Do we need to spend the money upfront to run an e-commerce business?
The answer is maybe. From our experience of selling online on different platforms such as FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM & CAROUSELL for the Singapore Market, you can post a picture and sell immediately.
So why do we need a website? Well it helps in branding & make it easier for us to sort out what we offer across different e-retail platforms.
Do we need a paid domain at 1st? My suggestion is try a free site like Wordpress & Weebly. When you have sales coming in, pay for an upgrade.