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Old 20.07.2006, 14:30
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

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The only thing I am searching for now is CH-compatible KMU accounting software that is not too expensive and relatively user friendly. I think Clarina is one popular version, but at 1000 francs its too much right now.
Good luck! I haven't found anything good and affordable. Spent plenty of resources and time looking for one!

Another few helpful links are:

www.vikingdirect.ch for KMU office supplies
Swiss MWST
Logos if you need to some for publications or website
Pack Shop another for your packing material
Flyerline delivery is sometimes a little long, but good prices

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Old 09.08.2006, 16:30
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

Well, I was pretty much sold on trying http://www.xtcommerce.de/ version 3.04. They claim complete SSL compatibility, blah blah blah. But go to buy a 12 month "sponsorship" on THEIR online shop with credit card option and SSL is nowhere to be seen. Sorry xtcommerce, but you don't get my money until you sort that one out.
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Old 20.08.2006, 21:32
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

Okay, I've replaced our oscommerce MS2.2 shop with xtcommerce 3.04SP2. Even though xtc is based on osc, no migration script is offered so all details were inputed manually (no big deal, currently only 75 items offered).

On the whole, xtc is much more suited to DE-speaking Switzerland than osc, but with some reservations.

xtc Pros:
  • Full Swisspost postage support
  • More flexible with customers, payment and shipping
  • The ability to restrict invoice payment to VIP customers
  • Overall, heaps more options
  • Better graphical support (gif and jpg images)
xtc Cons:
  • Its no free (85 Euro for 12 months support sponsorship)
  • English support practically non-existent
  • Fewer third-party options
  • From a review of their forums, updating can be "risky".
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

Hello guys...
What do I need to start a online shop (ecommerce),nothing big... I have a UE passport and im alredy registred at my "comune",but i dont work,and have praticly no money or account in the bank.
What kind of place/office here in Switzerland should I look for, to get more informations about it.

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Old 02.01.2009, 01:09
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

What do you need to know?
You only require patience, persistance and understanding of your clients needs to be successful (and some money to get you going).

what field of sales are you thinking of?
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Old 02.01.2009, 01:41
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

Can you use paypal to accept payments? I did one online shop using a custom paypal backend.

More recently I had to set up another thing and used the basic paypal cart. It's a bit limited, but is easy to get up and running and cheap.
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Old 02.01.2009, 10:31
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

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Can you use paypal to accept payments? I did one online shop using a custom paypal backend.

More recently I had to set up another thing and used the basic paypal cart. It's a bit limited, but is easy to get up and running and cheap.
Mews, if you already set up a shop with PayPal... then why do you ask if
PayPal is possible?

PCD has the right answer. Patience and understanding! Good choice of
words

@dbeatrice: Search. Search. And search again! There is plenty of info
floating around... both here on EF and in the web. Once you have decided
what to sell, to whom you wish to sell and how you want to distribute your
product/services... then drop your details here and perhaps someone with
some experience can answer your specific questions. "What do I need to
start..." is a too broad to answer. Also, you don't need an office. You
could
operate from your home.
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

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The only thing I am searching for now is CH-compatible KMU accounting software that is not too expensive and relatively user friendly. I think Clarina is one popular version, but at 1000 francs its too much right now.
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Good luck! I haven't found anything good and affordable. Spent plenty of resources and time looking for one!
Hi

I am wondering if this is still the case now? I am thinking of developing an accounting Software in Java (for the swiss market) and am wondering if there is still some demand?

As a pricing model I was thinking of distributing it free of charge for private users and maybe 50-100 CHF per licence for companies. TBH I would prefer to develop it as open source but I really can't see how I could generate a revenue if I did.

Any feedback would be welcome. What sort of features would you be looking for in a good accounting software?

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Old 02.01.2009, 14:34
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

About the MWST I don't really understand how it works:

This year I have done a few freelance jobs (using an Einzelfirma that I own) translation and PHP-Development but I haven't generated 75'000 CHF (far from it), I presumed that I would have to pay the MWST but now I am not sure (as I don't have a MWST number).

1. Do I still have to pay the MWST that I have collected, despite not having a MWST number?

2. I have sent a bill to a customer stating the net amount and the MWST amount thinking that he would be able to deduct it but as I don't have a MWST number I am wondering if that was a mistake?

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Old 02.01.2009, 20:27
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Mews, if you already set up a shop with PayPal... then why do you ask if
PayPal is possible?
I was asking the OP if it was commercially acceptable to use Paypal as a payment mechanism.
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

Hi there,
I've recently moved to the Zurich area and am also planning an online shop to distribute products in Switzerland and Europe. I read through the thread and got some info, but franckly I don't understand all the technicalities as my forte is marketing and sales and not website development. I'm looking for some technical and design assistence to build a comprehensive e-commerce site - in particular I'd like some good advice on the online payment options (there is no new design or branding work as such as the site will be based on my supplier's website). I would obviously pay for the work. Thought one of you might be able to help or recommend someone? Many thanks!
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Re: HELP! Becoming a distributor with online-shop

I'm using a piece of software called CactuShop Shopping Cart to host my online running shoe store, www.run71.ch. The software cost me a one-off fee of $350 and hosting with them costs an additional $350 per year. I was shopping around (excuse the pun) for more than a year before deciding on which way to go. I also considered using a "free" package, but as has been mentioned, they are not easy to configure, and time is money! I decided for Cactushop because it supports a multilingual interface and is very quick to configure. (It runs with ASP and an Access database - of which I also have some limited experience.) The company provide great support for the product. - and NO, I do not work for Cactusoft! ;-)
I realize that my post is some while after you started the thread. I hope your business is doing well!
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