up a store on the World Wide Web doesn't need to be difficult or
expensive. In fact, it can be down right easy and inexpensive! You can
actually be open for business and have shoppers from all over the world at
your store within days! There is no other medium that allows you to
compete side by side with the big guys! Best of all, you can set up your
business to run automatically with very little time on your part. And what
time you do invest, can be done from any place in the world from your
laptop and an Internet connection! What could be better than that? That is
the number one reason for the explosive growth of the World Wide Web.
There is a lot of e-commerce or shopping cart software
available. Pricing for this software ranges from free to thousands of
dollars. Although some of the free software actually works (believe it or
not) it gives very little flexibility. As with anything, you generally get
what you pay for. If your clients are like most, the software that will
work best for them is some where in the middle - between $250-$750.
Of course, you will want to be able to accept credit cards
as accepting credit cards can increase your sales easily by 500% or more.
To do this, you will need to get set up with a merchant
account. There are several that we use and recommend to our
clients, but there are others that are good as well. We have listed a
couple of these on our Industry Links
page for your convenience.
You will also want to to make sure at least the e-commerce
portion of your site is hosted on a secure
server. Quantum provides this service at extremely low wholesale
If you are a skilled web designer, we can point you in the
right direction for any of these items. Otherwise, we can design
the site and manage the complete process for you.
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