Building a website with a developer vs. building my own with a website developer, how do I know which is suited for me?
Depends on your needs. If you need a very customable store, and your store is going to be HUGE, then perhaps a website developer is your way to go. However, keep in mind that will easily cost you around $2000, and will mean that every change to the website will require a developer or website manager. (Of course, you can build a beautiful DIY e-commerce site for free). Keep in mind also that most website builders offer a wide range of customization options, so it’s probable that most of your adaptions needs will be answered. And if you build your own page, you’ll be able to regularly update your website, without outside tech support.
I don’t have technical know-how, can I still build have an online store?
Absolutely. Most websites builders are built with people like you in mind, and offer intuitive, drag-and-drop user interface. For example, you can build a beautiful online store using Wix that doesn’t require any coding knowledge at all.
I’m a small business owner, is having an online E-commerce store for me?
Yes. Having an online E-commerce store is especially useful for small business owner. With an online store you can promote your business, whether you are a wedding planner, photographer, or a small mom and pop shop. Let’s say you have a small spa, you can add a scheduling integration to your store, than will allow potential customers to book online the best time for them.
How often will I need to be updating my online E-commerce store?
Depends on you and your abilities. The optimal answer is as often as possible, and ideally, you would have a dedicated person working on the online store. However, you also need to take into consideration the purpose and size of the store. If you are mainly booking appointments through your website, you probably wouldn’t need to work daily on the website. If, however, you are selling products, more work on the website will probably be needed (updating product description, promoting the site etc.)