Starting an Online
It is very easy to start and create an
online store whether it be an online boutique or some other
retail business. A store via the internet is generally called an e-commerce
online store where the "e"
stands for electronic commerce.
First, you want to figure out what
you want to sell. You can have online store to sell t-shirts
or some other online clothing store, an online store to sell
books, an online computer store, or an online store to sell just
about anything else. You can also use your online store to allow
people to pay for your services whether you are providing
computer repair services, nail art designs, legal services, or
just about any other service available.
Second, you need to figure out how
you want to sell your product. Today's market provides
you with many options to creating an online store. You can, for
example, have an eBay online store or an Amazon online store. The
problem with these options, however, is that you are always
promoting the eBay and Amazon services while you are promoting
your own. On the other hand, eBay and Amazon are spending a
tremendous amount of money on advertising and you get the
windfall because your products are also found on those websites.
Realistically, you should be using all possible methods to sell
your products - eBay, Amazon, and your own store - because the
market is very competitive and any advertising will help. When
someone purchases your goods from your Amazon store, why not send
them a shipping confirmation with a discount code they can use
when they purchase directly from your online store?
Building an online store can be easy and
affordable. You can use an online store builder such as pageBuzz.com
which provides you with a small business do it yourself website
solution. That is, you get everything you need for $19.99 a month
- the website designs, a shopping cart, a photo gallery, and more.
Third, you need to find a domain
name for your store. Your domain name and your website
hosting are two different services - you cannot have a website
without a domain name but you can have a domain name without a
website. Your domain name should be as short as possible and a .com
if at all possible. Keep your domain name short because the
longer the name, the more likely it is that someone will misspell
the name. If you did not purchase the misspelled domain name and
have it pointed to your website, then you just lost that
potential customer. You should get a dot com domain name
extension because when people think of the internet and e-commerce
stores, they think of dot com's (e.g., the dot com boom).
So, don't try to change people's minds--go with the standard. You
can read more about choosing a domain name
The domain name registration fees can range from less than $5 to $35. If you are
managing the domain name yourself, then you should be paying
about $8-10 dollars (in 2009). If you are paying less than about
$8, then the company is probably taking a loss on the domain name.
This means that you are going to receive a lot of advertisements
for unnecessary website services because the company must make up
for that loss somehow. So, be careful. Also, if you are managing
the name yourself, keep in mind that all the information you
enter is public - your name, your address, your phone number, and
your e-mail address. If you do not want this information public,
then you should purchase the privacy registration. Other than
that, you do not need any other services (no business
registration, no advertising packages, and no whatever else you're
If you are having a company manage the
domain name on your behalf, then you will likely pay a higher fee
because the company maintains your domain name and contacts you
with the renewal. It is similar to purchasing domain privacy
registration but generally cheaper. Domain privacy registration
costs about $10 (as of 2009) in addition to your domain
registration fee. If you allow pageBuzz to purchase the domain
name on your behalf when signing up for small business website
hosting, the fee is $14.95 (as of 2009).
Finally, you need to register your
business. You should register your business after you
figure out your domain name. While your business name does not
have to be the same as your domain name, it is usually easier for
people to remember your website if your business name and domain
name are the same. Also, since you are setting up an online store,
then your business name should definitely be the same as your
domain name (although you can leave off the .com in the business
registration). Click here to learn more about business registration.
This article attempted to answer
and provide information on the following the following: starting
an online store, starting an online business, starting an online
boutique, starting an online clothing store, starting an online
company, starting an online business for dummies, starting an
online business checklist, starting an internet business,
starting a business, and starting a website.
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