

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  4. i want to start online product selling website,but i donot basic of it…how to start,what product should i sell on site & from where should i buy that products.if you can help lemme know.m waiting……….

  5. Thank you for the informative post. I want to start an online clothing retail shop, with no physical office or store, just online sales, in India. Would I need to get a business license? What do I need to make this legal? Your reply is much anticipated and appreciated, thank you!

  6. @Ananthi: You will need a business license. Business – is not self employed category. So, you will need a business license, register a business name. It also helps you set your brand and consumers feel more confident shopping online.

  7. Worth information…Thanks you so much sir!!!!

  8. I want to setup e-commerce portal with a much dedicated service taht is present now , can you please let me know the approx investment and company which can give consultancy and can develop the whole website with the blue print . Many thanks Kalpesh

  9. India Mainly

    September 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

    @kalpesh: It depends on size of your catalog. It can be 25,000 plus based on your requirement to have your website designed. You should draw your layout for website in any image editing software like adobe fireworks that you want your site to look like. That way you get exactly what you want and amount it will cost for you. Cost for design and hosting is varied per company.

  10. Hi ! India mainly i want to start online shopping business, can u help me how to start and what is the procedure.

  11. i’m interest on the online business will u kindly give me the idea hw to move in,fr whr to start………………..

  12. your way of writing is really stupendous :) it really helped me for a project thanks :)

  13. hi.. can you plz write regarding shipping part like how to ship the orders, whom I can use for this. If I’m getting the products from third party and I need to send to my customers what will be the best way? Also I want to implement “Cash on delivery” concept in my business.

  14. India Mainly

    October 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    @Sathya: Regarding 3rd party, if they are shipping small orders too – for example if you are ordering from another retailer, set up network with them, like they can ship order on behalf of you, putting ‘your’ address as a sender. Indian Postal Service is affordable for small not so costly items, and for very costly would recommend courier services or private ones such as FedEx, UPS. http://www.indiapost.gov.in/netscape/ExpressParcel.html , you can get information for post office regarding how to set it up.

  15. Hi there, Am going to start online store soon. Can i get the Business license from Online/Any other easiest way.

  16. India Mainly

    October 12, 2011 at 2:20 am

    @Bala: There is no easy way of doing online. I recommend it doing on own to save on cost. Here is information on licensing process – http://www.doingbusiness.org/data/exploreeconomies/india/starting-a-business

  17. Is it legal to start online retail business from Residential Area or Industrial Area … recently Delhi govt had banned commercial activities from Home .. does online business comes under this …

  18. India Mainly

    October 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I do not see a problem in that. Commercial Activities which were banned as far as I am aware were shops running in home from residential area. Purpose of sealing them was to keep way clear for pedestrians and illegal businesses without license. I would suggest you to check it with local department while you go to obtain license and register P O Box at post office and put that as your mailing address for business related stuff.

  19. From last few days i was inclined towards starting online business.. ( financial sector). I had no idea but a will to go ahead. thanks for valid information . just one query how to approach the various companies for affiliate marketing. I want to sell products of various financial firms… kindly guide

  20. any suggestions for shipping companies..and partners and how much they generally ask

  21. India Mainly

    November 9, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    @Rifat: Please see link given and it will give you idea of how much shipping will cost. If you will be shipping out lot of items in a day, you may also try private courier companies, which may give you some discount based on Volume. For Calculating Postage – http://www.indiapost.gov.in/Netscape/PostageCalculator.html

  22. i want to start a online business.. 1) just wanted to know shipping details (want to export goods all ovr India). which shpng co should i prefer. goods in range of 500-20000. 2) need a webhosting planner and a small demo how all this works. 3) In short a complete demo of online business ( starting to End). 4) Hoping a best suggestion from you.

  23. I need mork information whr to purchase the product

  24. India Mainly

    November 20, 2011 at 8:13 am

    @Kem & @Seema, Information you seek is something you will have to find out based on interest in products you are looking forward to selling.

  25. If i start an online business in India and any customer from other contries places order, while delivering do I need an export licence.

  26. India Mainly

    November 28, 2011 at 1:17 am

    @N.KIRAN: No, You do not need any additional permit for it long as value of items are marginal, not more than couple of thousand. For expensive electronics, you will need check with post office regarding insurance of it. Generally, import duties are charged on expensive ‘commercial’ imports, which are charged by receiver’s country and are to be paid by receiver.

  27. Hi, We are thinking of starting an MLM and E-Commerce business and are looking out for MLM software ( forced matrix – 5*10) providers. Please contact me on my email id reena.chudasama @ arvind.in if you know anything about MLM software and its requirements. Thanks and regards Reena

  28. mlm software delhi

    December 5, 2011 at 6:15 am

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  29. dear sir/mam, i would like to mantian online shoping business site. i dont want to put store(physical) at present. plz give me the details of of orgs which developes and provides sofware for this. i am from hyderabad. my mobile no is :09908560334.

