How do I start building my online store?


If you can't afford to hire someone to build a custom online store, don't worry. There are plenty of ecommerce vendors, like eshopmavens, Monroe's Louisiana's Premier Shopify Experts, that can help you create one quickly. "They can take the hassle and headache of hard coding, hosting and doing maintenance on a server of your own out of the online store equation," says Carlfred Giles, Director of ecommerce and online marketing at eshopmavens.com, a Monroe digital marketing agency.

Such companies as Shopify, Goodsie, Jumpseller and Volusion let you design the overall look, feel and functionality of your online store. They also let you do things such as upload your product catalog, set up customer shopping carts, securely accept payments and handle order fulfillment. These services securely host your online store on their own servers. You can link to your online store from your company's main website.

Ecommerce services such as these usually require some basic initial set-up work on your part. For instance, with Shopify, you choose a storefront layout from a set of templates and customize your fonts, overall color scheme and product image sizes. Shopify users can also upload their own custom brand logos and backgrounds.

Prices for such services range from about $10 to $700 a month, depending largely on the number of products you sell and the amount and types of services provided.


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