Advantages-Online-BusinessIn the increasingly digital future and present, a remarkable trend has begun to take form. Many newly created businesses have decided to avoid making brick and mortar stores, choosing instead to operate completely online. At first impression, one might see that as unnecessarily handicapping a business; after all, don’t most shoppers still buy from traditional stores? But, one has to dive deeper into the statistics to see this is fast becoming a thing of the past. As the amount of shoppers using online stores continues to rise (89% of shoppers prefer online shopping to in-store), doing business solely online has become more and more a realistic ideal. However, it’s not just the amount of people who shop online that makes online business such a great idea; here are the top 3 advantages to maintaining a completely online business.

1. No Costs Associated with a Brick and Mortar Store

Though you’ll still need some way to produce your product,—if your product is one that needs producing—having a solely online business can lower the operating costs involved. No longer will you have to worry about paying employees to man the register, or paying rent/for construction on an actual physical building; heck, you don’t even have to worry about cleaning or maintenance! Because all of your business is online, all of these maintenance/start-up costs are non-existent; all you have to worry about is building a bomb website, getting noticed, and getting your product to your consumer. Granted, these tasks come with some other fees and costs, but they come nowhere close to what you would have to pay with a brick and mortar store.

2. You Need a Website Anyway

One of the more prohibitive parts of starting an online business is creating a website that will hold your shopper’s attention long enough for them to buy from you. It’s a costly endeavor to create it and market it, and it can be difficult to maintain without the proper experience. With this, you might think that “hey, I don’t want to deal with that, so I’m not going to make a website”; but, the problem is, even with a brick and mortar store, you’re going to need a website! You see, 91% of shoppers begin their shopping journey online through research, even if they don’t end up buying the product itself online. If you have a brick and mortar store without this component, then you are missing out on a massive amount of business. So, if you already need a website, why not ditch the brick and mortar part altogether and join the online sphere?

3. Online Business Software has Improved

If you’re worried about dealing with draconian software that made online business deals such a hassle in the past, don’t be. There is a ton of software out there—from shopping cart templates to easy-made websites—that can make operating in an online sphere easier than ever before! Even better, if your line of work requires contracts, there’s PDF creator software out there that allows you to make, stamp, and sign contracts, all without a fax machine! Right now, it’s easier than ever before to create and maintain an online business, so get out there and try! Trust me; if the product’s right, then you won’t regret it whatsoever. Good luck!

Tyler Flexk is a writer who is fascinated by the ever-changing landscape of online business. He uses Foxit’s PDF creator whenever he needs to send an article in pdf format.