There are so many ways to open up an online shop today that almost anyone can do it. However, setting it up effectively, promoting it effectively and staying within a specific budget might not be as easy as simply selling items through a shop on an auction site.
Once you have decided that you need your own website, there will be many ways to build one, and with many themes being available for next to nothing online, designing your website will not take long and will not be expensive. However, once you get into the realms of hosting, internet support, and transaction fees, the costs can add up quite significantly.
Furthermore, knowing how to order, store, and send your stock is equally as important, and doing it yourself will not only mean that you need to increase your storage space, but it will also mean that you have a huge amount of extra work to do or will potentially need to take on extra staff.
One alternative to this approach is to use ecommerce fulfilment. Such an approach will allow you to always have the resources at your disposal to pick, pack and send any item to any customer. Not only will this mean that you don’t have to worry about storage for the items you sell, but it will also mean that, no matter how much custom you get, you can always look after the running of the business whilst others take care of the physical side.
No matter what you sell online, fulfilment companies can help you to run your business for far less, and without you having to focus on the more mundane aspects of setting up a business.
Finally, you will need to make sure people know who you are. Advertising is not cheap, but never underestimate the power of social networking when looking to increase your customer base.