Hacker News reader Matt from San Francisco, California, has been selling his company’s products for a few years now.
He recently took it a step further and got a “big, fat, blue ribbon” from the Department of Commerce to get his site listed in the top-seller’s section.
The big, fat blue ribbon was the Department’s certification that a website’s business model meets a set of business criteria, according to a press release.
Matt said he was surprised by the certification, since his site doesn’t make money through ads or other forms of sales.
But he’s glad that the department approved the site’s business models, as he’s not going to be selling through other forms like affiliate marketing, which he says is a way for people to buy his products.
But how do you get certified for business models that are different from the norm?
Matt, a graphic designer and programmer by trade, said he’s been working with a web developer to develop his business model.
The developer, who has not been named, said the certification process for a website can be lengthy and lengthy.
He said the process could take up to three months.
“So basically, we’ve spent a year working with this guy,” Matt said.
“We got it verified through the process, and then we just had to go through all the other steps.”
That means getting a business license.
And Matt has to wait months before he can apply for a federal business license, which will give him the right to sell through his site.
To get that business license and pay for the licenses, he will have to submit the forms and pay a $200 application fee.
If he can’t pay, he’ll have to take the Department to court to get a refund.
The certification process is complicated, and it takes a lot of time and effort, said Matt, who is not allowed to talk to the media.
But after more than a year, he’s finally made it to the certification phase, he said.
But there are other steps he has to go over, like getting a domain name and a website domain name.
“You need to get all of those things approved,” he said, noting that his site’s domain name has yet to be approved.
Getting certified is one thing, but getting the right business model is a lot harder.
“The whole certification process has to be pretty well thought out, too,” he added.
That means taking the time to learn how to code and get a feel for how to run a website, he added, adding that he’s had some “hiccups” trying to get this certification.
He has yet a solution that’s simple, easy to use, and not too complex.
But the website has had a lot to learn, he acknowledged.
It’s been a challenge getting the site to rank well for a long time, he noted.
“But it’s a big learning experience.”