Running a business is a journey. It’s always long, but it doesn’t always have to be tough. Digital Africa is at trending upward for success, and to own a store, you don’t need cement, you don’t need to pay rent, and you don’t need to hire store clerks. All you need to do is set up an Online Business and take the one-way street to easy success.
Read on to know 5 simple steps to becoming an ecommerce entrepreneur in Southern Africa.
Decide what you will sell
When you’re opening a conventional brick and mortar store, a painfully long list of expenses crops up. It comprises expenses of renting/buying land, interior decoration, electricity and miscellaneous costs. Unavoidable and exorbitant as these expenses are when you have a brick-and-mortar store, selling on Skymart means that such expenses become void. In the absence of a registration or listing fee, you can actually start your business at a zero set-up cost!
Sign up with an ecommerce site
There’s a reason why brick and mortar store owners are opening up to the idea of selling online. Not only is it much easier, quicker, and more convenient to sell online, it’s also way more. All you need to do is to sign up on Skymart, one of Souther Africa’s largest and most successful online e-commerce portals. Just visit skymartbw.com/sky-sellers or simply call +267 3939474 and register yourself as a seller for free. There is no registration fee whatsoever. As a 24×7 online market, Skymart gives you unlimited access to crores of customers across Southern Africa.
Get the basic documentation in place
Once you have registered with Skymart , you will need to get some basic documentation in place. Skymart will connect you to chartered accounts who guide you through this entire process. Once the docket is prepared, you just need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Skymart and you’re get, set, ready to go!
List your products
This is where you get started with your products. Before you decide which of your products to put online, do some research. Identify sellers selling similar products and see what performs well, and what doesn’t. Using what you’ve learned, choose which of your products to showcase. With online selling, the burden of browsing gets transferred to customers, and all you need to ensure is that your products look attractive and saleable. To do this, Skymart connects you with trained, certified photographers who can carry out professionals shoots for you at nominal costs. This implies that you get ideal product shots and can build a gorgeous product catalogue that will make your customers’ thumbs twitch!
Your product line is now ready to go live! Skymart connects all of its sellers to advisors who will give you and your team all the training you need to succeed, at no cost. At your end, you only need to ensure you do the basics right. Don’t keep the price too high or too low; keep an eye on customer demands, likes and dislikes by monitoring sales and tracking inventories. Never compromise on quality – Skymart Seller Rating system allows customers to boost or bring down your reputation depending on your performance; and, above all, make Constant Innovation your mantra!
As you dream of the future, you may hesitate and wonder: can I really do this alone? Worry not. Skymart’s trained advisors are always there to take you through everything related to online selling and your products and answer every one of your questions.