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The world of eCommerce selling products and services through the internet offers vast opportunity for entrepreneurs everywhere. A quick look at eCommerce statistics will show solid growth with no sign of slowing down. If you are interested in starting a business, selling online can be extremely rewarding. It can also provide a path to success without the risks involved in buying property and opening a physical store. Here are few steps that would help you sell products online.
1. Choose what products to sell: Just because you have dreams of an eCommerce business does not mean you have fully decided on what you want to sell. Maybe you have diverse interests, or maybe you are looking for an industry that offers a certain profit margin. In any case, deciding what to sell is the most crucial step in the process. The best way to make this decision is to start with something broad and then narrow it down to a niche. Choosing a smaller niche makes it easier to excel in a particular area and cuts down on competition. For example, a new kitchen supply store would start out facing steep competition from huge, established brands selling a full selection of kitchen supplies, and the business owner would need expertise on a massive variety of products in order to make the new brand stand out as an authority. "Niching down" to a single type of product, like coffee makers, would allow time, energy, and money to be invested into a much narrower field, which produces stronger results. It is far easier to position your brand as the world's expert on coffee makers than on kitchen products in general. While choosing your niche, think about the types of products that interest you. Starting your business and building your brand will be much easier and more rewarding if you choose an industry, you are passionate about. Also consider your possible suppliers for these items. Are you going to make a product yourself, or will you buy inventory from a wholesaler? Are you going to start out by drop shipping? These are important questions for creating a viable business plan.
2. Pick the right domain name: Your domain name or URL is the web address a customer would type into their browser to find your website. It is a good idea to name your business and pick your domain name at the same time. That way, you will be able to choose a domain that reflects your business while avoiding problems like choosing a business name that does not work as a domain name or is already taken. It is especially important to choose the right domain name. Domain names should be short, memorable, and clear. If your business name does not already include keywords related to the products you sell, you should add your most important keyword to your domain name for SEO purposes. Your domain name should also be easy to say out loud. When talking about your business, you do not want to have to go into detail to explain how your domain name is spelled. Stay away from words that sound too like other words, digits mixed with spelled-out numbers, and anything else that sounds awkward or ambiguous out loud — including hyphens. People today are used to domain names being written as "all one word," so hyphens hurt clarity more than they help. One last pitfall to avoid is the accidental creation of other brand names or words when you combine words to make your domain name. For instance, bobscameras.com has the word "scam" right in the middle, even though it would be intended to say, "Bob's Cameras." Choose your business name and domain name carefully to avoid this.
3. Build your online store: Many new business owners are afraid to start making a website because they worry about their own lack of technical knowledge, but today you can create a beautiful, effective online store without writing a single line of code. The key is to find an eCommerce solution that has all the tools you need to build your online store, add products, create a checkout, and other essentials.
It is important to choose the right platform so you will not end up paying extra for necessary features and so your business can grow without being constrained by software limitations.
4. Get payments into your bank account: There are a few ways you can start accepting online payments, and some are faster and easier than others. You could go the traditional route and open a merchant account, or you could skip that step and use a payment processor that does not have those requirements, like PayPal, Square, or Stripe. These are all great options as they are easy to set up and already built into most eCommerce software. Credit cards are the most popular method for paying online, but alternate payment providers are worth including as well. Digital wallet solutions like Apple Pay, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, Visa Checkout, and Master pass provide a fast alternative for customers who do not want to enter their credit card number while they shop. These services provide a method for saving payment information to be used on multiple websites. Other alternate payment types include cryptocurrency, customer financing, and more. If you already have a brick-and-mortar store, your current POS processor should be able to offer an extension of their service so you can use the same provider to take payment on your website. Conversely, if you are starting with a website and may open a brick-and-mortar location in the future, your eCommerce software should include a POS system or compatibility with popular solutions like Square POS. This will allow you to keep online sales and in-person sales synchronized to ensure a consistent inventory count.
5. Select your shipping methods: Shipping is at the core of eCommerce, since your customers are ordering online, and you'll need a way to get your products to them — unless you're selling digital downloads like eBooks or music files. If you are selling physical products, you will have to decide which shipping carrier(s) you will want to use and determine the appropriate rates to charge the customer. It is crucial that you understand eCommerce shipping so you can make the right decisions. While free shipping is incredibly popular for online stores, you will need to absorb the cost, so it's recommended to start out using real-time rates as provided by your shipping carrier. Real-time rates are calculated automatically while the customer puts together their order, ensuring you do not overcharge the customer or lose money by not charging enough. To get these real-time rates on your website, you need to use an eCommerce solution that offers a full set of shipping tools for selling online, including integrations with your preferred carrier to pull the rates to your online store while still giving you the freedom to choose the exact shipping methods you want to offer. Depending on your country, you can use carriers like USPS, FedEx, UPS, Canada Post, Royal Mail, AU Post, or others.
6. Promote and market your online store: You should start marketing your online store right away to ensure a steady flow of customers. The best form of marketing is a multifaceted approach that includes social media, email newsletters, search engine optimization, and paid advertising. You can also run regular promotions and coupons, like product discounts, and even Daily Deals or Group Deals if your eCommerce software supports them. Social media like Facebook is a great way to get your name out there and interact with customers. You should create a Facebook Business Page and load it up with images and company information — with a link back to your website, of course. Instagram and Pinterest are also popular means of engagement, and for an additional bonus, you can sell products from all these platforms. More details about selling on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest are included later in this guide. Email newsletters should be sent on a regular basis to inform your customers about upcoming sales, new products, and other news. Your newsletters should be interesting and fun to read, rather than just blatant advertising, and you should not send them out too often. You do not want to spam your customers, after all, so once a month is sufficient for almost every brand. You can also send out an extra newsletter on rare, important occasions like a highly anticipated product release. Search engine optimization helps new customers discover your website through searches on Google, Bing, and other search engines. You can boost your SEO through providing high-quality content on your website that covers the appropriate keywords for your products, both in your webpage content and in blog articles. The technical aspect of SEO such as correct URL structure, page speed, metadata, XML sitemaps, and more is a little harder to manage properly unless your eCommerce software follows SEO best practices. 3dcart stands out as the best eCommerce platform for SEO, as it includes a full suite of tools, features, and customizations to ensure every page of your website meets the highest standards.
7. Grow your business: Once your business takes off and you have orders rolling in, you will need to process and fulfil these orders as quickly as possible. This can start to become a challenge as your customer base grows, and you will need to balance the time you spend on different business tasks with the ability to provide excellent customer service. This is where new businesses often begin to struggle if they are not prepared, so it is important to have the tools you need to grow and sustain your business.
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