Setting Up an Ecommerce Website

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Setting Up an Ecommerce Website

A quick way to get a business started in today’s world is to start as an online business. Whether you choose to sell other manufacturer’s products or to create and sell your own products, having a website that is easy to navigate, safe to use and provides a great user experience is important. If you are ready to design an ecommerce website and get your brand going, here are some steps you will need to take.

Provide Users with an Easy Way to Pay
While you are creating the design of your website, you will have to think about a variety of aspects from how product pages will be laid out to how your customers will be able to shop and pay for products. The easiest way to integrate a payment system into your website is to use ecommerce shopping cart software. This type of software provides the best way for your customers to shop because they can save products into their virtual shopping cart while they are browsing more products.

Once your customers are ready to buy, they can use the shopping cart software to safely pay for their items by credit card, debit card or any other payment form you are willing to accept. This safety, along with other safety features installed on your website, will help your buyers be sure they can trust you with their personal and financial information.

Offer Incentives
Many ecommerce businesses have a hard time finding ways to stand out from the crowd. The best way to beat the competition selling similar items is to provide incentives that the others do not provide. Often this can come in the form of a percentage discount for new customers, coupons on popular or seasonal items and discounts especially for those who follow on social media or subscribe to your brand’s newsletter. With these incentives both directly on your site and found other places online, you can provide deals that will create loyal customers now and in the future.

Don’t Forget Customer Service
Just because you are not meeting your customers face to face doesn’t mean that you can forget about offering customer service features to your site visitors. Because our business may be a startup, you can begin small with customer service by offering an email or automated live chat service to help with common questions and concerns. Once your company grows, you can add additional customer service features such as free return shipping, social media customer service and telephone customer service. Without good customer service, you can lose loyal fans fast.

If you include these essential features on your ecommerce website, you will be able to attract more visitors and make more sales. Remember that feedback is important, so if your website is not working for a majority of your visitors, make sure to listen and be able to adapt your design, functionality and services.

Tips For Test Driving A New Car

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We are shopping for a car for my 16 year old daughter. We went to a dealership the other day to test out a car she was very interested in. It was very overwhelming. The dealership was bright, promotional signs everywhere, and employees following everyone around. If you have anxiety like I do it can get bad very quick. You are already nervous and sometimes the over-stimulation can make you even more jumpy. Thankfully we had my Dad with us and he not only worked for a major car factory but he has bought several cars in his lifetime. He handled the test drive like a pro and even shared some tips. We wanted to pass them onto you so the next time you want to test drive you can like a pro and save yourself some anxiety.

 

Call and tell them what make and model you are interested in. Let them know that you are planning on test driving and ask how much time you can have with the car. Make an appointment if necessary. My Dad was good friends with the owner of the dealership, so we were able to take any car we wanted but it normally doesn’t work like that. It is best to know ahead of time.

 

Plan your day around test driving. Pick 2 or 3 cars you are interested in checking out and then spend a good amount of time testing them out. Planning your drives ahead of time also will give you confidence in your mission. You’ll be more mentally prepared for the task because you’ll know what you need to do. Never, ever plan to test drive on a day that you have other appointments or important activities. You do not want to feel rushed.

 

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Tips For An AMAZING Road Trip

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It is road trip time and most destinations are just a drive away. However, you can’t just jump in the car and go. You need to plan your trip because you don’t want to get stuck somewhere unfamiliar and not be prepared.

 

Most cars have GPS now and even roadside service but you still need to be prepared. Below are some tips to make your next road trip amazing and well prepared!

 

Have an emergency kit ready and in the car

Sometimes something will happen on the road and you may need something. Pack a mini tool kit, extra cell phone charger, flares, paper towels, drinking water, first aid kit, work gloves, and nonperishable food. That way if you are stuck on the side of the road you have the essentials. Also it may be a good idea to pack an extra set of clothes just in case you have to change a tire and get the ones you are wearing messed up. It seems like a given but make sure you have a cell phone to call road side assistance, 911, or a tow truck if needed. We actually keep a prepaid cell phone in the car for emergencies. Just make sure you charge it before leaving. If you have a service such as OnStar make sure the bill is paid up and you have minutes for phone calls.

Also, please, please buy a window punch and put it in the glove box. If anything happens and you are trapped in the car this is a must needed tool to break the window and exit the vehicle. Every car should have one.

 

Get your car ready to go

Check your tires and make sure they are properly inflated, wiper blades, work, fluids are topped off, air conditioning works, and hoses are in good working order. Check all your lights and turn signals. Remove any “excess” baggage to make the car lighter. Also check your spare tire and make sure it is inflated and usable. Don’t forget jumper cables and a jack.

 

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Taking Care of Your Battery

There is nothing worse then the sound your car makes when the battery is dead. That grinding clicking sound is a sure sign that you are going to need a jump or charge. It happens to the best of us. There are preventive measures to make extend the life of your battery and hopefully make the grinding sounds few and far between.

 

  • Accidentally leaving the exterior or interior lights, radio, or other electrical devices on.
  • Not using your car for several weeks. Even the car alarm will drain the battery after a period of time.
  • Defective charging systems. These can cause a battery to be over or under-charged.
  • Very hot or cold weather can damage a battery.
  • Fitting your car with the wrong battery. Different cars require different amounts of power to operated.
  • Old age. Batteries, no matter how well maintained, will only last for about 5 years.
  • Many short-distance journeys will leave your car without sufficient time to recharge.

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How To Get A Great Car Insurance Rate

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When you buy a used or new car you always want the best rate for insurance. You need it and sometimes it can be difficult to afford. You definitely don’t want to be one of the thousands of people driving without insurance. But how can you get the lowest rate?Ask yourself these questions before getting a quote. When you talk to the agent explain all the details that may be important. Let them know how much you drive the car. My Mom only drives hers 2 to 3 times a week and gets a considerable discount on the insurance. Be honest about everything because if you do get into an accident and the insurance company finds out you lied it could mean some serious out of pocket expenses.

How much do you drive each week? If you don’t drive a lot of miles during the week that could lower your rate. To lower it even more, think about taking public transportation or riding your bike to work or run errands.

How old is your car? If your car is old you may not need collision coverage. Sometimes that can cost you more than the replacement value.

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