There are many little steps involved in creating an online business and start selling online, such as getting a domain name, choosing your shipping provider, but we'll deconstruct the process of selling online into a few clear and key steps you need to follow:
1) Choose what to sell
This first step is crucial. It always helps to sell products online that you are knowledgeable and passionate about; perhaps even a product your create yourself. Give yourself the mindset that no one will sell those items better than you. Another good strategy is to identify niche markets where you can be the expert which has the best offerings for that specific consumer group. Need help finding products? View our list of dropshippers What To Sell Online
2) Pick the right domain name
Although. in theory, you can do business with any domain name, you want to pick one that includes the keywords of the products you sell online for search engine optimization (SEO) purposes. For example, a domain name like www.bakersmart.com if you happen to sell baking supplies online. Stay away from non-descriptive domain names which would also be hard to remember.
3) Build your online store
The design of your online store is critical to your success. Be sure to choose a color palette and design elements that reflect the products you sell, such as pastel colors for children products or a vibrant and edgy look for extreme sportswear products. Layout is an important element to consider as well. It's essential that your visitors find what they are looking for quickly and easily while shopping your store. With 3dcart you have over 50 design templates to choose from or you can buy an additional premium template. You can also elect to purchase a custom design package, work with one of our certified designers or even do it yourself, if you possess the skills.
4) Get payments into your bank account
If you are new to selling online or on a tight budget, PayPal and Google checkout are great options as they are easy to setup and already built-in to your 3dcart account. The only drawback to these processors is that your users will be redirected away from your store for a moment while processing their payment. After their payment is collected however, they'll be taken back to your store. On the other hand, you can opt for a payment gateway which will process and route the credit card information to your merchant account (bank). Although a bit more costly, this method keeps the shopper in your online store and is the optimum solution.
5) Select your shipping methods
Yet another thing to consider is how you will charge for shipping. For example you may want to charge a flat-rate shipping fee, or perhaps you'd like to offer real-time shipping calculation through a specific carrier. 3dcart has built-in support for the major postal carriers including FedEx, UPS, USPS, Canada Post and DHL.
6) Promote and market your online store
What good is having an online store if no one goes to it? From large to small online businesses, the key to getting your name "out there" is marketing. Fortunately, 3dcart excels at this with over 40 SEO tools, Facebook store, Twitter integration, and built-in blogging as well as a plethora of marketing tools like our coupon creator or newsletter manager to keep traffic coming to your online store.
7) Grow your business
After your business takes off and start selling online at an increased rate, you will have to process those orders and fulfill them as quickly as possible. This might not leave you enough time to provide your customers with excellent customer service. Lucky for you, 3dcart business tools will help you grow your online business while streamlining your processes. View store trends to help you plan your inventory, connect to popular accounting programs like QuickBooks and synchronize your business, send automated responses to your customers when they complete a purchase, automatically print labels and so much more! Plus, our tech support team is available to help you 24/7 if you encounter an issue.