You might be more familiar with Wix as a free website builder, but its eCommerce plans are solid for the entrepreneur launching an online business. Plans start at $17 a month and if you pay annually they come with a free domain, $300 in ad vouchers and apps that will boost your searchability and allow you to build forms on your site. The most "expensive" plan is $25 a month. It comes with telephone support, priority service ticket support and a review of your site's user interface and SEO. Free stuff and help are appreciated by entrepreneurs launching a business. That help and support are the things entrepreneurs appreciate the most when they're launching their business.

Like all eCommerce platforms, Wix allows you to sell physical and digital products. The company takes pride in offering stunning templates for you to build a visually appealing store. Its sites are optimized for mobile display, have SSL certificates, and users can tag their pages for SEO optimization.

What sets Wix apart for startups are the features it offers for businesses other than stores. Wix Bookings is ideal for businesses like yoga studios or salons. These tools allow customers to make appointments or sign up for classes. Just like with a store, business owners can be paid online and there are no sales commissions. The system syncs with Google calendar and business owners have the ability to send email reminders, cutting down on missed appointments. Owners can also manage bookings through the Wix mobile app.

Wix Restaurants allows for the creation of beautiful menus with images and prices. Accept payment for carryout or delivery orders on the site commission-free. The platform also allows customers to make reservations on the site. Again, you can send confirmation emails and reminders.

There is even a feature for event planners, giving them the ability to set ticket prices and connect a payment method, selling directly on their site. Create custom email invitations that render well on mobile devices. Build a guest list, keep track of RSVPs and edit their details.

Stores are often the first thing we think of when it comes to eCommerce. It is refreshing to see Wix thinking beyond the digital shelves and offering solutions for entrepreneurs in other lines of business.

Published on: Aug 22, 2018