How to Start an Online Business

How to Start an
Online Business

6 easy steps to start and launch an online
business from the ground up

Every year more people shop online than ever before. Customers have grown to love the convenience of buying online, and new online stores are constantly opening to meet the demand. If you've ever thought about creating an online store of your own, now is a great time to get started. Don't worry— it’s not as hard as you might think. In fact, if you have the right eCommerce platform on your side, you can have your whole business up and running in 6 easy steps.

Decide what to sell

Decide what to sell

Most online business owners start out knowing they want to sell a particular product, but that decision is easier for some than for others. How do you decide what to sell? There are a few questions to consider that will help you choose. First off, what are your passions? What are you knowledgeable about? Pick a type of product that truly appeals to you, because then your heart will really be in your business. Don't stifle your creativity with fears that your store's capabilities won't be up to your needs— if you can ship it or download it, it can be sold online. Every market holds eCommerce opportunities.

Name your store

Name your store

Once you've identified your niche, come up with a name for your store. Put some thought into a name that will work for your business into the future and continue to properly represent your store. A good name is unique, descriptive, and easy to brand. Once you've come up with the perfect name, contact 3dcart to secure your website domain name (URL), a convenient service included with your plan when you sign up.

Get started with 3dcart

Get started with 3dcart

In order to run a successful eCommerce website, you'll need reliable, easy-to-use shopping cart software. 3dcart offers a 15-day free trial to help you decide whether we are the best eCommerce platform for your new business. Choose a 3dcart plan based on your needs, as you can always upgrade later— 3dcart's software is made to grow with you.

Build your online store

Build your online store

Your 3dcart account gives you instant access to some of the best eCommerce design in the industry. Over 100 optimized, mobile-ready free and premium themes await you, made for selling. Easy editing features make it a breeze to customize your store's design to perfectly capture your brand. Plus, 3dcart's team of expert designers is standing by.

Choose payment gateways

Choose payment gateways

3dcart comes with access to over 100 payment providers, including the big ones like PayPal, WorldPay, Google Checkout, and more. Don't worry about limiting sales by having to restrict your customers to only a few means of payment. With 3dcart, you'll be able to accept almost everything— like credit cards, e-checks, Bitcoin, and even traditional payment methods like money orders.

Configure your settings

Configure your settings

3dcart has all the features you'll need to run your online store the way you want and take advantage of all the smartest retail strategies. The deeper you go into the software, the more you'll find, and you can expand your store's suite of features even further by enabling additional modules. With 3dcart, you have an entire set of eCommerce tools at the ready, and all you need to do is decide which ones to reach out and grasp.

Trial Signup

There you have it! With these instructions to start you off, you're ready to get started building the online store of your dreams. And 3dcart doesn't stop at just the software: we have a dedicated support team ready 24/7 to help you out, completely free. Our marketing team is also available to help give your business a boost. And our designers can create the perfect store just for you, from scratch. We have an active forum and User Voice board ready to take your suggestions. With the best software and a full complement of experts, if you're looking to start an online business, you've come to the right place.

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