An Arm & A Leg for eCommerce?

Written by Sandra Cobb

As a site designer myself, I realize how much time and effort goes into registering, setting up, and designing a site; not to mentionrepparttar creation of content and seamless navigation. But it is unbelievable how complicated and expensive this process has become!

Let's face it, very few entrepreneurs and small businesses can afford to spend hundreds of dollars to set up their dot-com presence without knowing how successful it will be! We've seenrepparttar 109038 results of high expectations and over spending withrepparttar 109039 demise of many well-known companies as reported inrepparttar 109040 news recently.

It doesn't have to be this way!

Are you planning to sell products or services?

You do NOT necessarily need expensive shopping cart software or merchant accounts to sell your products or services. You can begin your online venture by setting up a few of your most popular items or services that can be purchased online. Once a customer has made a purchase, you can then follow up with details on how to purchase additional items.

There are low cost ecommerce solutions that can help you start conducting business online without breakingrepparttar 109041 bank.

First, determine exactly how sophisticated your ordering process needs to be. Then decide which ofrepparttar 109042 following options best suits your business needs.

Option A - PayPal

Set up a Premier Account with PayPal. PayPal is a stable and secure company that has been around long enough to establish a credible reputation. I can personally vouch for them, I use them consistently.


Doing Business As: You haverepparttar 109043 option of using a business name or your personal name, regardless of how your bank account is registered.

Low Cost: There are no monthly fees and no set up fees. Thatís right - itís free. A small fee is with-held each time a transaction (purchase) is processed.

Hassle Free They process all orders and notify you when payment is received.

Referral Bonus You can earn a small cash bonus for qualified referrals you send to PayPal.

Simply The Best Way To Build An On-line Store Free

Written by Holly Janion

I hadn't planned on writing an article today, but after coming across this fantastic site and redesigning all my own stores, I was so impressed, I just had to share it with you. I have discoveredrepparttar best way to build an-online store, sellingrepparttar 109037 products my customers want, withrepparttar 109038 look and feel I want, absolutely free.

If you have a web site and want to include a storefront, you have two options.

1. Build your own store with a shopping cart script, using a merchant account, paying for your stock upfront and either fulfilling it yourself or using a drop ship company.

2. Use an outside resource which allows you to customiserepparttar 109039 look and feel of your store, selling their products and earn commission on either sales or referrals.

I have used both of these and to be perfectly honest,repparttar 109040 first method was a nightmare. Building your own store is what you need to do if your sole business is your store, which mine isn't. Carryingrepparttar 109041 stock, tracking orders and fulfilment are difficult enough but to spend time on this when it is not necessary, is just pointless.

The second option is to use an outside resource who have tried and tested systems already in place to provide your customers with an excellent service. There are various companies onrepparttar 109042 net that will let you customiserepparttar 109043 look and feel of your new store, add products etc. When your customers order, they will handle everything for you and simply pay any commission due as per your sign-up agreement. This is obviously much easier, especially ifrepparttar 109044 store is only an added-value service you are offering and notrepparttar 109045 main focus of your business.

I have tried using a few of these other store services which are also very good and useful, but I was never completely happy until I discovered Affinia. Wow! What a product and so easy to use. For example, on my WWW Treasure Hunt site at, I wanted a store filled with treasure related items. My visitors are interested in treasure hunting so this makes sense. By supplying your customers with what they are already interested in,repparttar 109046 more likely you are to make a sale. Before I used this service, I had to includerepparttar 109047 usual products which could be found anywhere, on anyone's site and hoped my customers would be interested in buying these other goods such as toys or flowers, but now I have a store filled with products my customers want and need, withrepparttar 109048 look and feel of my site and Affinia do allrepparttar 109049 work for me. If you have a site about flower arranging, you can choose products that will specifically be of interest to your visitors andrepparttar 109050 same goes for any other theme.

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