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starting a new business

by SGandP / November 8, 2012 8:50 AM PST

The wife and I started a new home business selling crafts and homemade soaps at trade shows. The interest is genuinely good so far. We are thinking about expanding to an eCommerce, but don't know which one to pick. What are some of the better ones out there for starters with a small budget?

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volusion
by jugador22 / November 29, 2012 7:49 AM PST

Volusion isn't too bad, you can get started with about 100 or so products for $19.99 a month for an ecommerce site. That doesn't include the costs of taking credit cards via the web.

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WooCommerce & Paypal
by mikusd / December 27, 2012 5:16 AM PST

Congrats on the progress you've made so far!

I would advise using WooCommerce (free for your needs), and just opening up a PayPal merchant account. The only money you would need to get this going is domain name ($9.95) and hosting ($120/yr). PayPal will take about 2.5% of your transaction...but it's a small price to pay considering how low your overhead is for everything else. You can set it all up on Wordpress site with the WooCommerce plugin, and within the plugin there is a link to your PayPal account!

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Tried Prestashop?
by priahammond / December 27, 2012 11:09 PM PST

We started our online business about 2 years ago. I knew nothing about eCommerce software back then. I was recommended to try a free webshop platform called 'prestashop'. It was free and very easy to install. We installed it on our 1 and 1 web server and it runs like a dream. The great thing is that we are not limited to the number of products we have and also the site is very easy to configure.

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osCommerce
by CSIonCnet / January 3, 2013 5:22 AM PST
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AmeriCommerce
by CozyOrange / January 19, 2013 5:23 PM PST

We have been using AmeriCommerce, and the customer service has been wonderful. They answer questions very promptly and are very helpful towards admins that do not have any experience with coding or setting up websites.

Feel free to give their free trial a try!

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by BrianMitchell1 / February 4, 2013 11:31 AM PST
In reply to: AmeriCommerce

First of all advices are must whenever you are doing a private business. It would help you to know more about business strategies.

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