If you want to supplement or replace your income at your day job, starting an online business is a great move. You enjoy fewer upfront costs than starting a brick-and-mortar business.
But what should you sell? How about herbal supplements?
Worldwide sales of herbal supplements are expected to exceed $220 Billion by 2022. You won’t find a better time to start your own herbal nutrition business.
In this quick guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know to get started.
Before You Open Your Online Herbal Nutrition Store
Get to know the state and federal regulations inside and out. You’ll want to make sure any products you sell adhere to legal requirements. They’ll ensure your customers get the best herbal supplements and help you avoid being hassled by the government.
Next, you’ll want to find a wholesaler or a vendor. Make sure they follow regulations too. Dealing with a shady supplier will torpedo your new business in a hurry.
Read all paperwork carefully. Make sure you understand what your wholesaler or vendor will provide.
For example, if you want the wholesaler to discretely handle shipping, be sure that the shipment labels and packaging have your branding.
Discover whether your wholesaler or vendor offers bulk discounts. If you have space to store herbal supplements, it might make sense to take advantage of these discounts to increase your profit margin.
Finally, before you open your business, you’ll want to create a website. Your website should place your products front and center. Your customers are there for your products; don’t make them hunt for them.
You’ll also want to make sure your website makes use of the latest SEO tactics. If you don’t know anything about these practices, you can outsource your SEO.
After You Open Your Online Herbal Nutrition Store
Once you open your online store, it’s time to start marketing. But don’t worry, you won’t have to pay out the nose to get your site out there. Remember those low startup and overhead costs we mentioned? Content marketing costs 62% less than traditional marketing.
It’s easy too. Add a blog to your website and update it often. Consistently posting to your website’s blog will not only benefit your SEO but also generate credibility among potential customers.
A blog is a great place to talk about how to use herbal supplements, the benefits of a particular supplement, or anything relating to supplements, so long as you engage your audience.
Most of the work that comes with starting an online business happens before you open up your shop. A strong foundation allows you to focus on your customers, delivering the products they want.
With the right marketing and honest business partners, you can take your business to the top.
And we can help.
Drop us a line if you still have questions about how to get started with your online herbal nutrition business. We can’t wait to hear from you.