This is a short article because the time and space constraint prevents me from writing a 10 page article. I recently built an e-commerce site called Cynscorion Products that sells knives. I originally set out in July 2004 to build an ecommerce site to generate additional revenue and challenge myself.
Along the way I learned a few things about myseldf and web site design. A fourth month and about $ 1,900 later I have an ecommerce site that I could make in about 45 days and for one third of the cost. Yes, there were expensive lessons I learned the hard way.
So, to help others who may be considering an ecommerce site, I would like to offer some tips.
1. Read e-commerce books from both bookstores and online books. There are also plenty of free resources on the Internet that you should take advantage of. Don’t just jump with both feet like I do.
2. Start thinking about what you want to sell. If you make your own product, go to step 3. If you do not make the product you plan to sell, you first need to consider what you want to sell. If you don’t have preferences or have a hobby that you can turn into product market analysis, your next step is.
3. You need to determine if there is a market for your product. If there is no need for your warm and fuzzy sewing bra in hand, trying to sell it is a failure waiting to happen. Most people fail in the first place for e-commerce because they sell what they like, not what others are willing to buy.
4. Start looking for a product supplier of what ever you plan to sell. The store is not good with selling goods.
5. Browse web hosting companies and shopping carts for pricing and options. Find a good shioping stroller that offers flexibility. Even if you don’t plan to use all the features right away, you might want them in a year. Don’t accept yourself.
6. Think carefully about your merchant account or payment provider …