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Going Live - Selling Your Crafts Online

Feb 15, 2008
Any type of money-making adventure requires a lot of thought and dedication. This is especially true when you are planning to open a business to sell your craft. You might have the greatest product on earth, but if you don't market it correctly, people won't know about it and your product will go nowhere. For those who have already taken the leap and opened a store, you might know this already and you might be ready to explore other venues.

The Internet has taken the world by storm. Nowadays, many consumers spend a majority of their time and money surfing the web. What better way to expand your small business than by starting up your own website?

There are some important aspects to consider that involve more than just taking a course on how to develop your own html link. You have to get a game plan going, an idea of what you want to do and where you want your business to go in the future. Once you have a strong idea established, the rest can easily fall into place.

For starters, know what it is you want to accomplish with your online business. Are you trying to serve a larger customer base or do you want to better accommodate those individuals who already purchase your products? How detailed do you want your website to be? For example, do you want to stay strictly with direct sales or do you want to include chat rooms and customer feedback on your site?

Any business takes up a tremendous amount of time. You have to consider how much extra effort and energy it takes to open up a web-based business. If you are already swamped with orders for your product, consider hiring extra hands to help you out. You also have to realize that the Internet is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, so you will have to keep up on orders consistently.

What types of websites are you interested in using? There are a slew of options available, ranging anywhere from the cheap to the extremely expensive. If you are just starting out, consider finding a site that offers a free advertisement or an inexpensive one page listing. Be wary of "online malls" that offer paid advertisement listings because the site may not get as much traffic as it claims.

If you are going to pay money for a mention on a website, be sure it receives numerous hits. Conduct a little research before making your final decision. You can also start your own website for relatively little costs. If you really want to get high-tech, purchase your own domain and have it hosted by a third party. By doing this, your cost will be determined by what kind of service you purchase for your personal web site.

Stating an online business is no more involved than opening up a physical location. Just change your way of thinking and consider different circumstances. Doing so will enable you to become a great success.
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