You’d like to start a webshop but have no clue where to start?
What do I need to start a webshop?
There are 2 big platforms to create your webshop:
WooCommerce is a bit more tricky to implement, but in exchange it is 100% customizable which is great if your goal is to stand out from everyone else.
Big benefits are:
– Endless customization
– Better SEO
– No subscription fees
Shopify is an easy to use platform to sell articles for your webshop. Even though you are stuck with the themes they provide, your given quite a lot of customization possibilities to express your company.
Big benefits are:
– The best service in the business
– Easy to use
– Clear and fair pricing
So which platform is the one for you?
It’s dependent on your tech skills. In case you are a little bit handy with tech, WooCommerce might be the choice for you since in the end it will be cheaper, more customizable and better in regards of SEO scores.
However if you’re not the most comfortable person in regards of configuration and so on, just go for the stable and easy to use Shopify platform. In case you run into trouble Shopify has a 24 hour support service that is praised across the world.
What would it cost me to start a webshop?
This is very much dependent on how much work you will be able to do yourself (think of product descriptions, pictures, placing actual products in the store, etc).
So dependent on the size, chosen platform and other functionality/content the prices vary a bit but you need to think in a range of € 1500 to € 3000
What other costs should I take into account?
– Transaction costs (around 3% per transaction)
– Subscription fees (Shopify only), between $ 29 and $ 299 per month (we would advise you to start with the small account and scale up in case it’s necessary).
– Domain name
– Web hosting
How do I update my stock on my web-store?
Both platforms provide extensions so that you can sync between the website and your personal administration (some are free and some are paid).
– Synchronize with an Excel file or Google spreadsheet
– Update it in the WordPress back-end
– Synchronise it by using one of many apps (available in the app/apple store)
– Use SFTP to upload XML/CSV files with current stock