Opening an E-commerce Store and its misconceptions

E-commerce is the buzz word in the modern era and according to an estimation $4.5 million e-commerce sales is expected in retail by year 2021. With that kind of craze towards e-commerce and m-commerce, it has become inevitable for business to go digital and open their own eCommerce stores as the future would all belong to eCommerce. Already with both spouse working, it has become quite difficult to find time for people to visit physical stores rather they prefer to order through eCommerce stores with the click of their mouse pad. One simply cannot ignore the ease and advantages attached to it. Giant marketplaces like amazon and eBay only add to the ease of customers and competition for online retailers. 

If one is a little bit educated or aware of the latest trends across the globe, then it is certain that he/she would want to open his own e-commerce store. Is it an easy task ? Of course, it is, and all you need is a laptop or a tablet to begin with creating your own e-store and start selling but the question is " Is it so cheap that any one can get started and make huge profits". The answer is no, it is not that cheap. Surely, there's no need to invest in a brick-and-mortar location to sell your custom-made sneakers or rent out an office but there are things you need experts for, otherwise, you can make your store but not make sales at all. 

There are a few misconceptions about starting an e-commerce business which we will discuss that will eventually help you make better decisions. If you're considering starting your own store or selling through global marketplaces, make sure to ask others or research properly as to the process of starting up, and the financials involved. 

1. E commerce business costs nothing

This is wrong notion that one can just start e-commerce business without investing and earn millions. Rather while it is true that you don't have to pay for a physical location, nor you have to buy an infra but digital space in itself is an infrastructure for that and as all good things it comes at a cost. For all practical reasons, you need to take the help of experts for building your store to have optimal functionality which comes at a cost. Second, you would have to maintain your store on a regular basis. So, in short, you would need eCommerce web designing, eCommerce product upload services, eCommerce catalog processing, image editing, order processing services, and many more. So, you would have to calculate and plan your budget to manage all this for being a successful seller online.

Most of the investment for an e-commerce business takes place upfront in the "build process," although it's suggested to take an idea of the costs involved throughout the lifespan of your business (such as shipping costs and monthly domain amounts). The beginning stage of planning your business is a great time to understand your sales funnels and how much funds will be needed to stay afloat.

2. "If you build it, you will earn profit."

No it does not happen that way. Rather, after building the store, it is more essential to market just as you need banners and advertising for physical store, similarly, you need to spend your budget on digital marketing for your store for substantial time period so that it gets searched on various search engine. That will eventually lead to sales. Even if you build a startling website with all features and products, the marketing and traffic generation components of starting an e-commerce business cannot be compromised. Yes, your business is available to anyone on the World Wide Web...if, and only if, they find it.

For these marketing tasks, you can simply outsource your digital marketing to any result oriented company which can do the tedious back linking tasks for your site and help you in getting ranks. 



3. You necessarily need to make your own website from scratch
 
No, this part is not necessary to start selling online. You can get started simply by making your account on various marketplaces like amazon, ebay, sears, rakuten, alibaba etc. Here you will significantly reduce costs for setting up your store. But still you need to do the formalities for account creation and then you would need help in multi-channel product upload services including amazon product upload services, ebay product upload etc. In addition, you will need to enter the details meticulously, and write fresh descriptions to make your product page stand out. Also, you need to optimize your product pages on amazon and ebay to sell better. All this would require cost and you can calculate it beforehand. 

Second, you can also go for self hosted platforms which gives you inbuilt features and saves cost for your website. 
 
For example: If you're offering a product selection, an e-commerce hosting platform like Shopify would allow you to design your store easily and without hassle and allow you to upload product images and descriptions. It even processes shipping and fulfillment for you--down to generating the shipping label (paid online and everything!), so all you need to do is drop off your product at local UPS. You can also go for self hosted platforms like big commerce. 


It really exciting to begin an eCommerce selling journey but it is also important to know the stumbling blocks or rather the challenges in advance so that you prepare yourself better for the digital world and if you can foresee the challenges and keep the below mentioned things in mind, the day will not be far when you would start selling and making billions of your eCommerce business. So take the first step and keep moving diligently by taking support of experts at all levels and capture the increasing eCommerce market.

How outsourcing eCommerce product data entry services help your business

In this growing age of competitive business and digitized world, it has become imperative for businesses to go online to remain in the competition. For eCommerce store owners, outsourcing eCommerce product data entry services is a key aspect which may help them grow exponentially. There is a list of shopping carts available with varied features and enticing capabilities for the merchants to build their store on, including magento, 3d cart, volusion, netsuite, open cart, X cart, Zen cart, shopify and many more. The challenging task for all business – big and small comes next, that is to build their online catalog from paper catalog or raw data. This is where the companies face trouble and it could well make a difference between a successful and unsuccessful business. Populating your product database with all the relevant product details, attributes, meta data, descriptions and images etc. is a hell of time consuming and boring task.

