If you are planning to start a business, then starting an e-commerce business could be a very good option. Starting a business on the web can be very rewarding; it not only has, on average, reduced overhead and start-up costs, but allows for easy expansion of your customer base since there are fewer geographical limitations.

When you start operating an e-business, you will have a global store. You will also have to spend some money. However, an e-commerce business can be started with just 500 dollars — and in some cases, even less.

Here are a few e-commerce businesses that you can start with very little overhead and startup funds:

  • Educational courses
  • Clothing retailer
  • Fitness and diet products information
  • Credit repair advisor
  • Web design
  • Data entry

It is not very difficult to bring down the start up costs of any these businesses. All you have to do is create a budget and stick to it. It is sometimes easier said than done, and it takes a lot of effort to not waste your hard-earned money.

There are many business owners who spend money without accounting for it in the absence of a marketing strategy. It's important to know your target market and where to strategically place your advertisements. Advertising is a crucial part of your marketing plan, but it also makes up a large portion of your budget.

When you are starting your e-commerce business, especially if you are low on funds, it may be better to consider offering a service, at least in the initial stages of your business. Later on, as your financial position becomes more secure, you can add tangible products.