E-commerce is a global phenomenon that everyone is trying to use to grow his or her business quickly. It presents unlimited opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises that want to stay ahead of the competition. Here are the top reasons to begin your free online store at Tjara.com today. 1. It is quite cost effective Opening and furnishing a new physical store is an expensive mission. You will need more than just money to make it operational. The authorities will want to see permits. Before the store is complete, you will have spent a fortune. And that doesn’t even include advertising costs to promote your business. 2. Your business can operate 24 hours and on holidays When Lebanon sleeps, the world is still awake. You can tap into the global market by hosting your business online. You can sell anytime you want. Someone can visit the store anytime he or she wants. You can take advantage of the holiday seasons when demand is high. While most businesses are closed during this time, customers are looking for merchandise. But they cannot find a vendor. 3. You can display a large catalog You probably don’t have a large store because space is premium. You can post a limitless number of items on your portal. You can also make it easy for the customer to choose whatever they want. You can sort products based on price, color, size or any other specification that you deem fit. 4. It gives you control of your inventory Online stores offer you an opportunity to keep track of your inventory. Using our refined dashboard, you will be able to utilize powerful tools for managing prices and quantity. And as a bonus feature for selling more inventory, you can set a price range for any product and thus negotiate the final price with any customer! Our real-time notification system will help you track customer bids and messages. 5. There is easier communication between you and your customer Online stores bring together all communication channels together. You can connect social media to the online portal to monitor real-time customer interaction with your social pages, such as YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. You can add a contact us page in the way you would like the person to do that. For example, Tjara has two Facebook pages for Lebanese visitors and international visitors. They do the same with their YouTube content to cater to all customers by providing content in English and Arabic. 6. It makes it possible to collect data Customers have to sign up with their contacts before they purchase an item, which gives you valuable data that you can use to send offers and reminders. You can also utilize online product reviews to promote the product. If the feedback is not good, you can use that as an opportunity to improve your services. 7. It increases the business’s credibility People expect businesses to have some form of online presence. If a company is lacking in this aspect, people think it is too small to be reputable. But when you have an online store, they are confident that you are an established business. 8. Access to a wide audience You don’t have to sell to people within your locality only. You can sell to virtually anyone who is willing to buy from you. People buying from outside Lebanon can also participate in this trade. All they need to do is handle the shipping costs. 9. You can use online stores to drive foot traffic Online portals can help direct people to your store. You can implement the ‘book online and collect at the store’ option. You can also promote the physical store on the web portal to grow your business. 10. Easy setup Think about the many things that you would want to add to your store, but cannot do so because you don’t have space or license to buy and sell. The Tjara platform offers you over 5000 categories to choose from and all you need is to sign up for the free online store.