28 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are selling online. Estimates predict that by 2018, approximately 15 percent of all U.S. retail sales will happen online.
In our last blog, we talk about why you should sell your products online and the importance of doing it. Estimates predict that by 2018, approximately 15 percent of all U.S. retail sales will happen online and 80 percent of people who use the Internet buy online. 28 percent of small businesses in the U.S. are selling online. And the best part of all these numbers is that they keep increasing each year.
If you aren’t selling your products or services online, you are missing a big chance to increase your revenue. In this blog, we want to give you an idea of all the things you need to start selling your products online. We have prepared the following list for you with the most important things you need to start selling your products online.
A strong, memorable domain name for your eCommerce store is essential. Buying a domain name will allow your visitors to find your site more easily. A domain name is the first thing you will need to start your e-commerce website.
Professional eCommerce Website
There are many online solutions that are available based on your business’ needs, like Woocommerce, Bigcommerce, Shopify, Volusion, Magento, etc. It is important that you talk to an expert before committing to any of these companies. Each of them has different prices and some of them have monthly fees.
Set-up Your Store
Upload high-resolution pictures, write descriptions, add specifications to each product like measurements, weight, color, etc. Your customer isn’t in a physical store to look, touch or try on your product. So, you need to replicate that experience as much as possible.
Get A SSL Certificate
Purchasing an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) assure your customers that their data will be safe by encrypting the parts of your website that collect personal information and credit card information.
Set Up A Shipping Method
Depending on the type of business, you will need to deliver your products to your customers. You can accomplish this by having a UPS account, FedEx account, or USPS account.
These are only the most important things that you need to start selling your products online. It is very important that your e-commerce website looks professional. If you have an unprofessional website, customers will not trust your site and you won’t sell your products. Another important thing is that you do online marketing after your e-commerce site is up and running. Remember that having a website and not doing online marketing is like installing Christmas lights but never turn them on. You need to let people know that your business exists.
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Source: BigCommerce.com, smallbusinesstrends.com, salehoo.com