One of the most frequent questions that my daughter and I have receive since launching CamMorgan Boutique is “Who did your website?” In which I reply with great pride, “We did it ourselves, and you can too!”
Startup costs for any new business can be the biggest hurdle to overcome for many, and often, these feared expenses work to discourage people from entering into the mystical wide world of entrepreneurship. According to web designer Mark Brinker, website design for a small business can run anywhere from $3,000-$6,000 all the way up to $20,000 depending on the number of pages and customization needed. I don’t know about you, but that was our total budget for the business, ain’t nobody got time for that LOL!
But much to our relief, technology has provided a solution for all individuals looking to launch their own website that no longer requires us to hire expensive web designers to develop and maintain our websites. eCommerce company’s such as Shopify, BigCommerce, WIX, and bigcartel has given us all the affordable luxury of designing and launching our own complete website for any industry! These are just four of many companies to chose from and all of these eCommerce providers offer different packages, pricing, and designs which can make it overwhelming to select just one.
So this is where I come in, below you will find a complete detailed breakdown of all the packages offered by Shopify, BigCommerce, WIX, and bigcartel along with website examples for you to review.
Shopify advertises a free 14 day trial, no credit card required. Just note that after the 14 day period you will be required to select a plan in order to access your website. This applies even in the initial design phase.
BigCommerce’s approach to pricing differs from those of similar tools, such as Shopify. Each plan comes with a threshold limit. For example, if your annual sales are over $50k you won’t be eligible to use the Standard plan; instead you’ll be upgraded to the Pro plan (a $50 per month increase). The increase to the next tier is automatic based on sales. BigCommerce also offers a promo for a 15 day free trial.
WIX is FOREVER FREE with ads! All Premium Plans offer a 14 day money back guarantee.
Instead of a free promo, bigcartel offers a forever free plan that can be upgraded at any time.
Let's continue the conversation!
Which site did you use for your business? What package do you think is best for your industry? Are there any other eCommerce providers that I should include? Continue the conversation in the comments! Also please feel free to share this blog so that we can all help each other reach our goal of successful entrepreneurship!Until next time….
Nicole G : Co-Owner CamMorgan Boutique