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    How to start an online retail store

    success31 Wayfarer

      I want to start an online store but I need help with how to do the website and where to get the merchandise.
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          • Re: How to start an online retail store
            ecomconsult Adventurer
            In order to start an online store, you may following these steps:

            1. Get merchandise:
            Your best bet is to find a supplier through your contacts. Alternatively you can get a supplier/dropshipper from this website: http://worldwidebrands.com

            2. Register a Yahoo! Store: http://store.yahoo.com
            Yahoo! Store is the best ecommerce platform for startup merchants like you. You can setup a website quickly with their prebuilt template, load your products, enter your payment info (you can use your Paypal account to start with), publish and start selling. It costs only $40 a month to get a Yahoo! Store.

            3. Setup google analytics: You need to do this inder to know how many visitors are coming to your website and what they are doing on it. Which pages they are visiting, where do they exit etc.

            4. Once you have found yourself into some cash/profits, hire a Yahoo! Store Designer to redesign your Yahoo! Store and improve it for SEO.

            5. See yourself making more money!

            Good luck!
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              seeitsold Wayfarer
              There are many ways to set up your store. My company has developed a web system that allows you to do it all by yourself quickly and easy I'll even help you over the phone accomplish what you want. Give me a call at 239-910-8497 or at 1-888-707-3348 or email me at brent@seeitsoldonline.com. We also offer a free 7 day trial no credit card needed so you can see if this is what your looking for. Product is only 19.95 per month after that no other fees ever.

              Thanks,
              Brent
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                  success31 Wayfarer
                  Thanks Brent I will be checking you out
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                      affiliatesun Wayfarer
                      I've said it before, and people probably think im spaming, but Wealthy Affiliates is the best place to learn how to start a business. Whether its self, affiliated, or retail in your case they will TEACH you how to do so. You get access to TOOLS that you would otherwise have to pay thousdands of dollars to get. They offer free web hosting, so once you get your domain, you can use their Site Rubrix to build and maintain your site.

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                      • Re: How to start an online retail store
                        NatOnline Tracker
                        Yahoo store is a good choice, as far as http://worldwidebrands.com, that's another good choice, but becareful of fees and how much percentage you will get from vendors. Some are taking a basic fee for each order you may have.

                        If you are planning to dropship, the best advise I can give you is: Don't sell small items, it is always better to get 10-15% on $150 then $20

                        Now if you are planning to buy your own stock, make sure you don't deal with a midle man instead of reel manufacturers or import companies. Also don't buy large quantity of products, be prudent to avoid big stock that you don't sell for whatever reasons.

                        Good Luck
                    • Re: How to start an online retail store
                      MAdistributor Newbie
                      Hi,
                      I would like you to evaluate Market America UnFranchise Business, http://www.marketamerica.com You will need to invest less than $2,500 with the products and services they provide for your business and start working part time to full time in your home.And also it requires you to recruit a GO NOW distributors so they can leverage and duplicate this unique UnFranchise Business Development System of Market America

                      The concept of this business called, One to One Marketing and Mass Customization. Wish you good luck and I hope this is the easy to find you a best way to start an Online Retail Business.

                       

                       

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                      • Re: How to start an online retail store
                        cyildirim Newbie
                        I had the same question 3 months ago. I have researched on every angle to find out the best method to start an online reatialer business (online store)
                        With my marketing and engineering background I tried to find answers to the following questions:

                        How and where to host my website?
                        How to get the domain name?
                        How to design the website?
                        How and where to get the shopping cart solution?
                        How should I set the business model?
                        How can I take advantage of Drop Ship business model?
                        Which Drop Ship vendors are the best ones?
                        How to set up a legal company and which one I should pick? (LLC, Corp etc.)
                        How to get my federal tax ID?
                        How to get State tax ID and sale permit?
                        How to advertise my web site?
                        What should I sell?
                        What would be my differentiation from the existing web sites?
                        How do I price my items?
                        How do I optimize my web site for search engines?
                        How do I measure my success?
                        What are the tax implications? Can I take advantage of this on my own tax situation?
                        How to open a business account and manage it online?
                        How to get credit card, Google-checkout, Paypal (merchant) accounts to accept payments on my web site ?
                        How to monitor and analyze my web site activities?
                        How to optimize my web site for Search Engines
                        How to attract traffic to my web site and what kind of marketing tools are available

                        At the end I created a businessand an action plan
                        I would like to share the results of my experince on this.

