For years now I have been going to start an online store but have kept putting it off and putting off, until today when I finally took my first few concrete steps! I plan to sell all things knives and blades here in Australia. I’m going to start very small and gradually expand as I learn my way around shopping carts and the knife industry. I’m calling the shop Blades of Oz and will share the steps I take along the way.
So it’ll be a learning experience for myself and I’m hoping others can learn something too. I have been making money from websites for more than 10 years now but I have never sold physical products. My strategy has always been to use advertising and affiliates to make money while I just added content to my sites. Ecommerce is a whole different ballgame though as I’m now dealing with customers, suppliers, packaging and posting, individual payments, and product quality. It’s a whole lot more involved than just throwing up a few affiliate banners or some Google Adsense. It makes you appreciate the companies paying for advertising on your sites a little more
As I take each step down this online retail path I’ll share what I have done and what I have learned, both mistakes and successes as I expect to make some of both. I’m hoping for more successes than failures though!