  30. Thank you very much this was very helpful information..i really appreciate the india mainly for supporting entrepreneurs. i have an idea but i need investors … can u suggest me on that what is the best way or platform to find investors

  31. hi, great info. highly appreciate your effort in providing info. I want to start selling my art (wearable like on bags, cluth etc) via Facebook and blog. do i have to register my business page that i open on FB. will i have rights on the name i choose. if i start only with these 2 above, do i need license to send my stuff to other states in india and outside india. can i still use india post for parcels without license. thank you in advance. wainting for reply……..

  32. India Mainly

    December 16, 2011 at 1:22 am

    @nags: You do not need license to ship your orders out of country. Business License information you can gather from local government branch in city, however to sell online on facebook or via blog, you don’t need any special license. You can simply get business license and put your address or even register Post Office Box for a mailing address to do your business from net. If you register a domain name for your blog site, than it will be your right on that name, but if any other company is already using it, you can’t. Plus, if you want to register a brand name for your company like big businesses do, than you will have to go through registration process with various agency which will cost good.

  33. Thank you so much for such a soon reply. i have been struggling to get info on this from various sites, no reply from anybody. you have been so fast and informative, thank you from my heart. i have some more question. if i start a brand on FB like xxx, will this be exclusive to me. i doubt it would, please confirm. this i am asking without registering like a proper business. just start a page with my art works. also, do you have info regarding selling in Etsy, its an US (?) to sell handmade goods. please let me know if you know anybody else who can provide info on it. thank you once again. have a good day.

  34. India Mainly

    December 16, 2011 at 3:54 am

    @nags: Without registering business & establishing brand name, you won’t have exclusive rights for name you pick. Selling on Etsy is basically same as eBay, you can get information on how it works fro etsy site itself.

  35. Hi, I would like to start an online handicrafts site. Let me know how it can be done. I already run a Training company.

  36. how can i get in touch with the companies to buy their products on wholesale basis…

  37. hi, do you have any idea about how the online companies in India are able to afford free shipping? Do you know of any such shipping companies which take yearly fixed charges to deliver goods anywhere in India?

  38. India Mainly

    December 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    @Nitin: Generally, retailers get business discount due to volume of their shipments. More like a Wholesale/Discounts. Same way they buy merchandise in bulk, more quantity better the price. That’s very much how they can afford to offer better prices and still making profit. Often, they do not earn good profit per item, but when they sell cheap, they intend to sell lot, and make up profit based on volume of sale. And some retailers have local businesses in partnership, which in their area manage delivery etc. Regarding, yearly fixed price, its not possible in general as all packages have different weight and packing size. You can contact local private courier companies, and can discuss discounts based on amount of shipments. Remember, more you Buy – better rates you get.

  39. hey i read ur comment india mainly…..i learnt that u r interested in doin online business…m from ajmer…interested in doin online business….so would u mind givin me a call on my num..08003732220…or leave a mail @ my id vidit.trivedi2203@gmail.com

  40. hi…i wanna start my online business. but m unable 2 figure out what r the requirements for startin such business… can u plz provide me d details….???

  41. hi…..there were 2 things I need to know for on online store I m about to start. 1.Do I need to get some kind of a business license for running this store.Do I need a current account in Bank to get the payments from payment gateways. 2 . I have drafted my Terms & conditions part for my site. Do I need to get it verified from a CA or somebody.

  42. India Mainly

    January 4, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Please refer to comment here @3423 regarding license. Terms and Conditions verification is not required as long as you have specified everything.

  43. Last Ques i asked i want to start a online business.. 1) just wanted to know shipping details (want to export goods all ovr India). which shpng co should i prefer. goods in range of 500-20000. 2) need a webhosting planner and a small demo how all this works. 3) In short a complete demo of online business ( starting to End). 4) Hoping a best suggestion from you. Your Suggestion @Kem & @Seema, Information you seek is something you will have to find out based on interest in products you are looking forward to selling. I want To Start a Imitation Jewellery Bussiness…

  44. Hii.thank you very much for the info…i wanted to know 2 things 1..How to implement Cash on delivery option i mean how does it works..what if customer refuses to take product after dispatch. 2..Do i need a current account to receive payments via Online transaction/cash/DD or any other mode 3..How to market my website from where i will be selling my products.. Waiting for your responce kindly reply soon…. Thanks

  45. India Mainly

    January 10, 2012 at 7:31 am

    @Vaibhav Sharma: 1. You will receive your product back in mail, and will be charged for return shipping. 2. yes, you do need a business bank account. 3. online marketing is not easy thing but you can first start submitting websites to search engines.

