This article is guest posted by Nitin Agwaral.
Believe it or not, it is possible to live your dream and make a generous income selling services through an e-commerce website online. Of course, if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it, wouldn’t they?
There is a step-by-step process that you need to use to make sure that you succeed when selling online:
Build Your Reputation
Before you are even ready for your first customer, you must build rapport to increase the credibility of your website. As an example, if you are selling WordPress themes and modifications through your website, then your own blog should be very well designed to reflect your skills. Your customers want to see that you are living up to your claims in what you are hoping to sell them, or they will go elsewhere to buy from your competitors. This is truly the best way to make a great first impression on all visitors to your website so that they don’t leave immediately and increase your bounce rate.
Set Up Payments
The only way that you can sell services on your website is if you have one or several payment options to make it convenient for customers to buy from you. Perhaps one of the simplest choices is adding a PayPal button to your website, where customers will be able to pay you directly from their own PayPal accounts. Of course, this eliminates any customers that don’t have a PayPal account if you only accept PayPal as a form of payment exclusively, yet it makes it all the more convenient for those that do use their PayPal account to purchase through eBay or Amazon regularly. On the PayPal website, they will prompt you on the prices and how to set up different types of buttons, like “Buy Now”, “Add to Cart”, or “Subscribe”.
Plimus is another online option in a shopping cart for e-commerce stores, and it will give you global payment technologies, customer support, marketing tools, and a complete sales cycle for all purchases. Otherwise, you may want to try the user-friendly option of a pre-made shopping cart, such as Zencart or X-Cart. These are online shopping programs that allow you to affordably sell your services online, although they have limits in their customization if you want to add special features or change them to match the functionality of your website. Your choice of shopping cart will depend upon your own technical skills as to whether you would like to use a pre-made or customizable shopping cart.
Decide on Your Invoicing System
If you are selling services online, it is important to determine the type of invoicing system that you will use, whether it is hourly prices or fixed price packages. To further determine what your customers are looking for, you may want to set up split testing pages to see if customers are more likely to purchase hourly packages or fixed price packages of your services. Again, this is something that takes continuous testing and tracking to see which option will be most profitable for your business.
The truth is that there are many components involved in running a profitable e-commerce business, yet it can be done successfully when you are committed to your entire online business plan. Much of the success of your sales and conversions has to do with the appeal and navigation of your website, as I detailed above, making it easy for customers to find which services they are looking for, add them to their cart, and purchase from you in just a few simple steps. This is truly one area to focus on if you want a leg up on your competition because if customers have a difficult time purchasing services through your website, they are likely to simply leave and take their business elsewhere. Luckily, a loss of a sale can easily be prevented through the effort and care that you take in setting up your e-commerce store!
Nitin is an internet marketer and founder of Offshore Ally – a Virtual assistant company. He likes to share his expertise on making money online and especially by selling services like virtual assistant services. If you are looking for a virtual assistant for your internet marketing venture, you can connect with Nitin through his website.