We all need cash. That is a simple statement of fact. Money makes the world go round. It puts food on the table and a roof over our heads. There are several things we can do to create extra cash if we think about it but the putting into action is the hardest part to do.
So often we are given snippets of info but never the whole story. Well to create an online store, which will enable us to earn some money when we get it advertised on up in the ranks of Google, is one of the things we can do. And the best thing of all is it need not cost us a fortune to do.
Several items are available which are totally free and can be used to create a really good site with good selling potential.
Let us see what you need to collect
You need to start with your theme and there is an extremely good one available free by the name of Crafty Cart.
This theme is aimed at selling on line. It includes all the basics that you require to set up your sales area. You will of course need to find your own products to sell but there are many drop shipping sites around that will enable you to do just that or you can sell products of your own making. I know someone who collected old vinyl records and sells those on line. He obviously has the chore of packing them up and shipping them out but it has proved very profitable. Vinyl’s have a sound all their own and are coming back into popularity.
The next item you will need is the WordPress ecommerce plug-in.
This you will need in order to accept payments on line via the likes of Paypal and Google Checkout. You will also need to set up accounts with both or either of those companies to enable you to use it their. Be aware that does take a few days as your details require verification.
This plug-in also has the ability to be altered to suit your needs. For example if you want to give discount coupons or free shipping. These can be chosen as options. You can integrate it with real time shipping costs on things like UPS etc.
One of the great things is that you can zoom in on products for a closer look.
Besides being able to browse through the catalogue you can check availability and show your products in a grid format. There are several upgrades available should you want them including the drop ship option which costs $100 but requires you to have the Gold cart option as well. The Gold cart costs $40. You can see the drop ship option in action here. What this option does is you click on the item you want to purchase and drag it into the box on the left and then carry on shopping. This makes for a visual view of what the buyer has chosen so far.
Get started on setting up your income stream