  46. Hi, I am planning to start online store ..and information you have provided are very useful. Few more questions Shipping: Indian Post details you provided , are they relaible as they seem to be resonable. Website: Are there any websites in India, who provide ready templates with shopping carts like http://www.shopify.com Costs : Wat would be approx cost to start this excluding the marketing and advertisment cost. Looking forward to your response Regards

  47. India Mainly

    January 15, 2012 at 12:53 am

    @Neelam: With Indian Postal Service, there is never a guarantee. You should always keep 2-3 different couriers in Mind too, compare their rates and insurance policy. That way you can ship through different companies depending on cost of item you are mailing. For Shopping cart, if you are making simpler, still effective management than try wordpress.org and use woocommerce plugin, from woothemes.com and they also sell ready made templates and also give couple of free. For actual new customization, cost varies per company.

  48. Hi, I want to start online designer sarees store. I want to know do I need to take any govt permission or any special licence if my products’ cost range between 5000 to 40000 rupees range?

  49. India Mainly

    February 4, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Refer to comment replied to Nags regarding license requirement.

  50. Thank you very much for ur reply.

  51. I Want to Start online business of “Imitation Jewellery”. Some points were i hav stuck n hope it will b resolved by your suggestion.. 1) how to get licence for d business. 2) suggest me some Website Developing Sites for domain. 3) which courier will be best to ship all ovr India ( Cash on Del Basis ) 4) Apart From these where Can I get a Complete Package of Training for dis online bussiness ( Require a kind of Demo, how this business works)… Awaiting you kind reply..

  52. India Mainly

    February 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Please go through comments above, all information is given there.

  53. My father is a manufacturer of bed sheets and supplies to wholesalers and retailers. we want to set our internet business with the our brand name. so do we need any separate license for that?

  54. India Mainly

    February 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    @Disha: As long as you have business license for present setup, you do not need to have additional business license for online business site.

  55. Im planning to start an online shopping website, do i need any legal license to publish my online store. Please suggest me on this.

  56. India Mainly

    February 18, 2012 at 1:46 am

    @Dinesh – Please click on link on top of comments for – Older Comments and follow up, details are provided in similar questions asked by other visitors.

  57. I am planning to start an online shopping store, But i don’t want to store the products to sell. I need drop shipper. Please tell me where i can find the wholesale dropshipper for fashion accessories in india….. also i need any legal license to publish my online store. Please suggest me on this. thanks Vijay panchal

  58. How to setup an online grocery store in India.How much will it cost to setup and operations in Pune

  59. Im planning to start an online garments shopping website, do i need any legal license to publish my online store. Please suggest me on this.

  60. India Mainly

    April 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

    @ Ravi, please look through Older Comments.

  61. Prashant Raj Srivastava

    April 5, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Thank you so much for this type of information. i have been googling to get info on this from various sites. you have been so fast and informative :) One thing more i want to know more about the License requirement is that … The license are available easily without head storming or other headaches are also involved like ****** etc ?

  62. This information is really helpful. However, can you please give some more details about accepting payment from credit card and net banking. From a small research at my end I found that many of my friends and family are not used to paypal and would prefer paying by CC/DC or net banking. Can you tell me what is the process to include such payment scheme and how much does it charge? Thanks

  63. India Mainly

    April 9, 2012 at 2:43 am

    First, You will need to get a merchant account. Generally banks like HDFC does offer credit card processing solution. Fees are charged for this services by bank are different by each company/bank providing it. Generally, they charge Fix set up free to start which can be up to 10 to 25,000 Rupees. Plus Fixed Monthly Service Fee and 2 to 3% fee of amount charged per transaction. Paypal is simple process, safe also. As, you do not pay any extra fees other than per transaction fees which is still very reasonable in compare to extra fees etc charged for merchant account. There are certain companies like CC Avenue, or 2checkout.com which charges fixed fees per transaction. However, like PayPal, your customers will be transferred to their site to enter their credit card information. In, my personal opinion, you should try contacting your bank, and inquire around to get own merchant account, in which your customers enter all payment information on your own site, without being transferred to 3rd party website for it. Customers feel more confident while ordering is done on single website.

  64. Hi, I am Keyur from Gujarat. we are manufacturer and wholesaler in atta maker,and some other home appliances. I want to start my own web store. what licenses and how much rupees and time i require for all this set up? I want to put a online payment mode in my site.

  65. India Mainly

    April 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Please click Older Comments link on top of this comments section, all questions related to licensing and cost to set up everything is discussed in previous comments.

  66. hi sir, m sumit tyagi from saharanpur, u.p. i wanna to start online shoping business from city and connecting so many city for on;line shopping business . please tell me what is the processor to start this

  67. Hello, I want to start online apparel store. Could you please give an advice what is better to use tepmplates from such web-sites as shopify or make your own web-site? Thank you in advance!

  68. Hi, am having a garment business at present. I want to enter into online business also. I read about the cost and all. I want to know whether i have to pay any taxes for this ? Besides Rs.5000/-, any deposit required ?? pls reply fast

  69. Hi, How Can I store product for Much More product. I am confused for that, is there any other way to contact wholesaler for showcasing their product ?

  70. hello sir i want to start my online book store business like . flipkart how i start it . how much it need investment ..

