You could start marketing products through UNIMWEB.COM. They can set up a marketing account -- or what they call a "merchant account" for you. That's a system that takes two or three major credit cards for you and automatically processes each transaction, adding it up and keeping it available for you to check at any time, 24 hours a day. This could fund your site easily, with the number of visitors
What do your customers need? What do they really need? Special foods? Special information could be supplied at a cost for downloading from the site. Newsletters could be for a certain cost. Books, music,
As far as mailing the items, contact a dropship organization. They are easily found on Yahoo. That way the shipping is not on your back, too. I'm new to this, but it looks like you all have been too busy to learn what even a novice like me knows about starting an internet business. Unimweb can set up a merchant account for you, I believe. They set me up so I can take credit card charges and have it automatically processed. Please tell them Oilandlight.unimstores.com sent you. They'll be pleased.