Selling goods online has never been easier than it is in 2020, thanks to the plethora of e-commerce platforms available to vendors.
From those who simply facilitate the buying and selling or products to the providers who will help design and market websites for their clients, the options go on and on. In 2020, there is also the ability to sell over social media as well as ways of uploading designs and artwork to e-commerce platforms that will manufacture the products themselves.
These Five Platforms Are Some Of The Very Best.
Starting with one of the easiest to set up and cheapest to begin using on a monthly basis, Shopify is a superb choice for businesses of any size. An outstanding example of an online shop build with Shopify is Staples.ca. This platform provides users with free templates for their online store’s design, but for any business requiring specialist functions it may not be the most adaptable; generally, Shopify simply offers an outstandingly easy to use shopping cart and order processing service. Unless you use Shopify Payments, the platform will take a 0.5% to 2.0% transaction fee, though many businesses starting out will see this as a worthwhile expense.
Squarespace combines the provision of an e-commerce platform with a functional and versatile website builder.
Vendors can sell unlimited products on Squarespace and, with a drag and drop design mechanism it is easy to get started with – though perhaps not quite as straight forward as simply using a template. Squarespace runs on a monthly subscription plan with dedicated versions for those looking to use a website for e-commerce.
For those wanting marketing and SEO (search engine optimization) guidance and a huge amount of flexibility, Magento could be the right choice. Used for superb websites such as restaurantfurniture.net it is an advanced e-commerce platform for those looking to pioneer in their industry.
There is a free version of Magento that can be used looking for those to try before buying.
4. Social Media
A revelation of the past few years has been the ability to sell products over social media. While this is not the best option for businesses who are selling products all the time, it is a useful tool for those looking to offload items or test the water before diving into the business.
Specific e-commerce platforms they might not be but ignoring the power of social media and the ability to make profits from them would be disregarding an excellent approach.
Last but not least, a platform for the artists out there.
Redbubble is what is known as a Print-On-Demand online marketplace, meaning artists and designers who wish to sell their work on a T-shirt, mug or face mask do not have to manufacture the items themselves.
Artists upload their prints and select which items they would like it to be available on for customers. Redbubble does virtually all the rest, with marketing and sales decided on by the platform leaving the designer to do what they do best – keeping on designing.