From Brick-and-Mortar to Online Store

November 26, 2018

At Social Network MD, we understand that there are truly businesses that exist in the brick-and-mortar form with little to no online presence.

Times change and we know that in order to keep up with successful business trends, staying current with technology is a must. We can help you with this process by providing you tips for starting an online store. Building online stores open your retail business to new sales opportunities and different markets and people. You’re no longer restricted to only selling from your shop’s physical location. The expertise needed to properly transition to online is right here at Social Network MD.

Starting the Process

One of the first tips for starting an online store is to decide on which platform you’ll be selling your items. You can go all out with an e-commerce store or create a seller’s account with an online marketplace. You can also use both. We will help you determine what’s best for your business based on your current profitability and budget. If the source of your products is primarily importing goods from overseas to sell, you will need to consider shipping expenses that are associated with international services. There are many choices. For instance, you can have all of your sales transactions processed and hosted by a site that where you will be the personal shipper and handle all of the customer service. Again, this is something that we’ll help you with deciding.

Designing Your Site

This is one of the tips for starting an online store that’s fun! You will pick out your color scheme and themes and get creative. There are a plethora of options offered by e-commerce platforms. If you want dark and stoic, they’ve got it. If you want just the opposite, that’s an option too. We’ll analyze your business and goals and match a scheme accordingly.  

These are just two important steps to get you started. Visit our blog again for updates and more information. Feel free to contact us for more assistance!