HOW DO I START AN E-COMMERCE BUSINESS?

STARTING AN E-COMMERCE BUSINESS

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HOW DO I START AN E-COMMERCE BUSINESS?

How Do I Start an Ecommerce Business? | You can start an online business. Whether you are a professional or beginner, follow these easy steps below.

1. Decide on a name for your online store and your website domain name.
2. Sign-up for a good website hosting plan.
3. Create a detailed summary outline of your eCommerce requirements.
4. Decide how you are going to ship or deliver your products to consumers.
5. Outline your product categories and product details.

CREDIT CARDS, SECURITY AND SHIPPING

When you set up your eCommerce site you will need to acquire the following.
First, acquire a Merchant Gateway account. This will allow you to accept credit cards online. Popular merchant gateways include Square, Stripe, PayPal, Authorize.net, Intuit, First Data, and many others.

Next set up an SSL Certificate. An SSL will keep your eCommerce website pages secure (HTTPS). Popular SSL providers include; Trustwave, Comodo, and VeriSign. An SSL can be acquired through your website hosting company. Finally, you need a shipping Service. If you plan on shipping products yourself you need to sign-up for a shipper account such as UPS, FedEx, or USPS.

REQUEST WEB PROPOSALS FROM MULTIPLE VENDORS

Send your eCommerce website plan to several reputable web design companies in your area. Depending on how fast and how they respond is a good indicator of the service they provide. In other words, if they are quick to respond and follow-up, you expect the same during the website production process.

ANALYZING THE COST

Approach your analysis for bids and pricing using the following methodology. First, throw out the low-ball proposals. Low-cost estimates are a good indicator the work will be less than professional. Next, ignore the high-end bids. High estimates are a good indicator they are taking advantage of you. Finally, consider proposals that are within a few hundred dollars north or south. These will be fair market prices from reputable website companies.

VIEW THE WEBSITE WORK

We suggest you check to see if the web design companies you are considering hiring have online reviews and references. Moreover, please take a look at their website portfolio. Because you want to determine if their design style fits your needs.

ABOUT VISIONEFX

We are a professional web design company based in Virginia. Most importantly, we understand that great design elevates web sites above the rest. Moreover, we work to provide you the very best in web design.

Read what our customers have to say about VISIONEFX on Google Reviews. For more information call: (757) 619-6456 or email info@visionefx.net.

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