Bring your business online
Implementing a digital transformation strategy could allow you to start selling online. Work your way through the simple steps below to see if this is right for your business.
Would your business benefit from a website?
Here are some things to consider:
- Do you have a product which could be sold online?
- Do you have a service which needs promoting?
- Would you benefit from customers being able to contact you via your website?
- Do you have the cash to invest in creating a website?
If you've answered yes to any of these questions, take a look at our useful pointers below.
Icon expand Update your business plan
To build a successful business, having a clear mission and specific goals is vital. The best way to do this is to write a thorough business plan.
Not got a business plan? Download this free business plan template from the Prince's Trust Website.
Icon expand Work through how you will ship and fulfil orders
- Define a strategy
- Calculate shipping rates
- Packaging options
- Insurance and tracking
- Customs declarations (if shipping abroad)
- Labelling your packages
- Fulfilment warehouse
You can find more information and resources relating to e-commerce shipping and fulfilment online.
Icon expand Build your own website
You can find many companies online, specialising in building e-commerce websites using templates. You won't need any coding or technical knowledge to use them.
Icon expand Optimise your web pages for search engines
Search engine optimisation (SEO) makes your website easy to find using relevant words or phrases when they're entered in search engines.
Icon expand Cyber security
As your business moves online, ensure you’re doing everything you can to protect your business. The National Cyber Security Centre have produced this guide for small businesses looking to transition online.
Find out more information on how Ulster Bank can help you protect your business from fraud on our security and fraud page.
Related guidance and support you may find useful
Whether you're starting an import export business or your existing business is ready to expand overseas, this guide could provide you with some insight on things to consider when starting to export.
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