February 10, 2009 11:43 AM Subscribe
What are the realities of running a small online business while working a full-time job at the same time? I've got a fairly well-developed concept for an online store that would market, sell, and ship a physical product, but I also work a full-time "real" job. Mrs. WebHund would not be pleased if pipe dream interfered with real job that is paying the mortgage off. So I need a little more "here's how I do it" information.
posted by webhund to Work & Money (16 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
While developing my concept and poking around the AskMe archives looking for ecommerce how-to's, I noticed that a lot of MeFites have small online web stores selling all kinds of cool stuff. (You know who you are). Presumably, many of you are also likely working 40+ hours for "the man" and running your online store on the side. Obviously, there are lots of MSM articles about this, but they tend to be fluff/feature pieces that don't go into the nitty-gritty details that I'm looking for. I've got the concept, product, labeling, invoicing, shipping stuff, and all of the other logistics worked out, so not really looking for "what's the best online shopping cart?" or "should I use PayPal or Google Checkout" and similar how-to information.
Instead, what I'd like to know is what kind of experiences you've had doing this on the side, how you juggle/manage customers, emails, orders, doing the shipping, books, deposits, and all of the order stuff that goes along with selling a real product to real customers for real money.
Basically, looking for "day-in-the-life" descriptions and suggestions of your online store management routine and how you do it while working full-time for Acme MegaCorp.