You are beautiful. Not flawless. But beautiful and that’s because you’ve allowed mom’s around the world to do the most fulfilling thing of all (raising children) while they still earn big bucks selling stuff online. It’s magic, truly, and we wanted you to know it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Loads of love,
This Chattanooga Mommy Saves
Just so you know, we meant everything we said in that letter. The internet has made earning and momming totally possible. There are free online tools, cheap web hosting options, and so much more, all of which means there is no reason whatsoever that you can’t have your own online catalogue and shopping cart symbol, and start selling whatever you want online. It doesn’t matter if you just want to see how much fun a little side-hustle can be or try and start a fully-fledged globo-business – starting an online store from scratch is simple enough.
- Get The Basics Together
The obvious things are a brand name, logo, some products or services and prices. They’re all pretty standard must-have things you need before getting started. However, that’s just a scratch on the surface. You’ll also need a domain name, someone to host it, a shopping cart script and a way for people to pay you online. That last one is mucho important so. Of course, you’re probably thinking “Paypal” and we don’t blame you. That said, we recommend you read this BlueSnap review first because it may change your mind. Anyway, these are the basics that you need to know about have.
- A Wonderful Website, Please
The next thing you need to chuck in your shopping cart is a website. This is where you’re going to be doing all your business so make sure it looks the part. Make sure your branding sells who you are, what you sell and everything about you. That means having an about us page, an FAQ section, shipping details and things like that, as well as the all-important shopping cart and product pages.
- Security Is Essential
It’s not just about making your customers feel super confident when it comes to buying from your store, it’s about protecting yourself from hackers and fraud attempts too. The easiest way to do this is to use an eCommerce solution that’s got a really sound track-record, which a quick Google search can help you with.
- Branch Out A Bit Too
Just because you’ve created your own website with selling capabilities doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to selling exclusively through these. In fact, we advise against. Ask around and you’ll find most “merchants” with their own websites also sell through Amazon, eBay, Etsy and all those others you’ve probably heard of. Yes, there are fees that will be incurred but, from a marketing point of view, it’s well worth it.
- Make It Easy
In case you’ve never been online before, the competition is fierce and people’s patience is slim. That means you’ve got to make your website flawless. We’re talking about offering your customers free returns, safe payment options, easy checkout process and that sort of stuff. It will make a huge difference to your success, trust us.