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    Default Setting up a website advice...

    Hi, I am starting an Internet based business selling my products and need (obviously) a good website, that can accommodate secure transactions.

    How much roughly do I need to budget for website design and set-up? I see web designers advertise anywhere from $499 upwards but I'm thinking it's more like in the 1000's...

    Advice?? I can't afford a huge amount up front, but it's crucial toy business... Anyone know of any good designers with reasonable rates? Cheers

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    I would answer this but I got my head torn off last time. How much are you looking to spend? My DP runs a web design business and specialises in ecommerce. I'm happy to PM you if I can get an idea of your budget

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    Hi - look up LBM designs. She is booked out til Christmas though.

    If you look at ecwid, it's a brilliant ecommerce solution that plugs in to wordpress or any other site.

    You can use paypal to start with, but it's better to take credit card too which will involve setting up a merchant facility - commonwealth bank is the cheapest.

    LBM designs can set up your entire site for you using Zen Cart for I think $550 - no joke. Here's her link:

    http://www.lbmdesigns.com.au/

    She did the image on my stall btw (though didnt do my site).

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    Thank you! That's great and although im not really up with all the lingo as yet, that site looks great and just what I'm after. I was quoted $6000 by another e-commerce design business earlier which nearly made me choke as a mum wanting to start small!

    Cheers

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    Yep, I was just thinking in the thousands is what you'll usually spend for a site with lots of products to be added as the designer usually helps you with marketing and everything else on top of making a unique website for you - this is often weeks worth of work for the designer/marketer.

    Another good place to start is Ebay

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    I work from home (wedding flowers) and my "shop front" is all on line. I got quotes for website and hosting from $1000 plus. I actually designed my own with wix.com for free and it's been great. Costs around $10/month to run. The only problem is that it's flash so cannot be viewed on iPhone etc. I'm in the process of setting up a website with adobe ( also free) so the site can be seen on any device.

    Btw... A year ago I could only handle email/facebook level computer stuff. I am not techy at all...I'm a florist lol!! The wix program is soooo simple it's just clicking and dragging... No weird codes or techy stuff.

    Hope this helps

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    I second Benji's suggestion that eBay is a good place to start out as a small business. Far fewer set up costs and an enormous pre-existing customer base.

    If you want your own website but want to do it on a budget you could try somewhere like Freelancer - where you post a 'job' and then people bid to do it for you. In the job you could include instructions on how to maintain the site yourself and to upload new stock etc.

    PayPal is definitely the easiest way to accept money initially. You can self onboard and it can be up and running straight away. Just be aware of their obligation to perform additional identity checks on you when your account balance goes over a certain amount.

    Another advantage of PayPal is customer trust - customers know that even if you are a new business it is 'safe' to buy with you because PayPal offers buyer protection. I've come across a few small businesses in my time with very clunky, unprofessional websites but the fact that they have PayPal has given me the courage to try them out.

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone! It's great. I'm sure I'm capable of navigating my way around some of the website tools but time is not really on my side, and I have a 1 year-old (need I say more)... Hence my love of the idea of getting someone else to do it!

    I don't have a whole lot of products so much, just (reslly cool) gift hampers I make myself that I'll sell through my website and deliver locally, so eBay doesn't suit... Otherwise I'd use it for sure...

    Def will use PayPal and def need compatabilty with phones.

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone! It's great. I'm sure I'm capable of navigating my way around some of the website tools but time is not really on my side, and I have a 1 year-old (need I say more)... Hence my love of the idea of getting someone else to do it!

    I don't have a whole lot of products so much, just (reslly cool) gift hampers I make myself that I'll sell through my website and deliver locally, so eBay doesn't suit... Otherwise I'd use it for sure...

    Def will use PayPal and def need compatabilty with phones.

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    How are you going to get people to know about your site?

    I would also suggest having a fb page. If you use wordpress + ecwid then ecwid can hook up to your fb page and will integrate a storefront into fb also.

    If you can work wordpress out, you'd be able to run it all free. BUt yeah - I think LBM is prob your best bet if you want to get up and running.

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