Zaxaa is building a good reputation as a shopping cart platform. And if you’re selling your own e-books directly from your website rather than through a link to Amazon or your publisher, it might be worth checking out. Its instant automation service is free though you do pay a small percentage on sales.
Followers claim it is one of the easiest to use sales platforms. And better still, unlike many other free services i’ve been checking out, it does not email your customers. Your email list is your own.
If you’re into affiliate marketing, it helps you recruit affiliates to help sell your products and to find products you can sell as an affiliate.
Warning re changes in VAT
EU Vat changes are creating headaches across the board for any small business trying to sell e-books, tutorials, courses, directly in the European marketplace.
I’m not sure how well publicized this has been. I only found out completely by accident through a writer in France who stopped selling her writing courses online because of the new laws.
As I understand it, if we sell to anywhere in Europe, we must charge the VAT applied by the country in which our buyer lives–a headache as each of the many countries has its own VAT rules and percentage charges.
For this reason, more beleaguered small businesses are selling through sales platforms which then make it easier to calculate the tax due or even take responsibility for deducting and paying the tax to the proper authorities.
Written by an Internet Marketer, this article published on the website Gain Higher Ground at the beginning of the year is one of the best and clearest I found to explain the problem.
If anyone has any further updated information, please let me know.
Thanks to pixtawan and free digital photos for image of books in trolley.
Challenge over. But look out for my reflections on the experience on Monday. At the moment, though exhilarated, I’m totally egg-Z-austed and off for a zizz
A quick thankyou before I go to everyone who has been visiting the blog, commmenting and cheering me on. What a wonderful and extremely talented community this is.
Tomorrow is another day–and we’re celebrating the ninth anniversary of The Wild Rose Press –May 1, 2015, all day from 6am EDT–I reckon that’s 11a.m. UK time. Meet editors, chat with authors, win prizes–should be a fun day. I’m on duty in the chat room from 7am EDT.
You’ll need a Java plug-in and I’m afraid the Chrome browser will no longer work with Java without a fix. But everything else should work fine.