When people start an online business, most of them worry about the extra payments that they have to make such as different taxes and shipping payments. However that is not always the case with online businesses. There are ways through which you can create an online store without paying any taxes. The following show how that is possible.
You can drop ship
When businesses use drop ship, you can take orders on your online store, however you do not have to bother with shipping payments and delivery as your vendor or distributor will be responsible for shipping the product to the customer. Therefore you will not have to worry about the inventory as you will be the connection between the buyer and distributor.
This is an easy method of selling your products without worrying about other incurring costs. A customer finds his desired product and then places an order for that product. Once the customer makes the payment and you receive it, you place an order with the vendor at the wholesale price. The vendor will then package and deliver the product to your customer with the logo of your organization. Thus the customer will believe that you have delivered the product to them.
The advantages of this method are that there is no need for inventory or carrying out the shipping of the product yourself. Since there are no inventory costs, the startup cost for the online store is cheaper. You would only require owning a website and once you do you can begin taking orders.
You can use a 3PL
3PL is known as a third-party logistics company. Most of the time the 3PL company takes charge of storing your products for you and sometimes they can also assist with customer support as well as product returns. Using a 3PL is not a difficult process. You begin by shipping all your products to the 3PL company. When a customer places an order from your website, your online store will automatically send the order to 3PL and then the 3PL company will deliver the product to your customer.
This method is usually seen as a traditional online store, however it just does not store the products itself nor does it do the product delivery on its own. The advantages of using the 3PL method is that there is no need for you to neither store your products yourself nor do you have to worry about shipping the products. Moreover, your online stores margins are 50% or more which gives you more flexibility on your marketing strategies. If you wish to start a traditional store without worrying about shipping and inventory then using 3PL is your best option. Some of the well known 3PL companies include shipwire.com, shipmyorders.com etc.
You can use Amazon FBA
Presently Amazon FBA is the most popular option among online businesses. Amazon FBA stands for “Fulfillment by Amazon”. It has a quite simple process; you begin by shipping your products to Amazon’s warehouse. Once you have done that enter the inventory of your products on Amazon’s marketplace. When a buyer places an order for a product on Amazon, it will package and deliver the product to your customer and provide them with proper customer support.
Using Amazon’s FBA option is quite beneficial as Amazon is in charge of everything so you do not have to worry about anything, moreover you will always get access to the huge customer base that Amazon has. It may be harder to promote your brand on Amazon as people will feel like they are purchasing their products from Amazon rather than you.
How to Create an Online Store with Blogger
By creating an online store on your blogger blog, you can improve your online business. Creating an online store can be quite complicated; however with the help of certain plug-ins you can easily turn your blog into an e-commerce site. You can sell almost every product you want on the online platform, as long as it is related to your blog. The following guide will show you how to create an online store with blogger.
To easily add an online store on blogger you can take help of the ECWID plug-in. ECWID is a free e-commerce shopping cart as well as a store solution that allows you to alter your blog into a properly running e-commerce platform. You begin by creating an account on ECWID.com; this process is faster if you have a Facebook, Google or PayPal account.
Once you create the account you can access the product dashboard where you can select the first product you want to put on sale. Choose the “select the product” option from the menu bar after which you move to the next step. Once you select the product you add their name, picture and price as well. There is an option to add more description regarding the product as well such as colors of the product, the category it belongs to etc.
Once you have selected the products, click on the “proceed to next step” option. There is a demo catalog available that will assist you with completely understanding the functions of the site. You have the option of deleting the demo catalog that will delete all the pre-added products on your online store.
The second step is to create a store. Once you remove the pre-added products, you can put out your product on the blogger site. You do this by clicking the “create a store” option which you will easily find on the menu bar. ECWID has four separate e-commerce widgets that can be used for your blogger store. These include program manager which will showcase all the products that you are selling, categories will also be provided, there is a mini cart that will help users during check out and a search box through which you can search various products.
After the second step has been completed you can find embed codes, which you copy paste to add a product browser and then go to blogger.com where you can add a new page. Add the embed code to change it to HTML code and name your page and click on publish. After completing this step you can add as many products as you would want. And these products will automatically show up on your blog.
The final step is the payment method. ECWID has various payment platforms such as PayPal, Authorize.Net and Stripe. You can choose whichever platform you desire from these three that you feel most suitable and the one that includes cash, checks and credit card payments. Once you select the “get paid” option, you choose which platform you want to use. If you want to use PayPal to gather all your payments click on the “get paid with PayPal” option, and enter your PayPal email address. In the same way you can choose the other two platforms.
Once you have completed all three steps, you can choose your desired shipping method by choosing the “configuring shipping” from the menu bar. While selling digital goods you can easily turn off the shipping option for the product. On the other hand when you sell a physical product you can easily follow the steps to the shipping method.