Etsy is a great way to get your business off the ground when you first start selling goods online. But once you’ve had time to establish a loyal audience and get into the swing of things, those little fees that Etsy likes to impose may seem less sweet. If you’re ready to establish a stand-alone eCommerce business, here’s the best way to get started.
Finding the tools you need
Even if you don’t know a lot (or anything) about coding or website building, there are plenty of beginner tools out there to help you launch your own site. Our Website Builder Business plan includes eCommerce capabilities, allowing you to create a functional, professional website for your business. Once your website has been set up, there are tons of customization options available in terms of payment methods, shipping preferences, and what sizes, colors, and other variations of each product you offer.
Choosing a quality domain
Choosing a domain is another important step to consider. If you have a custom domain that you already forward to your Etsy shop, you’ll be able to connect it to your website easily. If you were not using a custom domain before, grabbing a domain that includes the name of your former Etsy shop is an ideal way to continue your brand recognition. And if the .COM version of your store name is not available, don’t stress—try New Domain extensions like .STORE, .SHOP, .SUPPLY, and more for a unique extension that is far more likely to be available.
Giving it a spin
Not sure if you’re ready to set off on your own? Our Website Builder offers a free trial to help you get a feel for the CMS and see just how professional your website could look. If you’re happy with the results once the trial ends, easily upgrade to a full website product without losing any of your site’s progress.