If it’s time for you to join the thousands of people who are generating income online via their very own web stores then you have come to the right place.
It all starts with your website, and it has never been easier, or more affordable to get started !
We will assume you have a selected a product and you are ready to sell. It could be something you have purchased wholesale, developed or you are drop shipping from a supplier.
If you are just testing the waters with a new product your can start out in a marketplace like Amazon, eBay or Esty.
Marketplaces will host your product and seller profile and charge you a monthly fee to use their platform and maybe take a % commission from sales you make.
They offer a simple way to get started and have their own audience built in, but offer limited opportunity to customise the look and feel of your brand profile.
The next level of online store is a hosted website using a shopping cart technology like Shopify or Bigcommerce.
This hosted website building software allows you to use templates to customise the design and feel of your store and provide your customers a more unique and memorable shopping experience. You can also register and attach your own domain name to the store for a more professional store image.
The last option is self hosted software, these options include the popular Woocommerce shopping cart plugin for WordPress and the comprehensive Magento ecommerce suite.
With these packages you will need to arrange your own hosting for your website as well as some technical knowledge or a good developer to help you design, build and maintain the website. It does offer a greater level of control though and both WordPress and Magento are free so you will only need to cover the hosting costs to use them.