5 Reasons Why Starting an Online Store is Nifty 

In this day and age when literally everything we need is a click away, shopping is no exception. From clothes and accessories, home decors and appliances, to the latest of gadgets, everything can already be purchased online. Buyers appreciate the convenience of having to look for stuff they need without leaving the comfort of their bedrooms. Of course, online sellers and stores enjoy earning money and expanding their business in front of their computers. Online selling has definitely boomed a ton in the last five years, and why, you may ask?

1. You don’t have to pay for an actual physical store.

Remember when online shopping isn’t a thing, and you have to look for a specific item in ten different stores, only to find out that none of their branches carry it anymore? Or maybe the nearest one that has it is a 2-hour drive? Oh, the hassle! Having an online store provides your consumers the convenience of shopping (or window shopping) without the drive and tired feet. Of course, as a seller, you provide yourself savings by not renting or paying for a physical store, because hey, your computer IS your store.

2. You can sell all day, everyday.

While actual stores in the mall have specific store hours, online stores don’t. You may still assign a fixed store schedule, when you respond to queries, ship items, or update new items to be sold, but generally your buyers should be able to cart the items they want anytime of the day. When your online store is available 24/7, it gives you more sales opportunities, especially from international consumers.

3. You can run the business all by yourself.

If you are starting a small online store, you can choose to save your sales profit by opting to work by yourself. Yes, if you have an online store, you are the CEO, operations manager, seller, customer service representative, and everything else. It may sound tedious having all these roles on your hands, but if you’re starting still, it will save you a lot of money instead of hiring employees to work for you. Hiring employees will only be advisable once your business has a more established income and clientele.

4. You can choose which selling platform to use.

There are a ton of selling platforms that you can use. Some requires minimal fees to be paid to the platform, such as listing fee, payment processing fee, and transaction fee such as etsy, while others are completely free. Some sellers even choose to sell on social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram, while some choose to build their own website to cater specifically to the items they are selling. Choosing your platform will depend on your own personal choice, and how you think you will reach your target clientele better.

5. An online store is perfect for the business minded seller who’s not a fan of face-to-face interaction.

Whether you’re an introvert, having a bad day, or just generally not a people person, you still can be a successful online entrepreneur. One of the perks of online selling is you can answer consumer queries via chat or e-mail, send invoices, accept payments, or ship orders without leaving home or talking to anyone. Okay, maybe you need to talk a little but that’s still better than having to actually talk a lot and sell them something, right? Online selling doesn’t need a lot of people skills, and although you may need some eventually, at least you have the time to improve yours while already doing your business.

The presence of online stores has definitely changed consumers’ shopping game. Both sellers and buyers prefer online transactions mainly for convenience, but for entrepreneurs, online selling is much more than the convenience. Online selling has also proved to be actually profitable and expandable, reaching buyers in all parts of the world.

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