Friday, August 28, 2015
Purchase a domain name for your store. A domain name is like the street address to a business. For example 'www.BestBuy.com' or 'www.apple.com' are domain names. You can purchase domain names from sites like 'godaddy.com' and pay a yearly amount. Prices for domains can be as low as $1.99 to $14.
Purchase web hosting for your online store. A web hosting company provides a shared or dedicated server for your website. Search for web hosts specifically for e-commerce sites--for example, ehostpros.com. Web hosting fees can start at $4 a month.
Find a web designer for your online store. A web designer will take your concept, images, and ideas for your website, then create your online store for you. You can locate web designers by going to freelance sites, such as 'Guru.com,' 'Elance.com' or 'getafreelancer.com.'
Determine what method of payments you can and will accept. PayPal and Google checkout are third-party processors that will accept checks and credit cards on your behalf for a percentage. Approval can take place in minutes.
Consider opening a merchant account. Instead of a third-party processor, such as PayPal, which costs more, you can actually open your own merchant account to accept credit card payments. You then can deposit funds into your checking account. You can go through your local bank to determine if it offers merchant accounts.
Advertise your online store. You can create banner ads, purchase ads via Google or utilize pay per click advertising. Pay-per-click advertising is a form of marketing where you only pay a certain amount of money if customers click on your ad to see your website. You can also advertise via online forums and online magazines.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Go to YouTube and click 'Create account.' Enter an anonymous username for your account, a password, and the e-mail address you created specifically for video uploading. You will need to confirm registration through e-mail.
Click 'Upload video' and click on your video in the screen. Enter a title and description for your video if desired. Remember to keep any information that might reveal your identity out of the description.
Click 'Upload video,' then click the link to the video URL once the processing is finished.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Download a transferring program such as Core FTP, Fetch or FileZilla from their websites (see References). Core FTP is free FTP client software specifically for Windows users, while Fetch is for those with Mac OS. FileZilla has download options for Mac, Windows and Linux users.
Open the program and enter the host name for your server into the appropriate field. The program will prompt you to enter a password if one is required.
Select the videos from their location on your computer when the window opens. Drag the files into the server, which will be on the opposite side of the window. Wait as the videos are uploaded to the server. Log out when you have uploaded all of your videos.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Upload the sound files to an online host. Many Internet service providers give their users a small amount of web space for free with their Internet accounts. If yours does not, look for a service like http://www.DataZap.net that specializes in hosting files specifically for auctions. Many image hosts will also host photographs.
Copy the address where your files are located. This is the address the host provides to your files and should start with 'http://www."
Go to http://www.eBay.com and click 'sell.' If prompted, enter your login information.
Choose a category for your auction and give it a title and price.
Click the HTML option from the box towards the middle of the page entitled 'Describe the item you're selling.'
HIDDEN=false HEIGHT=100 WIDTH=195
Replace the line in Step 6 that says, 'http://www.host.com/mysong.mp3" with the address you copied in Step 2.
Finish posting your auction. Your sound file will play within the auction in the auction viewer's default music player. Viewers have the option to play or pause the file.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Get funding for your e-commerce business if necessary. Consider taking a private loan from an individual you know in order to avoid high interest charges, or take out a bank loan. You can seek an angel investor, which is a rich individual who will provide you with funding. Alternatively, you can apply for grants from various businesses and the government to start your business.
Find an e-commerce website host, which is a company that will host your website on its servers. Most hosting companies offer several different hosting packages at different price rates, such as 'Basic' and 'Business.' You should choose a hosting package specifically for e-commerce websites; it will be tailored to a company's needs and bandwidth requirements, and may include perks, such as e-commerce tools.
Create your website if you have Web design programming and knowledge, otherwise hire a Web programmer and designer to do the work for you. Create a detailed website plan that lays out what you need and expect, and areas where you're open to input. Pay the programmer and designer in stages, and have all the details, including deadlines and payment info, laid out in a contract, which both you and the designers and programmers must sign.
Set up business bank accounts at your local bank, which is necessary to keep your personal and business finances separate from each other. Consider registering your business as a Limited Liability Company to reduce your financial risk.
Hire employees if necessary. For example, if your e-commerce business involves shipping packages all day long, consider hiring someone to do the packaging and shipping so that you can concentrate on customer service.
Hire an accountant to take care of your finances. It is important to keep accurate books and a detailed list of expenses so that your taxes at the year's end are accurate. You may be required to pay estimated taxes every quarter. An accountant will be able to advise you on all aspects of your finances, help you find deductions and pay your taxes on time.