How To Start an Online Coupon Business

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A Quick Overview of Starting an Online Coupon Business

Some of your website visitors will be true bargain hunters looking for the best deal possible every time they spend money.

Other visitors will just be looking for a one-time reduced price when they have a special purchase in mind.

The business owner must locate coupons, meet with manufacturers, and work constantly to fill the site with the latest coupons.

Skill Set:
  • Ability to work with a database for tracking coupons and their expiration dates
  • Knowledge of website development and graphics software
  • Online Marketing is a must
  • General Internet skills
  • E-mail a weekly newsletter to inform members of new and expiring coupons
  • Find online and offline coupons and organize them in a database
  • Mail non-printable coupons
  • Graphics background including scanning and uploading documents
  • Knowledge of UPC code scanning
  • List of Common Business Skills
Employee & Job Consideration During The Start-Up Phase Or In The Future:

Common Staff Positions Needed To Run Some Businesses

Equipment, Supplies, & Services During Start-up OR In The Future:
Monthly Expenses To Consider:
Licenses:
Approximate Minimum Startup Cost:

Bare essential – To start this type of business you’ll need approximately $1500 – $2500 to purchase a computer, scanner, printer, create and host a website, and database software.

Pros and Cons:

The Pros:

  • Potential to be a lucrative business
  • Room for growth, such as incorporating local maps with retailer coupons attached
  • Ability to get great deals through retail clients

The Cons:

  • Many hours required to track coupons
  • You need to develop a good client base in order to make it worthwhile
  • You may have to hire people for graphics and website maintenance early on if you don’t have the experience

Resources:

Related Websites:

Popular Coupon Sites

RetailMeNot.com

Supplies:

Graphics Software

Database Software

Stamps.com

USPS