Establishing an online store

To establish an online store you would need a couple of things:

  1. An Online Processor
  2. Our eCommerce Addon

An Online Processor

  1. PayPal offers everything that you need for online processing through their Standard or PayFlow services, or
  2. You may contract with separate companies to provide online processing. The two main requirements are:
  • A merchant account to process credit card orders. We do not offer this service but it could easily be acquired through your local bank.
  • Gateway services to securely process these credit card orders online. Likewise, we do not offer this service, however, we do recommend a highly reputable company whom we also use for our own business purposes.

Alternatively, if you don't want online processing you may allow your customers to place an order via an emailed invoice.  They would checkout like a normal online store, except instead of entering credit card information, they would click "Invoice Me".  Your customer and the store manager would both receive emails showing the invoice (items, shipping, total cost), and then payment could be made via postal mail or phone.  There would be no additional cost for this.

Our eCommerce Addon

This service is available for a one-time $250 setup and an additional $20 per month. The eCommerce addon provides you with the following services:

  • our shopping cart and customer login area
  • live shipping quotes from UPS, USPS, and FedEx
  • customer and order management, reports with charts/graphs
  • tax functionality, export to Excel, promotions, and more.
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