How to start an online store business is easier than many of you might think, I have added them on my WordPress websites over and over and always experiencing an increase in my traffic and sales. I have used two methods that I recommend to you, I suggest you consider either Shopify or Woo Commerce to get started with less stress.

Shopify

You will receive everything you need plus more when using Shopify, you can go with many store plans to get started in the eCommerce business. There is an expense to using this option, but for many people who would rather invest some money than build their own store on WordPress, this is your best choice.

  • Shopify Lite Plan $9.00 Per Month
  • Shopify Plus Plan You Must Contact Shopify
  • Basic Plan $29.00 Per Month
  • Shopify Plan $79.00 Per Month
  • Advanced Plan $299.00 Per Month

I recommend you go with either the Shopify Lite Plan or the Basic Plan, you really would be overspending if you went with any of the other plans at this time.

If you are interested in investing in how to start an online store business Shopify is the way to go, but I suggest you watch the video above to get a better idea of what is involved before you run off and signup.

Shopify Lite Plan

If you watched the video above you should have noticed they don’t give you any information on their Shopify Lite Plan, and that is your best option if you already have a WordPress website with traffic. You pay only $9.00 per month for this option, you just are not going to have a separate store from your WordPress website. In my experience promoting an online store and a website will overwhelm many of you, so I really have found for myself adding a store to my WordPress business is the best way to go.

  • Store Dashboard
  • Product Suppliers
  • Checkout
  • Shipping

With Shopify, you do have to go with a dropshipping store, so this is not even an option if you are interested in starting an affiliate store. Once you load your products onto your store dashboard and set up your checking and shipping you are ready to go. You will then be supplied a code to insert into your WordPress website, you can add it to a new page for a complete online store or you can just add the products you like in each of your blog posts or even go with both.

Here is a link I highly recommend you check out if Shopify sounds like something you might be interested in checking out, you will find this link will take you to Shopify’s Help Center where you can research even more what it takes to operate an online dropshipping store.

What Is Woo Commerce

Woo-Commerce is a free WordPress plugin you can install to your WordPress website in a matter of a few clicks, you just go to your dashboard and scroll down to plugins. Now you want to click on add plugin, and you just will insert in the search box Woo Commerce. You then just add and activate the plugin similar to the other plugins you have added to your website in the past. This plugin creates your store page for you, and you can even take advantage of setting up the plugin using the wizard that will pop up once you activate Woo Commerce. If you are interested in a more detailed step-by-step tutorial here is the link to my Woo Commerce Tutorial Page.

how to start an online store business

If you happen to be interested in viewing Woo Commerce videos you can click on the video image above to be taken to the website to research this plugin even more. By the way, you have the option with this plugin to promote affiliate products, digital products, and dropshipping products, so as I see it this gives you the most options for an online store.

Affiliate Vs Dropshipping Store

I just a few weeks ago added my Best High-Paying Affiliate Programs store on my WordPress website using this plugin, I have already experienced an increase in my traffic and sales. You are welcome to check out my affiliate store, you can get an idea what your own store can look like, and maybe help you make the decision if this plugin is right for you.

You all have more likely shopped on dropshipping stores, and you do have more control over prices and sales going this route. You also have more responsibility dealing with your customers directly which can be overwhelming if your dropshipping supplier is not doing their job. You should also keep in mind shipping costs really are high right now which forces your prices up, you also have the expense of paying for a checkout cart which is usually around 2.3% or more.

I recommend an affiliate store for beginners before jumping into dropshipping, you really should start with the safest and less stressful option as a beginner. Later you can gradually add dropshipping products to test if this is right for you, and with Woo Commerce, you can do this all within one store to test the water. If you find dropshipping is what you want to do and you want a Shopify store you will be more prepared for what is in store for you.

Show The World Your Store

How to promote an online store from scratch is way more difficult than if you already have a WordPress website with traffic, so if you already have an established website you can just keep doing what you are doing without coming up with a new plan.

WordPress Online Store

  • Blog Posts
  • Email Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Google
  • Paid Advertising
  • Groups
  • Forums
  • Guest Blogging
  • Google For Business

Just to let you know you can add your online business to Google For Business, I know when I started I thought you had to have a physical business to be listed on Google For Business.

