Starting a Business

Starting a Business | 6 min read

How to Calculate Sales Tax for eCommerce | The Definitive Guide

The fundamentals of eCommerce are simple - purchase or create a product and sell it online. It’s the nagging administrative hassles that aren’t quite so easy to handle. And of those, the administrative detail that gives online sellers the most trouble is sales tax.

This guide will provide online sellers with an overview of everything you need to know about sales tax, along with step-by-step instructions on when and how to collect sales tax from your customers, report the sales tax you[...]

Starting a Business | 4 min read

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

Did you know that 80% of businesses fail within the first 18 months? It's a sad, frightening reality that often scares budding entrepreneurs away from the idea of starting a business of their own. But as hard as the facts are, they shouldn't discourage you from trying — instead, take the opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others.

There's a time-tested process for starting a business, and the better you do in these early stages, the more likely you are to survive later on, even in the[...]

Starting a Business | 3 min read

How To Start An Online Business

Success as an online business is never guaranteed. It doesn’t matter how good your idea is or how much time and energy you commit to making it work, the rewards are not always forthcoming.

By following a few simple guidelines with a track record of generating success, however, you can give yourself the best possible chance of achieving something special.

In this article Richard Dean from Caffeinated Projects shares the 7 stages to start an online business, attract visitors and convert them[...]

Starting a Business | 6 min read

5 Ideas to Start a New Business

Many people dream of starting their own business, whether to make money and improve their lives, to build something they can be proud of, because they have an idea they'd like to see come to fruition — or all three of these reasons combined. Being an entrepreneur is both challenging and rewarding, and it's easy to see the appeal of being your own boss and reaching success through your own efforts.

Some potential entrepreneurs know from the very beginning what type of business they want to[...]

Starting a Business | 2 min read

How and Why to Use Amazon Brand Registry

Amazon launched an enhanced version of Amazon Brand Registry in May of 2017 to help manufacturers and brand owners protect their registered trademarks (on Amazon) and create an accurate and trusted experience for customers.

 

What is Amazon Brand Registry?

A new and improved registry for a brand’s rights owners that helps you deliver an accurate and trusted customer experience on Amazon while protecting your intellectual property.

 

Why You Should Try Amazon Brand Registry

For brand owners,[...]

Starting a Business | 7 min read

The Beginner's Guide to Selling on Amazon

Selling on Amazon is an exciting prospect. Your products can be out there on the world's largest marketplace, where every day millions of shoppers hunt for their most-desired items.

If you want to start selling on Amazon as soon as possible, this guide is for you. We'll walk you through account creation, listing your products, and more. We'll also provide you with tips to help you build your Amazon strategy and get more sales.

To start, the first thing you need to do is create your seller[...]

Starting a Business | 14 min read

Building an Online Store: Finding Your Niche and Sourcing Your Products

Having been in the eCommerce business for more than a decade, I find it mildly amusing when new members of our eCommerce training course say that their biggest concern is the actual building of a website. It is understandable; of course, I'm sure that I was pretty overwhelmed at the concept back in the day, although it was so long and so many websites ago, I can't really remember.

The fact is, actually building your online store is the EASIEST part of setting up a web based business.[...]

Starting a Business | 5 min read

Complete Checklist for Starting a Business

Starting a business is a long, involved process, but you can make it a lot easier on yourself by following a structured plan.

The secret to completing any task is knowing what to do, and when and how to do it — and while starting a business might seem like a massive undertaking, it really isn't if you break it down appropriately. The process is long and involved, but like everything else, it's just a matter of completing the steps one by one until you get there!

This checklist will summarize[...]

Starting a Business | 7 min read

How To Transition Your Physical Business Online

The world of commerce is turning away from physical storefronts and going digital. It seems like customers can buy almost anything online nowadays, and more customers love the ease of online purchasing.

With big-name businesses like Amazon leading the way in the online frontier, it’s no wonder so many physical businesses are transitioning to the digital sphere. This transition is a natural step, but it’s easier said than done. There are a lot of things to consider when moving online, and[...]

Starting a Business | 3 min read

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Selling on Amazon

If you're interested in selling more online, you could be starting from a few potential points.

Maybe you already have an online store of your own and you're looking to break into a larger market. Maybe you're already selling on a large marketplace like eBay and you want to expand your reach. Or, maybe you're just starting out, you have no website or item listings anywhere, and you have yet to make a single sale.

