Before the digital era began, if you wanted to run a store, you needed a physical, brick-and-mortar location. That meant that starting a business was often a difficult process. After all, not every would-be entrepreneur had the cash required to buy their own building.
Now, we’re living in a slightly different world. The evolution of the internet has introduced an exciting new industry, where creativity and passion are more important than real-estate. In the age of the internet, anyone can start their own company without ever having to worry about physical foot traffic. However, you still need a location or “home base” for your business. The only difference is that you’ll be building a virtual storefront, rather than a physical one.
Ecommerce platforms are how business owners of all shapes and sizes carve out a place for themselves in the new digital landscape. With a tool like Shopify, Magneto, or Volusion, sellers can leave the days of restrictive sales on Amazon or eBay behind, in favor of an ecommerce site that they have complete control over. The only problem?
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WordPress is easily the most popular way to build a website.
Whether you’re new to the concept of building your own eCommerce website, or you’ve been blogging and building sites for Google for a while now, you’ve probably heard of WordPress, and how valuable it can be.
More than 75 million websites are powered by WordPress today – making it the largest CMS (content management system) in the world.
The only problem?
While plenty of people love WordPress, many still don’t understand it. One of the most common questions in the website building world remains to be: What’s the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?
If you’re one of the many people who’s still confused by the WordPress.com vs WordPress.org debate, don’t worry. We’ve put together a complete guide into both of these site-building solutions, so you can determine how you’re going to design your WordPress site.
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Health clinics, salons, restaurants, and other service professionals rejoice.
Square, one of the market leaders in POS (Point of Sale) systems for modern businesses, has released a focused solution for companies requiring appointments and bookings.
Finally, there’s a new and improved ways to handle your appointment scheduling, from one of the most well-renowned and customizable POS companies in the marketplace.
The Square Appointments service arrived on the scene as a result of Square’s purchase of “BookFresh”, a small booking service. To give today’s merchants more control over the way that they serve their customers, Square tweaked the purchased technology and aligned it with their own branding. Now, the Square Appointments system is a part of a wider overall strategy for the complete Square POS system.
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SiteGround one of the best-known digital companies in the market today.
Offering sensational packages for shared hosting, cloud hosting, dedicated servers, and more, SiteGround ensures that your business has everything it needs to maintain an effective online presence.
Not only does SiteGround deliver dedicated hosting plans specifically optimized for Joomla, WordPress, WooCommerce, and more, but the brand also has a strong reputation for exceptional service too. If you’re looking for a hosting company that you can really trust, you’ll see a 99.7% happiness rating from SiteGround’s customers.
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How to Come Up with a Business Name and URL for your Online Shop
Ready to transform your business idea into an incredible money-making opportunity?
You're going to need one all-important thing first: a business name.
Many business leaders assume that choosing the right title is simple. They think that the ideal name will come to them in a flash of inspiration after they've finished designing their website or creating their products. However, naming a company is very rarely that simple.
There are a lot of business owners out there that have a hard time coming up with a name that really makes sense for their organization.
So, how do you get started?
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If you’re interested in building your own ecommerce company, you’re in luck.
These days, it’s easier to design and run a digital store than ever before. Not only are there many ecommerce website builders to help you, like Shopify, Magneto, and WordPress, but there are also various plugins and apps that will assist you in finding the right sales model too.
For instance, one of the leading sales strategies available for beginners in the ecommerce industry is dropshipping. Unlike other models available for building your own company, dropshipping allows you to get started with very little initial investment.
All you need to run your own dropshipping business is an ecommerce site, a merchant or two that you can trust, and the right application. Oberlo is one of the leading apps designed just for companies with an interest in dropshipping.
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Have you got an eye for fashion?
Maybe you always wanted to launch your own clothing store, but never had the nerve to strike out on your own?
We’re here to tell you that now is the perfect time to take that leap.
In today’s digital world full of online store builders like BigCommerce or Shopify, building your own online clothing store doesn’t have to be as daunting as it seems.
There are even dozens of different ways to create the perfect business plan, from designing your own clothing step-by-step to working with other merchants to create your clothing line.
In today’s guide, we’re going to guide you through the ins and outs of designing your own online shop for everything from t-shirts, to swimsuits and boutique dresses. What’s more, we’ll show you that you don’t need a fortune in investment capital to get started.
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Whether you’re searching for an offline card reader, a way to take credit card payments online, or a POS app, you’ve probably come across both PayPal and Square in the past.
Both Square and PayPal are incredibly popular tools for merchants and business owners. They offer an easy way to start making money through your online or offline store, whether you’re taking digital payments, or credit cards. PayPal is pretty much a household name among consumers and businesses today. There’s a good chance that many of your favorite stores even offer customers the option to pay for their products using a PayPal account.
On the other hand, while Square doesn’t have exactly the same status that PayPal does, it does benefit from a large and growing consumer base. Square has a very extensive set of features, including some credit card processing systems and readers that are a lot more impressive than PayPal’s.
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