Illinois residents planning small business formation have options

It seems as though all of the big-name online companies are clamoring to provide storefronts, payment services and marketing for small companies. The good news is that this provides Illinois residents involved in small business formation with options. Those options could mean saving more of the business' startup funds.

Recently, online retail giant Amazon rolled out Local Register. This service provides small companies with a mobile app and secure card reader for payments. It is designed to provide an easy method of accepting credit and debit cards from customers.

Just a day later, Yahoo announced it is expanding its small business services. The so-called e-commerce platform can set up an online storefront within minutes. The client can also pay Yahoo to do its web marketing as well. The company claims that the services are easy enough to use by everyone -- it is not necessary to be tech savvy.

In the same week, Twitter founder's mobile payment startup called Square added a scheduling feature that can be used online. These are just three companies willing to help small business owners expand their online presence. These companies believe that they can help small companies reach more consumers and drive more traffic to their sites if they so desire.

Small business formation here in Illinois and elsewhere in the country has a wider variety of options than ever before. However, some things never change. It is still necessary to consider other business and legal issues prior to starting a new venture. It may be a good idea to enlist the advice and assistance of someone familiar with these issues to ensure that the business has the best start possible.

Source: Fortune, "On Amazon's heels, Yahoo expands small business offerings", Benjamin Snyder, Aug. 15, 2014

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