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How to open up your local business to the world

The convenience is the biggest perk. Where else can you comfortably shop at midnight while in your pajamas? Cheap deals and better prices are available online, because products come to you direct from the manufacturer or seller without a middleman being involved. The choices online are amazing. One can get several brands and products from different sellers all in one place. Sometimes, we compromise on our choices because of the lack of choices in the shops. The marketplace on the Internet makes it much easier for us to buy second hand things at rock bottom prices especially antiques. Sending gifts to relatives and friends is easy, no matter where they are. Many times, when we opt for conventional shopping, we tend to spend a lot more than planned. Shop keepers tend to pressure us or use their selling skills to compel us to make these purchases. There are other outside expenses on things like eating out, transportation, and let’s not forget impulse buys! Comparing and researching products and their prices is so much easier online. Crowds when you’re shopping, especially during festivals or special events, can be such a huge headache and this sometimes makes us feel rushed or hurried. Parking becomes a huge issue. All of these problems can be avoided when you shop online.

Now… How to open up your local business to the world 

Is your business enabled for E-Commerce? Can you afford to ignore the world wide web as an avenue for sales when the modern trend is moving more and more toward online shopping and away from brick and mortar venues? Can your business be based in the Overberg and not be limited to your immediate surroundings? Can you have all of this at a reasonable price?

Carel Schoombee, a software designer and programmer (BSc (hons) University of Greenwich) developed a website system which is used by him and his father to sell nuts online. The website is written and maintained entirely by him and every line of code either belongs to him or is open source. The system allows users to log onto the website, choose a product and pay for it online using a credit card. The system provides a full E-commerce experience to the customer including SMS and Email communication, invoices and delivery via courier or post office.

The system was specifically designed with two main goals. Firstly it was designed to be generic so that with minimal effort it can be deployed elsewhere and used by any business that sells goods of whatever nature. Secondly it was designed so that the admin load is minimal: the business owner can easily load new products and photos, configure terms and conditions and website content from a control panel without ever needing to contact a programmer to affect these changes. The system was written in Microsoft’s flagship programming languages. This makes it highly maintainable and adheres to the highest industry standards and patterns.

Thus was born an E-Commerce website for any business in the Overberg that wants to take their business to the next level. With this system customers can place orders without needing to make a single phone call and you can monitor your sales graphically using the dashboard facility. Your income gets deposited in your bank account weekly and you receive notifications of any transactions that take place. All of your customer details are populated by the customers themselves when they sign up and you have full access to their details.