Turn that green thumb into a golden business idea with Shift4Shop. Learning how to sell seeds online is a lot easier than you may realize. It’s a great way to supplement your gardening habit with extra income while getting access to some of the best seeds around. But it can do more than supplement—it can become your main source of income.
Don’t quit your day job just yet. There’s a lot that goes into starting a business. Today, you can make a smaller financial investment, but you’ll still need to do your legwork and really understand how ecommerce works.
1. Find the right software for the job.
First thing’s first: You want fertile soil to in which to plant your store. That means a shopping cart software solution that’s easy for you to use (but makes it easy to get help if you need it).
Choose a dependable solution that links with major shipping carriers so you can spread your seeds wherever they’re desired.
2. Choose a name and secure your domain.
A catchy name is always a nice thing to have as you learn how to sell seeds online. But it’s also important to secure the domain that matches it. (A domain is your web address or URL.) Typically, you can do this through your eCommerce software or a domain registrar like GoDaddy.
Make sure you pick a unique name that also expresses the fact that you sell seeds.
3. Dig up a supplier with whom you can partner.
Wholesale distributors of seeds are actually pretty easy to come by. A simple Google search reveals stores like Mountain Valley Seeds and Park Seed Wholesale. Don’t stop with the top search results, though. Make sure you do the research to find a dependable partner with fair pricing. This is a crucial part of learning how to sell seeds online.
4. Register your business.
Secure an LLC or some other form of business registration in your state. It’s always a good idea to work with an accountant for this part of the step. But you’ll need to make your business a legitimate legal entity.
5. Create a website that will help your store grow.
Using your ecommerce software, it’s time to create a website that shows off your seeds to potential buyers. You want a website design that exudes life. Either pay a designer to put it together for you or choose from one of hundreds of different layout templates that come with your shopping cart software suite.