What Are the Different Types of Online Expenses?

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  • Last Modified Date: 17 September 2019
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Among the different types of online expenses are Internet costs and other business overhead costs, such as web hosting and design. Depending on the type of business being run, web expenses may also include fixed monthly or prepaid expenses such as email marketing services and shopping cart services. One or more individuals hired to operate these tools and services may also be included as fixed or intermittent Internet costs. Expense management services and digital applications may also be categorized as online expenses. Businesses are not the only entities to accrue online expenses as many individuals also pay online costs for Internet access and web hosting.

Online expenses are commonly included in statements relating to a business’ overall financial expenses. This is because most businesses utilize the Internet for communication and research purposes. In many cases, businesses also accrue online expenses by maintaining a web presence in the form of a website and social media campaigns. Thus, creating a monthly expense estimation that includes online expenses is important for companies to maintain balanced budgets.


Some of the precise Internet expenses a company may pay for are fees to host a website or a blog on a particular server. In addition to these costs, many companies that sell products or services online also pay a monthly fee for ancillary services such as shopping cart support and email marketing campaigns. Many of these services are automated, although a company may also add the services of a webmaster or a social media expert into a monthly expense calculation to assure that all of these services are being used in such a way as to extract their maximum value.

Software used to manage data, including expenses, may also be added into a company’s budget for Internet expenses. Many times, such software is made available online and is accessed via special software keys and passwords. Productivity applications installed on computers and portable devices may also be factored into these overhead costs. While many can be bought outright with a one-time purchase, some services and applications bill on a per use basis, while others offer fixed rate packages that must be prepaid in order to access them for use.

Individuals also accrue online expenses as most households also have Internet access. Online fees may also be collected from individuals who host their own blogs or websites for personal use. Many individual users also accumulate online expenses for portable devices, such as laptops and mobile phones.


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