  71. I am the AUTHORISED DISTRIBUTOR FOR DUNLOP INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS IN GUJARAT. I want to expand my business with online marketing.

  72. hi i just wanted to know how are we taxed in online sales . like sale tax on online sells is simillar or there is some different transaction on this .

  73. hello, the info above has been very helpful so far, am planning to start an online boutique soon myself. I’d be moving to sydney in a couple of months so was wondering if the business license will be valid worldwide or its valid just in india? i plan to run my business in both the countries. M in bangalore currently n was wondering if u could suggest a place where i can get my designs stitched , in bulk or single orders, both indian n western. thank u so much in advance.

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  75. Preeti Mittal

    May 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hey Guys! I have read your comments and want to clear one thing here. There are no separate licenses required for setting up an online business in addition to physical business. There are no legal formalities involved for getting a website. You can contact any website development company, like ours, and get your website up and running. As mentioned in the post, it definitely helps in expanding the online presence and if you invest a bit in online marketing, it gives an added advantage. All the best!

  76. seema khandelwal

    May 21, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Hi, I want to start an online store for selling theme based products such as mini mouse products, hello kitty products. I have found a supplier in China. He has license to manufacture these products. Can you tell me if it is legal to import these products and sell it here in india. Also, If i would also need a license for selling them. And any other license that I would need.

  77. Anand Kr Singh

    May 21, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Hi, I want to open 1.online pet shop 2. Online annual maintenance support for computers 3. Online Play & Win games store. Can you tell me which kind of license required for these catogeries, also mention if I have to register 3 licenses or only one.

  78. India Mainly

    May 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    @ Seema, Yes it is legal. You will just need basic business license that regular shops get. You can use that for online presence. Importing products from china, you may be required to pay import tax based on amount you will be paying for those items. Also, be sure products you are buying from china are not counterfeit.

  79. India Mainly

    May 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    @ Anand, please check with local business license office, generally, established shops which already have business license, and they want to open online store, does not require extra or additional license. Many shops sell various items of different lines, still single license is good for it. You can get just regular retailer license and good to go.

  80. you provide a great info but the links : http://www.indiapost.gov.in/Netscape/PostageCalculator.html and http://www.indiapost.gov.in/netscape/ExpressParcel.html doesn’t work. so kindly suggest me some other good options with shipping companies….I am waiting for the reply….plz make it ASAP

  81. India Mainly

    June 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Try visiting directly by opening http://www.indianpost.gov.in website and follow links to information you required. Another company that many retailers use is http://www.bluedart.com – Bluedart.

  82. Hi Prateik , Here is some information that will help you to create online book store. You can open your online store on Retailemall.com. Initial setup will be done by RetailEMall team based upon information shared by you. ReatilEMall will also provide remote training through screen share to enable you to manage your store later. Once your store is configured, RetailEMall team will pass on store control to you to manage it. Managing store is as simple as managing your GMail, Facebook or any other account. It requires no programming. Once your store is ready. You can start selling globally. Market your store through offline as well as online methods. Promote your store on social networks as it will be well integrated with Google+, Facebook, Twitter and multiple video streaming sites like YouTube, MetaCafe etc.

  83. I want to start a online store which facilitates local consumer products to sell it globally.. Pl suggest step by step to accomplish this.

  84. Hi. I would like to start an online business. But have no idea on how to start. Can any of you please let me know if you can help me on this. Regards Prabha

  85. i want to start a online business.. 1) just wanted to know shipping details (want to export goods all ovr India). which shpng co should i prefer. goods in range of 500-20000. 2) need a webhosting planner and a small demo how all this works. 3) In short a complete demo of online business ( starting to End). 4) Hoping a best suggestion from you…. My contact no. is – 09580516462 Ekta kesharwani Lucknow

  86. Hi, I’m ekta i want to enter into online business also. I read about the cost and all. I want to know whether i have to pay any taxes for this ? Besides Rs.5000/-, any deposit required ??

  87. Great article, but I’d like to say a few words about the payment processing part. Yes, PayPal is a legitimate payment company and they may be fine for a smaller operation, but as you grow, you will find that their service has its limitations. The biggest one is that they hold on to your money when you start to process higher volumes. At that point, you will need to look for a merchant account and that is where a company like ours comes in. In fact, we wouldn’t be able to work with you if you weren’t processing high enough volumes. Visit us at https://www.unibulmerchantservices.com and send us a message.

  88. Abhinav Sakalle

    June 30, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I am launching a website to sell products online.I would like to sell these products online..you can contact me abhinav.sakallee@gmail.com 8955578232

  89. Hi, I am planning to start an online garments and more shopping website. I have a couple of questions 1. Do I need to have a merchant account and a payment gateway to accept credit card payments? 2. What are the benefits and drawbacks of Paypal? 3. Can you suggest some free sites to create my own website wherein I can use my customised URL? I dont want the related website’s name in the URL. Regards

  90. India Mainly

    July 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    1. Yes, If you are planning to accept credit cards on your website, you will need a merchant account. 2. Paypal has lots of benefits, its easy to use, fees are reasonable, no monthly fees, no merchant account needed and charge back protection for fraud orders. You can find lots of negative feedback online, which aren’t always true. 3. There are no free sites. If you are planning to do serious business, You must get your own domain name, hosting package. It does not cost much.

