That is what I was trying to explain earlier on one of my posting, before you go out and spend tons of money test the water, see if you are getting the response you were expecting. It`s much cheaper to spend 300-600 bucks than finding out you spend thousands and your business never took Off, Just keep in mind that once your business takes off, it`s good practice to update it, and make the changes you need as you go along. Once you have the funds coming in and your business is booming, then get a professional web site developed. At least this way you know you will get your return on investment.
Honestly TWC, there are other options out there better than prostore. I`m pretty sure if that is all you are looking for, "e-commerce site", I know resources that would perhaps help you alot, and that look much better than Prostore. email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you resources.
i just wanted to thank everyone on this post, it`s been very informative. i`m in the process of creating a business plan for my product concept, and i`ve had many questions along the way that have been addressed in this post.
i`m looking forward to being able to come here to the community for advice when the time is right.
I think Paul (twc238) hit on a key strategy without even realizing it. eBay! For those of you who are startups with scarce capital to invest carefully, starting your business first on eBay (for e-commerce businesses) is a great idea. I know numerous friends that opened an eBay store to test the market and begin selling goods online. This evolved into having both an eBay store and their own website. Now, all their business is done at their own website because they built a great eBay reputation (word of mouth) and had time to get their own site promoted.
By using eBay, you have access to their hundreds of millions of users and can work within their highly successful framework. You will also learn a lot about doing business on the web and definitely gain a better understanding of the requirements needed before you spend big bucks building your own site.
Here are a few resources at StartupNation about starting an eBay business:
And for those of you in the Las Vegas area...or with some frequent flier miles...the Sloan brothers will be at eBay Live 2006! on June 14.
Hope this offers another avenue...