Thursday, February 09, 2006
A Home for Your Business: Thinking of E-commerce Solutions as Virtual Real Estate
Choosing an e-commerce solution for an online business is very much the same as checking out real estate for a shop. Choosing an e-commerce host depends heavily on the needs of the business owner – how much space will she need? How many items does she intend to sell? What advantages does hosting a shop through one company have that another may not? In thinking about choosing an e-commerce solution, it may be helpful to think about it as though you are choosing real estate. It is certainly as serious of a decision, since the host is the environment in which your shop is built. If it is difficult to get to, provides bad customer service, or does not have enough room for all of your stuff, you simply cannot do business there.
The first step to choosing an e-commerce solution is to understand what is important. Generally, a site that offers a full wizard-driven setup will take you from start to finish in building your shop front, so that everything is included like shipping and payment options, as well as a listing of all of your items.
There should also be a wide range of template choices. Would you settle for real estate that is “good enough”? Go with an e-commerce solution that works with what you have in mind, and what will work best with your products.
A choice e-commerce solution should also offer additional marketing. No shop ever made money without publicity, and online shops are no different. Choose a site that offers as much additional marketing as possible.
Choose to go with a choice that has more space than you initially need so that your business has room to grow and starts off with all the features necessary to making your business a success.
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