Your basic project plan needs to document the answers to several questions which will then inform your business plan and future growth of your business.
Basic Market Research
Other Questions to Ask
What kinds of payments will you take? Cash, Card, PayPal, Venmo, etc?
All states require that you collect sales taxes, regardless of whether you are selling in person, or online, how will you keep track?
Terms of Service
READ THEM, make sure that what you are agreeing to when you sign up to sell on a website is something you can live with. Are they keeping or licensing your art? What are the fees you are paying? How much of your money are they keeping?
The sites below are just some of the options that can help you get an online business started. The level of help they provide depends on your subscription to their services and all of them have different fees and ways of paying the artists and creators. Many of them help you keep track of shipping, taxes, and help you with your inventory and accounting. Do your due diligence and research all the pertinent information, including terms of service, you may need before you make a choice.
Best known online store for crafters and artists
Good for both online and in-person sales, keeps everything in one system
"Print on Demand", upload your art, customer picks item, they do the rest, you receive "Artist Margin"
Also "Print on Demand" (allows you to set your own profits), or sell original items and you do the shipping
Higher-end mix of Etsy and ArtPal
Alternative to Squarespace, offers similar services including online and POS options
Helps you monetize your music, verify its originality, and get your content on other music services
More like a social media site for creators, followers can sign up for different levels of memberships. You are charged a percentage of what you make on the memberships, plus other fees. Great way to start building a following.
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