Having an online business means you can avoid quite a few traditional start-up and ongoing expenses. There is no need to spend money on office rent, a business phone, or snazzy office furniture. You will not need a fax machine because you can scan documents and send them by email. And most of the time you will probably create the document and then send it as an email attachment. Stationary or business cards are not necessary either and that is another additional savings.
Most people considering an online business already have Internet access and a computer, so those expenses are not incremental to starting the online business. Your business is connected wherever you and your computer are located, so once again costs are covered. By now you should be able to see the potential of starting a business online with very little initial costs or ongoing monthly expenses. That is exciting!
You may have need of a business license depending on the laws of your community. Most Internet businesses are connected in cyberspace so you may not have to worry about tax licenses. Particularly if you use a payment processor rather than accepting money directly. However, ignorance is not an excuse. Be sure you know and understand the laws in your area so you do not unintentionally violate any. You do not want to set yourself up for penalies. Most licensing is relatively inexpensive too so again costs are minimal.
Keeping your social security number private is highly recommended, you will need to establish a business entity and most likely register that name with the appropriate governmental agency. Once you have registered your business get a Tax ID number to use instead of using social security number. If you do not want to use your home address get a post office box through one of the mail services. Some services actually use a street address with a Suite number for the PO Box number. While there are expenses involved in using mail services, these are minimal and it gives your business a professional look with all your mailing.
Yes business start-up expenses with an online business are very reasonable these days. This is why so many people today operate some type of home business with great success. Not to mention much of the Red Tape of operating a business is also greatly reduced. The only question left to answer, 'why are you waiting to start your business?'