Why Start Selling Online?
There are a number of options available that enable your business to sell online but we recommend to most customers that they use a fully hosted eCommerce Solution. A hosted eCommerce Solution sometimes called a “Cloud” or “Software as a Service – SaaS” means that everything that you need is provided in one package. It includes the use of software and hosting with service and support provided. Importantly hosted solutions come with updates, upgrades, and maintenance as part of the deal and they are the service providers responsibility. eCorner is an Australian based hosted eCommerce service provider but there are other companies providing similar services around the world. The hosted solution typically is based on a monthly fee that covers the use of the solution. The fee will generally vary based on the size of the online store and the features that are available.
Online Selling Platforms and Applications
There are other options like open source software and shared hosting but you will need web technical skills to go that way or you will need to find a web developer/designer to do the job for you. To go in this direction you need to either choose the software that you want and then find a suitable hosting company or find a developer/designer who may make the choice for you. Once your website is completed you or your developer will be responsible for all the updates and security maintenance that is required to get the site working and safe. Make sure the developer that you select will be around after the website is finished to help maintain it.
Purchasing and Selling Online
The act of purchasing products or services over the Internet. Online shopping has grown in popularity over the years, mainly because people find it convenient and easy to bargain shop from the comfort of their home or office. One of the most enticing factors about online shopping, particularly during a holiday season, is it alleviates the need to wait in long lines or search from store to store for a particular item. Building an online store is a fantastic way to make a bit of extra money. But it’s difficult to know where to start.
The good news is you don’t need lots of money, time or technical knowledge to build an online store. What you do need to know is what tools to use and how to use them. Learning how to create an online store from scratch can be daunting (we know from experience). We wanted to build an online store for our business so that it would provide us with a full-time income. But when it came down to it, we had no clue where to start!
In this guide, I’m going to show you the best way to create an online store. Whether you want to build a store for your business or sell online for a bit of extra income, you’re in the right place. These store builders are used by some of the biggest brands in the world. We’re assuming that you’ve worked out the essentials of your business. You know your store’s name. You know what you’re going to sell. These details matter, but don’t get too hung up on them right now, because they could all change as your business grows.
I can’t emphasize this enough:
The most important thing is to launch your store and get online. With any of our e-commerce platforms, you’ll be able to make changes when you need to. Seeing as you’re investing your money, you probably want to know you’re getting it right?
That’s only natural.
These e-commerce platforms cost as little as $17/month to use. If your store is making sales, this will soon seem like a small price to pay. They also offer free trial periods, so you can test them before signing up (we’ve got more on this later).
Online Store Builders
They are a one-stop-shop for learning how to build an online store from scratch. Think of them like real-life builders that help you set up your brick-and-mortar store.
Shopify, Wix, and BigCommerce all let you:
- Customize templates to build an online store with your personality
- Upload products and sort them into categories
- Connect with different payment options, such as PayPal
- Manage deliveries with shipping providers
They also manage your online store’s technical needs. Gone are the days where you had to throw hard-earned dollars at a computer programmer to help you start an online store.
Online store builders will:
- Host your store: giving it a place to live on the internet
- Let you buy or connect your domain name: yourstore.com, for example (Wix eCommerce will even give you one for free for a year).
- Keep your site up and running: making sure your store doesn’t crash
- Sort out security certificates: to keep your customers’ details safe when taking payments and handling their data.
Yes, but what about Magento or WordPress?
This guide will show you how to start an online store using Shopify, Wix, and BigCommerce. Making an online store is also possible using a code editor like WordPress and a web hosting service like BlueHost. The downside is that building a store on WordPress needs technical skill. Or you’ll have to hire a developer from our company, which may get very expensive if you are not ready.
The formers are also incredibly easy to use. Our recent survey found that despite some initial doubt,83% of you would be capable of using a website builder. The difference between our recommended e-commerce platforms and complex solutions like Magento and WordPress is like the difference between flatpack and handcrafted furniture. With flatpack, you can furnish your room very quickly and without any design skill.
Useful sites to learn more about developing Shops online:
For more details, information and questions, please feel free to call us or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.