Starting a Business

dropshipping, Starting a Business

No products? No problem: Dropshipping ecommerce as a business model

One of the biggest barriers to starting an online store is the startup cost.

Like any business, ecommerce is a big investment. On the frontend, it costs money to set up your online store. But the meat and potatoes of your online store is where it can really get dicey. After all, you need a product to sell, and you need inventory of that product.

To sell a product, many online stores invest heavily in creating or stocking that product. But what if we told you there was a way to start an[...]

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4 ways to price products when building an online store

One of the most crucial elements to consider when building your online store is product's pricing.

The price of your products is one of the elements that will make or break your online venture, and mistakes in your pricing strategy can be costly.

You don’t want to price your items so high that you scare away customers, but you don’t want to go so low that your profit margin is suffering.

Here are four different pricing strategies that you can employ to build an online store.

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6 Key Mistakes to avoid when building a new online store

Building an online store can be exciting and scary all at the same time. It’s exciting because you’re getting your product out there for the world to see, but it can be scary because you may worry over whether your store will attract visitors. Implementing your store means that the planning and envisioning portion of building your business is done, and that means it’s time to see how the world will view your store. The best way to ensure a successful virtual grand opening is to avoid these[...]

Digital Payments, Starting a Business

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Payment Provider

If you want to accept credit and debit card payments for your business, you’ll need a merchant account. A merchant account is essentially a line of credit that enables the processing of transactions and the deposit of funds into your business’s bank account.

Starting a Business

5 Steps to Building a Successful Online Store

Years of eighty hour weeks, lots of sleepless nights and too many family “stay-cations” have paid off. Your retail business has developed a loyal clientele and a reputation for great service and fair dealing. Is it time for you to open an online store?

The growth in e-commerce is certain to continue. The National Retail Federation projects that within five years e-commerce will make up almost 20% of all retail sales, and many feel this estimate is too low. Competition from online sales is[...]

Starting a Business

How to Create an eCommerce Website

No matter what industry you're in, an eCommerce website is a great way to expand your business. With an eCommerce website, you'll be able to reach new customers, make more sales, and build a strong online presence. Once you've determined how you're going to manufacture or source your products, all you need is reliable technology and the desire to succeed. Here's how to get started.

Starting a Business

How to Sell Online

Whether you find yourself realizing that it's time to launch an online store or to add an ecommerce website to your current business, the goal is the same, to start selling online.

If you already have products to sell, you might be considering eBay, Amazon, Etsy, or any other online selling marketplace.

But how about starting up your own store? It's possible once you know the steps, and you'll have the benefits of keeping full control over your online brand. Plus, you won't be giving a cut[...]

Starting a Business

The advantages of selling vape online

The vape industry is booming as more and more smokers are drawn to vaping as a healthier alternative to cigarettes. It's a great time to enter the market, and vape as a product has a marketing advantage that cigarettes can't really touch: customization!

Starting a Business

How to Build an Online Store

It seems everyone is shopping online these days, and so more and more sellers are discovering the difference an online store can make. Maybe you have a product to sell, too, and you're looking for a way to make your sales online with minimum hassle and without using outside services that charge hefty fees and cut into profits. The best option for you is to open your own store. But how?

Starting a Business

3 Ways to Reduce Costs for Your Online Business

In an incredibly competitive e-commerce market, many online businesses selling online place tunnel-focus on sales revenue, while overlooking an aspect just as important: reducing costs.

Here are three easy and often over-looked routes to reduce costs for your online business.

Starting a Business

How to Create a Members Only Site

Have you ever wanted to create a site with specific areas for members only? Thanks to the features in 3dcart, you can customize your site to have a Members Only section. In the following article, we will discuss how to set the cart up in this way and why each feature or step is necessary.

Starting a Business

How to write a business plan for your online business

Your business plan is vital to your success, and for more than one reason. First, your business plan provides a strong foundation from which to move forward without losing momentum by wondering what to do next. Second, a well-written business plan is required when presenting your business to potential investors.

Don't be intimidated by the idea of writing. You can start with an informal plan and clean it up later by fitting it into a business plan template when (or if) you're looking to[...]

SEO, Content Marketing, Starting a Business

How to Craft an Awesome About Us Page

When building your eCommerce store, it can be easy to get distracted by the design, products, and prices that make up the meat of your website, and neglect to add the important content that’ll help your store stand head and shoulders above your competitors. But content is key to succeeding long-term in eCommerce’s shark-filled-waters, and there’s no page more important for establishing a compelling presence of warmth and personality than your About Us page.

Your About Us page serves a number[...]

Starting a Business

Choosing the Right Domain Name for Your Online Store

Believe it or not, this is one of the most common questions we get asked by new businesses as they start selling online, and with good reason - it is a great question.  A domain name can make or break your online business.

Choosing a good name for your homebase on the web is of utmost importance because it plays a major role in boosting your online presence, establishing excellent and appropriate branding, and enabling people to easily visit. As much as possible, it's essential that you pick[...]

Starting a Business

Six Must-Have Features for Building a Successful Online Store

Online shopping cart software is much easier to use than it was ten years ago. Customers and merchants alike know what they want out of an eCommerce store. Innovative eCommerce platforms have made it easier than ever to start a successful online business. Over the years, features have been developed to improve all aspects of both buying and selling.

The only problem is that online store owners often don’t know where to start. With so many features available which ones are the most important?[...]

eCommerce Marketing, Starting a Business

How to Set Your Online Store Apart from the Competition

 

Starting a Business

DIY Lightbox for Great Product Photos

Ever wonder how online retailers get their product images looking perfect?  You don't need to invest hundreds of dollars in a digital camera and you do not need to have any photography experience to take professional photographs of your products.

One of the biggest mistakes we see for those just starting out with an online store, is having poor product images. Amy has posted a great tutorial that takes only a few minutes, and costs less than $5.00 and will have your products looking like[...]

eCommerce Marketing, Starting a Business

6 Ideas for Building a Successful Apparel Online Store

There is new great news for online retailers! Research firm eMarketer estimates that apparel and accessories will grow by 20 percent, to $40.9 billion this year, up from $34.2 billion in the last year.

So if you're an eTailer, you're in the right industry at the right time. But of course, the growing market opportunity doesn't necessarily mean your online apparel store will automatically see more sales. But with a little hard ( and smart) work  and the right eCommerce provider, your[...]

SEO, Content Marketing, Starting a Business

How to Create a Google+ Brand Page for Your Online Store

This week Google+ finally launched their Pages feature, which allows users to create branded pages for businesses. Check out 3dcart's Google + page here!

eCommerce Marketing, Starting a Business

Anyone with a Computer Can Start an Online Store

Five Reasons Why Anyone with a Computer Can Start an Online Store

Virtualization has turned ecommerce into one of the simplest ways to become an entrepreneur. Today’s technology has made it simple for anyone to start their own online store and manage it solo on a shoestring budget—and as an ecommerce provider, we’ve seen tons of proof.

Even if you have zero entrepreneurial experience, ecommerce software puts all of the tools and resources you need to start an online store at your fingertips.[...]

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