The following four steps will help get you well on your way to your ecommerce store. There are of course more steps to take, but these will get you started:

Step 1: Plan

The first step is to develop a plan. You may have already created a business plan for your traditional business, but make sure you take time to create a plan for your online business. From engaging with customers, managing sales and inventory, and getting your product out the door, it's a new way of doing things - so take some time to prepare.

Step 2: Find resources

Step 3: Find a platform

Shopify, Squarespace, and Wix are just a few of the many popular and user-friendly website design platforms that are used by millions of businesses to create functional and beautiful online stores with ease, for less. They offer customizable website templates. 

There are also local Chatham-Kent options that can work with you to build your website: find them in our directory.

Step 4: Get your team together

We are here to help! The Small Business Centre team and the Digital Service Squad offer free consultations, business advice, and even just a friendly ear to listen and discuss ideas. Contact us today.

Next steps... there is more to do including working on your Google Business listing, thinking about your payment processor such as Square, and more.