How to start a eCommerce Business

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The Definition of E-commerce business: Electronic commerce or e-commerce is also a term for any variety of business, or industrial human action, that involves the transfer of data across information superhighway.

If you're thinking about starting an eCommerce business and selling 1.products online, use this checklist to do it the right way.
2.Start With Your Business Name. ...
3.Secure Your Domain Name and Website. ...
4.Select The Best Business Structure and Register Your Business. ...
5.Get Your Employer Identification Number.
6.Apply for Business Licenses and Permits.
7.Find the Right Vendors.
8.Start Marketing Early.
9.Get More Productive with the Right Software.
10.Stock Your Inventory.
11.Make Sure Your Business Stays Compliant.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaymehelp
    some very basic stuff here but thanks for the share .
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  • Profile picture of the author Kladproraba
    And if you work on dropshipping, then register your business doesn't need, what do you say to that? Lot of time need in order to start dropshipping business and to pay taxes, and for what?
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Kladproraba View Post

      And if you work on dropshipping, then register your business doesn't need, what do you say to that? Lot of time need in order to start dropshipping business and to pay taxes, and for what?
      Of course you need to register your business and pay taxes if you are dropshipping! The only difference between dropshipping and the stock & ship method is who is doing the shipping. You are responsible for everything else just like any other business.
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      • Profile picture of the author Splatterfox
        Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

        Of course you need to register your business and pay taxes if you are dropshipping! The only difference between dropshipping and the stock & ship method is who is doing the shipping. You are responsible for everything else just like any other business.
        Exactly, its crazy how many people miss on this point and end up having a huge mess.
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  • And don't forget to create your ecommerce site I would add.


    I think WordPress + Woocommerce are great for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryfasocial
    At First search your market in which you want to start your business. then start ...if you want online , make a website on your service or product .
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  • Profile picture of the author shubo
    Choosing a Product

    Finding A Product To Sell

    The first step to building an ecommerce business is to know what products you want to sell. This is often the most challenging part of starting a new online business. In this section, we will highlight the strategies you can use to find product opportunities, explore the ten best places to look for product ideas, and finally, we will reveal ten trending products that we came up.

    How To Find A Product To Sell Online:
    The Definitive Guide
    8 Strategies for Finding Your First Product
    10 Places To Look For Products To Sell Online
    10 Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now
    Evaluating Your Idea

    Once you have a product idea in mind, how do you know if it's a good idea or not? In this section, we will go through two exhaustive evaluations methods, evaluating both the product itself, as well as the market for your product choice.

    How To Evaluate Market Demand For Your New Product Idea
    How To Evaluate Product Viability
    5 Strategies To Evaluate Your Product Idea
    Obtaining Your Product

    Having found your product idea and evaluating them in the previous section, you must now figure out where and how you're going to obtain your products. The next two posts will cover the various methods for acquiring your products, along with the pros and cons of each model.

    Make, Manufacture, Wholesale or Dropship: The Pros and Cons of Each Model
    How To Find a Manufacturer or Supplier for Your Product Idea
    Alibaba 101: How to Safely Source Products from the World's Biggest Supplier Directory
    Research & Prepare

    Research Your Competition

    You've found your product, evaluated the potential and sourced your supplier. It's time to write your business plan, but before you get into that, you'll need to research your competition thoroughly so you know exactly what you're up against.

    Tools To Research Your Competition
    Writing Your Business Plan

    With your competitive research complete, it's now the perfect time to write your business plan. A business plan will be your road map that helps bring your ideas and thoughts together. A business plan is vital so that you can determine how to best move forward and most effectively compete.

    Why Your Ecommerce Store Needs a Business Plan (and How to Write One)
    The Ultimate Guide To Business Plans
    Registering Your Business

    With a business plan in hand, now is a good time to consider your options for registering your business.

    The Benefits & Costs of Incorporating Your Business
    Setting Up Your Business

    Naming Your Business

    Aside from finding an actual product to sell online, another difficult decision is determining your business name and choosing an appropriate and available domain name. These blog posts will help you tackle these important tasks.

