Ecommerce is the fastest growing industry as well as one of the most valuable. After all, being able to shop online is incredibly easy and helpful. You can seamlessly checkout and have exactly what you need delivered to your doorstep in a matter of days.
- Buy a Domain Name. This is pretty apparent, however it is something you must have in order to build a website. This name needs to identify your brand, and can be done so very affordably (under $10 on GoDaddy).
- Locate a Web Developer. If you aren’t one yourself, this is an essential component prior to launching your site. Make sure you do your research, and hire someone who has a strong graphic design background. Get references from others of you don’t know where to begin.
- Acquire All Necessary Paperwork for a Legitimate Business. Save yourself future headaches by hiring an attorney to assist in creating your business. Make sure you register it, look into legal business issues, and acquire a vendor’s lisence.
- Choose Your ecommerce and Website Hosting Platform. Select a popular company that most developers are used to working with, such as Shopify, WooCommerce or BigCommerce. These platforms make payment processing and integrating plugins an easy task.
- Take Your Site Live. Before all of your products are listed even, your website should go public. As long as you have an ‘About Us’ section, a homepage, and a contact page you are golden. This will make you legitimate when trying to negotiate deals with vendors, reporters, and bloggers.
- Use PitchBox. PitchBox is a great way to generate high quality relationships. At only $95 for a startup, it will do the outreach work for you: prospecting, emailing, tracking, and managing workflow.
- Payment Gateway. In order to process payments, you need a way to accept credit card payments on your site. For all credit cards, recurring billing and mobile payments you can use gateways such as 2Checkout.com or authorize.net. You must know in advance that you will have to be approved for payment gateway and credit card processor, and this isn’t an easy process. Before getting approved you will have to have a secure checkout system in place, a Privacy and Return Policy, shipping and delivery methods, and a customer service phone number and email address that actually works.
- Packaging and Storage Options. Before being able to launch your business, you have to have inventory storage and shipment policies in place. Will you use UPS, FedEx, USPS, or a combination of the three? What will you ship your products in? What sizes will you need? Will promotional materials be included?