The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative
Southern Rural Development Center
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A Beginner's Guide to e-Commerce: Easy Tools for Profit

The objective of this training is to prepare and encourage people to begin small-scale Internet-based and e-commerce selling activities as a means to enhance economic growth. Adequate preparation for entering into e-commerce activities involves first stimulating belief and confidence in the ability to use e-commerce to achieve personal goals and provide examples of success stories in which similar people have used basic e-commerce activities to sell home-produced products. As clients recognize the value of their personal life skills that can be used to produce value-added products that could be sold through e-commerce they begin to see the possibility for opportunity. Starting with simple approaches to e-commerce, such as selling on online auction sites is an excellent starting point for the client seeking to generate "extra" money from personal skills.

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CSREES These materials were developed as part of the Southern Rural Development Center’s National e-Commerce Extension Initiative. They are based upon work supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Award No. 2005-45064-03212

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