As a retailer, the best way to create an amazing shopping experience for your customers is to have an e-commerce store. However, setting up an e-commerce store might be the last thing on your mind when you are still trying to get your business off the ground. What then should you do? Throw your hands up in the air and give up. Wish or hope for a “better” tomorrow. Or follow Onpoint Success’s recommendation and build a free e-commerce platform that will make your customers keep coming back. I bet you will choose the later!
Building a free e-commerce platform is now easier than ever as lots of platforms are springing up and are offering business owners the opportunity to look “professional” as much as possible.
Today, I will like to share three of such platforms that allow you to create a free e-commerce site, so you can grow your business.[Read: How to Earn Loyalty from Current Customers and Turn them into Raving Fans]
This is a platform for e-commerce, websites and integrated marketing for creative entrepreneurs and small business owners. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and currently has more than 50 million customers around the world.
Weebly has a free online website creator which uses a simple widget-based site builder that operates in the web browser. All the site elements are drag-and-drop and the good thing is it automatically generates a mobile version of each website. This platform offers you unlimited storage, plus you have the option to have any url ending in .weebly.com, .com, .net, .org, .co, .info, or .us. (example.weebly.com)
Weebly has Android and iPhone apps that will allow you to monitor traffic to your website, update blog posts, respond to comments, and add or update products if you have an e-commerce online store. Another great thing is that the basic features of blogging and e-Commerce are supported. You can set up your e-commerce store and even integrate payment portals like PayPal, Stripe or Authorize.net.[Read: 7 Ways to Monetize Your Skills]
This is an Israeli cloud-based web development platform. With Wix, you can create websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag and drop tools. It allows you to add functionality such as social plug-ins, e-commerce, online marketing, contact forms, e-mail marketing, and community forums to your website using a variety of Wix-developed and third-party applications for FREE.
This is what I used in creating my first e-commerce website and it was beautiful. However, because it’s free, you’ll need to deal with a long domain name and lots of advertisement from Wix on your website. Despite this, it’s worth checking out.
Free Web Store
This is my absolute favorite of all three and you’ll see why in a minute. Free Web Store has lots of amazing features that make it the number place to recommend for retailers who cannot afford to pay huge sums of money for their e-commerce store. With the Free Web Store, you have all the tools needed to list your product online and have customers shop with ease and peace of mind. Some of the features include a simple yet powerful eCommerce solution, designs that are mobile and tablet ready and will work on any device, free SSL certificate, graphics that are automatically added to new, sale or popular products to increase product visibility, Instagram integration for that extra wow factor and lots more.[Read: 10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Website]
Once you build your free e-commerce store, remember that no matter how good anything free is, there’s always a type of limitation placed on it. That’s why once you build your free website, you should start looking into saving toward transitioning to a paid eCommerce site, so you can unlock all the possibilities.
Thanks for reading. Are you a retailer? Which of these platforms will you check out? Leave a feedback below and remember to share this post with a friend.