While there are plenty of ways small businesses can get their hands on cash in order to grow, very few business owners actually understand what all of these choices really are — and how they work. In a lot of cases, small business owners end up simply taking the first valid option they find, regardless of terms or even the amount of money they’re receiving. And, for all of the other small business owners, the amount of choice when it comes to funding coupled with all of the misinformation[...]
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Life inside the novel coronavirus pandemic is full of uncertainty, from our health to our economy. As more states and countries declare stay at home orders, and many employees lose their jobs, it's become difficult to predict how business owners can navigate the ongoing pandemic.
While we all move towards staying in isolation at home, eCommerce businesses have a unique opportunity to supplement peoples' lives and support them with the products and services we need every single day. And small[...]
The novel coronavirus has created a serious health problem for the entire world and for the economy, with many small businesses caught in the crossfire.
In addition to peoples' lives, businesses large and small are also becoming a victim of this global pandemic. Thankfully, there are resources for help and assistance via debt relief grants, loans, and even nonprofit and private funding options.
While approximately 30 million American small businesses are facing some serious uphill battles in[...]
Giant logo on your shirt or bag? No problem – as long as it’s a brand you’re passionate about. When they shop, customers will typically encounter generic brands that they’re relatively with settling for and brands that they know and love. The latter are the ones they’ll go out of their way to get, the ones they’re willing to pay more for, and the ones that they’ll even freely advertise for.
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While you’ll occasionally meet a business or business owner that is perfectly content with zero percent growth, embracing a “why rock the boat” kind of attitude, almost everyone else will be scrambling to find ways to grow quickly and sustainably. After all, growth is the key to continued success in all areas of life – especially business.
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One of the best things about being in business today is that it has never been easier to stay in touch with your co-workers, team, and clients. Thanks to modern technology, we can organize meetings on the fly, host virtual meetups, and keep everything running smoothly from almost anywhere in the world. Today, one of the easiest and most popular ways to keep everyone within your business in touch is with conference calls. Not only are they easy to set up, but they allow for real-time[...]
When we start a subscription to a paid website builder or host service, we hope that it serves it’s intended purpose and that we won’t ever have the need to cancel it. Unfortunately, there can come a time where your chosen service doesn’t meet your needs anymore or ends up not delivering on what you thought it would. At that point, it may come time to cancel your subscription and look for a new option.
Services can sometimes make it unnecessarily difficult to cancel paid subscriptions in an[...]
Businesses large and small depend almost entirely on their phone systems.
The nature of running a business has changed dramatically throughout history, but if there are two things that have always been true (and always will be), it's that being an entrepreneur is both challenging and rewarding. A business owner needs to put in quite a bit of effort to be successful, and it's often said that true dedication is just as important as the product, unique value proposition, and all other parts of a business concept. After all, you can have the best idea in the world,[...]
Creating a new eCommerce business can be a highly lucrative venture. However, as the old saying goes, “If you want to make money, you have to spend money.” Especially at the beginning, you may have to invest quite a lot before you start to see any real revenue. This is the challenge that you will need to accept if you are ambitious and interested in starting an online store.
Just consider some of the expenses you may accrue during this process. Someone has to create the goods you are[...]
Business to Business (B2B) eCommerce can be extremely profitable, but faces an additional set of challenges on top of typical retail. Bulk orders, variable pricing, freight management, and other B2B essentials can present endless difficulties for an unprepared business, so specialized tools are crucial for smooth operations. And of course, B2B buyers have a strict set of requirements you'll need to anticipate in order to recruit them as customers.
Managing all this can be an incredible drain[...]
Dropshipping offers a great opportunity for a new business owner, especially if you're working with a limited budget. Since you don't need to invest in inventory or pay for warehousing space to hold your stock, it's one of the most cost-effective ways to start a business. You focus on building and marketing your website, while your supplier handles fulfillment of the orders you forward to them.
Print-on-demand is a similar concept, geared toward custom apparel and accessories. Instead of[...]
High-volume eCommerce stores need an advanced solution to handle the increased traffic and sales of a successful business. That's why many popular eCommerce platforms offer enterprise plans to support the massive activity a large online business can generate. But not all enterprise eCommerce plans are affordable to the businesses that need them.
Enterprise pricing can really cut into your bottom line, and you often don't have a choice as to when you upgrade — if your store is pulling in that[...]
At 3dcart, you and the success of your business are our top priorities. We're happy to announce that we've overhauled our plans and pricing structure to better serve your needs as an eCommerce business and help encourage your growth.
We're always looking for new ways to improve the experience of our merchants and the value of our service, and to that end, we're pleased to introduce you to our new Unlimited eCommerce plans.
There's no doubt that eCommerce has grown exponentially and continues to grow every year. Today, we've reached an age in which a business without a website is at a severe disadvantage. But you shouldn't look at an eCommerce website as something you simply "need" to have in order to survive (although you do). Instead, look at it as a vast opportunity for your business to reach a level of growth and success that wouldn't have been possible before the advent of the internet.
A lot goes into [...]
The meaning of the term “website usability” seems fittingly obvious just from its name. It is the measure of the ease with which people can use your website. Less obvious is how one goes about measuring it.
In this article we'll provide more information on website usability, including why it is important and how you can test your own website for it.
What is Usability Testing?
Usability testing entails testing a website for how easily it can be used. This can involve checking a wide range of[...]
When you invite someone to your home for the first time, you have to tell them how to find you. The easiest way to do this would be to simply give them your address. From there they can navigate directly to your home.
Similarly, a domain is your website's address. It’s how visitors will find their way to your website. Selecting your domain is an important step, as not only will it affect how easily your customers find you, but it can also help improve SEO for your brand.
Starting a Business | 9 min read
For many entrepreneurs and prospective business owners, coming up with the name for your new venture can be comparatively simple and even enjoyable. It is true that this is not always the case, of course. Still, it is also true that “What business name should we use?” is one of the first questions that many people consider when starting a business. Sometimes, people even create a name first and proceed from there.
The emphasis that many place on this one aspect is not entirely without[...]
Since eCommerce is a constantly evolving field, eCommerce software needs to keep evolving as well. To that end, we're happy to announce 3dcart Version 9, the latest upgrade to the 3dcart shopping cart platform and our first major software release for 2019.
This new update includes enhancements to many existing features, updates to current payment gateways, and several new features and payment processor integrations to further expand the options available to 3dcart merchants.
Version 9 also[...]
Your European customers may have a right to be forgotten, making your business responsible for capturing, tracking, and logging any valid removal requests.
The European Union's recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires businesses to erase an individual's personal data upon request when certain circumstances apply.
This right to erasure or right to be forgotten is found in Article 17 of the GDPR. While there are some exceptions — for the completion of a contract,[...]