At the same time, as a person with a digital background, I know how to scope out almost any brand for reliability with things like Wappalyzer, Alexa, SEOquake, or by just by knowing my way around a Google search.
Unfortunately, most customers who come to your online store by clicking ads in search engines and on social media have no idea who you are and have ZERO trust in your store. They also don’t know how to check your brand for reliability, and most importantly, they don’t want to waste time trying to figure it out.
So how can you earnestly and quickly persuade potential customers that you are a serious business, not an
Legal Docs for Trust
There are numerous ways to fix the
How do you sell, why do you sell, how do you deliver, and what will happen after that? Uncovering the details of the entire shopping experience (including delivery) through answering these simple questions is the key to your customer’s hearts. Knowing all the steps they’ll go through, the consequences of their purchase, and ways to get through any possible problems they might encounter gives a shopper a feeling of safety.
If we know all the turns waiting for us along the road in advance, we are more likely to make the first step towards a purchase.
A great way for me to gain trust in an unknown brand is by looking at their legal docs! These docs are also known as legal pages, terms, policies, etc. But whatever the name, the point is that these documents are a public declaration made by the brand — their obligation to comply with a level of service that will protect my rights as a consumer.
I know that if the brand breaks its own rules, the consequences will be dire for them, and they know it. This makes me feel safe. The quality of the legal docs: the structure, consistency, and even wording reflect the level of business maturity and spawns the feeling that these guys can be trusted.
Legal Docs for Protection
My life was a kaleidoscope back in the day. I’ve worn so many hats, and one of them was an entrepreneur’s cap. So I can tell you firsthand: I’ve seen selling from the merchant’s point of view. It was lots of fun; an exploration filled with discovery — but sometimes it could also be a little stressful. There were days I felt like I had all the evil eyes on me
Fortunately, this was just an illusion. But interacting with all a variety of regulatory services, I learned one thing — you have to have all your docs in order, nice and clean. Your ducks in a row, as it were. My mistake was to treat this Big Brother control as hostile to my business. But in fact, it was exactly the opposite: these regulators were trying to help me to protect my business from fines, complaints, and even legal action. They meant well.
The same thing happens when you start an online store in any niche — people begin asking questions, while the only thing you want is for them to buy your products. And the solution in this situation is 100% the same — have all your legal docs in order.
So do yourself a favor, get your business ready in advance. It’s not that hard, after all. We’ll show you:
Legal Documents to Have for Online Store
Ready to roll? Alright, here’s the list of
- Terms and Conditions. Describe the legally binding rules, terms, and guidelines that everyone has to agree with to use your website and services.
- Shipping and Payment Information. Describe how you ship or deliver your products and accept payments for the orders.
- Return and Refund Policy. Describe how you make the returns, exchanges, or refunds if customers are not satisfied with their orders.
In this article, I don’t want to teach you how to write a perfect legal document. Instead, we’ve provided templates of common legal documents that you can download, adapt to your niche, and add to your online store (Ecwid store, hopefully!). The templates are not universal for any type of business, product, or niche, so you’ll have to read them first and edit them to suit your needs.
But in the meantime, let’s get a lowdown on some of the A,B,Cs of legalease.
Terms and Conditions Template
This page is a legal contract between your business and the users of your site and services. It clarifies the conditions of use and enables you to exclude users who abuse the rules you’ve set, maintain your legal rights against potential abusers, and more.
You need a clearly stated contract to protect your website, company, and customers. Review your legal pages carefully before adding them.
Writing T&C for your store, consider including information related to the following areas:
- Ownership of the site
- Copyright for the material offered on the website and store pages
- Liabilities and responsibilities of your business
- Requirements for using the store
- Notification upon modification of terms
- Termination of contract
- Contact information
Learn more about the Terms and Conditions Page for Your
This page describes how personal information is collected, used, and shared on your site. Add it to your store to encourage customers’ trust.
- Collecting personal information
- Sharing personal information
- Using personal information
- Customers’ rights with regards to their personal information
- Contact information
Shipping and Payment Information Template
This page contains information for your customers about your shipping and payment operations. This information should vary depending on how you source and send products to customers. As for the payment part, it should cover frequently asked questions about payment methods in your store, possible commissions, currency exchange, etc.
Consider including the following:
- International and local shipping options
- Supported shipping zones
- Shipping costs
- Policy around returns, exchanges, damages, and lost packages
- Order processing and delivery times
- Payment options
- Payment requirements and instructions
- Contact information
Return and Refund Policy Template
This page describes what customers can do if they are unhappy with the product they received. Clear and
This policy can include:
- Damages and issues
- Exceptions like
non-returnableitems or items with return limitations
- Exchanges and refunds
- Contact information
But before writing a Return Policy, make sure your products fall under the Return regulation. Some products are not returnable under local laws. Usually, these products relate to healthcare, personal hygiene merchandise, or food. Each country has its own
Learn more about How to Write a Good Return Policy for
Legal documents are not an evil thing. They help you protect your business from unexpected issues that can cost you your business (or at least a big chunk of time better spent selling!). At the same time, legal documents make your business more transparent, which is a huge trust booster from your customer’s perspective.
If you have hard times with legal docs, there’s an excellent service that can generate all necessary documents based on your business — TermsFeed. But it’s not free, so make sure it’s an investment you’re willing to make.
I hope you’ll put the templates we’ve provided to good use! Add legal pages to your Ecwid store to make sure your customers feel safe. Give them a reason to trust you.
If you have any thoughts on making our notes on the subject better, don’t you dare to keep them for yourself! Share your ideas in the comments below, and we’ll update the documents accordingly.
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