    What You Need to Know About Ecommerce Trademarks
    What Should I Name My Online Store?
    5 Rules For Choosing A Memorable Domain Name
    Creating A Logo

    Once you have solidified your name and registered your domain, it's time to craft a logo. In these posts, we will show you several options for creating a great logo for your new business.

    5 Logo Design Tips for Ecommerce Websites
    5 Easy to Use Online Logo Makers to Design Your Brand
    Understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

    You're almost ready to begin building your online store. However, before you jump into it, you should understand the basics of search engine optimization so that you can optimize your site for Google and other search engines.

    The Beginner's Guide To Keyword Research For Ecommerce
    Ecommerce SEO Video Series
    Building Your Store

    With a better understanding of search engine optimization (SEO), it's time to build out your store. There are many critical elements. Below we have included a list of our best blog posts to help you write captivating product descriptions, shoot beautiful product photography, and a list of some of the best tools to help you optimize those photos.

    Write Product Descriptions that Sell
    The Ultimate DIY Guide to Beautiful Product Photography
    18 Free and Paid Online Photo Editor Tools for Gorgeous DIY Product Photography
    40 Tools and Resources For Creating Beautiful DIY Product Photography
    10 Must Know Image Optimization Tips
    Don't forget, if you run into any problems getting your store set up, you can always hire help from Shopify Experts.
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    • Originally Posted by shubo View Post

      How To Find A Product To Sell Online:
      The Definitive Guide
      8 Strategies for Finding Your First Product
      10 Places To Look For Products To Sell Online
      10 Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now
      Evaluating Your Idea.
      It looks like the links are missing in your article. Or is it just me?
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    • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
      Originally Posted by shubo View Post

      Choosing a Product

      Finding A Product To Sell

      The first step to building an ecommerce business is to know what products you want to sell. This is often the most challenging part of starting a new online business. In this section, we will highlight the strategies you can use to find product opportunities, explore the ten best places to look for product ideas, and finally, we will reveal ten trending products that we came up.

      How To Find A Product To Sell Online:
      The Definitive Guide
      8 Strategies for Finding Your First Product
      10 Places To Look For Products To Sell Online
      10 Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now
      Evaluating Your Idea

      Once you have a product idea in mind, how do you know if it's a good idea or not? In this section, we will go through two exhaustive evaluations methods, evaluating both the product itself, as well as the market for your product choice.

      How To Evaluate Market Demand For Your New Product Idea
      How To Evaluate Product Viability
      5 Strategies To Evaluate Your Product Idea
      Obtaining Your Product

      Having found your product idea and evaluating them in the previous section, you must now figure out where and how you're going to obtain your products. The next two posts will cover the various methods for acquiring your products, along with the pros and cons of each model.

      Make, Manufacture, Wholesale or Dropship: The Pros and Cons of Each Model
      How To Find a Manufacturer or Supplier for Your Product Idea
      Alibaba 101: How to Safely Source Products from the World's Biggest Supplier Directory
      Research & Prepare

      Research Your Competition

      You've found your product, evaluated the potential and sourced your supplier. It's time to write your business plan, but before you get into that, you'll need to research your competition thoroughly so you know exactly what you're up against.

      Tools To Research Your Competition
      Writing Your Business Plan

      With your competitive research complete, it's now the perfect time to write your business plan. A business plan will be your road map that helps bring your ideas and thoughts together. A business plan is vital so that you can determine how to best move forward and most effectively compete.

      Why Your Ecommerce Store Needs a Business Plan (and How to Write One)
      The Ultimate Guide To Business Plans
      Registering Your Business

      With a business plan in hand, now is a good time to consider your options for registering your business.

      The Benefits & Costs of Incorporating Your Business
      Setting Up Your Business

      Naming Your Business

      Aside from finding an actual product to sell online, another difficult decision is determining your business name and choosing an appropriate and available domain name. These blog posts will help you tackle these important tasks.

      What You Need to Know About Ecommerce Trademarks
      What Should I Name My Online Store?
      5 Rules For Choosing A Memorable Domain Name
      Creating A Logo

      Once you have solidified your name and registered your domain, it's time to craft a logo. In these posts, we will show you several options for creating a great logo for your new business.

