eCommerce is growing which is why there is a burgeoning rise in the number of online stores. Consumers are used to the continence, ease and speed offered by online shopping and do not mind waiting a while for the merchandise to be delivered. The shipping fees and delivery charges don’t seem to faze them as the less stress and hassle is very much worth it.

If you are thinking of starting your own online store, there are three things you will need to sort out before you begin.

A Platform

There is a wide choice in the platforms on which a person can launch their online store. However, it is best to select the one that is easy to navigate and customize. You should select one you are comfortable using rather than one that has all the payment options under the sun. However, you still need to find out the preferred method of payment from your target audience. Usually online buyers use credit cards or bank transfers to make purchases online.

A Secure Payment Gateway

When you are looking at payment gateway options, choose the processor that ensures a smooth user experience, has the ability to grow with the business and can integrate into your current platform. If your platform does not support the preferred payment gateway, then it is time to upgrade. The most important thing is to select a method that is convenient for all your customers no matter where they are located.

An Efficient Delivery System

Whether you are offering products or services, it is important to make sure the customers receive what they have paid for within the agreed upon time period. Online shoppers place a lot of importance on shipping speed and this is a key factor when it comes to retaining customers.

Apart from these three basic things, there are additional ways to ensure your online store is off to the right start.

 Advertisements are one way to create awareness about your store and generate leads which can be converted to revenue. This includes maintaining an avid presence on social media and interacting with all potential customers to let them know exactly what your business is about.

Sending regular updates to existing and potential clients is one way to stay in their mind’s eye and get customers to leave positive reviews about your eCommerce business.