The explosion of e-commerce is only just beginning. More and more people are able to sell their wares via the Internet quickly and easily.
The site that has mostly made this possible is eBay, which has morphed from a simple auction engine to a fully blown e-commerce platform where vendors can create their own virtual shop and sell their products.
However, eBay does have its restrictions and can charge large commission fees on transactions made. This, combined with the sheer size of the market now means there is a plethora of e-commerce providers available.
The simplest ways to start is simple to set up a PayPal account. This will then allow you to take payments in a variety of forms from people all over the world quickly and easily. Again, the commission structure can be a little steep, but for getting started it is the perfect option.
If the volume of your e-commerce transactions becomes larger then you will probably need to consider some sort of merchant facility with your bank. Usually from there you can attach the merchant facility to a range of e-commerce platforms.
One of the more up market platforms that you may consider is Shopify. It supports multiple payment gateways, tax jurisdictions, discount coupons and more. You can sign up for a 14 day trial top get a feel of what the platform is all about before you commit yourself.
Like any dabble into new technology the recommendation is always to start small and grow as your needs dictate. It is important not to get distracted by all the ‘bells and whistles’ that are available, just get chat you need.
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