E-commerce or third-party providers?
With everyday activity taking a toll on your business growth, your digital presence may have been left behind. It really is a pity. But it’s time to get in on the action. With more consumers shopping online, your digital presence is now a must! Trust us: adding online shopping to your brick-and-mortar business is sure to give your business a boost.
As a small business owner you have plenty of choices on how to run it. They’re all simple and hassle-free, ranging from running your own e-commerce website (probably the hardest) to selling via already established marketplaces (probably the easiest). At this point, we suggest you set up your digital presence by selling on already established marketplaces, using either e-commerce software or third-party providers.
So, let’s examine these two options…
E-commerce software makes the process of taking your business online very simple, guiding you through each and every step of the process. This includes registering a domain name and designing a website, uploading and managing inventory and connecting to a shopping cart, and providing secure payment options for shoppers. It’s all there for you!
But, before choosing the right e-commerce software, be sure to consider these points:
- Hosting, website design, SEO integration.
- Shopping carts accept a variety of payments, including credit cards and PayPal.
- Security, such as fraud.
- Monthly fee for service. Monthly costs can range from $15 to $300, depending on how large the online store is and how many of the software’s services the business owner uses
And if e-commerce software presents certain difficulties, you still have other options for selling your goods online, namely third-party providers like eBay, Amazon or Etsy. All of which are large-scale online marketplaces that provide small businesses with their own page on the site. As a result, businesses avoid having to set up an e-commerce website and the hassle of accepting payments. In a matter of a few hours, any business owner can register in the marketplace, set up a page and start selling.
However, what’s important here is the cost of these online marketplaces – starting from the fees they charge on listing items to the percentage they take for each sale. Another drawback in selling your goods through third-party providers is the difficulty innate to a huge marketplace, where visitors can see a wide variety of goods listed and not only those of a particular business.
That pretty much sums up the “methods” you can use to take your business online! Easy, right?
We now think you’re pretty much ready to make a decision. What will it be?
E-commerce software or third-party providers?
Once you make your choice and you get your business up and running in the online world, Weengs is here to assist you in your order fulfillment with its seamless integration process. From collection of your parcels to packaging and shipping to delivery, Weengs will be your reliable business partner.