The Ultimate Ecommerce Business Toolbox

The Ultimate Ecommerce Business Toolbox
Wouldn’t it be amazing is someone compiled a list of the top ecommerce resources and website tools for building an automated, online, outsourced, turbocharged ecommerce business? *poof* Below you will find a list of all my favorite website tools and ecommerce resources for everything from researching a product/manufacture to tools for determining market size, to helping choose store/website color schemes, registering your business and importing goods. I have used all the ecommerce resources belo…
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The Ultimate Guide to Safely Sourcing Your Product From Alibaba

The Ultimate Guide to Safely Sourcing Your Product From Alibaba
Alibaba is an online marketplace that connects suppliers and manufacturers to businesses around the world. The Alibaba website originated in China so majority of the suppliers and manufacturers active on their marketplace are from China, however there are suppliers and manufacturers from other parts of the world. Alibaba is where businesses go to source manufactured products, both cheaply and in bulk, that they can resell or private label for their own businesses. One of the best qualities of us…
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Starting an Online Lifestyle Business While Working 9-5

Starting an Online Lifestyle Business While Working 9-5
Moonlighting as an entrepreneur is difficult while working a 9-5. There is no way to candy coat it. 8 hours at work plus another 1-2 hours in traffic taxes your energy levels, especially when you are in the beginning stages of starting an online lifestyle business. The beginning stages are the most difficult. Registering your business, ensuring you are diligent with your tax prep documentation, researching and learning new tools, the beginning stages involves most of the necessary grunt work. Af…
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Stealth Mode or Full Disclosure of your Lifestyle Business?

Stealth Mode or Full Disclosure of your Lifestyle Business?
This post is in response to OutsourcedeCommerce.com‘s blog post  To Disclose or Not to Disclose your lifestyle business. OutsourcedeCommerce.com is on a mission to build a eCommerce site with mostly outsourced business functions which is the general concept of a Lifestyle Business. Here was our conversation on twitter that led to his blog post and subsequently, this one: Almost near the end of my first contest with @99designs and I must say, I am pretty impressed with the results!Love my new log…
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Spy On Your Ecommerce Competition Like James Bond 007

Spy On Your Ecommerce Competition Like James Bond 007
It’s always important to know where you stand in relation to your competition. You can learn what to do from them, what not to do, and most importantly, how you can differentiate yourself from your fellow ecommerce competition and carve out your own niche. Spying on your competitors can and should be done in the planning stages and once the business is launched. Making it a monthly or quarterly habit is not a bad idea either. There are many ways to spy on your online competition. Some obvious an…
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My Ecommerce (Shopping Cart) Platform Short List

My Ecommerce (Shopping Cart) Platform Short List
The following post is a re-post from the blog Outsourced Ecommerce. Follow one mans journey to build an e-commerce business, step by step. Read more about his journey here and follow Outsourced Ecommerce on Twitter @OCommerce. One of the hardest decisions I will have to make is which Ecommerce Platform I want to launch my business with.  It’s overwhelming because now more than ever there are a lot of excellent choices.  On the flip side, there are also a lot of bad choices wrapped up in a prett…
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Your Lifestyle Business On The Go – Shopify’s Mobile App

Your Lifestyle Business On The Go – Shopify’s Mobile App
I have been using Shopify’s Mobile App for a while now. There have been a few updates since launch and overall it’s a well put together app with all the essentials for managing your e-commerce lifestyle business on the go. This app in addition with several other key apps now allows me to manage my day-to-day business functions from my iPhone. Being a free app, there is no reason to not download it if you have a Shopify store. I would definitely recommend it. Some of the features of the app inclu…
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Interview with a Lifestyle Business – Silky Polish

Interview with a Lifestyle Business – Silky Polish
What is your lifestyle business and what do you sell? We sell a non-toxic and eco-friendly nail polish online   What is the web address for your muse?   How much revenue is your muse currently generating per month (on average)?   When did you launch the business publicly?   How long did it take you to set the business up and get it to launch?  Approximately 6 months. It took much longer than we expected due to unforeseen circumstances such as delays in packaging and final…
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The Golden E-mail – The E-mail that made an online business millions

The Golden E-mail – The E-mail that made an online business millions
CDBaby is a distributor of independent music online founded by Derek Sivers in 1998. CD Baby offered an easy way for independent artists to distribute and sell their music online. One day Derek took a hard look at his “Thank You” email that went out with every order. It was the standard “Your order has been received. Thank you”. Believing he could do better to put a smile on his customers’ faces, he spent 20 minutes to craft out the following e-mail: Your CDs have been gently taken from our CD B…
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How E-Commerce and Brands Are Dominating With Instagram

How E-Commerce and Brands Are Dominating With Instagram
Instagram is still a relatively new kid on the block but already has a cult following. I personally love Instagram because the notion that a picture says a thousand words really holds true. You can follow someone’s life through a series of photos and get a whole new look on life. Of course I use it to follow and connect with people in my city but some of the most interesting people I follow live in distant places. The life of a 23 year old in Russia, a middle age dive instructor in Costa Rica an…
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