Do you plan to use the start of a new year to launch a new business? Here are five of the sites that will help your dream become a reality.

In this day and age, if you’ve got something to sell, you are best off doing it through an online store. The good news is: that couldn’t be more straightforward. Several excellent eCommerce sites are on hand to smooth your path. Here are five of our favourites.

Shopify


Shopify makes it ridiculously easy to create an online store. Its ecommerce software gives you complete control over the look and feel of your brand. It handles everything from marketing and payments to secure checkout and shipping, so that you can focus on creating (or curating) your wares.

WooCommerce


Startups as well as established brands trust WooCommerce (the ecommerce arm of Wordpress) as a platform for their online shops. With support teams across the world, WooCommerce claims to be the most customisable ecommerce platform out there. According to research, WooCommerce currently powers a staggering 42 per cent of all online stores.

Wix


Wix’s easy online store builder will lead you in a few clicks to the shop of your wildest fantasies. A very cool element is that it automatically optimises your site for viewing on a mobile, too. With over 110 million users in 190 different countries, they say they “provide all the tools and features you need to build an amazing online presence for free”.

BigCommerce


Build a great shopping experience with the award-winning ecommerce site, BigCommerce, who claim that their merchants grow at twice the industry average. “In two years, we’ve seen 150 per cent increase in online sales. We had a big vision, and BigCommerce has not only supported us, they’ve grown with us,” says happy customer, Kirsten Dickerson, founder and CEO of online store, Raven + Lily (https://ravenandlily.com).

Etsy


Etsy is a marketplace from which over 33 million people in the UK and around the world buy unique goods. You, too, could sell your handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies on Etsy. The site’s simple, powerful tools and copious online support have attracted 1.7 million sellers to date.

January 2019