Developing a business plan is a crucial step to get an online business up and running, make it profitable and remain competitive.
That’s where South Dakota’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) comes in. Their seven regional offices offer free, confidential assistance to first-time entrepreneurs and existing businesses.
SBDC tools and resources walk a person through that process. For example, check out their Business Planning Guide at sdbusinesshelp.com/resource-category/business-planning-guide.
Our friends at FedEx understand that businesses have had to adapt to a new demand in the past few months. That’s why you can now save 40% on FedEx Express® shipping and 30% on FedEx Ground when you sign up for and use the SDRA Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip®.
When customers order items from your online store, you obviously need to wrap and box them carefully for shipping. When you purchase shipping materials from a supplier, be sure to check the bottom line to see if you’re being charged sales tax.
Why? Because online businesses located in South Dakota generally don’t owe sales tax when they buy the packaging materials used to ship customer purchases as long as:
South Dakota’s request to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households to take advantage of online food ordering options received approval from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in June 2020.
If you’re setting up an online shop in South Dakota (and we think it’s the best place to base your business!) there are a few key steps to take before you go live and start shipping purchases to customers.
Professional, high-quality images are critical to your small business marketing and branding strategy. When people hear information, they're likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. If a relevant image is paired with that same information, people retain 65% of the information three days later.
Visual content is more than 40X more likely to get shared on social media than other content types.
Facebook posts with images see 2.3X more engagement than those without images.