Nothing Beats Free: Part 3 in an ongoing series
Opening a store is a large undertaking, whether brick and mortar or an online establishment. It is easy for costs to get out of hand. Here are some free or free-for-now software to help get your online store off the ground and save you cash.
The 5.2x version of AgoraCart is open source and free, though version 6.0 is coming soon. AgoraCart is PA-DSS and PCI-DSS compliant, meaning it is secure. This software is all about plug and play. After getting the software you can drop in various features like a Pay Now button. AgoraCart supports 10 different methods of shipping and payment. You also set it to send thank-you notes to customers. However, it should be noted that the free version comes with no support other than an internet forum.
Paint.net was originally created as an alternative to MS Paint. Now, it has grown to include a tab to help with image manipulation. Basic recoloring, cropping, and 3D rotation will allow you to make your product photos that much better. A picture may worth a thousand words, a really good picture is worthy of a sale.
Making the sale is only half the battle. Using Fedex’s rate finder, you can get a better picture of what it’ll cost and how long it’ll take to get there under different plans. This will help you predict how much it’ll cost to ship your product out and what kind of promises you can promote.
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