E-Commerce Business

smokin_gun

Village Elder
#1
Any villager doing an e-commerce business like drop shipping? I know it's a very complicated business especially when you're a beginner. What are the challenges?

I've also noticed most e-commerce websites like Jumia and OLX that try to sell in Kenya slow down and eventually cut their losses. Is it that hard to penetrate the Kenyan market?
 

reigai

Village Elder
#5
Any villager doing an e-commerce business like drop shipping? I know it's a very complicated business especially when you're a beginner. What are the challenges?

I've also noticed most e-commerce websites like Jumia and OLX that try to sell in Kenya slow down and eventually cut their losses. Is it that hard to penetrate the Kenyan market?
e-comm is huge with lots of challenges, be specific on what you'd like to know
 

MicJiggle

Village Elder
#7
there are many template driven e-commerce website builders suitable for drop shipping ..but be prepared to dig deeper into your pocket for hosting and adverts
 

reigai

Village Elder
#8
Drop shipping to be specific.
Dropshipping in a layman's language is all about;

1. Identifying products you'd like to sell in specific niches in a given market i.e Kenya or any other country in the world.

2. Open a webstore and create listings for the products using either shopify , woocommerce , hire a web developer or create one by yourself in wix, weebly or squarespace.

3. Create a means of receiving payments and paying suppliers using Mpesa (local market), e-checking , stripe and paypal for international markets.

4. Look for suppliers from China on Aliexpress.com, Alibaba.com, DHgate.com , Taobao and make a contract for them to fulfill your customers orders directly when an order is placed from your webstore.

5. Drive traffic to your webstore using FB Ads, AdSense e.t.c (MOST important of all).
 
#9
I guess most eCommerces fail to deliver products in time especially local eCommerces, Then there is a question whether buying online is cheaper and faster or expensive and slower. One question for you? Do you order online often? If not you may have an answer to general feeling on ecommerce among community. If you have a project on ecommerce, feel free to contact me here https://www.lenkeer.com
 
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