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Starting Your Own E-Commerce Business: A Mini Guide

March 5, 2019 No Comments

Featured article by Calvin Paige, Independent Technology Author

Starting a business is easier than ever thanks to ecommerce. You now do not have to rent out a retail space and pay what can amount to tens of thousands of dollars in rent every month. You can instead pay off your operating costs and take the rest home as profit. You could operate entirely from your house, too, and still make a killing. Of course, there is one hiccup to this genius business plan. That hiccup is the fact that attracting attention online and building up a customer base can be incredibly difficult, especially if you aren’t selling products but services.

So, how you can you successfully start your own e-commerce business? You will want to start by following this mini guide.

Conduct Market Research

To be a success as a business, you need to know what you are working with. This means that you need to go into research with a general idea of what you want your company to be and what business model you want to use, and then understand whether the environment is well suited to your idea. If it isn’t, you will need to tweak it as you go.

1. Demographic Research

Demographic or market research is essential to understanding who will be buying from you and how you can best endear your company or brand to them. You can find out who your demographic is by reading industry reports.

2. Competition Research

If you pull up in your market with the same products or business model as a big competitor, you will probably fail. Why would customers want to try you, the small newcomer, when you are exactly like a more well established brand? By researching your competition, you can come up with a unique selling point for your company.

3. Digital Marketing Research

Finally, you will want to brush up on digital marketing trends and tactics, with particular emphasis on SEO. If your SEO knowledge is outdated, for example, you could end up becoming penalized and your site hidden from Google.

Use this information to create a business plan that will help direct your launch efforts.

Create Your Brand

You will next want to create your brand and branding, from your company’s name to your website, to logo, to even color scheme. All of this is important because if you do not nail that initial introduction with a potential customer or client, you will fail. Hire a graphic designer if you need to, but don’t skimp out on your marketing and branding materials.

Create a Routine For Yourself

When your goal is to own and operate an e-commerce business, you have to put your heart and soul into it. It means you need to dedicate as much of your time as possible. At the start, you might be able to get away with working from a café after your day job is over, but as you become a bigger success, you will want to switch your business aspirations to full time. As you expand, you should look into renting out a coworking space on which offers you a professional office environment at a very affordable monthly rate.

Market Yourself

Regardless of what stage you are in your company, you will want to dedicate a portion of every day to marketing yourself. It could be by using traditional advertising channels or by creating a great blog people want to visit again and again. It takes time to build up a community and trust online, so work hard at it.





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