Have an idea?  Want to sell something?  Well, reports show that your chances just got 10% better.  🙂

That is, of course, a horrible interpretation of data, and you should instead be aware of the inescapable trend that online web sales are growing.

From CNet News (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10465388-93.html):

The online retail trade in both the U.S. and Western Europe is in store for double-digit growth over the next five years, according to Forrester Research.

The U.S. online retail business is likely to grow 10 percent a year compounded annually, reaching $249 billion by 2014, according to the report “US Online Retail Forecast, 2009 To 2014,” released Monday. Online firms in Western Europe, meanwhile, are eyeing an 11 percent annual gain over the next five years, hitting 114 billion euros ($155.7 billion) by 2014, according to a second Forrester report out Monday, “Western European Online Retail Forecast, 2009 To 2014.”

It’s never been easier for the “average person” with a good idea and a little bit of persistence to have access to a global market.

Where to begin?  With a website, of course.