You’re ready to start selling your products or services over the Internet, but what’s really needed?
Here is a quick look at what you need:
- A web site
- Shopping cart software
- A way to collect payments
- A shipping carrier
In today’s world of technology, everyone is doing business online. While some companies conduct all of their business online, others have an online presence to back up brick-and-mortar locations. In any event, online merchants have unique advantages and disadvantages over those who are not operating on the web. They do however share a common concern, which is how to incorporate credit card processing services into their budget. Consumers buying products and services online expect a fast and efficient check out process.
Canadians ordered $15.1 billion in goods and services on the internet last year, up from $12.8 billion in 2007.
More people bought more stuff online in 2009 than 2007, Statistics Canada says, but the average internet purchase dropped in value.More people bought more stuff online in 2009 than 2007, Statistics Canada says, but the average internet purchase dropped in value. (iStock)
Statistics Canada attributed the increase to a rise in the number of online shoppers and a higher volume of orders.