Monday, May 13, 2013

Have You Ever Thought Of Running Your Own Online Store?

Have Ever Thought Of Running Your Own Online Ecommerce Store? 

That's what is.  It is an online ecommerce store.

Ecommerce is a great way to build a website where people pay to buy products from you.  Amazon is probably the biggest example of this.  But, did you know there are probably 10s of thousands if not more ecommerce sites on the Internet?

You can sell almost anything with an ecommerce store from digital to physical products (I recommend physical products over digital - ask me why in the comment area below).  

You can sell things you create yourself or you can do what regular stores do.  They buy products wholesale and sell retail.

The best part is that you can work from home.  You can build your store,  talk to your customers, sell your products all while working at home.   This really reduces your costs and overhead and gives you a better chance to succeed.   

I have my entire business on my laptop so I can go mobile whenever I want.  If I get tired of working at home then I just head on over to a local coffee shop with my laptop.   I can do nearly everything through my laptop including talking to customers.   This means that buying a coffee latte or cappuccino doubles as my 'office rent'.   It's convenient.  

You can take credit card payments (merchant account needed), paypal payments, google shopping payments and / or a wide variety of other methods that people use to pay for goods.   I do not recommend accepting online checks though.  That can be a big headache.   

The nice thing about ecommerce stores is they don't cost a lot to startup and run.   You don't have to pay huge rental bills like you would have in order to run a store from a building.   That makes your risk smaller - especially at the beginning when you might not be 100% sure that it will work for you. is an example of an ecommerce store.  In fact, this blog is part of that store.

I don't intend for this to sound easy though.  It is not.  You have to work at it, just like you would work at building any business.  

If you are interested in running an ecommere store, you can learn more about it here.  

If you have questions or comments, use the comment section below to talk about it.

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  1. Do you use David?

    1. Hi Lisa, No, I do not use Shopify.

      I do know that I cannot recommend the platform I am using however.

      It's important for people to start in the right place, it is extremely difficult to move an ecommerce store to a different platform and it is possible to lose organic traffic as a result.

      I'm sure that shopify isn't perfect either. No ecommerce solution is perfect. but, I have had enough problems with the one I am using to know I cannot recommend them to others.

  2. maybe we should start a discussion about which is the best ecommerce platform? Anyone want to chime in?