For those of us with small businesses, the novel coronavirus has hit hard. In many places, customers are still unable to physically visit premises: or simply feel that it is unsafe to do so. It isn’t too late to jump onto the digital trend: and online sales might not just bolster you through these difficult times, but help you grow your business overall.
Here’s how you can get started with ShopFactory.
Since 1995 we’ve been building and improving the ShopFactory solution: we want to help you sell your products and services online, and we’re the ideal Do-It-Yourself eCommerce solution.
We strive to make our solution as simple as possible, and we’ve been refining it based on user feedback for 25 years.
With our solution, you can be up and running in no time - and there are a number of additional benefits to setting up a digital store. Here are four which are particularly relevant at the moment:
1. Online stores are cheaper to run
It’s no secret that a lot of businesses are struggling financially at the moment. With reduced opening hours, less customers, and even partial or full closures. Covering the costs of rent, utilities, storage and more can be difficult even during regular times.
With online business, you don’t need to worry about a number of overheads, such as electricity and rent. Depending on what you sell, you can even come up with creative solutions to store and ship your products.
2. Online stores don’t have set opening hours
One downside to the current situation is that opening hours are constantly shifting and changing: there have even been times where I’ve personally headed out to support a local business, only to find they’re not open due to reduced hours.
Online businesses can be open 24/7 - meaning your customers can buy from you the minute they think about you. With no transport, parking or additional time needed from your buyers, it’s also more convenient for them: meaning they might make more frequent purchases.
3. Online stores require less active work
Although the orders can roll in every minute, you’ll only need to work for a few hours a day to process them. We help track your purchases, payments, and order statuses, so that you can easily maintain oversight of what’s happening within your business.
We also take a lot of admin work off your hand: helping calculate shipping costs, creating secure checkout pages, and integrating with a number of different applications and plugins.
You don’t need to be a design expert to get started - we have a number of easy to use templates you can plug and play with: so you can sell your first product the day you open your shop.
4. Online stores can be run from anywhere
We’ve all got friends and family who need our support in these unusual times, but we’re often limited to set locations when we have brick and mortar stores.
While it can be wonderful to get to know your regulars and be a part of an active community, an online store means you can pack your bags and be with the people you love when you need to be - you can also take holidays, live flexibly, be present for loved ones and stay profitable while you’re on the go.
E Commerce is booming, but we understand that this isn’t a time for risks: so we’re offering a free trial to anyone who thinks they could benefit from digitalization. You don’t even need to enter your credit card details.
If you’re ready to see how we can support you and your business, access our free trial today: https://www.shopfactory.com/contents/en-us/d274_download_free_shopfactory_trial.html
- Lena Klein