  91. Abhinav Sakalle

    July 3, 2012 at 3:47 am

    You can create a website for free from weebly.com You can use your own domain name ..and anytime you can upgrade to PRO… For any query feel free to contact.. :) Good luck

  92. ganesh nautiyal

    July 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Sir i want to start a online selling website, please let me know all legal formalities to start it. like how to register it, how to pay taxex, how to deal with shipping, and online transaction , im just a student yet and have a idea, i need full detail from start to end please , i want to start website like snapdeal. please help me , mail me at ganeshnautiyal835@gmail.com, 9988023074

  93. India Mainly

    July 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Please read all comments pages here by clicking page numbers below. All information is already provided and discussed in earlier comments.

  94. I m a student..i wuld like to open an online pay per click income based website so that i could income..can i use weebly.com free hosting site or other else…please reply me ASAP. thank you..

  95. India Mainly

    July 21, 2012 at 12:29 am

    It depends what exactly you want to make. Free hosting services always have some limitation depending on freedom you of developing your own software. If that works for you, you can use it.

  96. Hi, I have few questions. I’ll be thankful to you, if answer my questions. 1.How cash on delivery works? 2.How can I deliver my product without any branch or agency in other locality? 3. What are the besic term and conditions in online shopping business?

  97. Already doing a trading with China based exporter on same platform. Can help you getting your product through same . If interested, contact me on cell # 09620069185

  98. Shreyans Bothra

    July 30, 2012 at 4:05 am

    I need some information. I want to start an online health spa. if anyone needs a body massage or a pedicure or manicure, then he or she can just enter address & preferred time of visit online on my website & my staff will visit their place & service them with the beauty treatment. 1. So do we need a license to start a doorstep spa service. 2. what are the tax numbers for this business 3. Its different from running a spa or a massage parlor so any government policies which I should be aware of etc. plz let me know the information as soon as possible. Thank you

  99. India Mainly

    July 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

    For online website based on information you want, its basically going to be a ‘information site about your business’. Even though you will take an appointment online. You do not require any license at all for that. However, for running a door to door business, you will need regular business license for spa, but nothing for starting a website.

  100. India Mainly

    July 30, 2012 at 7:22 am

    1. Postal/Courier service you use to ship your orders, is responsible for collecting payment from your customer upon delivery and pay to you. 2. By shipping. 3. Its same as you would have for regular shop. By providing good service and security for online transaction.

  101. i want to start Online shop for branded cloths, from where i can get the goods?should i have to contact individually or will get stuffs from one place. can you let me know from where i can get good branded cloths at lesser price

  102. what is the name of your company?

  103. It’s BlueBit Systems.

  104. Hi, I would like to start personality-development, especially for indian people in mind. I want to help people develop self awareness. Kindly let me know for any details / important links, if any. Thanks in advance for your help.

  105. Hey Preeti, Read your comment! Just wanted to check as to how much would we have to spend to start an online business. Again, this business is not sell any product just discounts and services. A sort of consultation. Regards, Naveen Rajamuni Contact: +91 9885566842

  106. Hi Naveen, If it’s a consulting business, you will only need a website to get started. Can you please drop me your requirements at info@bluebitsystems.com and then we can discuss further.

  107. Hi, I am planning to start an online garments and more shopping website. I have a couple of questions 1. Do I need to have a merchant account and a payment gateway to accept credit card payments? 2. What are the benefits and drawbacks of Paypal? 3. Can you suggest some free sites to create my own website wherein I can use my customised URL? I dont want the related website’s name in the URL. Regards

  108. hello sir , i want start online business in home furnishing and textile kindly advise me thanks kapil

  109. i m a student of B.Tech. i want to do some online bussiness for have some knowledge about marketing as well as a sourse of income.So please suggest me what can i do….. plz contact me via e-mail..

  110. Hi, If you are already running a business, you can go online with just a website developed. No additional licensing in required.