      5 Logo Design Tips for Ecommerce Websites
      5 Easy to Use Online Logo Makers to Design Your Brand
      Understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

      You're almost ready to begin building your online store. However, before you jump into it, you should understand the basics of search engine optimization so that you can optimize your site for Google and other search engines.

      The Beginner's Guide To Keyword Research For Ecommerce
      Ecommerce SEO Video Series
      Building Your Store

      With a better understanding of search engine optimization (SEO), it's time to build out your store. There are many critical elements. Below we have included a list of our best blog posts to help you write captivating product descriptions, shoot beautiful product photography, and a list of some of the best tools to help you optimize those photos.

      Write Product Descriptions that Sell
      The Ultimate DIY Guide to Beautiful Product Photography
      18 Free and Paid Online Photo Editor Tools for Gorgeous DIY Product Photography
      40 Tools and Resources For Creating Beautiful DIY Product Photography
      10 Must Know Image Optimization Tips
      Don't forget, if you run into any problems getting your store set up, you can always hire help from Shopify Experts.
      How do you find legitimate wholesale sources of quality products besides Alibaba once you have a Business Name and Tax ID # established?
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  • Profile picture of the author Oscar D
    Once the website is set up I would definitely recommend promoting your products on Pinterest.com

    Create an account and include a link to your ecommerce shop and then begin to Pin your specific products using keywords and categories, this will help in gaining exposure to your specific target market.

    Potential customers will view your images and pin them as well as visit your related links to your ecommerce site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aditya Bajaj
    If your serious about eCommerse you need to build a good websites - on the web what you pay for is what you get and after 10 years in the business all I figured out that the success of your web business comes down to the way you code it. Now that we realized the importance of SEO and its connection with the technology used the team at mindmyweb is working on creating a better product that is cheap and can give you everything you need to be successful right out of the box.

    using wordpress for eCom is something I would stay clear from.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mooredesigns
    A good business also needs proper t-shirts because they can drive customers to the physical location.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelandy
    Nowadays, various business opportunities are available but it's very hard to find out the right one. This post really helpful while dealing with eCommerce Business. This post describes all the sequences while choosing eCommerce Business opportunity.
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  • Thank you for the share. Maybe include technology integrations or web service platforms next time.
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  • Profile picture of the author larrypratt
    Originally Posted by alexis jordan View Post

    9.Get More Productive with the Right Software.
    10.Stock Your Inventory.
    yup, i'd say software selection is key these days. many options to choose, many ecommerce platforms (shopify, etsy, magento, woocommerce...), many apps and add-ons, various back-end/ERP solutions for inventory management and so on. Take Odoo or EasyERP for example.
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  • Profile picture of the author JuliusH1986
    All these 'hot tips' are great, but if you want to make fast money the true answer is (as always): Hard and Smart Work.

    In saying all of that, here are my top 6 tips:

    1. Sell something you have at least a slight interest in. (Something Legal)It's this interest or passion that will ultimately push you through the days of low sales or technical issues.

    2. There are a billion hacks you can use to make your listings rank higher, store look prettier, drop shipping run smoother - research and utilize as many as you can, they WILL save you thousands of dollars and a lot of time.

    3. Systematize as much as you can - the reason why Online selling sometimes fails, is because the sellers gets over it because they have to manage too many processes and it doesn't work out to be a very good $ per minute of work rate. Systematize and Outsource as fast as you can.

    4. The way to make BIG money is to constantly sell what people (the masses) are searching for. Don't spend hours of time researching products, just start stocking what ever the newest craze is. Use Trendosaur or Terrapeak to see what the next top selling product will be and stock up on it. Trendosaur showed us the selfie sticks about 2 months before the craze blew up here in the US and we ended up making $65,000 Revenue in one month.

    5. If you haven't worked it out already, you will need SOME money to start an online store, ie, money to access a computer, purchase food to eat to stay alive to use the computer etc.

    6. Money doesn't make you happy. Meaningful interpersonal relationships do. (Nothing to do with starting a business I know, but I just wanted to throw it in there)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Blake
    If you are just starting, product research and creating sales should be the first step.
    The rest will fall into place once you have a successful product.
    Otherwise you will just be busy doing things that have no impact on making you money.
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