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Ecommerce Help & Advice

Hello, I'm back with a new business venture for myself.
I currently run an online Vintage Clothing store via Etsy.com but looking to get my own Ecommerce shop and get rid of Etsy in 2013. I run it from home and do the occasional vintage fair around the UK.

I can do my own web design etc (I will probably be back for help during the process) but for the time being, does ANYONE know what I need to do to set up my own Ecommerce store online?

This is the checklist I have so far and not sure what else I need to look into, so if anyone has any advise that would be fab.

Domain - purchased​
Host - purchased​
Insurance - what types might I need?​
Tax - registered​
Payments - can I just take Paypal for now or do I have to have Credit Cards and how does that work?​
Accounts - with only being started in August, I'm currently sorting this myself. Does anyone have any account advice on what to do/not to do?​

There is probably a lot i'm missing out here and I'm planning on visiting the CAB to speak with them in the New Year, but any help from you guys also would be much appreciated!

Thanks x


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payments - some of the sites I've used use sage for purchasing items - basically they act as the 'checkout'. It might be worth looking into

accounts - unless you're doing massive turnover and or paying staff you should be fine doing it yourself in my opinion. You could look at one of the many accounting programs, some banks even supply them.
I'd suggest keeping your business accounts separate for personal accounts just for ease of processing accounts. I actually use 2 business accounts, one is for vat and taxes (tax man's free money) I'm going to have to pay through the year, the other is my 'income' one where the money gets paid into before being transferred around etc.