Welcome to the Small Business Online Community. It sounds like you need guidance in starting and launching your small business venture. If you are looking for a consultant to help you do so, I would be happy to speak to you about your venture and how I can help you get through all the confusion and focus on what you know, running your business.
P.S. My e-mail address can be found in my profile.
I'll try and answer the website questions for you...
Hostmonster has been good to me. I don't know if there are any deals running at the moment, but in general it's five bucks a month. You get imap email, shell access, MySQL, and support. The shell access is what drew me because I am already a Linux user and am more comfortable with a command line than a mouse most fo the time.
GoDaddy or Dotster are fine places to register a domain, but you can shop around and probably get a better price than either one offers. Just make sure hosting isn't tied to domain registration, and vice versa. Also, under no circumstances should your web developer do the registering or host the site. I've had to deal with too many such folks that are difficult about "letting go" when their customer has ended up on my doorstep.
And a great site to help you get organized is www.choosewhat.com, which has a comprehensive step-by-step checkoff list of what you need to do to setup your company. Once the setup steps you can handle are done, also check out www.score.com for advice on the more complicated issues. Good luck to you.
I'm looking to of course like everyone else who is on this website to start a small business or small online business and I need major HELP!! I've been on different websites offering free web design to free help on how to get started and I must admit after reading and trying to understand I'm still quite lost. I've even paid to have someone do all the paperwork research for me and when I received that package i was still lost. It comes down to not knowing which for to fill out for what? Then all the different tax filing..and so on and so forth...I was wondering is there anybody in this online community going through the same thing?? And how are you getting through it?I hate to ask so many questions but also which website do anyone recommend to host your small business?? because I've went on intuit.com, godaddy.com, 1&1, Winx and all seem to have the same thing such get 6mnths free then pay x amount thereafter..Please Help and once again sorry for so many questions..