Here’s an AllBusiness article called Building a Web Site for Your Home-Based Business. It mentions several considerations for a home business website, including finding an e-commerce Web hosting package, getting a merchant account, and getting web design software. To clarify the points in this article a bit, I think it’s worth considering whether your home based business is set up for selling products or services.
If you’re selling a service, the e-commerce Web hosting package may not be necessary; often you would only need to host your pages. And you would only need a merchant account if you need to accept credit cards (as opposed to billing your clients). You would need a site that is heavy on content so that you can showcase your expertise, but you probably would not need a shopping cart. So in that case, purchasing a good web design software package such as Adobe Dreamweaver would be recommended unless you plan to hire a web designer.
On the other hand, if you’re selling deliverable products as your home-based business, you will need an e-commerce web hosting package and a merchant account. However, you may not need web design software since site design often comes with a good e-commerce web hosting solution. For example, Finest Shops offers an excellent e-commerce web hosting solution with shopping cart, complete with loads of professional looking templates to choose from. You can tweak the templates too, to give your site that unique look.
Websites are almost always a good idea for a home-based business, but depending on the type of your business, you’ll have different requirements from your website. Here are some other AllBusiness articles relating to starting a home-based business.