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Six steps to start your eCommerce Business

6 Steps to start your Ecommerce business

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Six steps to start your eCommerce Business

The growing success of ecommerce sites around the world has made the entrepreneurial lifestyle more realistic than ever. Whether you are looking to supplement your monthly income, start-up a full time business or just share your products with the world, an ecommerce is the perfect platform to make your dreams come true.

At Payfort we want to see you turn business ideas into business realities and with ecommerce in the Middle East expected to grow to $13.4 Billion by 2020, we don’t want you to miss out. That’s why this week we’ve put together a brief overview of what you need take your ecommerce from the drawing board to the web.

Choosing a product

When starting your ecommerce there are many aspects that need to be considered, but the most important question you’ll need to answer for any ecommerce venture is what you will be selling.

The ecommerce space is competitive so look into areas where you have an advantage. This could mean selling a product you create, selling to a niche community, or picking up on new trends early. Ensuring you have a viable product from the beginning will help lay a strong foundation for your ecommerce.

Developing a business plan

Developing a clear business plan is critical to establishing a successful business and just because your ecommerce is online doesn’t make it an exception. Your business plan needs to include a strategy for financing, marketing, and advertising the business.

You need to establish a clear idea of how you’ll reach success and what milestones you need to hit along the way. The most important outcome of this stage is to develop a long term plan of what you would like your business to become.

Setting up your ecommerce website

If you have the technical background building your site from scratch is always an option, but odds are you’ll want to take advantage of pre-existing resources to create your online store. With sites like Shopify and Squarespace Commerce you’ll be able to purchase your own domain name and use their tools to build a custom website from the ground up.

Once the technical parts of the site are set up, you’ll need to think about the overall design of your website. You need to set up the theme, headers, and organize your products into easy to navigate categories. You’ll also need to complete your store’s About Us section and decide whether you’ll be using a company blog.

Inventory & shipping

In addition to deciding what you’ll be selling, you’re also going to need think about building up your inventory. If you’re not going to be manufacturing your products yourself, you will need to get a supplier or find a solution that allows you to distribute through reselling.

Shipping is another consideration that can make or break your business. If you choose an inexperienced shipping partner your customers could suffer a poor experience leading to negative reviews. Take the time to understand what different logistic companies can provide and if you’re unsure, ask for advice.

Marketing your website

Once you’ve established your business, built up your inventory, and worked out all (or at least most of) the bugs on your website, it’s time you start thinking about the official launch of the business.

How you launch your site will largely depend on the resources you have available. If your business is small, be sure to leverage social media to advertise your site. After the launch your marketing shouldn’t end, make sure you are using Google Analytics to better understand you customers and their habits. To be effective you’ll need to consistently grow your customer base.

Maintaining the business

Once everything is up and running, your only job is to keep it running. Try to stay on top of all technical aspects and continue weeding out any bugs on the site. You’ll also need to stay on top of the company inventory, make decisions about new and discontinued products, and provide customer service to keep your customers happy.

Have you started an ecommerce of your own? Let us know what advice you’d give up and coming entrepreneurs in the comments below or via our twitter @payfort.

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Dalia Gammal

Marketing Specialist PAYFORT

32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. abdulaziz

    August 12, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Dear Faisal,

    i’v enjoyed reading your article and guide on starting e-commerce business. nevertheless, one of the big hassle is the payment which is currently not available for individuals, but only for existing firms.

    additional to that, there is no existing model that allow company provide such services to individual with direct transfer of money to them.

    hope we can see somthing in the horizon soon.

    • Faisal Al-Khalidi

      August 16, 2015 at 5:35 am

      You’re definitely correct! That is a service we’re lacking in the region. Hopefully we can fill that void soon enough 😉

  2. Ramesh

    October 28, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Hi payfort, All the things are fine about start new ecommerce business but here I feel this is not enough much information to start new ecommerce store. So I given few additional information on how to start ecommerce store, if you are interesting to know about this please check out. https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-build-an-eCommerce-store-and-also-manage-it-to-perfection/answer/Ramesh-Mariyappan

  3. Satish G

    November 2, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Hi Payfort,

    I am developing ecommerce mobile application(Android & IOS) and i want to integrate payfort payment gateway, kindly can you suggest me which docs should i refer to mobile integration.

