Thanks Paul, appreciate your advice. So I can use Guava Handmade Soap as a brand name under the Guava Creations registered business name. I suppose to protect the brand name that’s when I’d have to have it registered as a brand, or trade-marked (although I’m nowhere near that stage yet!).
Thanks Nick for clarifying that. I was hoping I could use the Guava Handmade Soap name, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case. Could I trade under Guava Creations and name my products Guava Handmade Soap though?
James & Fuggsy – I’ll certainly trial Shopify and BigCommerce and see how they go. Neto also sounds interesting and has some nice themes, so I’ll look into that too and see which one is most suitable for what I need.
Michael – To be honest, I had never thought of using WordPress and WooCommerce and I’m not sure why, but I will be looking at it to see how it compares with the others, not just on price but on themes and other services.
The product I’ll be trying to sell is handmade, handcrafted soap which I make myself using the traditional cold-process method, so one of the main criteria for the site is that it needs to be very visual and not too “busy” looking. Because soap is a simple product I need each variety of soap to stand out and look fantastic. I also do photography so I’ll be able to produce professional looking images of each soap.
Not too sure how successful it will be, but I really love doing it and it seems to be pretty popular at markets so it seems logical to take it online