Before you start setting up your DecoNetwork system, you need to collect some key information and plan the resources you will need in order to setup and run your online business. Below is a checklist of things you will need to do before you get started:
- Choose and register your business name
- Register for a business identification number
- Choose your suppliers
- Choose your shipping providers
- Choose a payment gateway
- Register a domain name (optional)
1. Choose and register your legal business name
Your business name is a name under which you operate your business. If you do not already have a business name, you should put some thought into the name that you choose. Your business name not only identifies you to your customers, but also allows you to differentiate yourself from your competitors and enables your customers to make an emotional connection to your business and brand. You should also consider if the domain is available. Be sure to check if the name you want to use is trademarked. Trademark infringement can carry a high cost for your business.
Once you have decided on a name you need to register the name with your government, unless you want to trade under your personal name.
2. Register for a business identification number
Depending on your country's laws you may need to register for a business identification number for tax and other business purposes. The identification number is referred to by different names in different countries. In Australia it is referred to as an ABN (Australian Business Number). In the United States, it is referred to as a EIN (Employer Identification Number) or a Federal Tax Identification Number. Check your country's laws to see if you need to register for a business identification number.
3. Choose your suppliers
DecoNetwork includes over a 10,000 catalog products from major suppliers, including SanMar, S&S Activewear, BTC Activewear, Superior Activewear and more. Click here to view the suppliers supported in DecoNetwork.
These products are pre-configured with all the necessary data (such as price, sizes, colors, decoration areas and product description) needed to sell through Business Hub and your web store. You simply choose which products you want to sell and add them to your site. Choosing to sell catalog products means that you avoid the need to manually create and upload your own products and start selling sooner.
Contact your chosen suppliers to set up an account with them.
4. Choose your shipping providers
DecoNetwork supports live shipping with a number of shipping providers. Click here to view the shipping providers supported in DecoNetwork.
If you have a account with a supported shipping provider, you will be able to easily configure live shipping, meaning that shipping prices will be calculated automatically using the most up-to-date prices when a customer orders through your site or when you create an order in Business Hub.
Contact your chosen shipping providers to set up an account with them.
5. Choose a payment gateway
A payment gateway is a merchant service provided by an e-commerce application service provider that authorizes credit card or direct payments processing for online retailers or traditional brick and mortar businesses. If you want to accept online payments, you will need to have an account with one of the supported payment gateway merchants.
Click here to view the payment gateways supported in DecoNetwork.
6. Register a domain name
A domain name (or URL) is the website address of your online business. DecoNetwork allows you to use a custom domain name to run your store under or use a DecoNetwork domain name. To use a DecoNetwork domain name, you simply specify the first part of the name and pick from one of the many extensions provided by DecoNetwork.
If you choose to use a custom domain name, you will need to register and purchase the domain name through a domain registrar or reseller.
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