My name is Dean Loh, I’m the founder of WebSifu.
COVID-19 has turned many people’s lives and businesses upside down. It is an unprecedented time that is filled with uncertainty and fear, and many small businesses have suffered. Here at WebSifu, we want to do our part to help businesses affected by COVID-19.
The stark reality of the widespread lock down is that people still need to buy things, and because of that, many shoppers are resorting to buying things online. As a result, traditional brick and mortar businesses are struggling due to reduced walk-in traffic. For most small business owners the idea of moving their business online is tempting, but challenging. The cost of implementing an online store is a big deterrent.
That’s where WebSifu can help. If you are an existing brick-and-mortar business, selling products in a traditional store setting, we can help you set up an online store at zero starting cost.
To qualify for this offer, you need to meet the following criteria:
We’ll set up a WordPress website with Woocommerce that is fully installed and configured for your business. We will be using a pre-designed template which is suitable for most online stores. Woocommerce already has most of the features found in a typical online store, but you may also pick and request premium plugins from our partner’s site that can enhance your online store even further (at no extra cost!)
We usually charge S$5-8k for developing an online store. But since we are removing the extensive creative process and using a pre-designed template, we can set up a fresh website for you within a day. During these difficult times we are happy to pass on the savings to you. You will have full use of your website and be able to collect orders online, until whichever of the following occurs first:
When either of the above happens, we will contact you and give you the option to start the official billing cycle, which is charged at S$900 per year. There is no obligation to continue using the site, should you wish to cancel you can go ahead with no penalty.
There is no limit on how many items you can sell but we can only help you upload a small quantity of products to the website as a goodwill gesture to help you kickstart your online selling. We will then provide training to show you how you can do it yourself.
If you would rather have us help you with everything, we'll be happy to talk to you about our paid service option.
In theory, yes. But in practical terms, some products are just not suitable to be sold online. For example, products with small margins may not even justify the delivery cost. But of course, you as the business owner, will know what works for your business.
We are really doing this to help businesses in need, particularly those who are trying to keep their business alive. Our complimentary online store is designed for survival during these uncertain times.
We admit upfront, that we cannot afford to offer extensive creative service to make your website "look better or unique". If you are concerned about the look and feel of the website, or you are looking for some advanced features which are not provided in the standard Woocommerce set up, we'll be happy to talk to you about our custom development service.
If the online store isn't working for you, or you did not hit S$9k revenue by the 6th month, you are free to opt out from our offer and you do not owe us anything.
Even if you manage to hit S$9k revenue, whether it is before or on the 6th month, you may still decide if you want to stay with us.
Should you choose to leave us and move your website elsewhere, we can pack up the site in a single zip for you, but you need to get help with installing the site on the new server.
Also, the premium plugins that we use to set up your website, are not transferable. So you will have to buy your own licenses after. Don't worry, we'll be happy to show you how.
We will host your site on our cloud server and make sure it is up and running 24 x 7. We will check and update the software to make sure your site runs on the latest WordPress and plugins. We monitor internet security and keep any cyber security threats off your site. We make backups of your website on a daily basis and keep backup files for 30 days.
We can't help you much with your business. But on a personal level, you are free to ask us any questions you may have about selling online and we will be happy to share with you our opinion via email.
If you would like to have your own online store please fill in the following expression of interest form. We have limited capacity so we can only extend our offer to a limited number of businesses. We will reach out to you to continue the conversation once we have received your form submission. Hear from you soon!
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