The internet is a wonderful place. You can meet new friends, learn new skills, and make extra money in your spare time. An online store is a great way to pad out your bank account at your own pace. If you feel like you have the entrepreneurial spirit but don’t want to quit your day job, then this is the post for you.
What to sell in your new online store:
It stands to reason that since you can buy anything on the internet, you can also sell anything on the internet (within legal limits, of course). In an hour or so, you can have an online store up and running to support your favorite products and services, including:
- A book you wrote
- Thrift store finds
- Homemade crafts and products
- Freelance designs, content, or graphics
- Inspirational guidance
- A course taught by you
- Wholesale products
- Locally sourced services
The list is endless, however, these are a few of the online stores we’ve seen great success with.
How to get started:
Building your own online store has never been so easy. In no time at all you can register a domain, start building your website and be open for business. Follow the steps below to get started:
Step one: Register a domain.
The first step towards opening your own online store is simple, once you decide what you would like your website to be called. WestHost offers premium domain names at prices you can afford. Simply search for the domain you would like to register in our easy search tool and add your preferred domain to your shopping cart.
Step two: Select a Website Builder package.
Your next step is choosing a Website Builder package from the list of options found here. For ecommerce websites, we recommend the Unlimited Business package as it includes space for up to 1000 web pages and a payment portal. Your domain is also included in this Website Builder package. Add the package you choose to your shopping cart and complete the transaction by following the steps provided.
Step three: Choose a template.
Website Builder has 165 templates for you to choose from. Simply pick the template that best suits your ecommerce shop and continue onto the next step in building your new website.
Step four: Start building your store.
Website Builder’s easy drag-and-drop interface allows you to quickly add content, text, images, and products to your website. The template you chose in the last step offers predesigned options but is also flexible enough to let you adjust your design more precisely.
Step five: Choose payment and shipping preferences.
The final step before opening your own online shop is making decisions regarding your payment portal and shipping charges. Website Builder offers helpful suggestions if you’re not quite sure. Although there are options for a variety of payment portals and shipping arrangements. See the Website Builder knowledgebase for more information.
Step six: Start selling and earning additional income.
Just like that, you are up and running with your own online shop. Sell products and services as much or as little as you like. Set your own hours! Approve your own time off! The entrepreneur’s spirit is within you! Be sure to follow the WestHost blog to learn more about the next step in your online journey: marketing your new business.