Shopify Store

  • Paid Advertising
  • Free Shipping
  • Deals n Sales
  • Start a Referral Program
  • Facebook Shop
  • Instagram Store
  • Store Videos
  • Coupons
  • Contests
  • Shopping Apps
  • Referral Marketing
  • Podcast Marketing
  • Press Releases
  • Marketing Promotions
  • Promotional Products

As you can see there are many more ways you can promote a Shopify store, but you also must consider how much of an extra expense many of these methods will be as well. With a brand new store, you are going to be losing money until your store is known to the shopping world. You will have monthly payments for your store even if you don’t go with any paid advertising of any kind, but with your website already with the traffic, you can be earning revenue right away.

how to start an online store business

Why I Do What I Do

Many members of one of the business training communities I provide mentoring for free ask me why do you do what you do, and my website Mentoring With Jeff is basically a free business training more than anything else, and many of my Best High-Paying Affiliate Programs are not providing me income, but every program I add to my store I really feel is a great opportunity for people to earn an income, and not just to earn extra money.

Why You Should Have A Mentor

I would have experienced success much sooner if I had only had someone to guide me what works and what to avoid, but I had no idea how to find a business mentor in those days. You will also find the majority of professional mentors are going to charge you a hefty fee, but if you can afford to invest in a professional I do feel it is well worth every dollar you spend.

  • Strategies
  • Free Marketing
  • Paid Advertising
  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Avoid Common Mistakes

I am by no way a professional business mentor, so I feel I have no right to charge you for helping you along the way. This is a free service I hope provides more value to you and my website, you might be surprised to hear I am not getting wealthy from my website in the way of money. I do appreciate everyone who joins any of my affiliate programs even the ones I am not getting paid for. I just do this because it makes me feel good inside helping you, I don’t even insert any affiliate links in my posts any longer, so I am not doing this to take your money.

Low-Cost And Free Mentors

There are low-cost and free mentors available that are a good place to start if you are looking for a professional, and even though I do my best many of you might be more comfortable with a mentor who is a professional and can help you more. Anyone who is interested in how to find a business mentor I have provided some resources for you below.

  • Score Mentors
  • Small Business Developmental Centers
  • Women’s Business Centers
  • Veteran’s Business Outreach Centers
  • Minority Business Centers

How To Start An Online Store Business

This article was intended to help anyone interested in starting an online store by using Shopify or Woo Commerce Plugin, I feel both of these are very good store builders depending on your budget, and what type of store you have in mind. I stress you research what is involved in dropshipping before you start a store, I hear so many people tell me they wish they had just started an affiliate store instead of a dropshipping store after they experienced what all was involved. Many people invest so much money into a store and then give it up due to the lack of funds, so I hope everything I have shared will give you a good start on researching which one of these options is right for you.

What Is On My Mind Today?

I am extremely dedicated to this business training website, and since I started providing free business training things have been going much better for me. Sometimes you must experiment which niche is where you should be, I spend years experimenting with niches and now I feel I am right where I should be.

You are invited to join my new business training community group on Facebook, I just started this recently for another way to help more people with the desire to succeed with an online business. You can also visit Mentoring with Jeff on my Facebook business page as well, you will not find any affiliate links on any of these.

Thank You for reading How To Start An Online Store Business

Jeff


Jeff

Mentoring with Jeff provides small business owners and bloggers free business training through this website. You will find some affiliate links on this website to assist with keeping my business training up and running, but if you purchase any of these products there will be no extra charges for you. I post very few affiliate links in my blog posts, but I do provide you with links to other websites for your convenience and links to other pages on my website which may be useful to you.

4 Comments

dena briley · December 5, 2019 at 2:09 am

Thanks for all the information in trying to decide if a store is right for you. I have tried the drop-ship idea and found that with no more profit than you can make I am better off finding affiliate programs, they might not pay quite as much but they are so much easier and less time consuming. I do feel an affiliate store is the way to go.

    Jeff · December 5, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Thank You,
    I appreciate you sharing your experience with my readers and myself,
    I have had a similar experience with dropshipping and that is the reason
    I have used Woo Commerce to add an affiliate store on my website for
    you and all my other readers.

    I do love Shopify, but if you go with Shopify you are limited to
    dropshipping and finding good suppliers are like finding a needle
    in a haystack

    Jeff

Ari Prasetyawan · December 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about online stores.

    Jeff · December 6, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you for reading my post and commenting,
    if I can ever help you in any way, please
    let me know
    Jeff

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