What are the Steps to Starting an E-commerce Business?

An E-commerce business can be a great choice for an entrepreneur for a number of reasons. The first reason is that the choice to open an e-commerce business can help to save you money.

There is no need to open a traditional brick and mortar store because all of your products will be available online for your customers.

How to Start an Ecommerce Business

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A second advantage is that you have the ability to reach across the globe. Unlike a physical location, you are not bound to an address.

Your e-commerce store can reach anywhere the internet goes. Having such an extended reach can also help to bring in customers that are not close to you.

An e-commerce business can also help you to save time. Many times customers enter an establishment to ask if you sell a certain item.

Instead of asking you and then you are taking the time to possibly search for the product, the customer can just search your e-commerce site to reveal if the product is sold on your site. 

Understanding the advantages of an e-commerce business may cause one to want to open one immediately. If you would like to set-up your own commence business, then be sure to following the following recommendations.

It’s all in a name

Your first step in setting up your own e-commerce business is to pick out a name. This step should not be taken likely because it can make or break your business. The wrong business name can deter customers from making purchases at your site.

The right business name can catch the attention of potential customers and reel them into your site. After you have determined the perfect name it is time to protect it. Though your e-commerce business is located online it should still follow the necessary steps of any other business.

So after you have decided on a name, register it by filling out the proper paperwork. If you want your company to be a sole proprietorship then you should file the necessary documents with the county register of deeds.

If you would like to set your company up as a corporation, then you would file the Articles of Organization with the state that you are setting your business up with.

Secure your domain

Now that you have your business name and have filed the necessary documents to make sure you that you will be conducting business properly, it is time to secure your domain name.

In some cases you will be able to choose the business name that you selected as a domain name but sometimes these names are not available.

In the event that you find out that your name is not available, then select a name that gives insight of what you will be selling. For example, if you wish to sell baked goods, then you can use the domain,

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With your business name and domain name secured, it is time to open a business bank account. In order to get your bank account, you must obtain an Employer Identification Number or EIN.

This number acts like a social security number, but instead of being attached to you it will be connected to your company. Even if you do not have employees, you still need an EIN.

Secure a vendor

Vendor help to provide you with supplies to create items to sell or they provide you with the actual products to sell.

Regardless of the reason that you need a vendor it is important to secure a vendor that is reliable and cost effective. You don’t want a vendor that charges too much because that could interfere with your profits.

Order products

Now that you have secured a vendor, it is time to order products. It is important to have products on hand so that you can quickly retrieve order and send the customers their merchandise.

Build your platform

Thankfully, building your e-commerce site is not the hardest part of starting an e-commerce business. There are a number of companies that offer templates.

The only thing you need to do is tweak the website a little bit to fit your company and add your products to the site and you are not ready to launch.

Select E-Commerce Software

You’ll need a platform to support and display your e-commerce business. These solutions can range from single-use plugins (such as shopping carts, online payments, etc.) to all-in-one systems that handle it all. There’s a plethora of platforms out there, each boasting different prices and features.

It’s recommended that you thoroughly research your options. You can do this is by visiting software comparison websites, such as TEC (; solutions are pinned against each other with easy-to-understand visuals listing their features, costs, and reviews.

Before selecting the solution that’s best for you, evaluate your business and make a list of requirements. Otherwise, how are you to rightfully select a solution, if you don’t know what it is that you need?

Launch Time

You have worked hard to obtain a name, file the necessary documents, secure a vendor, and get your EIN, and order supplies or products for your vendor.

The next thing to do is publish your website and wait for the customers to come. A great way to make sure customers come to your site is you can hire a digital marketing agency to create custom promotions and a marketing plan. 

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Michael Austin

Michael Austin is a Internet Entrepreneur, Blogger, Day Dreamer, Business Guy, Fitness Freak and Digital Marketing Specialist. He also helps companies to grow their online businesses.