Checklist 1: Proper Planning Lays the Foundation The first item in starting an online business checklist is to determine what kind of internet business you want to start. Do you want to start an e_commerce store to sell your own products? Do you want an information website that will make money though advertising or a membership website? The next thing is to identify your target market and study it to determine their unmet needs. Study your competition to get an idea of the needs of your target market not met by the existing businesses. This will help you decide the kind of services to offer your target market and in selecting your site\'s domain name. After you determine the viability of your idea, write a business plan for your online business.
Next, we transferred the information over to an Excel spreadsheet. It\'s not imperative that you use Excel, or even a computer for that matter, but I always have my computer with me. You can write it down on a piece of copy paper if you have to. I just wouldn\'t recommend Jill\'s Post_It method. That can be okay if you think of something while you\'re out, but don\'t have your checklist with you at the time. Just be sure to transfer it to your checklist as soon as you can. Once everything was transferred to the Excel checklist I had created for her, she told me which items on the list she had finished, and we checked those off. She even remembered a few more ideas she had about the menu, so we entered those in the appropriate section.