A story of our experience setting up an online store and selling physcial products in Singapore
If you wonder if you can ever be making a living by selling online? These series of story will be helpful.
If I could remember correctly, the problem occured when one of my friend was getting married. He wanted to get some of his pre-wedding photos printed on canvas.
He placed an order online but towards as delivery draws near, he got an email that the printing was unable to deliver. I think it was two days before the actual wedding. I used to work event company and they have those large format printing machine. So I called in and ask for help and these prints were born.
So I thought maybe there could be an opportunity for me to sell these canvas printing online. Plus my wife was into digital marketing. She can do the marketing, I can do the production, we can run the business together.
not sure if a husband and wife team is a good fit for business, I will keep you updated
The next thing I did was to buy a domain name, set up a Facebook page and we are ready to sell.
But is it really that simple? What if we don’t sell anything? We don’t know anything about what it’s like to be an e-commerce business! What if we mess it up?!?
So we wait…
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Resources: These are some of the questions we have in our mind during that period of time.
Where can you get domain names?
You can either used Namecheap or Godaddy. These are the common domain name providers. I’m a big fan of Namecheap because I’m used to the interface. It is up to you to choose.
What should you go for? .Com or .SG?
For us, it is .Com
A .Com domain is much cheaper and although there are lots of debates, I personally thinks that .Com offer SEO impact. Plus if you are planning to sell overseas, people might not be used to .sg too.
Should I set up a Facebook page to sell or a real e-commerce store?
We were not sure if we really wanted to do it but since we have gotten the domain name. We might as well set up a Facebook page to test out the idea. Setting up a Facebook page is much easier than setting up an e-commerce store, for sure.
How do you come up with a good name?
This question calls for a blog post itself but here is a short summary. We anyhow come up with the name. I have a similar idea for bossleecoffee.com; which I used to sell cold brew with a group of friends so I think bossleecanvas.com will be quite cool, plus no one is taking that domain.