How to start an online store

Everything you need to know about selling online

Launch your very own online store and turn your dream into an online success. Need some help to get you on your way? No worries, your store will be up and running in no time!

Follow your passion

Many people dream of having their own online store, because let’s be honest, there’s nothing that beats making your dream come true! Online stores are a huge success across the globe, so don’t wait any longer. Grab this great opportunity!

 

Not a tech whizz?

Do terms like ‘HTML’ and ‘coding’ make your skin crawl? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Luckily you don’t need any technical knowledge to set up your online store nowadays. Our system is, dare we say, entirely dummy-proof!

 

Make sure you have a plan

The key to a successful online store is usually a well-thought-out plan. But where do you start? We’ve made a little overview for you. And once you’ve set the wheels in motion, you can always rely on our Support team for additional help!

 

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Decide which product(s) you’d like to sell

What’s an online store without products? Nothing of course! So first things first, consider what you’d like to sell. Are you keen on offering a niche product and do you aim to become the absolute expert in that field? Or would you rather offer a wide, varied range of different product types? Whatever you choose to do, always try to stand out!

 

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Put pen to paper

If you’re looking to set up your own online store, make sure you get all the paperwork done.
 

  • Register with the Chamber of Commerce
  • Make sure you are aware of the applicable legal framework
  • Identify what makes your online store so unique
  • Get to know your target audience
  • Determine where and how to obtain the products you want to sell
  • Make sure you have everything you need to process and wrap your orders for shipment
  • Choose a shipping partner
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Choose a domain name

The domain name is your online store’s address or URL. Ours is www.myonlinestore.com. Needless to say, it’s best if you choose your domain name as you get started. Choose a name that is easy to spell and that clearly describes your online store, to ensure potential customers can easily find you. Also choose an extension that matches your target audience. An example? If you’re keen to focus on the Dutch market only, choose the extension ‘.nl’.

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Design your online store

The look and feel of your online store determine how your visitors will rate their experience. Always go for a professional look and a clear, straightforward layout. Also integrate your house style throughout, as this makes it very recognizable.

Once you’re done with the layout, start adding your products accompanied by a detailed product description and clear product photos. Also highlight your bestsellers, for example in a photo slideshow. Last but not least, decide on the payment methods to offer to your customers. All payment methods are available to all of our customers, even for MyOnlineStore GO packages!

So, ready, steady?

We think everyone should be able to turn their idea into an online success. Start for free with MyOnlinStore GO, use all our features and place up to 25 products. You can upgrade to the PRO plan at any time.

Start your free online store