If you have caught the entrepreneurial spirit and you want to open a new retail business this year, you are acting at a good time. Many of the below ideas are e-commerce-based, which is an industry that is experiencing a massive surge at the moment. Just a few years ago Americans were, for the most part, terrified of buying products online. They feared identity theft and just felt uncomfortable inserting their credit or debit card numbers into a virtual form to make a purchase. What are you doing to alleviate this fear in your potential and current customers?