3 Tips for creating your first ECommerce Store

As time goes on, more and more people are determined to become self-employed bosses of their own. Working nine to five is becoming a thing of the past as fewer people are settling for routine jobs and more are opting for setting their own hours and working from home.

Thanks to the internet, eCommerce stores are gaining more popularity around the globe and online shopping increases every year. Pew Research found that 80 percent of people in the U.S. shop online, and that number is set to increase every year. Clearly, the demand for accessible eCommerce stores isn’t going anywhere.

If you’re trying to create your very first eCommerce store, here are 3 tips to help you along the way.

1. Know what’s required

Creating and running an eCommerce business is the same as any business: it comes with its trials. Go into it with the right expectations and mindset. This is your business, it’s important, and you’re determined to make it a success. It may not be a brick and mortar store but that doesn’t mean it won’t require persistence, patience, and a lot of hard work.

You also have to be willing to put in the time. Being your own boss means creating a schedule and sticking to it. The less you picture your online shop as a legitimate business, the faster it’ll crash and burn. Realize that this is significant work. If it’s going to be successful and bring in positive ROI, it requires a serious commitment from you.

A few things that’ll be required once you open up shop are:

  • Hosting
  • A domain
  • A business name
  • Licenses particular to your country, state, and county
  • An SSL certificate to protect customer information
  • A vendor if you aren’t creating all the products yourself
  • Branding

2. Choose the right platform

The eCommerce platform you choose for your store determines the kind of user experience (UX) your site will have. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of your potential platforms to see which one most benefits the products in your niche.

When choosing a platform, there are multiple things to consider:

  • Price. Come up with a range for your startup budget depending on the elements your site will need. Take into account the size you estimate your business to grow to, maintenance fees, creating and shipping inventory, and monthly subscription costs to start.
  • Web hosting. If you’re a complete beginner, the best option is to choose a fully-hosted provider that’s got everything built in and ready to use. These options require no coding, HTML, or CSS. If you’re knowledgeable with coding or prefer open source coding capabilities, go with a self-hosted provider.
  • Features. What are its payment gateways? How about its compatibility with the products and services you want to sell? What are its SEO features so that you can be sure you’re ranking in search engines?

It’s important to consider what psychological strategies you can use to show consumers they want to take action right away. You can use a helpful plugin for your store like OptinMonster to create popups and optins that will get a visitors’ attention when your site feels they’re about to exit the page. Give them an offer they can’t refuse and they’ll willingly hand over their email address.

WooCommerce

One of the most popular eCommerce platforms on the market is WooCommerce which runs through WordPress. It’s free, easy to use and learn, and is one of the most highly recommended eCommerce plugins available.

To create an eCommerce site with WooCommerce, you have to create an account.

Then you’re going to download the WooCommerce plugin for WordPress.

From your WordPress dashboard, click Plugins and Add New.

Upload the WooCommerce plugin file you downloaded and click Install Now.

Click Activate Plugin.

You’ll then use Setup Wizard to help you through every step of your setup.

3. Always optimize for mobile

With 4.5 billion active mobile users globally in 2018, it’s essential your online store is optimized for mobile. People are constantly sifting through endless content on their phones, and online shopping is a huge part of that.

According to Statista, 200 million people shopped from their mobile phones in 2018. It’s a method of purchasing that provides ease, simplicity, and convenience. It’s no longer a requirement to go out, stand in long lines, and spend extra time browsing different products. People want the simplest solution to their shopping needs and mobile friendly eCommerce stores provide them with what they want.

Google announced earlier this year that it’s now migrating sites that use the best practices for mobile indexing. This means that now, instead of primarily looking at and focusing on desktop web pages, they’re now prioritizing web pages on mobile. If that’s not reason enough to create a mobile-friendly eCommerce store, nothing is.

Test your store’s mobile friendliness using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test. Simply enter your website’s URL and the results are a click away.

What’s next?

Creating your first eCommerce store doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right plugins and mental preparation, you’ll be up and running in no time. How will you go about creating your first eCommerce store?


10 thoughts on “3 Tips for creating your first ECommerce Store”

  1. DNN says:

    e-commerce, side hustling, affiliate marketing and content creation is my specialty. This is why I was destined to be in the “side hustle millionaire” $ gUaP $ elite in a stand alone class. 🙂

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  2. Mobile is so key these days Syed. Make your store fast on phones, quick loading. Rocking tips.

  3. The eCommerce platform managers all the products, categories checkout process and other aspects involved with a functional eCommerce website. There are many eCommerce platforms available, most of which have relatively the same functionality and features. Choosing a platform can be a big hang up for a lot of entrepreneurs.

  4. MichelJ says:

    For e-commerce in prefer only WooCommerce… thanks for this awesome post about creating your first e-Commerce store…

    Regard
    Michelj

  5. arooj says:

    Hello Syed Balkhi.
    Nice tips about e-commerce.
    As a rule, web based business is an online exchange between a provider and a customer. Internet business comes in six fundamental sorts: Business-to-Business (B2B) Business-to-Consumer (B2C) Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C)…

  6. sravani says:

    Hi sir,
    Thank you for sharing such an interesting Article ,great stuff,its is very helpful for me,keep updating ………….

  7. Paul says:

    There are two 3 way to create an e-commerce store that I know, and they are Shopify, Alidropship and wocommerce WordPress plugins and the most economic way to start a drop shipping store that I experience is alidropship, try it.

  8. Thanks very much sir

    I have been selling products offline for years now but my friend told me about e-commerce so I decided to start it

    But I have been finding it very difficult to customize it

    Please do you know any kind of plugin that will make the work easier for me

    Thanks in advance for your help

  9. Sunny Kumar says:

    Hey! Syed
    Great Post!

    Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. The way you have explained everything in this article regarding the e-commerce store is brilliant.

    Thanks for such an awesome article and helpful tips.

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