What Are Your Going to Sell and How are You Going to Get Your Products?
If you’re an artist, designer, or crafter, these decisions are easy. However, if you’re not that way inclined, you’re going to need a product or products to sell. There are two options if you want to sell products made by other creators or manufacturers. You can choose to have a stock of items or startwith the help of something called dropshipping. If you choose the dropshipping route, you don’t have to keep any stock. Instead, you take orders and pass them to the manufacturer, another retailer, or a wholesaler. They then ship the goods directly to the customer.
Once you’ve decided on a product you want to sell you, then have to find a supplier. It’s also a good idea to check out trade group websites. Trade shows are another way of connecting with suppliers.
Getting Your Store Up and Running
You’ll have to devise a name for your store, but once you have decided on a name that represents you and the services you offer, you’ll be able to organize hosting and domain registration for your e-commerce store website. The best name to choose is one that tells people what you’re offering.
The next decision to make is which platform will power your store. There are two choices.
Choose a Payment Gateway
Another important decision you’ll have to make is the choice of payment gateway. Your customers are going to need a way they can easily pay for their purchases. A payment gateway is a merchant service that processes payments for online and offline retailers. When making your decision pay attention to fees that might be charged, the payment types accepted, and whether the payment systems can be integrated with your e-commerce platform.
The final consideration is to think about how you’re going to market your business. The best way to do this is to make sure your store shows up on search engine results.