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You've got a great idea for a business, and you think it would do well as an e-company, not a brick-and-mortar joint. Great -- that will save you a lot of money in rent, utilities and the like. Plus, it can be open to customers all over the world 24/7. You can also start out small and see whether your business will catch on with the public before you have to spend a lot of money.

But how the heck do you create an online business? And namely, a successful online company? It's not as simple as slapping up a website. You'll need to think about everything from shopping carts to security measures to merchant accounts. And how will customers know you exist? Before your head starts spinning, let's break the process down into some simple steps. This article will teach you everything you need to know about setting up a website yourself or finding a designer for it, as well as all you need to know about online security.

First, consider what tools you'll need to make your dream happen.