All online entrepreneurs require the proper platform to get started selling, and Shopify has proven to be one of the best options to sell products, both digital and physical, along with offering functionality for processing payments, designing beautiful storefronts and even using CRMs with the help of apps.
The world of drop shipping is often considered the easiest way to sell products online, and Oberlo is seen as one of the easiest ways to get start with this. Although drop shipping comes with various difficulties, it is a viable way to start an online business without much upfront capital.
The basic idea behind drop shipping companies (aka dropshippers) is that you contact a manufacturer or wholesaler who might be willing to partner with you. After that, you build an ecommerce shop and start selling some items that fall in a niche, like electronics or glow in the dark items. The more niche the categories the better.
Ah, the glory of online business. You can sit at home and run an ecommerce shop from Chicago, while accepting orders from places like Bangladesh, London and Los Angeles. Heck, you can even run a whole dropshipping business from the comfort of your parents’ basement if you want, since dropshipping allows you to partner with a wholesaler, carry no inventory and watch as your sales are fulfilled and delivered by the wholesalers or manufacturers.
Your ecommerce journey may be just starting, or maybe even coming to fruition. Regardless, we all need advice and motivation to keep us going in the tumultuous world of online business.
The subscription business model is rather simple: Customers sign up for a monthly (or recurring) payment, and the company provides products, often in the form of a box sent to the house, but sometimes in the form of unlimited media access or even recommendations on how to dress or learn.
Choosing the right ecommerce platform is a complex decision that generates many concerns, such as cost, time-to-market, usability, reliability and customization. No software solution — whether off-the-shelf or custom-developed Software-as-a-Service platform — provides everything your business needs. Off-the-shelf platforms maybe have custom modules that allow for the necessary customization, but you are beholden to the developer to maintain and update those modules going forward and to create new ones as needs arise.
ERP stands for enterprise resource planning, and it's somewhat similar to a customer relationship management software, yet it provides additional functions we will outline below. The idea behind an ERP is to expedite certain processes to clear up time for other tasks and to save your company money.
When thinking about an ERP to power your business, it's not particularly essential for you to find one that integrates directly with an ecommerce platform, but if you plan to move your online store to the next level we highly recommend you go with Shopify Plus (see my full review here), since it's extremely scalable, powerful, and still easy to use with some of the most popular ERP solutions on the market. What does matter is how you feel about the pricing and interface for each ERP, and if it meets your needs in terms of sales, order management and other functions. So let's dive in!
As mentioned quite a few times on this site, Volusion is one of the top ecommerce solutions for those who are looking for a quick way to build an online presence. The prices are reasonable, the support is unmatched and even the website templates work nicely for webmasters without much experience. However, scaling up your site is often a tricky situation with Volusion, since source code isn't all that accessible and you tend to get stuck with the cookie-cutter features provided by Volusion.