The newest form of earning money has to be electronic commerce. From companies that work entirely on the web to individuals buying and selling, it represents a very open and flexible form of commerce.E-commerce covers the buying, selling and marketing of products and services using the internet. It uses email, e-books, databases and pretty much anything else the internet can be used for.Hundreds of different types of business use e-commerce. Companies advertise electronically through emails etc and provide services like management, banking, advertising, website design, storage space, music, software, search engines etc. Some companies are entirely on the net with no physical product changing hands at all. Some companies or individuals have made vast amounts of money by buying items advertised on the internet, usually wholesale bundles, and selling them online for a profit. Although risky, this can provide impressive revenue and some people do it as a full time work from home job. Of course there are many things that e-commerce has difficulties selling, such as clothing as many people would rather try them on before buying.An e-business needs to stay on top of technology. They must provide the top security for their clients, and have a good business model. E-commerce is just as prone to failure as any other business. The business must also appear attractive and easy to use, since the average customer may not be very well versed in the internet. An e-business must be wary of competition due to the openness of the market. Lastly, this type of business is vulnerable to confusion among the ranks due to the flexibility and lack of a store front, and is very open to attack from organised crime.E-commerce is growing though it is doing so slower than expected. Due to factors like some people having poor grasp of the internet and security concerns, and the lack of having a store front where customers can talk to staff and get advice. However e-businesses are rapidly working to change this and provide the best service possible.