Why Your Startup Should be an E-Commerce Startup

You’re an entrepreneur at heart.

You have great ideas, and know you could build a great business. But something’s been holding you back…you don’t have any experience with eCommerce, and you’re not a tech wizard.

All entrepreneurs have to start somewhere. You may have big dreams, and that may be holding you back. But the good news is that you don’t have to start big – you can easily start an online business. If you have a good idea, brand, or product, you don’t have to wait for the perfect time.

If you have a good idea, brand, or product, you don’t have to wait for the perfect time.

Selling online and eCommerce has come a long way. If you choose the right eCommerce solution, you can create a professional online storefront without the need of a web developer, and without the worry about security, payment options. Plus, you don’t have to make a big investment in time and money.

Create and Sell Branded Products – No Inventory Needed!

For instance, Zazzle allows sellers to put their designs (logo, slogan, etc.) on hundreds of products, including hats, t-shirts, ornaments, cards, and calendars. You don’t have to invest in a large inventory or pay set-up fees. You can build your own online store, then create whatever types of unique product best suit your business. Zazzle then charges a royalty fee for every sale. You don’t have to worry about shipping or customer service.

The Magic of Drop-Shipping

The idea of opening a business without inventory is a relatively new concept. If you were to create an offline retail store with your own branded products, it would cost thousands. But again, when designing products using Zazzle, there is no risk involved. If your product doesn’t sell, you don’t lose any money. Neither does Zazzle, because there is no product until a sale is made. This gives new entrepreneurs a huge opportunity to create their own unique business without a large investment.

Sell Your Expertise!

Selz is a great choice for selling online from an existing website or for quickly creating your own online store. It’s free to get started and you pay a small flat fee per sale. Selz makes it amazingly easy to sell physical, digital or services in few minutes. It’s especially good if wanting to sell digital products like eBooks, PDFs, stream or download videos. Selz handles the entire sales process, you don’t need any technical skills. If you don’t already have a blog or website you can even use Selz to create your own online store site.

Having your own online store means you can create something valuable from your experience. Offer a solution, share helpful tips or resources, or teach a skill. Selling these types of products help brand you as the expert in your field and are a fantastic potential revenue source.

Ryan Biddulph, from Blogging from Paradise, offers a variety of eBooks including Blogging from Paradise: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger. He’s turned his love of blogging and travel into a sustainable business.

What Are You Waiting For?

eCommerce can be stressful and frustrating for those without experience or technical skills. But when you choose one of the new eCommerce platforms, the entire sales process is handled for you.

It’s both scary and exciting to become an entrepreneur. Instead of waiting for the perfect time (which is an illusion), you can ease into business ownership with an online store. Leverage the skills you already have, and use the right tools that will support your new business.

There’s nothing holding you back from becoming an entrepreneur. If you have a great business idea, you can make it happen. You don’t need any special technical stills to create an online store, or need any upfront money to invest in an inventory. You can literally create a professional online store and start earning additional money today.

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Liesha Petrovich is the creator of Micro Business Essentials, a data-driven business blog exclusively for micro businesses. In her free time, she’s working on a Doctorate in Entrepreneurship. You can check out her Free Course – Essential Skills: Every Empire Needs a Strong Foundation.

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