Starting a new business is an exciting step to take in life and one that’s highly admirable. It takes much more than courage and dedication to be your own boss, especially in a time where small businesses are emerging left and right.
But even with all the dedication and motivation that one might have, taking the first step to actually starting a business is still incredibly difficult. What’s worse, this difficulty increases substantially if you’re looking to start an e-commerce business.
Luckily for you, we’ve got your back. In this article, you’ll find 5 amazing tips for jumpstarting your e-commerce business.
1. Find Your Niche
This is probably one of the most exciting, yet stressful, parts of starting any new business.
But what do we mean when we say ‘find a niche.’ Well, finding your niche means discovering what you want your business to provide. Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I selling products or services?
- What kind of products or services will I be selling/offering?
- Will everything be subscription-based?
- Who do I plan to sell to?
You’ll also want to find what separates you from similar e-commerce business models.
This is the time when you’ll also want to investigate your audience. What do they want? What are they in need of?
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2. Create Your Business Identity
Once you’ve discovered what products or services you intend to provide, you’ll want to create a business identity. Involved in your business identity are your business name, logo, website domain, and legal structure.
Try to think of a name for your business that is relevant to the product or service you’re providing. If you’re a company providing business to business e-commerce advice, you probably don’t want the name “Rainbow Cupcakes.” You can ensure your business name isn’t taken by visiting here.
3. Investigate Your Competition
This part isn’t extremely important, but good to know nonetheless.
Find out who your major competitors are (especially in your area), what they specialize in, and what they’re lacking in. There’s always the potential for you to win over clients and customers by filling in the gap of what’s not delivered by other businesses.
4. Obtain Necessary Registrations and Licenses
Before you launch your business, you need to register it for legal purposes. This is the case for most businesses with the exception of sole proprietorship or general partnerships.
Additionally, every state has different laws and regulations about specific businesses. Be sure to do your research about state-specific laws before launching your business.
Here are some examples of registrations or licenses you’ll want to consider for your business:
- Employee Identification Number (EIN)
- Signage Permits
- Health and Safety Licenses
- Construction permits
- Sales tax permits
There are more than these to consider, but they’re niche-specific. Remember to double-check you have all the necessary licenses to provide your services.
5. Choose an E-Commerce Platform
Lastly, choose where to host your online e-commerce business.
When we say e-commerce platform, we’re talking about a website.
Just as storefronts and location are important to in-person businesses, websites are important to e-commerce businesses. They’re likely the first impression that a new client will get of you, so you want to make sure it’s informative, easy to navigate, and accessible.
Thus, choosing the right platform is crucial to the success of your business. The good thing is, there are dozens out there that have their own uniqueness to them. Some of them are designed for simplicity, while others (like Shopify) are all-inclusive.
We suggest looking into each one individually and deciding which one would be best for your business.
Additional Help With Your ECommerce Business
We’re excited that you’re considering starting up an e-commerce business. It’s both a scary and thrilling experience, and we’re glad that you let us be a part of it.
Looking to learn more about e-commerce businesses, or how to help your business in general? We invite you to visit the business section of our blog.