                        It is too long to discuss here but you can see it in my blog at
                        http://cem-yildirim.blogspot.com/

                        Good luck with your new business

                        Cem
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                            MAdistributor Newbie
                            Response to:Cyildirim

                             

                             

                            How and where to host my website?

                            Market America will provide you a website (i.e. http://www.marketamerica.com/cyildirim

                             

                            How to get the domain name?

                            You can create your own domain name by purchasing customize website from MA Webcenter 4.0,Google Search Market America Webcenter

                            How to design the website?

                            Market America will allows to you customize the design of your own website.

                            How and where to get the shopping cart solution?

                            Market America provide Universal Shopping Cart

                             

                            How should I set the business model?

                            Market America Business Model is One to One Marketing and Mass Customization with the UnFranchise Business Model it's similar to Franchise but it eliminates the weaknesses of high franchise fees,overhead cost and monthly royalties

                             

                            How can I take advantage of Drop Ship business model?

                            Market America employees / staff, do 90% for your business needs (shipping and customers taking orders process)

                            Which Drop Ship vendors are the best ones?

                            UPS
                            How to set up a legal company and which one I should pick? (LLC, Corp etc.)

                            Market America and Legal Zoom (http://www.legalzoom.com )

                             

                            How to get my federal tax ID?

                            You can get federal tax ID from your State Government Office or via online http://www.irs.gov*

                            How to get State tax ID and sale permit?

                            IRS state branch or Online
                            How to advertise my web site?

                            Name List of Phone Call Prospects,Word of Mouth, Flyers, Booth,Referrals,etc.
                            What should I sell?

                            Market America provides anything what people wants and needs in One Portal (Advance & Customize Products,Thousands Partner Stores,Unlimited Shopping,Get Paid To Shop (Earn Rewards Points),24/7 Shopping and so much more)
                            What would be my differentiation from the existing web sites?

                            The Difference of Market America Website, have wide variety of products and services providing for customers with One to One Marketing and Mass Customization concept and also You will earn BV and IBV which means, Business Volume and Inceptive Business Volume
                            How do I price my items?

                            Market America provide the retail suggested price for your customers or you can give them a descent discounts from 5% to 10% of retail price.

                            How do I optimize my web site for search engines?

                            Market America is Partnering with Giant Search, Google .

                            How do I measure my success?

                            To measure your success with Market America, is to duplicate the Market America blue print of success manual,attend NMTSS (National Meeting Training & Seminar System)

                            What are the tax implications? Can I take advantage of this on my own tax situation?

                            I don't have answer for this 2 questions. You can ask some advice from your tax advisor

                            How to open a business account and manage it online?

                            Market America provide all your business needs and managing your online business
                            How to get credit card, Google-checkout, Paypal (merchant) accounts to accept payments on my web site ?

                            http://www.ma.itransact.com , ITransact,Inc- attn: Market America New Accounts, P.O. Box 999 Farmington, UT 84025-0999
                            Tel.801-951-8250 or F: 801-951-8222
                            How to monitor and analyze my web site activities?

                            You can monitor your activities through the UnFranchise System (http://www.unfranchise.com)

                            How to optimize my web site for Search Engines

                            Again,Market America providing google search engine on the website
                            How to attract traffic to my web site and what kind of marketing tools are available

                            UnFranchise System- http://www.unfranchise.com and http://www.unfranchisetraining.com*
                              http://www.marketamerica.com- Built on Product. Powered by People and Google
                          • Re: How to start an online retail store
                            ag2008 Newbie
                            Hello Success31, I hope you read this post.

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