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Kick starting a business? Here are a few helpful sites to help you get you business started. All of these services can be incorporated into your business or website.

Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York, that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity and merchandising. The company's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life". Kickstarter has reportedly received more than $4 billion in pledges from 15.5 million backers to fund 257,000 creative projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, technology and food-related projects.

People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards or experiences in exchange for their pledges.[6] This model traces its roots to subscription model of arts patronage, where artists would go directly to their audiences to fund their work.

eBay Inc. (/ˈiːˌbeɪ/ EE-bay) is an American multinational e-commerce corporation based in San Jose, California that facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website. eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar in the autumn of 1995, and became a notable success story of the dot-com bubble. eBay is a multibillion-dollar business with operations in about 30 countries, as of 2011.[2] The company manages, an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a wide variety of goods and services worldwide. The website is free to use for buyers, but sellers are charged fees for listing items after a limited number of free listings, and again when those items are sold.

World of Books is reported to be the United Kingdom's largest second-hand book retailer. They buy unsold inventory of used books from UK charity shops, reselling them through their own website and on various online sites such as The company purchases books in bulk, paying by tonnage rather than for individual titles. World of Books also own the 'instant cash for stuff' website that pays people for their books, dvds, cds and games so they can be sold on or recycled. Using custom-designed software, they evaluate each title for saleability and set selling prices accordingly. In 2010 alone the business recycled 26 million books.

The business was founded in 2000 by Simon Downes, Ben Maxfield and Michael Laundon, who had bought their first books at Car boot sales and auctioned them on eBay.

Annualised turnover in 2009 was ₤5 million, with a projected turnover for that year of £8.5 million. The business was receiving 140 tonnes per week (about 300,000 books) at their depot, purchased from charities at £75 per tonne.

In 2009, World of Books won the Worthing Business Award for New Business of the Year.

In December 2012, World of Books was ranked in 22nd place in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100. In 2018, it was number 197 in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.

Spreadshirt is a global e-commerce company that offers print-on-demand for clothing and accessories. It operates in Europe and North America. Customers can either discover products designed by others or create their own designs. It is also possible for vendors to create their own shops. Spreadshirt has its own factories for printing the ordered items.

Google Analytics is a premium web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic, currently as a platform inside the Google Marketing Platform brand. Google launched the service in November 2005 after acquiring Urchin.

Google Analytics is now the most widely used web analytics service on the web. Google Analytics also provides an SDK that allows gathering usage data from iOS and Android Apps, known as Google Analytics for Mobile Apps.

Google Trends is a website by Google that analyzes the popularity of top search queries in Google Search across various regions and languages. The website uses graphs to compare the search volume of different queries over time.

On August 5, 2008, Google launched Google Insights for Search, a more sophisticated and advanced service displaying search trends data. On September 27, 2012, Google merged Google Insights for Search into Google Trends.

PayPal Holdings, Inc. is an American company operating a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like cheques and money orders. The company operates as a payment processor for online vendors, auction sites, and many other commercial users, for which it charges a fee in exchange for benefits such as one-click transactions and password memory. PayPal's payment system, also called PayPal, is considered a type of payment rail.

Established in 1998 as Confinity, PayPal had its initial public offering in 2002, and became a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay later that year.

In 2014, eBay announced plans to spin off PayPal into an independent company by mid-2015 and this was completed on July 18, 2015.

Drop shipping is a supply chain management method in which the retailer does not keep goods in stock but instead transfers the customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer, another retailer, or a wholesaler, who then ships the goods directly to the customer. As in retail business, the majority of retailers make their profit on the difference between the wholesale and retail price, but some retailers earn an agreed percentage of the sales in commission, paid by the wholesaler to the retailer.

AnyVan is a European online marketplace for users to obtain delivery, transport, and removal services from its community of transport partners, who must bid for the work.[citation needed] It matches a user’s delivery route to that of a transport provider’s and connects them which, the company claims, minimises costs and cuts down CO2 emissions by optimising storage space and haulage. AnyVan transport partners use their own vans.

As of December 2015, AnyVan’s services are available nationwide across the UK and in other European countries such as Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, and Italy.

Based in Lincoln, Poly Postal Packaging is a leading manufacturer of plain and printed packaging and postal bags. They stock a huge range of packaging products and materials, specialising in postal boxes, bubble wrap, bubble bags, labels and much more. They also supply cardboard boxes, tissue paper, shrink wrap and many other packaging prodcuts. Over 20 million polythene mailing bags and postal bags always kept in stock in various colours and sizes for immediate dispatch.

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