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Online vs. Offline Business

Updated on October 22, 2010

Advantages Of An Online Business

As technology advances, so does the business methodologies.

More and more organization are changing the ways of how they do business and why is that? The predominant factor is called: cost effective.

Companies now realize that the best way to be cost effective is by reducing costs and maximizing profits. That 's why businesses stay in business, to make profit.

So, what is the best way to reduce cost and maximize profit? It is called the internet.

More and more companies are changing the way of doing business and they are uptading to the most effective one, they are buying the presence into the world wide web, the most aggressive form of marketing ever created by man.

What is even more amazing is that more and more people who start a new business today, will decide to create a virtual organization only, why? Below you will find many of the reasons.

Offline Business, A Thing Of The Past?

Business practices has been present among humankind since the beginning of times and, throughout the world history, we have adopted different methods of doing business with one another, however, one of the largest transformation happened after the industrial revolution during the 19th & 20th century.

When running an offline business, you have to pay marketing companies to promote your business which is very costly. You have to pay companies to study your competition and so on.

Online Business you have all the tools available to you at the reach of your thumbnail.

Since then, we all have learned that there is always something to improve in how we do business with one another. Today we have great strategies in place and, one of the most accredited is called e-commerce.

However, the real changes in business practices did not happen until mid-sixties when Bill Gates invented the internet.

Today, more and more people understands the importance of doing business online and, as the time goes on, people build more and more trust in this that has become the most amazing business practice invention.

online business:

Why doing business online is better than offline? An online business has its presence not only local or national but, worldwide. And what is more importantly, this global exposition becomes available instantly, as soon as you website is live on the internet.

Cost Effectiveness:

Running an online business is not the same as running an offline one. The online business does not have nearly 10% of the costs that an offline business has, you don't have employees to pay, you don't have the infinite list of variable cost and you don't have nearly 10% of the fix costs.

When you run an offline business and you want to be ahead of the competition, you must make huge sum of money in marketing and all sorts of survey. You must know your competition in order to be always one step ahead of them and, for this, you must spend great sum of money.

If you run an online business, you don't have to do that if don't want to because you can do your own homework, you search and google just about anything on the net. Everything is as far as the distance between your fingers and the keyboard.

The Online Market:

The online market on contrary of the offline market is infinite and goes beyond anybody's wild imagination. And the good news is that is very inexpensive to do that.

Online your business can grow so fast that you won't believe it while on the other hand, the traditional business won't grow as fast as you want because of high cost to do so and because of the heavy competition existent in your local market, national and worldwide.

Online business Open Continually:

Another advantage of an online business vs. an offline one is that, if you run an offline business, your business will not be open for business 24 hours a day, at least not in the beginning and, in fact, it might take several years before that happens, if ever becomes 24/7.

An online business on the other hand, from the moment that the website is launched, the business will be permanently open for the whole world anytime day or night and, that is a major advantage to anyone's business.

Your Time Investment:

In order to succeed with an offline business you must be fully dedicated and committed for the first several years, until your business reachs a level of sustainability, meaning that can be operate and be run by itself or by have another person in charged so that you can free yourself out to do other things.

An online business, will require a lot of dedication in the beggining as well, however, as soon as the site is fully functional and operating on auto pilot, you can sit back and relax a little bit and,this can happen only a few months down the road.


The above list was just a few of the many advantages that one will have in pursuing an online business vs. an offline one.

If you have comments, please, just follow the link below.

Thank you!

Joe N.


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      5 years ago

      i am sorry but Bill Gates did not invent the internet in the mid sixties....he is responsible for Microsoft.....

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      6 years ago

      information is outstanding

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      8 years ago from Brazil

      Sorry for replying so late, but I really appreciate your comments, come back soon, and please, leave your inputs. thank you once again.

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      George Poe 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great !! I've bookmarked this for further viewing..

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      George Poe 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info! I have bookmarked this hub for further reading..


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