Q&A: If a person wants to open a online candy/cookie/ gift basket store what are the credentials that are needed?

Question by : If a person wants to open a online candy/cookie/ gift basket store what are the credentials that are needed?
I’m curious because my mom and I have been looking into it for a few months. She owned her own bakery and has a food handlers license. I’ll be getting mine within a month or so. What would the process be to go about doing so? Thank you for your time and advice!!

Best answer:

Answer by Rishabh Poddar
1.You need to Contact PayPal and become a dealer.
2.You can also become a merchandiser with Visa/Master by signing a Contract.
3.You need a Programmer to write the code for your website.
4.You need to have your website go live.
5.You need to have someone who would deliver the purchased products or you can have them sent by Courier or something like that.
6. You should be sure that you follow the legal procedures of your country and have your website legally registered.

I hope that would help.

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  1. Daniel says:

    Hello Sam,

    What credentials do you need? Well… any credentials that would certify your business to run a clean and compliant food processing operation according to the rules and regulations of your Country/State.

    You said your mom has a food handler license which means that she has passed some inspections and your are getting yours too soon so that should get you started.

    The second half is the easiest; once you are licensed you can open an online store and start selling your products online. You will need to do some research about exporting food to other countries as there are some restrictions by country but once you get that in place you should start looking at online shopping carts.

    A shopping cart enables you to upload products, pictures, and descriptions and to take payments online using what is called a Payment Gateway (PayPal is just one of many), then you connect your Payment Gateway with your Merchant Account (bank account for online business) and you are all set.

    Purchase a domain name for your online store which is about $ 12 USD x year and use it for your online store.

    I hope this points you in the right direction.
    Here is a link to the #1 shopping cart of 2010 (and 2011 so far); they can guide you through the rest of the process: http://forefronton-linemarketingsolutions.bigcommerce.com/

    Good luck!

    -Daniel O.
    eCommerce Developer

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