These are very different situations, but they have a lot in common, and that's[...]

Starting a Business | 2 min read

5 challenges to opening a profitable dropshipping store

More and more online stores have embraced dropshipping, a business model that leverages third parties to add efficiency to an ecommerce website. In fact, anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of all online stores use dropshipping as their preferred fulfillment method.

Of course, implementing dropshipping as a business model isn’t as simple as it seems. You need to arm yourself with a strong business plan to help mitigate the numerous challenges associated with dropshipping.

Which challenges[...]

Starting a Business | 2 min read

Why Every Online Store Should Sell on eBay

Since its founding in 1995, eBay has grown into one of the largest and most popular online marketplaces in the world. Every day, millions of people log on to list items for sale or auction, or to shop for the products they need. Over 2 billion transactions are made on eBay each day and the site hosts thousands of dollars' worth of sales every second.

As an eCommerce retailer, what do these huge numbers mean to you? You may think that owning your own online store means you have to compete[...]

Starting a Business | 10 min read

Why all websites need a privacy policy and how to create one

Privacy policy. The term conjures up images of grayed-out, minuscule links at the bottom of web-pages. Though often ignored, this legal document is easily one of the most important texts on a website.

Together with Terms of Service documents, acquiring user consent and Cookie Policy/Cookie Law, it's a key component of what should be a 360° approach to making your e-commerce website compliant to both national and international regulations.

With this in mind, iubenda and 3dcart are hosting a[...]

Starting a Business | 5 min read

8 Vital Things to Know Before You Sell on Amazon

Sales on Amazon add up to almost half of all online retail sales, and that number is likely to continue to grow. For a large proportion of online shoppers, it's clear that Amazon is the first stop they make when they want to buy something.

If you're an eCommerce merchant already or if you're looking into getting started selling online, you're probably considering listing your products on Amazon.

Selling on this overwhelmingly popular marketplace can work out very well, but there are some key[...]

Starting a Business | 3 min read

Selling on eBay: The Pros and Cons

For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of making an online purchase is eBay. Founded in 1995, eBay has become a major online marketplace for buyers and sellers in many countries all over the world. Every day, millions of people visit eBay to bid on auctions, make purchases, or sell their products and services.

As an eCommerce merchant, you have a very good reason to learn the ins and outs of eBay beyond the basics. Expanding your business into eBay sales can be a[...]

Starting a Business | 14 min read

The Cost of Building an Online Store

"How much does it cost to set up an online store?"

This is one of the most commonly-asked questions when anyone is starting a new business venture, and for good reason: it's one of the smartest questions you can ask.

Your budget affects the majority of your business decisions, and laying out your costs as thoroughly as possible is a vital part of your planning. The same holds true for building an online store, and a lot of factors are going to come into play.

This article will help you [...]

Starting a Business | 15 min read

How to Buy the Right Domain for Your Online Store

Choosing a domain name when creating an eCommerce website is one of the most important business decisions you can make. As the URL (web address) your customers type into the address bar of their browser, your domain name affects your branding, visibility, search rankings, and more. What with all the competition out there, you need to be memorable, and your domain name can do a lot to help or hinder that.

A bad domain name can make your site hard to find and impossible for customers to[...]

Starting a Business | 4 min read

How to Transition from eBay to Your Own Online Store

So, you've decided it's time to expand beyond eBay sales and build your own online store.

This is a great idea — your eCommerce website will serve as your unique presence on the internet, which opens up tons of new ways to establish your brand and enter the public consciousness.

Having your own online store provides you with several business advantages. And we'll cover them in this article.

Starting a Business | 3 min read

7 steps to opening a successful dropshipping store

Have you considered starting an online business by dropshipping products directly from the distributor? Either if you're planning to do this as your first venture selling online, or you have an established e-commerce website looking to expand, these steps can help you determine if the dropshipping model will work for you.

Like any facet of ecommerce, dropshipping done right can be a highly successful business model. But to do it right, you’ll need to create a foundation for a successful and[...]

Starting a Business | 0 min read

7 Steps to Start Selling Online [INFOGRAPHIC]

Making the decision to build and online store to start selling your products online is the first step towards starting a successful internet business.  

But the tasks that follow this decision might seem overwhelming. And for this reason, our team has compiled the basic 7 steps any retailer should follow to start selling online in this great infographic.

Follow these steps, plus the tips and ideas to help you start selling online, market and grow your new ecommerce businesses.

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