It was reported that in the fourth quarter of 2019, eCommerce sales reached upwards of $187.25 billion. This is a growth of approximately 16.4% over the previous year, and these numbers continue to rise exponentially, leaving room for online businesses to grow.
There are also currently over 7 million online retailers worldwide, with 1.8 million of these retailers being in the United States. The internet influences more than 80% of all retail sales, and that number also keeps increasing.
Are you looking into starting your own eCommerce business? Here are the startup costs and other factors you should consider:
Lower Costs Online
Starting an online business typically means lower startup costs compared to trying to open a brick-and-mortar store. However, you still need to have a budget and a plan in place if you want to achieve success.
The first thing you need to work on is a business plan (you don’t need a business plan when working with Click Start Digital). You also have to research and determine what the retail costs are when starting an online business.
You can opt to use an existing service online to list your products such as Amazon or eBay, keep in mind though that you will be competing with hundreds of other e-tailers selling on the same platform.
For many of the marketplace options available today, payment is required to list your products as well as a final value fee, which is typically a percentage of the sale price. Costs can also get much higher on eBay if you are considered a Power Seller, and there are limitations to consider as well.
General Online Costs
Keep in mind that selling online is not free. To be successful, you have to make an investment in advertising and ensure that you provide high-quality products.
When budgeting, factor in the costs for:
- Marketing & Advertising
- Business Taxes
The average costs for any eCommerce store often include money to go toward a professionally built website, domain name, and web hosting for the year.
If you are looking to start your own online business, at the bare minimum, you want to have $5,000 to $10,000 available to cover these and other costs, including maintenance and inventory.
It is always a good idea to seek the help of professionals to ensure that your e-commerce store thrives for years to come.