Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “get rich quick” with an online store?
But I am enjoying every little step I took to re-open shop at my new url location. And I did it! My new online shop is now open for business. HeartFeltPlayStore.com. If you chose to visit and buy today Here is a 10% discount CODE for you: NNN10%
I will share in this post with you a few details from the admin side of my This is not a tutorial.
Setting up or just moving an online business is a lot of work. Successful businesses make it look easy as 1-2-3 for their customers. If it was not easy to shop at a store no one would want to go back. I am grateful for the tools that Volution offers for my new store location’s success.
Rarely do we shoppers think about what goes on behind the magic of setting up an online store or even a brick and mortar store. So I thought my No Non-cents Nanna followers might like to get a glimpse of the work I am doing to move my Heart Felt Play Store from one E-commerce Platform to another one.
Follow along with my pictures: yeah, it used to look like Greek to me, too. I can’t wait for you to see the results when I open my new online doors for Heart Felt Play Store. I hope I will have made it easier for you to shop than it was before.
I want my online store to keep that old-fashioned personal service feel for my customers and keep csots as low as I can go.
I do not plan on ever hiring employees other than family to work for me: I do not plan on becoming a high powered multi-million dollar corporation. I plan on staying small, yet, profitable personal customer service from myself or one of my family members or student study program assistant.
Some say to make your store look like a million bucks big company.
Golly, gee-whiz. I believe in being transparent and honest.
My Heart Felt Play Store inventory is ‘warehoused’ in a spare bedroom. ( Great income tax deductions for those who do business legally.)
I want to save my customer as much money as I can without falling into a financial hole my self.
I take all of my own photos. ( Other online store use stock photos.)
It was a nice sunny day so I drug the white tent tarp outside on my patio.
There was a breeze was a challenge. Then the neighbor kids were running around barefoot with squirt guns.
This is what it looks like when I am trying to capture “the look” I hope for.
Only YOU know what was going on when I shot this elephant.
So, it is not perfect like a professional photographer would have created, but, I saved my customers money by doing the work myself.
Note: My later father was Ken Rene’, an amazing professional photographer. (I remember how meticulous he was and how much time he took to do his professional work. Personally, I do not want to take that amount of effort as I want to keep my store small and hands-on personal for my customers who still want fashioned service from a real live person..)
I picked a box full of this and that to haul a block away to the US Post Office. The box had to fit on my new four-wheel walker.
Yes, the founder and owner of this online store walk from her apartment too mail packages from the USPS Post office. And why not? It is good exercise and a whole lot less money than using the big delivery companies.
Note: My HeartFeltPlayStore.com has inventory psychically at my home-based business location, unlike many online stores who drop ship from Asia. I want my Mommy customers to feel reassured that I have personally mailed their 5 year old’s dinosaur birthday favors will arrive by ground within a week of ordering; not “A Slow Boat From China,” 6 weeks late.
The postal workers behind the counter are so nice to me whenever I exclaim, ” Help! I need some packaging solution ideas! Every one wants FREE shipping., but, I guess you ‘mailmen’ want your paycheck, too!”.
I know, I know, Amazon has taught us to expect FREE SHIPPING. But, that FREE Shipping we want may not be all that transparent. And, there may be costs you never thought about. No Non-cents Nanna is going to spill a few of the beans on postage stamps and delivery services.
Every delivery company expects to be paid for their service. Someone ends up paying the bill somewhere and somehow. It may not look like it, but the customer is really paying for their order to be delivered.
FREE Shiping is a marketing gimmick.
Merchants can offer to cover postage and handling fees when they have sold enough to absorb the cost of shipping without going broke. When moms, dads, and teachers buy from me they can purchase in small quantities versus a gross or a dozen. They may pay a tad more than the drop shipper who is getting goods directly from an unknown manufacturer in Asia. But that is not what this post is all about.
One of my favorite postal clerks ( the guy who puts up with me so well) pointed out a few huge bank breakers on my sample product boxes. I prefer to mail orders in a bubble wrap envelope. But, I have some of the cutest animal beanies and hats that have no choice but to be mailed in a cardboard box.
The box is where the price of shipping goes up, especially when I have to add crumpled brown packing paper. So I made an executive decision to bundle basic tee-shirts that color coordinate with the animals hats instead of packing materials.
Besides., what mom has the time to run all over town trying to find a color-coordinated Tee-shirt to go with a dinosaur tail or maks as an example?
Uh oh! That does not sound right!
YIKES! And just WHO wants to pay $1 more?
Did you know that everything, more than what customers see, has to be entered into individual admin pages?
OOPS! I found a mistake. I am so glad I have not PUBLISHED yet. I know all too well how many typographical errors that I can never live down online.
Disclaimer: this post is meant for entertainment purposes. It is not meant to be a tutorial. I already have some good basic computer skills in my No Non-cents Nanna tool belt. For the most reliable information for those who are dreaming about an online store of their very own, I recommend contacting Volution directly on how their support system works.