Three Innovative ways to pay for E-Commerce
Budgets for a new E-Commerce website can range from a few thousand to millions of dollars. Here are some ideas on how to fund this effort.
Budgets for a new E-Commerce website can range from a few thousand to millions of dollars. When the analysis work is properly done on the frontend of a new initiative, it’s pretty easy to build an ROI model that supports the required budget. Sometimes, however, you may find yourself with a need for E-Commerce functionalities that exceed the available budget. If you’re in this situation, here are some ideas you might investigate.
You may already be utilizing co-op advertising dollars to help support marketing efforts in your organization. Many of these programs also allow the budget to be allocated to web development and digital marketing activities. Often, the best way to maximize the access to these dollars is to create sponsored areas and allow each supplier to own that area of your new online store. Depending on your business and the number of vendors, you could easily generate enough revenue to offset your E-Commerce development and ongoing digital marketing budget.
There are some companies that will take on E-Commerce development with little or no upfront payment, in exchange for a per sale commission once the site launches. Typically, in these arrangements, the developer receives its fee based on a pre-established per item or per sale amount. While this kind of agreement might sound interesting, it can be difficult to find a win-win scenario.
Federal government grants for E-Commerce development and digital marketing are available to qualifying manufacturers. As you might imagine, there are some requirements and stipulations, but these kinds of programs do exist.
If you’re currently selling equipment, parts or services online and want to build a new
E-Commerce site, create a written plan that details how the new site will achieve significant new sales. Then check with your state and local government economic development offices to see what programs they may offer.
If you can demonstrate that selling more online will allow you to add new jobs, these
organizations are often willing to provide grants, loans and/or tax credits. Here are a few resources to help you get started:
- U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
- U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program
- 105 top small business grants
- Small business grants for immigrants
This is just one example of the practical advice you’ll find in our free guidebook:
Getting E-Commerce Right
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