Second, it requires some degree of expertise and knowledge to do it according to the algorithm of search engines else, you might end up wasting time for no real results as the product pages should also rank in search engines for visibility. This is where outsourcing comes into the picture. “The early beginner has an advantage” goes the saying.

As mentioned, many business have already drawn major advantages by outsourcing their important tasks and populated their stores with thousands of products and put themselves ahead of their competition. But “life exists beyond the sky” also. The data report of 2018 shows that Outsourcing major IT eCommerce works like product database management, can save more than 50% of organizational costs in terms of infrastructure and salary pay. While outsourcing these major eCommerce works, you can easily shift your focus to the other important aspect of your business. Moreover, it gives you the opportunity to get quality services without hiring anyone at your end.

Aumtec Solutions has been a major IT and eCommerce outsourcing partner and served more than 1000 online stores in their eCommerce services like product database management for multiple types of stores and helped business flourish. For more details, you can write to us at manish@aumtecsolutions.com

Which Marketplace is Better: eBay Vs Amazon

The hot questions these days to an eCommerce seller is to decide which marketplace to list their products on for quick sales. We try to compare the two giant marketplaces to answer your query.

Amazon is considered as the biggest eCommerce platform in the world. The huge advantage is obviously tremendous market size and public reach which makes your product visible to a large audience. But at the same time, its rules are stringent tough to follow for amazon product listings. Amazon is found to be a more expensive to sell on than eBay for sellers. But then, it gives you a wider reach to your customers. The way of working is such that amazon groups all sellers of same product into one listing while on the other hand eBay gives more leverage to the online sellers and you can create your own listings even if that product is already being sold by 50 more sellers. Amazon is unarguable the winner and has huge market in USA specially North America compared to eBay but recent data suggests that outside North America, eBay has actually done better than amazon in international selling in countries like UK.

Moreover, the categories you are selling also tell you which marketplace could be your cup of tea to begin with. The bestselling items on eBay are found to be car parts, phones and accessories, clothing, shoes and watches etc. While on Amazon, highest selling categories remain electronics, books and movies, jewelry, shoes etc. Hence, It’s actually difficult to figure out which is a better marketplace but you need to take your own decision as the answer would be different to different sellers.

Finally, one thing is very clear from the discussion that if you can list your products on both eBay and amazon, you could well be in seventh heaven. But for people, who cannot afford to sell on both platforms, they have to choose consciously and if they want to go for bigger market with more expense, amazon is your perfect destiny as it leads all marketplaces and provides stiff competition to Google also and if you want less costly product listings and less stringent rules for their optimization selling, eBay would be your pitch to play on. Connect me manish@aumtecsolutions.com

eBay Product Listing Services

eBay is second to none when it comes to popularity among buyers and ease of rules for sellers. That’s why it is one of the leading online marketplaces in the world today. Businesses making huge profits in today’s world have one thing in common, that is they are all selling their products on giant marketplaces like eBay. Obviously, it gives a huge market at one place and that’s why we call it marketplace. The question to sellers are many including, how to get started with eBay and how to make money. Aumtec solutions will help you with eBay product listing services. We have been helping eBay store owners for more than a decade now in listing their products, promoting their products, competitor analysis, designing templates, order processing etc. If you wish to make money through eBay, Aumtec Solutions is your way ahead.

What services we provide at Aumtec

At Aumtec Solutions, we offer one stop platform for eBay product database management. We look after all the things needed for managing your catalog and help you make profit. some of them are mentioned below;

  • Update goods and services listings in an organised manner.
  • We will also write fresh and unique descriptions containing keywords which help your products ran when someone searches on eBay.
  • We have experts who are aware of categorizing the products well and also maintaining your stock in order to present your products well for the customers
  • We will manage the product attributes and make your images enhanced for better customer experience.

We perform these tasks and other back end tasks to allow you focus on your sales part. We provide dedicated team for data management to our clients. It helps you save cost and money as well.

Our Specialties

  • Responsive to our clients
  • Reasonable price
  • Open to SLA and other agreements
  • Secured data
  • Dedicated team
  • Free Sample
  • 100% refund on non satisfaction

Contact us for eBay product listing and management services at manish@aumtecsolutions.com