How to Start Your Online Shop as a Beginner

Wondering how to set up your online business? Even though e-commerce sites are easy to set up, there are still a lot of steps to find success.  

Set a Setup Budget

Even though some of the platforms are free, you will still have some startup costs. You may want to have a graphic designer help you create a professional logo or brand. Know how much you’re willing to spend and track your expenses.

Choose a Platform

You have many options to setup an online business. Squarespace and WordPress are just two of the options. Shopify lets you build your online store, but Etsy has a built-in platform of shoppers. You’ll pay per listing, but it can be a good way to build your business. Instagram is another platform where you can share images and descriptions of products. Get paid through Paypal. You’ll have to do some market research to figure out where you can reach potential customers the best.

Get Some Accounting Software

Track your income and expenses in an accounting program to know how you’re doing. You’ll also want to keep your personal and business accounts separate. You need to make sure you’re charging enough to make a profit. Having accounting software can help you with analysis.

Set Yourself Apart

Take steps to be more professional. Make your pictures the best they can be to convert sales. Get on social media to connect with customers. Again, you’ll probably have to do some market research to be successful with your online business. It may take time to find customers. You’ll have to spend time getting the word out about your business.

Starting a business isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. Whether you’re looking for a side hustle or a full-time endeavor, ASA Capital Funding offers financing options for small businesses. Get started with your online business by contacting us today.

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