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How to get into the e-commerce area?

Asked by robdamel (786points) August 23rd, 2011

Here in Brazil, managers of e-commerce for great enterprises have one of the highest paying salaries.

What can one do to gain experience to work in the area, besides on the job experience? Is there anything one can learn at home? I understand working with websites require knowledge in html/css, javascript, PHP and such- Is there anything else one can do to prepare to work with e-commerce?

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funkdaddy's avatar

It looks like no one is going to jump in.

I’d say one of the best things you could do to understand e-commerce is to start a store. Sell something you’re interested in and just set it up from start to finish. There’s no better way to understand the challenges and options available than to do it from the perspective of the people you’re hoping to help.

Other than that, find a cart you like and start working with it, even if you never publish a store, act like you are or find someone who needs one that you can build. I don’t think there’s an easy way to figure it out other than to just do it.

phoebusg's avatar

As what is my question. Running a site? Doing the technical part? Both?
Yes, you’re correct about the technical side. Other things that can help are accounting and finance. (Either courses or textbooks if you can pull them off). Econometrics is a good idea as well.

shirleylopez's avatar

I believe that best way to get the feel of e-commerce is to start buying from online stores. Then as what @funkdaddy said, start a store on something that you are very much interested.While doing this, start reading and learning about accounting, merchandising and investments. You will learn along the way knowledge about website technicalities.

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