1-Fullscreen capture 01092014 163803Electronic commerce, usually known as E-commerce or eCommerce, is the buying and selling of products and services by businesses and consumers through an electronic medium (usually the Internet), without using any paper documents and falls into three categories: business to business (B2B) , business to consumer (B2C) and consumer to consumer (C2C).

It utilises technologies including mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems.

Selling online can be extremely lucrative as you’ll have worldwide potential business &/or consumer audiences seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

However making your first steps into setting up an eShop can be daunting so it’s vital to choose your provider carefully to ensure your transition into online selling is seamless. Having check lists and essential tools to help you start will avoid problems and the dreaded negative online reviews.

Options you’ll need to consider include:

Payment gateways – whether to just have PayPal, or add credit cards and invoicing

 Setting up an online merchant account

 Search engine friendly listings

 Postage and packing charges

 Returns policies

 Side-by-side product comparisons

 Customer reviews

 Social sharing icons

 Discount and voucher codes

Order processing reports

An experienced provider will help you get it right first time so you can attract customers to a hassle-free shopping experience that will grow your bottom line.

To find out more about opening up worldwide markets online, call us on 01495 68 70 80 or contact us online.

With thanks to Daneswood Web Design & eCommerce Solutions for their contribution to the above.