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So you’re thinking of launching an eCommerce store?

Possibly you’re looking to turn a hobby into an additional income, take your ‘brick and mortar’ business online, or perhaps you’re ready to launch a new full-time online venture?

Like any new business, setting up an eCommerce store involves an abundance of research, strategy, planning and business savvy. Then, once your online business is up-and-running, there is much to consider for ongoing operations, customer service, marketing, expansion and more.

Here are six things to consider once you decide to start an e-commerce business:

1. Research

Start by researching products you love, relate to and wish to sell. Also don’t forget to assess your competition. Think about your chances of succeeding in a particular market and begin to locate suppliers that will reliably provide a good product for a cost-effective price.

Ensure that you can retrieve information when in need. While running a business, entrepreneurs tend to encounter unpredicted challenges. It’s important that once you face a challenge, you add to your knowledge base.

2. Invest time

For your eCommerce business to be successful, time is your biggest investment.

The more time and effort you put in to your business, the greater your chances of success become. However, depending on your model, once setup, an eCommerce business can also benefit you if you invest a short amount of time, as long as your time is being spent effectively.

3. Serve your customers

Develop a system for managing customer service requests and inquires. Look to put your customers first and ensure your team is attentive and passionate about their work.

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