Thursday, February 21, 2008

Master of the Shop, Dah-duh-dah-duh-dah...

I really want to start up an e-store. I'm not sure what I would sell, but I have that entrepreneurial spirit thing where I feel like I should be running something. My best friend says it's because I'm a Jew, which sounds anti-semitic and yet maybe true at the same time.

I must confess, I have no idea how to run a retail business. In addition to the obvious considerations like space, products, and manpower, the e- in e-store presents its own e-challenges. Like e-ordering, e-shopping carts, and (hopefully) e-payment. You can buy ecommerce software packages from Ashop that sound pretty comprehensive. This shopping cart software allows me to sell online, accept credit cards, and customize my e-shop to fit my unique needs. Which are...? This is a service I didn't actually know I needed until I stumbled upon it, and that makes me wonder: what else am I missing?

Watching my friend Mrs. Hannigan's adventures in business ownership should be enough to scare me away, but the idea just keeps hanging on. So with software squared away, the next question is, what should I sell?

5 comments:

Shannon said...

Hi Emily! There's a whole lot more by way of e-commerce software packages out there too. I'd suggest you check out shopify (www.shopify.info) and some others.. there's such a huge range with a massive difference in price and features.

Emily the Great and Terrible said...

I'll be sure to check those out.

me said...

I think you'll be OK as long as you don't hire my mother.

me said...

did I just say that out loud

Emily the Great and Terrible said...

lol, I'll keep that in mind. I probably shouldn't hire mine either.