  111. Hi Kapil, We offer 360 degree solution for online business and that too at affordable price. Please send me your phone number at dealfrogin@gmail.com. Thanks, Nishant

  112. Free hostings, free domains wont work out for business. If u r a dummy then try.maintIng sites with free ones.. i used webs . Its good for dummies. I learnt many Nd now i started my.own websites and earned 1 lack for last year. http://Www.jntuhub.com is my site. Great article.. no one is explaining how to get produtcs from manufacturer. i mean i want to sell branded cloths.any help

  113. Hi, I am starting my online retail for infants clothes. Since its a startup and low budget i would like to know do i need any legal licence, i read your previous post but since i dont have any physical shop just an online store wanted to confirm do i need legal permission. Also i will be manufacturing some clothes and outsource few others. Can i buy clothes frm abroad and resale under my tag. Will that be considered legal. Thirdly, i am using using shopify.com to built my site any reviews on that. lastly, for payment merchant is paypal a good source to start with or can you suggest cheapest payment merchant site for payment thru credit card or netbanking beneficial for me and customers

  114. India Mainly

    August 29, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    You will have to get a business license. Please note that, for regular a shop in locality, who already have business license, and they also want to start selling their products online – They do not require additional business license to sell online. That is because they already have a business license for their shop. You can not resale clothes you buy from other company by replacing them with your tag. That is not legal. You can get them manufactured with your tag, but certainly can’t buy any brand cloth, and replace it with your brand name. Shopify.com is good site, however basic plan starts from $30 a month (approximately Rs. 1580), which allows you to sell 100 items. If you have basic knowledge of webdesign, or planning to sell more items. You can find alternatives. For beginning, PayPal is the best option.

  115. can i sell jewellery items on online?

  116. hi, i have a retail gold jewellery store and want to start an online business, can i do that without new license and how could i accept the payment …

  117. kundan singh chauhan

    September 5, 2012 at 12:23 am

    If u really wanna start online business globally , i can help u ….u can contact me.8130164855

  118. kundan singh chauhan

    September 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

    sure …i can provide u online business..contact me on 8130164855

  119. Yes, why not. In case you want an ecommerce site for the same, feel free to contact me.

  120. Yes, you can do that without additional licence. You can accept payment via payment gateways.

  121. hi, i want to start jewellery business by providing membership to intrested members on basis of commission on each product sold. For this i want to print book lets. To start this business do i need any licence or any legal procedures to be followed.

  122. India Mainly

    September 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Please read comments above, answer to this subject is detailed in other comments.

  123. HI thanks for your input. Can you guide me more on business licence for an online store. I was told that i need not require any licence to start online retail. Can you mention your mail id or mail me and share some more information on that.

  124. hi, I want to start my own jyotish website. what steps required for this?

  125. I want to open an online bookstore. Except for trading license what are the other legal requirement like company name registration,taxes, etc.. Kindly help

  126. Can you help us in developing an online grocery store for my city? I want to work on delivery mechanism

  127. I want to start online business with low cost. I can invest 50000/-. I am from Nagpur. Please suggest me good business option. trustonus777@gmail.com

  128. hi all, we are planning to start a online product based business..i dont have much idea on the shipping system in such a business..whether i have to go for indian couriers or any dedicated system is there for shipping products to customers. friends all your suggestions are welcomed..

  129. 1. Could you please let me know the difference between the DIN (director identification number) and local business license for opening an online website (for retail business). 2. Are they both the same? and should i need to obtain both? 3. Is local business license alone is sufficient to open an online retail business?

  130. You do not require DIN (It is an unique Identification Number allotted to an individual who is an existing director of a company or intends to be appointed as director of a company) Only need a Local Business License to do Business. No other special license is required.

  131. Hi, I want to start my own business of Design Studio. I wanted to know where I can get complete mentoring and all required advice and tips. is there any government body operating in India for new entrepreneurs?

  132. hello sir i have some money tell me some idea

  133. HI I’m amit kumar from delhi and really passionate about to start my own online outsources businesses of self publishing books and more other products also. I want to ask that it is necessary for having an business license for starting from your home and if it is how much have costed . I need a very low liense cost and also want to start my own online in very low budget. Please reply me quick

  134. India Mainly

    October 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Hello, All questions regarding license is replied in other comments here. Please read through comments by clicking page numbers for comments, you will get detailed information in it.

  135. Dear , I just want to start a online venture Like Healthkart. , so can u guide me for other licences in Healthcare sector and in Premium priced Medicines and Injections.

  136. India Mainly

    October 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Selling Healthcare products such as Medicines and Injections, will require more than basic business license. You must visit your local corporation office and get detail from there. Selling Medical stuff online varies by location of delivery, and requires authorization from medicine distributor/manufacturer. Without proper authorization, licensing, It will not be a legal to offer prescription medicines online.

  137. My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was once totally right. This submit truly made my day. You can not imagine just how a lot time I had spent for this info! Thank you!

  138. Hello Indiamainly, It is really appreciable that you are clearing this many doubts patiently.My doubt is that if i buy some small products from some wholesale vendor(Walmart) and if i ship them from my business(website/on call store) using my store name then is it a crime?

  139. India Mainly

    October 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    As discussed here that you do not need any special license for selling online, but you still need to have a regular business license, just like any local shops requires. If you have a necessary business license with required authorized retailer documents for specific brands which you want to resale, than you can sell them online.

  140. I have to start an online business of electronic pls suggest me how can I start Waiting for ur ans.

  141. Could you please guide me in getting license i doesnt have any idea where and how to get license.My current location is hyderabad,Andra Pradesh.

