When you make the big decision that it is time to start selling your goods or services online there are a lot of things to think about and consider from the start. Let’s outline them below and guide you through each one.
One question that can determine your future success is the system you use to sell your goods online, there are a vast array of options for private customers and companies large and small, here are the different ways to sell online
For many people their first experience of buying and selling online is with an online auction service such as eBay, this offers an easy to use method of selling to a vast audience looking for things to buy, you can list your own items easy to sell either as auctions or in an eBay store that you can set up. You do need to bear in mind the cost of selling through a service like this, a handy calculator to work out your potential fees is eBay Fee Calculator.
You can sell your goods to the large retail audiences of Amazon and or personalised or handmade products then Etsy cannot be beaten. Like selling through an auction site using an online retailer also incurs fees depending on if you are a private or business seller, these fees can add up quite considerably if you sell a large volume of products. Amazons fees and services are explained in finer detail for individuals and businesses.
Facebook have their own solution for online sales with their MarketPlace this provides an easy way for users to sell to other Facebook users. It is a superb way for individuals selling items like us old folks used to in the good old days through the local newspapers classified ads. How long ago does that seem – meh!
Online Shopping Site Builders
You can also use a service such as Shopify or Wix to build an eCommerce site for you using a template system that lets you use predefined pages and layouts to sell your products, these are a good starting point for small retailers looking to start in eCommerce for themselves. Making life a little easier, is always good – right? Well not always, using services like these restricts you to how their designs can be used and the facilities they provide, unlike with using your own website and eCommerce system that you have complete control over. You can learn more about the fees for Shopify and Wix by having a nosey at their sites.
Your own website
As a web development agency with many years experience in eCommerce, we absolutely believe this is by far the BEST way to advertise yourself and sell your goods or services to a potentially global audience and most importantly with your own eCommerce site you are in total control of how your products are displayed and how they are sold.
When we build an eCommerce site it is completely bespoke and tailored to how your business operates and is created to work with any type of product or service that you wish to sell to customers whether they are private individuals or Business Clients (B2B).
As part of our service, we can also create your eCommerce site so that you can also use it to sell through Amazon, eBay or Etsy at the same time without having to control those outlets separately which can be a bit of a nuisance, so we make it easier by showing any sale made on your site or the other outlets is reflected in stock availability on the others almost instantly.
We provide full stock control for products that you wish to sell and even for providing for selling items that rely on multiple parts to be available, for instance, a black T-shirt and a Transfer needed for the final printed T-shirt design being sold. The products you can sell are not limited in any way, as long as they are legal of course, and the listings on your store can have multiple variations and options for the potential buyers.
When you add a new product to sell on your site, that product would also instantly be available to customers on Amazon and eBay if you wish to sell on those outlets, so your products have the highest exposure possible to potential buyers, making it so much easier for you guys. That is what we want to do for you, your business is extremely important and we make sure that we cover every angle to help you run your business with ease.
We really hope you enjoy your journey into eCommerce and if you decide to work with us then that would be fabulous as well, the choice is an important one and all the routes to eCommerce have their advantages. We would just like you to make the choice that is right for you and your business. As you the customer are our priority.