As we slowly step into the spring of 2021, everyone of us hopes for the best. One obvious impact from the ongoing pandemic is that e-commerce has been more and more popular. In the past, a local restaurant might never think about investing in web design to enhance their branding. However, as people stop dining in the restaurant, business owners have to sell takeouts to sustain the business. On one hand, they can start to upload the menus onto local takeout apps like Ubereats; One the other hand, lots of restaurant owners start to realize the importance of online presence.
Restaurants might not be a good example of using E-commerce, but people have permanently changed their shopping habits for sure. Instead of walking around a busy mall for 2 hours, they will prefer to shop from home and stay safe. That being said, there are already lots of convenient and professional e-commerce sites that can help business owners to build up a website quickly. Let’s take a look at the most popular ones.
For normal people, Amazon is the most famous and common online marketplace to use. However, it might not be the best place for business owners. It is true that you can sell your products to millions of Amazon users, but you can’t build a professional website on Amazon. It can be a good place to market and increase your sales. If you don’t need a website, Amazon is the place to go.
Shopify might not be strange for most business owners as it has a good reputation of great user experience. It offers numerous good themes for you to quickly set up your online store, and your customers will enjoy the seamless shopping experience. However, like every other platform, Shopify does charge some fees which need to be taken into consideration.
WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. So if you already have a good website from WordPress, you can easily set up your e-commerce options with the WooCommerce plugin. The advantage is that it is quite versatile so that you can basically customize it by your preference.
Etsy is a marketplace focused on Arts and Crafts. It is like Amazon so that you can quickly set up a seller account and start generating sales. Again, if you don’t need a website, you can definitely use Etsy to reach your customers.
The above E-commerce platforms are not exclusive so you can have a website from Shopify and also sell your products on Amazon. It is always recommended to take a thorough research at the features and fees of the platforms before starting your online store. If you live in a big city like Toronto, you can also talk to a professional marketing specialist to iron out the details.
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