Whether you intend to operate your online store as a standalone or to complement an existing brick and mortar, there is a lot to be gained.  Below are some of the benefits of selling online

1. Cheaper running cost

Generally speaking across all businesses, the balance to keep overheads at a minimum and still deliver on quality customer service can be a challenge. Operating a brick and mortar store means paying rent, staffing, equipment, advertising, inventory, and tax. All of which can reduce your profit margins to a bare minimum.

Operating an online store has proven to lower overheads significantly.  Setting up an online store is very affordable, and the cost of running it is very low. In some online business models such as drop shipping, you do not need to maintain an inventory or incur the cost of storage and shipping.

2. Lower marketing cost

Marketing cost for an online set up is relatively low. Compared to a brick and mortar where sending a newsletter to a thousand customers by post would be more expensive and time-consuming, an online store can send the same via email at a lesser cost monetarily and effort wise. Target marketing for an online store is way more effective and cheaper.

3. Expansive market reach

An online store’s ability to reach your community is remarkable. Depending on what products you are selling, this reach could extend to being nationwide and even internationally. For cross-border sales, however, a business owner has to contend with tax, export and import implications.

4. Your store is open 24\7

Cyberspace is not restricted to time zones or physical limitations such as borders. As such, not only can you sell cross borders, but your online store is also open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Given that everything is automated including payment gateways shoppers can purchase any time of day that is most convenient for them. The store owner also enjoys excellent flexibility as they can add products and any necessary update at any time of day.

5. Increased awareness of your business

Online businesses can leverage on consumer search through search engines like Google. When customers within a given geography search for a product or service that you provide, they are likely to see you displayed as one of the businesses offering the service or product they are searching for. Google will rank you higher if your site meets their requirements such as being mobile friendly and being search engine optimized. Your store is likely to have a lot of traffic coming from search engines which work to your benefit regarding consumer awareness culminating into improved sales.

Conclusion

There are many benefits to online selling provided you keep investing in the marketing aspect and refining your selling processes.