Your first (free) online store: best practices for beginners.
With the maturation of the computer age, we’ve seen a massive shift in consumer spending habits and the retail industry. Every year, more and more dollars are spent online compared to in brick-and-mortar businesses. The result is that, whether you’re used to selling products in person or online, a functional eCommerce solution is a necessity, not at option.
But despite the ubiquitous promises of ease and simplicity made by eCommerce platforms and site-builders, actually getting your store up and running is no small task. According to a recent article from web development agency NewFangled, the average build time for a functional eCommerce website can run anywhere from 4 months to a full year. And that’s coming from the pros!
So what’s a poor boy to do? If you’re new to eCommerce, or trying to bring your physical business online, you may not have the money to hire a professional design agency; or the time to wait a year. Luckily, there are a growing number of drag-and-drop solutions that let you create a handsome, functional, and productive online store all by yourself. But now that you have the power to create your own store, what factors do you need to consider before you take the plunge?