Planning to sell online? You definitely need to prepare yourself, the biggest and smallest of ventures require preparation. When you will be prepared, you are ready to face the good and the bad of online selling. It does come with strings attached and here’s everything you need to be prepared before stepping into this field:
Without money, you can’t even think of starting any business so same applies for online selling! with the limited capital, you stand at a risk of not being able to rejuvenate your business. In case you face losses, leaving apart the future prediction! And there is an upfront capital required like marketplace fee which involves commission fee, shipping fee, and collection fee. Apart from all this the place where you store your items, i.e. warehouses cost, product cost and at last but not the least legal registration. And splurging a little on a quality good will do you no harm!
LEARNING ABOUT THE E-COMMERCE STOREFRONT YOU CHOOSE:
Yes, that’s a very important step, with so many sites to choose from it is important to know, which one you will finally sell-on and understand the rules for each site. They are not same for every site, some might charge you more than others and few might have strict policies. Few might be lenient in approach now it’s up to you to decide where your target customer might be and reach out to that site. Also, some e-commerce sites are product specific and not let you sell anything and everything, hence keeping that in mind you need to take your decisions.
BUYING ALL THE SUPPLIES BEFORE YOU LIST THEM:
This is a very important thing to consider, not being able to deliver what you have committed can leave you in a bad light. Your supplies have to be ready, laying a firm foundation for your future profits is important. The kind of trust your buyers will have on you might vanish in seconds if you do not deliver what you promise Also if you do not deliver it within the given deadline can affect your feedback badly. Sometimes certain products might do better than you expected and that is something you need to study in your market. Do research and come up with an inventory which has sufficient supplies.
Not being able to fulfill your commitments can also get you delisted, so keeping that in mind be prepared with your items.
CUT THROAT COMPETITION:
Even if initially you are the only one selling the particular product and it is selling well, don’t just leave for a beauty sleep cause your nightmares might start while you are not awake. you might see few sellers sprouting from nowhere and selling the same product! Yes, it is a competitive market and in no time you might be losing the race. So keep a watchful eye and have your ideas handy! have a plan for positives and negative which might happen.
The world of online selling is extremely competitive, with much lower costs involved than that of brick and mortar shops. People rush towards online selling makes it extremely crowded. So it’s important to have an edge over others and have a plan in hand!
Although it might seem like a daunting task, but all you can do in it is, keep your business simple when you start and expand as you learn and grow. Being prepared should be your initial focus.
Posted by Lynda Boyce