The Internet is more than a tool for communication and you can use it for business purposes. New entrepreneurs might want to go for a website or have an account on a buy and sell website. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a comprehensive help guide for new entrepreneurs looking to expand market in the Internet.

E-commerce concept

A. Website
Websites allow you to personalize your own design and introduce all your items and products depending on your bandwidth. A website is a business’ virtual office and it is easily accessible for all customers. However, the only trouble with websites is that you are the one to make all the databases, inquiry and order forms and ensure that these are all working properly. While they guarantee you a wider market, they can also require you to have full technical knowledge of website customization and management.

B. Merchant Account
A merchant account is usually a free to use account in most merchant websites. These accounts are very easy to use and they allow you to upload unlimited numbers of product or service photos. Unlike websites, you cannot host videos directly with the account; you might need to upload to free video hosting sites such as Youtube for a video demonstration of your product or service. Another downside is that merchant accounts limit your visibility and brand to the buy and sell website, which might make for poor business branding.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>