Our South West is now launching a free e-commerce platform called the “Our South West Market” in conjunction with the Free Business Directory and Community blogs.
There are NO SET UP FEES and NO COMMISSION charges. To Join, simply add your business or service to the directory and tick the Vendor box at the bottom of the form.
For those businesses who are new to this concept, an e-commerce platform creates an “online shop” for you to sell your products, services, and appointments to your customers via a website. Instead of every individual business having to create this on their own website, we have designed a “market” where all the businesses & services are advertised in one central place.
Customers can browse various products and businesses in the one convenient and central location which increases value for your business marketing, visibility and likelihood of a sale. By using the Our South West market, you will mitigate the cost and the time of building and running this yourself.
What we are creating is like a micro version of Amazon for businesses in the South West Region to boost their visibility and profitability in this difficult economic period. We believe that the Our South West Market will be an enormous benefit right now but will also continue to ADD value beyond the Covid 19 era and will offer everybody an extra pathway to customers in the future. Every bit helps!
We are asking vendors to offer free local delivery to postcodes close to your business given that we are offering this service to you for free. As Our South West is a “social enterprise” where profits are given back to South West community programs, we ask vendors also show the same community spirit when they join.
Emma Morgan & Justin Liu
We will be launching the Our South West Market next week and will be emailing those that are currently on our Community Directory and giving them instructions how to login, create their Shop and add products to sell. So In order to participate in the Free online Market please do the following:
- Join the Free Community Our South West Directory by “adding your business” and creating your login. Then tick the Vendor Box at the bottom of the directory form.
- We will then start on boarding Vendors when the Market is live
- You can then Create your “Shop” and add your products to the online Market.
- Then Get selling! We will also help you advertise your specials through the Our South West Market FB group.
We are looking forward to creating this exciting venture with all of you very soon. Thank you for your support and encouragement and remember – We are all in it together. So lets all help each other through this. I cant tell you how much fun I’ve had creating this venture and talking with everybody. Isn’t it odd to experience that joy when you work for free and give of yourself without expectation. Meaning and happiness always seem to follow. Something I wont forget and perhaps a huge learning for all of us in 2020. Its the “happiness of pursuit” versus the pursuit of happiness which will stand out as the major lesson of 2020.
Given that this is a free website and a free online market that has been created from two peoples spare time, if you are interested in sponsoring the venture in any way , please give me a call on 0400 351 508. Every bit helps. Id like to thank the City of Busselton for their assistance in helping us with $1000, to purchase software needed to create the Directory and online Market. It was a great help to get Justin started on the necessities, considering I had become unemployed and would have struggled to pay for upfront costs such as this. It really showed us that our Council really care about the businesses in our region and keeping them viable. I’m sure it will be appreciated by many people in the near future.
Welcome to Our South West, the new free website for all businesses and services currently operating in the South West in these difficult times. I really hope that you are all keeping safe, helping to flatten the curve and doing all you can to stop the spread and help our health workers get ready for the inevitable increase in cases. None of us have been in a situation like this before and this is new to all of us. I know a lot of you have suddenly lost your jobs and you’re worried for yourself and your families. We are all in the same boat as a community, and I really hope Our South West can help you all in the coming months.
Holy Moly what a week and I say that on so many levels. The image of a wave certainly represents how this virus pandemic has felt, an unstoppable force. Things are changing rapidly day by day now for us all and lets see what tomorrow will bring. With every change and every new measure implemented, we hope to provide a level of support and reassurance through this website to the community.
From a good idea on Monday 23rd March to making it reality by Friday 27th March and a lot of hours staring at a computer screen in between. A big shout out to Justin Liu for his hard work pulling this website together so fast with me. Anybody who knows me is well aware I can create, write, talk a lot, think fast, connect people and pull it all together…..but build a website is something I cannot do without the backing of an expert. We are all juggling our priorities right now, but this just seemed to be one of those things that needed to happen for this community, so I’m ever so grateful to Justin and Claire for jumping on board with me. They are true kind-hearted souls.
Firstly I’d like to thank the businesses of the South West for putting your faith in Justin and I. We are most likely unknown to most of you, but we really do appreciate you getting on board so fast and telling others about it.
A big thank you to Naomi Searle from the City of Busselton for her immediate support of this idea and helping us to get the word out to Rate Payers and in particular our vulnerable community members.
Tim Campbell Photography has kindly loaned us some terrific images to brighten up the website in the coming weeks and Tim did not hesitate to lend a hand. He’s a Champ.
A shout out to DYCCI and our local newspapers, the BD Times and BD Mail for helping to advertise the new website to the community.
I would also like to thank and mention a few others too who will also be helping us along the way in the coming weeks with their expert knowledge and advice:
Our South West Blog content contributors :
- Melissa and Justin Harrison – The Nudge Group (Clinical Psychology)
- South West Home Education Association
- Libby Mettam – MLA – Member for Vasse
- Trevor Lawrence Brown – Down South Physio and sports rehab
- Cal and Shelby Foster – The movement Fitness and Wellbeing
- Claire McDonnell Liu – Nutritionist
- Simona Hughes – Chief Financial Officer Financial Utilities
- Nat Darwell – Yoga South West
- City of Busselton – community updates
- Victoria Verity – Photographer, Teacher, Artist
If you are a trained professional in one of our listed categories and would like to contribute your expert advice to the blog content for Our South West, please contact me on 0400 351 508. Your contribution is welcomed. I’m keen to hear from one of our local GPs, from one of our prominent restaurants, teachers and online educators. If that sounds like you, i’ll be waiting for your call…..at my home….like always…..not going anywhere…..be nice to chat!