Selling CDs and books over the Internet, offering self-made jewellery and decorative items online, selling trendy fashion to men and women - it has never been easier to set up your own online shop on the World Wide Web. Here we explain what you should look out for when choosing your e-commerce provider.Planning your new independenceWhoever decides to open their own online business first has to complete a number of formalities. The trade licence, which is absolutely necessary, can be obtained relatively easily and for little money from the local trade office. It is best to make an appointment online, as experience has shown that waiting times in regional offices are often extremely long! After registering your business, the tax office is automatically informed about the new self-employed person.
You will then receive a tax registration form relatively quickly, which must be filled out correctly and returned to the tax office. You may have to pay some fees to the responsible chamber of commerce and industry, but this institution will also contact you on its own.Once the official formalities have been completed, you can start setting up your online shop. Young entrepreneurs in particular like to use a ready-made shop system that includes an e-shop in a modular system as well as web space and their own domain name. However, more and more new e-commerce users are also using free WordPress plugins to take their first steps into self-employment.
What is now better for their own needs, everyone must now decide for themselves. But we would like to give you an orientation guide with our small comparison Shopify vs. Woocommerce. Shopifyand Woocommerce in direct comparisonShopify is a Canadian e-commerce company that was founded by the German immigrant Tobias Lütke in 2004, initially under the name Snowdevil, together with friends.
Their goal was to give small and medium-sized businesses in particular the opportunity to create their own online shop without much effort or their own technical know-how and to have it hosted in the cloud at low prices. Worldwide, more than 800,000 companies, including Google, Nestlé and Tesla, already use this offer.Conclusion: Anyone who knows little about technology and is already looking for a reliable hosting partner for little money is definitely on the safe side with Shopify's easy-to-understand modular system.WooCommerce is a popular plug-in for the free content management system WordPress and can be downloaded and used for free. The open source application embeds itself seamlessly with its e-commerce functions in the WordPress framework, the data storage is usually done via the meta data integrated in WordPress. Sounds good so far, but only the basic functions are free, for extensions, such as SEO and payment methods, there are additional fees.
Also, WooCommerce was developed specifically for the US market, for Germany, therefore, additional plugins must be used to ensure the legal security of the shop. Conclusion: anyone who likes to work with WordPress and is somewhat familiar with the system, its advantages and pitfalls, can take the first steps into their own independence with the free WooCommerce. Please note: Additional e-commerce functions are then but still chargeable!.