3. Location! Location!
Although, you will be running an online consignment store, you still may need a physical location. For example, you need a place to photograph your merchandise, store inventory, and meet with your consignors. Most importantly, you want to make sure you can create a well-lit studio in your location. This will allow you the ability to take professional looking photos, which then can be included on your online consignment store's website. For example, if you are selling clothing items, then you would need racks or shelves, in order to adequately organize your merchandise. Also, you will need space for mannequins when taking photos of certain clothing items.
4. Create a web-site that is compatible with online consignment shopping.
You can either create a website yourself, or hire someone to do it for you. Which ever route you choose, you must make sure that you have a domain name, web hosting, store template, shopping cart, and privacy protection software. When building your website, please make sure that you have helpful customer support professionals in place to assist you. Especially if you are not familiar with buying or selling on a website portal, you're going to need all the support that you can get. If you would like to know how to create a website using Dreamweaver, then you want to read the article, How to Build an Online Store with Dreamweaver 8 for step-by-step instructions.
5. Get your business license.
Just like any other business, you will need to register your business with your local state's office. Specifically, you will need to register a business name, get your license and permit, and provide information for tax purposes. Due to the fact that many states have varying procedures and laws in regards to registering your business, you should check with your local state's office for more information.
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