Earn Income by Providing OpenEntry E-commerce Services to Local SMEs Register as Promoter
If you know the basics of operating a computer, the Internet, and digital images, you can learn to create an OpenEntry.com store in a few hours by following the simple instructions (in 57 languages) at Store.OpenEntry.com. Many business owners in your community want their own store but are too busy or don't have enough computer skills to do it on their own. Even though the store are free, they will be happy to pay you to help them build their store and also maintain it and create custom templates.
In addition, any entrepreneur who registers to become an OpenEntry promoter will receive a commission of 20% of the value of paid services purchased from OpenEntry by store owners that they help register. You can launch your e-commerce service provider business with these steps:
- Register at Store.OpenEntry.com/register-promoter to get your Promoter ID
- Setup your own store offering your e-commerce services and demonstrating your skill (see example from Haiti)
- Contact potential clients by phone, email, or preferably personal visits. Trade shows, marketplaces, malls, and conferences are convenient to approach many businesses in one place. Even if they don't contract you to build their store, be sure they register their store with your Promoter ID ("http://store.openentry.com/createstore?proid=abc").
- Explain that OpenEntry store are free but complicated for a beginner. You have the experience to build them a beautiful one for $100 - $200.
- Offer to setup a small sample store for free. Take digital images of the client and 5 - 10 products (can be done with a phone). Then with 15 minutes on a computer, create a very basic store with your Promoter ID.
- Show them the sample store and, if they agree to a full one, coach them to upload all their product images and information to a free Picasa account that comes with Gmail (if they don't know how to do this you can help for a fee).
- From there, completing a client's full store takes only a couple of hours.
- After they pay you, transfer the account to them and show them how to change the password.
You can also offer additional services including the following:
- Store maintenance ($100/year)
- Training on updating a store ($3-20/hour)
- Digital photography ($1-5 per image)
- Custom banner and/or template design ($20-300)
- Upload the store to the client's Facebook ($100- 200)
This venture can be launched with very little investment by an established web company, chamber of commerce, computer school, university, telecenter, or even a young individual. Basic store can even be built with a smart phone on WiFi and touched up later with 10 minutes on a computer. OpenEntry also has an App for Windows and Android available that facilitates offline preparation of the product images and corresponding information (code, name, price, description, key words - 90% of the work of building a store).
You can also approach business networks (such as chambers of commerce, trade promotion organizations, and industry associations) to offer to build them a branded "network market" comprised of the store of all their (usually hundreds) of members. The members will pay you and/or the business network for participating in the marketplace.
As part of PEOPLink's non-profit mission it is enabling young entrepreneurs all over the world to can earn potentially thousands of dollars per month from providing the latest cloud computing, award winning e-commerce services to local businesses. As proof of this concept, a United Nations Development Program evaluation in Nepal concluded that, besides generating 3918 jobs for artisan women, "A relatively inexperienced group of young IT professionals could, with the proper tools, create employment for themselves while providing e-commerce services to local SMEs."