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How to Start an Online Store Without a Budget

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Small online businesses have taken the world by storm in the last few years. Anyone with an idea and phone can start a business these days—and that person could be you. The word “business” could deter some people because of what we’re often told: that starting a business requires blood, sweat, and tears—plus a whole lot of money, to even get a business off the ground. Fortunately, the world is changing, and opening your ideal store can be as easy as downloading simple software, then making your dreams a reality.

Companies like Ecwid are out there to help people across the world open up profitable businesses with just an idea, a game plan, and a few clicks of a button. If you woke up one lucky morning with an idea and a plan and you want to make it a reality, then great! With Ecwid, if you have a couple of hours free, you are more than capable of getting set up—including a website, social media, and all your virtual marketing. After that, you can sit back and allow your customers to purchase the product or service they’re looking for, while you collect a paycheck.

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No Money? Don’t Fret.

Sometimes, a person’s business dreams are cut short because of the myth that you need copious amounts of money to start a business. One of the most important parts of beginning a business is going to be your own motivation and vision. If those two things aren’t there, even thousands of dollars won’t make that business appear. Don’t let the long-term goals for your business get lost in the process of creation.

Once you do have your motivation and vision, money will be something you work around. The start of a small business usually doesn’t begin with anything more than a simple savings account and a dream.

Nowadays, aspiring entrepreneurs are taking their stores online for much less. This can make it easier to reach their desired customers, while also allowing them to get their hands on multiple marketing resources. Utilizing several platforms, virtual marketing, and proper ecommerce websites can be the perfect mix of ingredients to starting an online store.

Why Set Up an Ecommerce Site?

Starting your own store could be a bit overwhelming in the beginning, what with all the different avenues you could choose. To really figure out how you want to run your business, you need to understand your store and brand. This could mean envisioning how you want your store to look from a year from now, how you want your life to look, what you want your customers to be driven to. Sit back, close your eyes, and picture your future. What do you see?

If your business idea is one of having your own schedule, being in control of your own products, and sharing your brand with a mass amount of people, opening up an online store may be just what you need. If you’d rather pay 5 figures or more in rent, utilities, and other brick and mortar costs, then by all means proceed.

The Opportunities are Out There

An online store can open up so many different avenues for creativity, flexibility, and growth that you may have not known were available to you. Just think back to the last thing you bought. There is a significant chance that it was off the internet, right? Now imagine having your own products spread out around multiple different platforms, easily accessible by your customers.  Having a fully-fledged online store can make the dream of having your product in every home a reality. Best of all, an ecommerce store doesn’t require the same prohibitive steps of opening a traditional business, like renting property.

What Comes with an Online Store?

One of the great perks of ecommerce sites like Ecwid is that they can not only help you open your online store, but guide your growth so you can build the best store you can. They do this by offering benefits such as a forever free subscription to their resources and allowing you to connect your store to multiple different marketing resources.

This means having an online store through them can connect your store through your own website, Facebook, Instagram, and even other Marketplace sites as well. Ecwid can either help you create your website from scratch or use your already existing one and connect it to their services. While it may seem like a lot that there are so many off-shoot selling abilities at once, they have one simple dashboard that shows you all the information you need from all of them, as well as your current inventory and money earned.

Having an ecommerce store also allows you to grow your business through multiple avenues. You are able to track your inventory easier as they take into account all the platforms your products are on. This can help ensure you are not overbuying your physical product and buying products when you need to actually restock.

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Ecwid also is able to make buying easier for your customers with easy buy-now buttons, along with click and dragging items into their cart. Being able to sell online also gives you the ability to add discount codes at checkout and throughout your ecommerce website. Discount codes can help get return customers and grow your sales as well.  Ecwid also offers the ability to make your own app. This app can be directly connected to your online store website and is an excellent tool for your customers to shop.

When shoppers find you on social media platforms, you have the option to add a “Buy Now” button to send them directly to your website. The benefit of Ecwid is that any sales made from the other sites and platforms will still reflect in your inventory and sales as quickly as they happen, so you don’t have to play catch-up.

Everything from selling, editing your site or products, and accepting your sales payment is done from Ecwid itself. There is no need for extra software or excessive accounts to be made. With one sign-up, you can manage your store from your phone or computer — also available with the free forever option.

Virtual Marketing

Having an online store can also give you larger access to utilizing social media as marketing platforms for your store. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Tik-Tok are all growing to be unique places for small businesses to grow their audiences (and sell right from the app).

You can post pictures, videos, deals and link your website to your social media pages. It can be a great way to showcase your brand and products as well as show your audience the person behind the business itself. People buy from small businesses for the personal touches and stories behind the product. By posting yourself on your business’s social media, you give your audience a chance to fall in love with you and your products simultaneously. Be yourself, be goofy, show any mess-ups through the days, help your audience laugh along with you. Customers love to see who they are buying from and supporting.

To Recap…

With Ecwid, you have the option to create a worldwide online business with little to no money. The option is here for you to seize. There are more people than ever eager to shop small, independent stores online, clicking and dragging products into a virtual shopping cart without having to put on pants. Why not get started soon? Get in touch with Ecwid today to learn how to start your online store. You won’t even have to get out your wallet.

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About the author

Max has been working in the ecommerce industry for the last six years helping brands to establish and level-up content marketing and SEO. Despite that, he has experience with entrepreneurship. He is a fiction writer in his free time.

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