    Thanks
    Satish G.

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    February 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

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    March 3, 2016 at 8:08 am

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  6. Hellan

    June 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

    These ways are very simple and very much useful, as a beginner level these helped me a lot thanks fore sharing these kinds of useful and knowledgeable information.

    • Amira Abou Shousha

      Amira Abou Shousha

      July 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Greetings Hellan,
      Thank you very much for taking time to review our blog.
      Your input and the feedback from all of our readers is vitally important to us and we always want reader’s expectations to be met upon all the time.
      Happy to hear from you again and you can always reach us through social@payfort.com
      Best,
      Amira Abou Shousha

  7. Nina

    June 20, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Thanks a lot! Could you possibly recommend some Ecommerce software in particular, for starting an eCommerce web site. I guess open sorce like nopCommerc can be used?

    • Amira Abou Shousha

      Amira Abou Shousha

      July 5, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Greetings Nina,
      Thank you very much for taking time to review our blog.
      Your input and the feedback from all of our readers is vitally important to us and we always want reader’s expectations to be met upon all the time.
      As per your comment, we can mention Shopify, open cart, woocommerce and more. some of our trusted partner you can find here https://www.payfort.com/fast-integration/
      Happy to hear from you again and you can always reach us through social@payfort.com
      Best,
      Amira Abou Shousha

  8. Manaswini Shetty

    July 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Hey, nice article. Can you guys do a post on which platform is the best for an ecommerce website? Maybe like a comparison or something?

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      August 15, 2017 at 6:34 am

      Greetings Manaswini,
      Thank you very much for taking time to review our blog.
      Your input and feedback are vitally important to us and we always want reader’s expectations to be met upon all the time.
      That is actually a great idea, and we will make sure to dig deeper and give you and our readers more insights on the subject.

      • Hitesh Kumar

        April 8, 2018 at 8:37 am

        This is great insight, however I do feel like the design of the website is also very effective towards pushing the ecom sales. Good design leads to better brand connection.
        Although the snippets you have shared are just on point. Waiting for next article on it.

  9. Gunjan Singh

    November 11, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I am planning to design the ecommerce website, so these tips are very useful for me. Thanks for sharing the information.

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      November 14, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Hello Gunjan

      Thank you for your feedback!

      We are glad you found our article informative, so stay tuned for more!

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    December 11, 2017 at 11:53 am

    website tips is very useful . so thanks for article the information

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      December 12, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Hello
      Thank you for getting in touch!
      We are glad you enjoyed the article and found it useful

  11. Deepak bhardwaj

    December 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Must read article before you start your e commerce business ! Will use the steps given in article for my new e commerce business.
    Many Thanks

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      December 17, 2017 at 11:23 am

      Hello Deepak!
      Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed the article.
      Stay tuned as we are digging even deeper in regards to this subject very soon.

  12. Kalpesh Jain

    December 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Hello Dalia,
    Thanks for sharing this article.But one thing I want to suggest is that everyone should be very careful while looking for e-commerce builders, they must be capable enough and should be able to make regular updation in client’s website

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      December 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Hello Kalpesh
      We are glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for your feedback!

  13. samsandy

    January 2, 2018 at 11:03 am

    thanks for sharing post, very nice.

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      January 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you very much for our feedback!
      Stay tuned for more informative articles

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    January 6, 2018 at 5:28 am

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    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      January 8, 2018 at 6:50 am

      Thank you for your feedback!
      We are glad you enjoyed our post.
      Stay tuned for more!

  15. Digital Web Solution

    January 11, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Great Information About E-commerce Website, All you 6 step is very helpful to get started any E-commerce Website, I really like your idea and opinion which you are a discussion in this post.

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      January 15, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Thank you for sharing your feedback!

      We are glad you enjoyed the post!

  16. Hemendra Singh

    January 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing your valuable 6 steps of E-commerce business. It is very useful for startups e-commerce companies.

  17. Shreeya Web Solutions

    April 18, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    It is very useful post and must read article for those, who want to start e-commerce business.

    • Dalia Gammal

      Dalia Gammal

      April 19, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Hello Shreeya

      Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate it
      Stay tuned for more..

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