  142. I want to make a online recharge and sms sending website, what kind of license do i need for that?

  143. hi i am from surat. I have a retail baby prodcut showroom in surat so, I want to start my online store. if you have contact to help me how to start online business so tell me. Mo. 09925922119.mail. asthasweetbaby@yahoo.com

  144. hi sir i have to start online business but i have not any shop and how can i choose the product which i keep to sell ? from where i found that? means i want to know process.plz help me.

  145. This site has been very informative. I am in the US. Can I sell name brands online bought from here to India. In this case would I have to register as a business in US or I can register in a state in India where I belong to and have a bank account in India thus receiving money in INR (for example a site like yebhi.com). Thanks in advance

  146. Hello , Would You Please Let Me Know We Have All License Like TIN/PAN /IEC , Some Time Ago we Started Online Store With Some Different Name (Which is on license ) of Our Products Would You Please Tell For Online Store do we require any other license ? 1) how i have to Make a Bill From Real Name or From The Brand(Online website name ) i am confused Please Let me Help For This… http://www.coolcolors.co.in (All License Are From This Name) Newly Open Website http://www.jordaar.in retail website Thanks Coolcolors 09829563255

  147. Very very good information!! was searching for this for months … Sir/madam, i want to start a web site to sell used household items. So that i just need the website’s popularity, don’t want to create any brand name or something.I have a source for getting used items, so i am planning to do is resell the items based on customer’s inquiry. Do i need to take any business license for this type of used parts sales? Kindly tel me the procedures behind this.

  148. Hi, I have Jewellery store. I need to start selling it online. Below are my questions: 1) Do i need to patent my designs? I don’t have any jewellery designs of my own. 2) How does VAT{Tax} work in case of orders outside my current state?

  149. Hi, I want to start the online book store.Can you please give me suggestions for how to start the online store and required licences and required investmenmt and online book store is profitable or not.

  150. I would like to start the online e-store for Firecrackers. Whether i have to buy the license for the same or retailer license is enough. Pls. explain

  151. hey i wanna start an online buisness with a bit cheap investment can i get an advisor to get back to me on my phone and give some benificial advice????

  152. an indian online business can use paypal only to receive payments from aborad. an indian business can not use the service of paypal to receive payments from inside india.

  153. hey i wanna start an online buisness in india with a bit cheap investment can i get an advisor to get back to me on my phone and give some benificial advice????

  154. Kishor Kapdoskar

    April 13, 2013 at 1:42 am

    sir, I am looking for some outsourcing work in India Baroda gujrat but that should be from reliable sources and if possible directly formUK USA. I can investment , manager peoples to get this work done. pl. help me how to go about

  155. I am into party organizer business. I already have website, now I want to start online shopping on my website for balloons & party supplies. how I can go further & what are the scope of these product in indian market

  156. India Mainly

    June 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Since you already have a website, you just need to have to extended with shopping cart / online ordering functionality. Assuming you do have proper business license for your party organizer business, you do not need any further license. Regarding scope of business, its an opportunity definitely worth a try. You have your business, you have a website which can be developed for online ordering purpose, you don’t have anything to loose or invest in inventory. Give it a try.

  157. hi, i have came across in ebay about Import Export Code and since then am confused. Which says the code is required if we are to sell goods internationally. the confusion is of two fold (1) Can we sell cigarettes and other tobacco (both Indian and Myanmar made) products online in their respective brand name. (2) is the Import Export Code necessary for both Indian made as well as for products from Indo-Myanmar free trade if i want to sell them online nationally and internationally at the sametime. with high anticipation for positive guidence thank you.

  158. Hi i will be starting a fileupload website which will involve paid services, do i need to register my business with some organisation ? and what are the legal regulations. Iam from chennai india

  159. hi sir i am interested on online shop business i need ur help

  160. Dear Rexton, If you are starting proprietary business (i.e you are whole and sole owner of that business) you do not need to register. What all you need is: 1) A current account with the name of the business. Or if its a home based then a current account with your name. 2) Rubber stamps of your business name 3) That’s all. :) If you are starting as partnership firm or a private limited company, you may need to register as per Govt Act. Please refer to below links for more details on Partnership/Private limited firm in India http://business.gov.in/starting_business/partnership.php http://business.gov.in/starting_business/pvt_ltd.php

  161. I want to start the online cloth store but my cloth sources in Malaysia . i dont want to hav stock in india as it involve cost so i only import the cloth once i get order … any advice

  162. Dear Aayush, Sure, I can help you out. Please drop me mail info@twiw.in or call me +91 7875756519

  163. Dear Sunny As per eBay policy, you can not sell any tobacco products. If you do, it will be violation of eBay policy and your listing may be removed without any notification. To know more.. Please read eBay Tobacco policy. http://pages.ebay.co.in/help/policies/tobacco.html Yes IEC is mandatory to list your product internationally, be it Myanmar. As per DGFT (Directorate General of Foreign Trade) applying for IEC is exempted. You may use permanent IEC to trade with Myanmar provided by DGFT. You may find more details of importing/exporting from/to Myanmar in below link. This link also have permanent IEC to use (The permenet IEC to trade with Myanmar is 0100000070). http://dgft.gov.in/exim/2000/procedures/ftphbcontentE1213.pdf Regards, Hatim Laxmidhar The Way It Works http://www.twiw.in info@twiw.in

