Starting an eCommerce business is hard work and quite a decision to make with many steps need to come together at the right time. To help, I have tried to put together a comprehensive resource list. I have several eCommerce websites and I used several platforms to build them. From custom built, Big Commerce to Shopify, I tried all of those.
I would like to share with you my experience, hopefully I will answer some of your questions and help you to start your eCommerce journey.
Posts should be in logical order , based on how I did my research, build, launch and grow a profitable eCommerce business.
Personally, if your budget is small, you are not experience in business and you want to start small- do not go for custom made website. It will cost you £900- £1500 minimum for a reasonable one and ongoing cost is massive also. Trust me, I have done it ! Also, you will have to know what exactly you want, figure out image sizes, have merchant account ( or have only Pay Pal) … do not do it ! Invest your money in to your product instead and make your life easier by using SHOPIFY!
Shopify is a platform, that has almost everything built in to it, including card accepting facilities and SEO. Why would you put more pressure on yourself, you will have enough pressure with other aspects of eCommerce.
This is my latest online shop: Avenue27.shop
SO, let`s get started.
Choosing the product.
Finding A Product To Sell
The first step to building an eCommerce business is to know what products you want to sell. This is often the most challenging part of starting a new online business. Unless you have your own bland or you are passionate about certain product, you have to find product opportunities, explore the ten best places to look for product ideas, and finally, make a decisions which one to go for.
a. Find a product on the Oberlo marketplace.
Oberlo helps you find and add products directly into your Shopify store that you can start selling right away.
It is Free of packaging ! When you sell something, just order it on Oberlo and you’ll never have to package or ship the products. Oberlo will do this for you.
Be Free of inventory
When you find products, you’ll never have to keep them in a warehouse or have them stored in your house because Oberlo will hold the products for you.
Just make sure to mention delivery time etc on product page. So, customers know what to expect.
b. Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas.
- While searching for new product ideas, make sure to look beyond the products themselves. It may sound cliche but there is heavy competition in the most common and popular product categories. Choosing a different or unique angle can be instrumental to your success. Try not to just look at products, rather look for potential in the product category. Consider new markets, new features and new ways to use the products.
- Don’t be afraid to look at smaller product categories and niches. Even though a niche is a smaller subset of a larger category with less potential customers, it makes up for that by way of less competitors and a more targeted audience. Less competition makes it easier to get to the top of Google, and is usually more cost
Make a List
As you go through this post and the list of resources, it’s best to capture all of your ideas on paper. Once you have all of your brainstormed ideas recorded, you will be
2. Evaluating Your Idea
Once you have a product idea in mind, how do you know if it’s a good idea or not? In this section, we will go through two exhaustive evaluations methods, evaluating both the product itself, as well as the market for your product choice.
Obtaining Your Product
Having found your product idea and evaluating them in the previous section, you must now figure out where and how you’re going to obtain your products. The next two posts will cover the various methods for acquiring your products, along with the pros and cons of each model.
Research & Prepare
Research Your Competition
You’ve found your product, evaluated the potential and sourced your supplier. It’s time to write your business plan, but before you get into that, you’ll need to research your competition thoroughly so you know exactly what you’re up against.
Writing Your Business Plan
With your competitive research complete, it’s now the perfect time to write your business plan. A business plan will be your road map that helps bring your ideas and thoughts together. A business plan is vital so that you can determine how to best move forward and most effectively compete.
Registering Your Business
With a business plan in hand, now is a good time to consider your options for registering your business.
Setting Up Your Business
Naming Your Business
Aside from finding an actual product to sell online, another difficult decision is determining your business name and choosing an appropriate and available domain name. These blog posts will help you tackle these important tasks.
Creating A Logo
Once you have solidified your name and registered your domain, it’s time to craft a logo. In these posts, we will show you several options for creating a great logo for your new business.
Understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
You’re almost ready to begin building your online store. However, before you jump into it, you should understand the basics of search engine optimization so that you can optimize your site for Google and other search engines.
Building Your Store
With a better understanding of search engine optimization (SEO), it’s time to build out your store. There are many critical elements. Below we have included a list of our best blog posts to help you write captivating product descriptions, shoot beautiful product photography, and a list of some of the best tools to help you optimize those photos.
Shopify Help Desk is amazing and there always someone there to take you through the whole process, which is a real bonus if you are new to it.
I am not a Shopify promoter or anything like that, I am just the one who started to using it and I find it very easy, so I decided to share it with you . I hope your find this article helpful.
In my next article I will try to give you a step- by step guide, who to build your first Shopify store, including how to choose a theme, who to sign up for Google Add, Facebook Pixels and many more important points to start your Ecommerce experience properly.
Meanwhile, if you have any question, please ask me here of directly: Here
Love, Samira xxx