E-Commerce is Like Any Other Business, Except …
Developing a business over the Internet requires many of the same major activities as starting any other business. You should do some basic business planning. After all, you need a product. You may need funding to get your business going. You need customers. You need to market products to your customers. You need strong customer service. You need to manage purchases by customers, finances, staff and other resources.
Not All Products Are Very Compatible to Sales Over the Internet
But there are some features unique to e-commerce. Not all products are real compatible to be sold over the Internet. For example, they may require a lot of face-to-face selling. They may cost a lot to ship (a primary practice in e-commerce is that customers buy products, and you ship the products to them). You need to make sure that, because your product may be advertised to the world, that you remain in control of your ideas, or “intellectual property”.
You Need an Online “Store”
Basically, you need an “online store” to be an “e-tailer”. (Don’t fret. You may be able to outsource, or hire, a current store to work with you.) Your store will need a “merchant” account, or the ability to process your customers’ credit card transactions over the Internet. This includes needing a “secure server”, or that your online store be on a computer system that ensures that customers’ credit card numbers cannot readily be read by people who are not supposed to read these numbers. You’ll probably need some kind of online order form that customers can complete, in order to purchase your products. You may even want your the processing of customers’ order to include processing the customers’ credit card numbers right away while they’re still online and connected to your Website.
Obviously, You Need a Website
You need to design and promote a Website or you can focus on your business and let Ohio Web Designs do it for you. You’ll need access to expertise that can regularly design and maintain this Website for you — and it will require ongoing attention. Fortunately, you have came to the right place and Ohio Web Designs is ready to help you get started.