  164. Dear Shari Well.. You can surely do this. However, you need to take care of the time line. If you get the order today, then if you import and then ship directly to the customer. This process will defiantly take longer time. Nowadays, customers are expecting faster delivery. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep minimum stock with you. At least one piece of each item. However, if this is not possible for you. The another solution is Drop-Shipping. Please check with your suppliers whether they provide Drop-Shipping. In nutshell, Drop shipping means manufacturer or supplier directly ships to the end customer. To know more on drop shipping please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_shipping Please let me know if you need any further information. I will be happy to help. Regards, Hatim Laxmidhar The Way It Works twiw.in | info@twiw.in

  165. Hi sir im going to start a online business,its there i want to get permission from government

  166. hi i am interested in starting a business of packed sugar cane juice is it possible for any advisor to help me out with shell life of the packed juice and technical know how

  167. Sir I have designed online book shop website in Magento. Also products like perfumes and other some small products will be available. Now launching this website in next month. So please tell me licences require to start this business. Also please give review about Magento and any good Magento hosting company. Thank You

  168. Dear Sir, I want to start online book lending library which I will operate from my home. I want to know the process which I have to follow like – do I need to take any licence? Any service tax? etc.

  169. hi,i am thinking to launch an online store in India, i will trade only inside India, so i wanted to know which gateway should i take to receive payments as because an Indian business can not use the service of paypal to receive payments from inside India. plz help me out, Thankyou

  170. Yes you have to get permission from concerned authority to start online business. It Depends up on your business. Give me some brief info than i will try to give you some clarification.

  171. Sir I want do online affiliate marketing; with providing service of computer education. Customer who will buy computer course packege the can sell the package and they can earn through this system. Which type of license I may need to start this business?? Note: the package provide online only.

  172. as india mainly said u hd kart kit , as well as u have a payment gateway too . as e-wallet of ur website

  173. Hi, I want to start online shop for books/stationary Items. Will I have to take permission from government? What type of registration is needed & from which authority. Please answer soon.

  174. India Mainly

    December 31, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    You only need a regular business license which local shops require as s of now. No other special license is needed. If you are planning to sell e-books, downloadable items, than you will need to get proper permission/license from your book publisher.

  175. I want to start online shop for all things . On facebook ,Whatsapp &Instagram What type of registration is needed & from which authority. Please answer.

  176. I want to sell books online through a website . Do i need any licences or permission from concerned publisher ?

  177. sir i have an idea to set up online cigarette store in india. is this legal? if so please mention permissions required. please reply me fast.

  178. Hi. I have an idea for online cigarette store in India. Is this possible? If so please mention the permissions required as soon as possible.

  179. Hi. I have an idea of starting an online fruits store. Is this little risky? What permissions are required for this business? Please reply me fast.

  180. You do need a license for business – shop license traditional. Also, you may need to get additional permission from health department from your area.

  181. i will started online bussines with own website so please help me .how to create portl

  182. I have an onilne business idea but i need someone to help me out for executing the plan. It is a kind of business that Zomato is into. Kindly Help.

  183. Hi live in the US want to expand my company to India Online only have a PAN Card merchandise will be shipped out of the US any other requirements such as Tin # have a EIN will do or is anything else necessary Thanks

  184. Hi, I gone through above information. It was very useful. And I would like to start small e-commerce business. My question is , after making web site, where i have to register company ? Is it mandatory office space? Please let me know the legal steps , step-by-step. Thanks in advance.

  185. India Mainly

    October 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Steps are same as any business would require. You will need to apply for a business license, Pan Card / Tax Id number for your business. Office space is not mandatory, you can put your house address describing nature of your business.

  186. Thank You! VERY helpful article. I am interested to follow the ‘buy-sell-ship’ strategy.

  187. first of all nice blog,,,,, i want to run affiliated online store, please advice the steps for registering process in india

  188. Hi, First of all thanks a lot for bringing this article for us. I have a small doubt to start a online shopping site. Hope we should apply for RC, GST / VAT licenses. I have no clear picture on this. So, please suggest us what are the government licenses we have to take before starts our business live. Thanks in advance.

  189. We’re a bunch of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with useful information to work on. You have done a formidable process and our entire neighborhood can be thankful to you.

  190. Nice blog with use full information for startups,i want to start an E-cart,I want to the step by step process from satrting pint to end point,Please advice me.

  191. I want to start online shop for all things . On facebook ,Whatsapp &Instagram What type of registration is needed & from which authority. Please answer.

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