In the last letter, I shared that we (my wife and I) decided to sleep over the idea of starting an online store.
During this period of time, I’ve spent all my time researching and dreaming. You might think that I’m researching if it is actually viable to start selling on Facebook and if there are actual customers that wants the canvas.
Well it is wrong 😩
I was spending time researching on tools.
- What email service provider? Mailchimp or Drip
- Is it alright use to use Facebook Page without Shopify
- If yes, what about SEO? There are reviews that shared that Facebook page have poor SEO. Moreover, you run a risk when you are selling on a platform that you do not own. Having a Facebook page is like renting a store online. Facebook can bring down your page if they do not like what you are doing.
- What about payments? How do I collect payments? Internet Banking? Paypal or Stripe? or even COD? In the US, you can collect payment straight from Facebook, but not in Singapore.
- What about shipping? Singpost, Ninja Van or 3rd party logistic?
Leon shared with me that using Shopify is easy, plus you have control of your own brand. ie you own the domain name and it is your property, no one can take it away.
Personally, I also have been exploring Carousell and Shopee. Both apps look pretty much the same and getting started to sell on both platform is easy. The interesting part about Shopee if the ability to take payment on the platform which I think it makes it easier for us sellers and it also have a more defined logistic integration.
Needless to say, the thought in my mind was to list my products on every platform but that would also mean that there are lots more things to manage and take care of.
As you can see, up till now most of my discussions are still on “what platform to use” which the exact reason on why starting is hard. Simply there are too many things to consider.
In fact, we should be spending more time on doing user research to see if people are actually interested in our stuff. No point setting up all products on these platform but no one is buying. If no one is buying, this is not a business at all.
Or should I fall back to Woo-commerce?
What! Another service? How many services are there?
Yeap. There are tons of services are there, the ones mentioned here are the common ones.
I use woocommerce for Bikeroger in the past. It is build on top of WordPress and most importantly it is free. But if you need other services or plugin, you need to pay. The good thing here is that it is free to start but as you grow bigger, you might it a pain just to pay for every other thing. Which is also why it leads to my thought of just using Shopify at the start. You pay monthly and you have everything. You just focus on selling.
Up till now I still have not make the decision on what platform to use. I have to do something other than conceptualize forever and ever, endlessly.
What should it be? Hmmm…