thinking about getting my FFL.........
I have been putting some real consideration into getting my FFL to start a internet based business. I'm not looking into getting it for personal use but to actually start a small internet based business out of my home. I know many people have said that trying to get information about doing something like this is going to be really hard b/c people who have gone through the process and run a business are not going to want to help possible competition out getting started. I understand this stance but an hoping I can get some kind of info from people here.
Here's what I want to do:
Internet based out of my home w/ only doing local transfers to close friends and family and maybe local Leo. I want to keep it small to start out at least to not get overwhelmed by it. Try to get my name out there and mainly ship with a good price.
Here's what I know:
I will have to apply and meet the requirements by ATF to have the FFL, I know they come out do an inspection and ask questions and if ur approved you get ur licence if not they tell you what you have to change or improve then you try again. After that point I will need to make contacts and create accounts w/ distribution companies and possible straight from the manufacturer. Then from there I need to manage the website and set up ways to bill.
Here's what I don't know:
How hard is it to set up and manage a web site with billing?
Are there companies out there that I can use for billing, or can I just set up a business account and bill through that account, using a local bank??
Is there any insurance issues I need to consider with home owners insurance and running a business out of my home even though I will not really have any foot traffic coming through? If need be I would be willing to do no foot traffic to avoid this problem and if I were to do a transfer do it at buyers house, like I said I would only do it for family and friends.
Do i need to consider some kind of business insurance for this, and if so to what level? With not wanting to start big so I'm not planning to have many weapons or accessories around at any given point and time, and not wanting to have foot traffic coming through I dunno what I would need. I would think this would be more necessary if I were to get bigger and get a store front or start doing local gun shows.
Should I look into getting a lawer to start up?