As the use of the Internet has increased over the years, it has changed the way that many people purchase goods and services. These days, most Maryland brick-and-mortar businesses have online presences in order to stay competitive. In some cases, it is no longer necessary for a new business to have a brick-and-mortar location. Many businesses are started online and remain there.
Even an online business must follow the same laws and regulations that apply to other businesses, but there are other steps that need to be taken before the company is considered up and running. A domain name must be chosen and registered. A good place to start is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
Once a domain has been chosen and procured, a web host is needed. The web host provides support needed to create a website, along with the space needed for the site. There are numerous web hosts out there and which one a new business owner should choose depends on a variety of factors unique to his or her online business. Most important, however, is that the host provides security and reliability.
When designing and building a website, which will serve as the "store front" for the business, it is important not to infringe on another website's trade name or trademark. Again, online businesses are bound by the same rules and regulations as any other business. After the website is created, its owner can begin marketing and advertising in order to draw customers to it.
Assistance is available to handle the technological needs of starting a new business online. Just as important is ensuring that the business complies with all of the same legal requirements that must be met by every other Maryland business. Failing to adhere to these requirements could put the future of the business in jeopardy.
Source: sba.gov, "Online Businesses", Accessed on Jan 2, 2016