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Starting an online store

Do you want to start a commercial webshop? Then there are some steps you need to follow. In this article, you can read which steps to follow. If you use this step-by-step plan to start your web-shop, you are guaranteed to do this in the right way. It can increase the chances of business success.

Register at the Chamber of Commerce

Before you can start a web-shop, you must first register your company with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce ensures that you are registered as an entrepreneur with the tax authorities. You will immediately receive a VAT number. You state this number on your invoices.

If you are registered as an entrepreneur with the Chamber of Commerce, you will be notified when it is time for your tax return. This is handy because, as a starting entrepreneur, you can sometimes forget to file your tax return. Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce’s notification, you are guaranteed to submit your tax return on time.

Register a domain name

When you registered your company at the Chamber of Commerce, you provided a company name. You register this company name as a domain name. Is your domain name already taken? Then you can’t register it. So it would be best if you chose a different domain name.

Registering your domain name online at ArkHost is quick and easy. You enter your domain name, check if it is still available, and immediately put the domain name on your name. The domain name can be easily ordered and paid online.

Make sure you have a good administration.

A successful business needs good administration. The tax authorities are not only happy with good records but so is the entrepreneur. If you have a clear and complete administration, you can run your business much better. You see opportunities, developments, and threats better and can therefore better respond to them. This is a must for business success.

Building a web store (or having it made)

If you’ve registered your company name at the Chamber of Commerce, you’ve registered a domain name, and you’ve set up a good administration, you can start developing your web-shop. You can build your web-shop yourself, but you can also outsource this task. Do you have no experience with web-shop development? Then it is better to outsource the construction of your online shop. This way, you can be sure that you get a high-quality online store, and you will also save a lot of time since you do not have to start developing your online shop yourself.

Once your online store is built, you can fill it with text, images, and possibly videos. Make sure your online store meets your requirements, wishes, and expectations. If necessary, ask someone to take a good look at your online store. Is there still room for improvement? If so, then make some adjustments. The more people who check your online shop for you, the better your store will be.

Apply for a Trademark

Is your store finished? Then we recommend you apply for one or more trust marks. With a Trademark, your store radiates confidence. Not all consumers attach much value to this, but many of them do.

Especially people who still find it exciting to shop online or in the past have been scammed by a rogue store, attach great value to trust marks. By applying for a Trademark for your online shop, you will convince these consumers to place an order in your online store.

Promote your online store

Have you applied for a Trademark? Then start promoting your online store. The better you promote your online shop, the more website visitors you will get. And if you have more website visitors, you are more likely to process any orders.

There are several ways to promote your online store. For example, you can place an ad in the newspaper, but you can also create accounts on various social media networks to promote your web store. SEO also works very well. SEO is also called Search Engine Optimization. With SEO, you adapt your online store in various ways so that it is better indexed by Google. Through the SEO adjustments you make, your store will appear higher in the search results of Google, thus will attract more visitors to your website.

You choose how you want to promote your online store. Whether you have a large or small budget for the promotion of your online shop: there are always several promotional tools that you can use to attract more visitors to your store.