Just about everyone dreams about starting their own business someday and to be able to manage it from home it’s the icing on the cake. The main road block for many of us to achieve those dreams is the time it takes to start one. And let’s be honest, we want a business that will take the least amount of money to start and has a quick turn around to see money coming in.
Starting a home-based business doesn’t have to be a long, dragged out process. There are plenty of home-based business that doesn’t take long to get up and running.
While I was undecided on what I wanted to do, I looked at every opportunity there was. I read about starting an eCommerce website and how it didn’t take long to get one up and running. In fact there is a three-step process to starting one. I came to realize it wasn’t for me at the time but in case this is something you’ve thought about, this post my be helpful to you.
Being an actor is just like being any other sort of self-employed person – wer’re all just happy to have a job in the first place, but we also thrive off the uncertainty of it.” ~ Martin Freeman
The Three-Step Process To An eCommerce Website
You know it all starts with this…Make a plan. Decide on a start-up budget and what you want to sell and how. There are several optons. You can sell your own products, become an affiliate marketer or drop ship merchandiser from a wholesaler. In this post, I’ll be sharing tips for starting an eCommerce website selling products through a merchant.
It’s very important to do your research to check out which brands and products are hot items. Take a look at other eCommerce sites to get a feel for what’s selling.
Don’t rush through this thought process, take all the time you need. You want to make sure you’re passionate about your business and the products you’re selling in the long run.
To help determine your start-up costs, you can use this Business Startup Cost Calculator to give you an idea of how much you should have in your start-up budget.
Once you’ve decided what products you want to sell, it’s time to select a merchant and create an account with them.
When searching for a merchant check the Better Business Bureau and see how they stand as a company. The check their website and look for things like:
- Support features to assist you with any issues through the order process or with their product.
- Guarantee on their products
- Any fees they may charge upfront. If they do, make sure they are comparable or competitive to other merchant fees.
Set up a shopper-friendly website. Select a hosting provider and register a catchy domain name that people will remember. Choose a user-friendly CMS like WordPress or Shopify then select your theme.
Currently, Shopify is offering a 14-day trial and plans start as little as $9 a month plus you can use your own domain name.
Make sure your website includes beautiful images of your products, an SEO’d (search engine optimized) product description, a user-friendly shopping cart and trustworthy, convenient payment system.
Once your website is ready to go the next step is to get it out there and make a splash in the world wide web. I’ll go over some low cost marketing tips with you in a follow-up post as well as some tips to keep your eCommerce website running like a well-oiled machine.
Over To You
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