Do you dream of opening your own online boutique?
Finding the perfect products, building a killer website and coming up with a catchy business name are only small parts of the process of starting an online boutique. So how do you go from dreaming about starting an online boutique to actually opening an online boutique?
Not sure? Don't worry...I've been there, done that and came up with a few simple steps to get you started on the right path to success.
If you have ever thought about starting an online boutique, you've probably asked yourself...Should I sell on Facebook or start a website?
And you are not alone...many boutique owners ask themselves this exact question every day!
Let's say you decide to start an online boutique right on Facebook. You create a Facebook page, pick a cute name and start posting items for sale. You add your friends and family to the page and they invite their friends and before you know it, you are almost to 100 fans (cue the confetti)
A dream without a plan is just a wish, or so they say! A business plan can help you validate your business idea, clarify strategies and goals, and plan for future growth. If you have a dream to start an online business you better get to planning. Maybe you started your online boutique but didn't even write a proper business plan?
Either way, you need a plan and here are my top free resources for business templates and 500+ Free Sample Business Plans from BPlan.
You can't start a business if you don't have any products to sell. There are three options for you to source products to sell in your online store. You can design your own products and find a manufacturer to make the products for you. Another option is finding a wholesaler supplier to purchase products from and the last option is finding a good drop shipper.
If you are just starting out, finding a good drop shipper to partner with is a great option. When you partner with a drop shipper, you can offer their products in your store without coming out of pocket to purchase inventory. In addition, the drop shipping partner will ship the products for you directly to your customers.
There are some great Shopify Apps you can use to find the best dropshipping partners for your store.
Shopify is by far the best and easiest way to create an E-commerce website without all the headaches. They are an all in one solution for busy entrepreneurs who want to build beautiful websites and have a hosting option all in one.
First, you want to start your Free 2 Week Trial, during this time you can create your website and launch it when you are ready.
Once you start your free trial you can get started! You can choose from one of over a hundred themes, both free and paid for your store. Think of the theme as the "look and design" of your overall store. This includes your homepage, products, and pages. You can even search for themes based on what type of business you own and what type of products you are selling. The options are endless and the end product is professional and easily adaptable to the needs of any business.
Here are over 100 free resources and tools to help you launch and grow your Shopify store.
Ever find yourself wondering around your favorite boutique and all of a sudden you have a question? It could be a sizing question, maybe a stock question or even a question about the store's return policy. When you are physically in a store, the solution is easy...just ask someone! The same questions arise online and the best way to drive customer satisfaction, loyalty and sales are to offer an online chat and messaging system for your online store.
Here is a list of the top 5 messaging and chat apps that can help you drive sales in your online store:
Ever wonder how to take your "aha" product idea and turn it into a marketable product? Today I'm going to show you how to take a concept or an idea and turn it into a product that you can bring to market to sell. Bringing your vision to life is something that many people dream of but don’t know how to do, so I’m going to walk you through the steps that you can take today if you have a product idea but don’t know what to do to get started.