Stay-at-home-moms have it good in that staying at home no longer means having to completely give up a career. Technology has made it possible to continue pursuing your passion and to even contribute to the family income without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Sure there are some things you cannot do from home like go rock climbing or hold many 8 to 5 jobs that need you in the office or out in the field full time, but your options are pretty vast, from telecommuting jobs to putting up your own online store.
Aside from mommy blogs and affiliate sites, online retail stores are perhaps one of the most popular income-generating activity that stay at home moms venture in. The great thing about online retail cialis stores is that they take considerably less resources to put up than a brick and mortar store. For one, you don’t need to spend money on rent nor have to hire people to attend to your store full time (unless your online store really takes off and you start needing help).
There’s also no limit to the kind of product you can sell, with online mommies selling everything from cloth diapers to homemade goodies. The product you depends entirely on your interest, suppliers, and business model you want to follow. Whether you sell innovative products that you yourself made or deal with something as dull as office supplies, the point is that you can make money of your online store if you do your homework and sell the right products to the right market.
If you are thinking about putting up your own online store though, it is a good idea to do some exhaustive research not only on the product(s) that would actually sell, but also on the logistics(supply and delivery), payment methods/system, and the actual amount of time you would have to put
in. Make sure that your supply is enough to service the demand, that there are convenient and reliable ways to deliver your products to your customers, and that you won’t end up with too much work on your hands that you entirely miss out on the very reason why you decided to be a stay at home mom – to have time to spend with your kids.
When it comes to the shopping process and payment methods, you don’t have to be financial or computer whiz to figure things out because there are lots of great retail POS software out there that can be tailor fit to meet your specific needs. However, make sure that you offer several payment methods to make your online store more accessible to different types of customers.
In the end, if you do decide to venture in online retail, you will see that having a great product is only half the battle and that what goes behind the counter (or the computer in this case) will either make or break your business.
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