What is the best way to set up ecommerce for a creative with a low volume of business?
I'm a freelance virtual assistant, just getting started. I have a client who wants to know the best way to set up her small creative business for selling. It seems like she would get better traffic selling on Instagram and Facebook using the new integrated manager. Is it even necessary to have her website set up for eCommerce? I think it will be easier for her to manage using just Instagram/Facebook. She makes handcrafted items so it will be a low volume of sales. We want a simple and cost-effective way for her to do her own selling. She will also be taking custom orders. I'm researching what the requirements are for this on Instagram but there seems to be a lot to suss out. Thanks.
There are many free platforms out there like WordPress, but for a positive bias I think go with Magento, and here's my website: Hani Beauty Tools
I am a small ecommerce website owner. I still feel proud of my website achievement. We sell chocolates online for Indian customers.
I feel we need to have a small idea and a great passion/contribution for our business to start something new and interesting. Check if your idea can be sold, consider and think like a consumer.
Request to visit our chocolate website here: http://www.chocolatemantra.com/
I have a couple of choices for your client to choose, plus it's always better to give your client choices than just one answer. I am speaking from experience on that note. Amazon is an excellent place to start by signing up for Business Prime. It's $180 for an annual subscription, and I believe $89 for the small business package, which is fantastic because she can buy her products from amazon and get a discount in many ways. You get a deal if you buy repetitively, bulk buying, and get them at business prices. "But wait, there's more," you get One FREE year of Go Daddy, which she can build her website with the eCommerce package with a free domain too. The offer value is $450, and you get so many tools, also, so that she may start her online presence. One tool I love the most is that she'll be able to sell on Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor, Twitter, and eBay all in one place, which is Go Daddy, Plus so much more I cant even say it all.
Getting Sales & Developing Brand are two different things.
For startup & Low volume sales Social Media is certainly effective way to get started. However every business starts small and eventually they want to expand & grow bigger.
Here professionally made website will give you a better outlook to business and help establish trust to potential customer. Customer feels safer to buy from business with proper establishment v/s individual selling something. It may be 1 persons company but John / Kelly doesn’t sound promising to Brand Name.
I suggest https://www.shopify.com/ as great option for small business to establish them self as brand. Also consider you want to cross-sell to existing customers. This is where its going to be really helpful.
Wish you good luck with your customer. If you need help build store at shopify connect with me, I have a software service company https://radixweb.com we can help you out.
I think it could be sales through social media. It's simple and inexpensive for a startup.
I understand that you're concerned and really want to help your client save cost since she's not making much sales from her craft.
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If your client is already taking credit card payments, Square comes with an ecommerce feature that is easy to set up, while she can also create invoices for custom orders and get paid with credit card
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