Entrepreneurs – The Internet Awaits You
For anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit the internet is a huge opportunity. For the most part it doesn’t matter where you live, what your circumstances there is an opportunity for you to start a business. For example one of the most crippling aspects of trying to start up a business in less developed countries is the problems accessing sources of finance. That’s not to say the the internet solves this particular problem although it does open up more information. It simply allows businesses to start up without the extensive capital requirements required from traditional businesses.
If you have the idea there is no real obstacle that can’t be overcome with some thought. If you need a fancy web site but lack the skills and money to buy one, I can guarantee that if you look hard enough you’ll find someone to help you for perhaps a stake in the business or some profit sharing arrangement. There are lots of talented web designers eager to show off their talents with a real live business web site – give them the opportunity to enhance their portfolio!
Obviously there are problems in countries with limited infrastructure and there are logistical problems online too. One of the difficulties is accepting and making payments from certain countries – certainly place like Nigeria with a reputation for internet scammers are often difficult places to operate an online business from. But it needn’t stop people – you can rent servers anywhere in the world, if you want to operate from somewhere else – invest in proxies to hide your location. I use a proxy server to allow me to watch region restricted content like the BBC using a VPN here. There’s no reason why you can’t use the same technology to operate an internet business from Japan, Canada or Europe within reason – obviously with some limitations.
The critical idea is that the barriers to entry for most internet businesses are much smaller. You won’t be able to create an amazon site overnight from an internet cafe but you could create a small niche online bookstore and build from that.
John Williams, from Polskie Proxy