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Why Your Ecommerce Store Needs a Business Plan (and How to Write One)

If your first thought when hearing the words "business plan" is "yuck", then you're not alone.

For most people, the thought of writing a business plan brings up painful memories of past homework assignments and many online store owners view them as something only "real world" businesses and Silicon Valley startups need.

And lets face it, there's all that fun marketing stuff you could be doing like taking product photos, writing blog posts and opening social media accounts.

But the truth is, the fun stuff will only be meaningful if you build your business on a strong foundation.

And that's where writing a simple business plan comes in.

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How to Create a Million-Dollar Business in 5 Easy Steps

Over the weekend, Tim Ferriss posted an extremely useful article by Noah Kagan, an entrepreneur who built two multi-million dollar online businesses before turning 28. Noah was employee #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint, he helped create Gambit, and most recently co-founded  AppSumo. He's really smart, and the article is spreading like wildfire across the internet.


Noah's article is a step-by-step guide on how to create a million dollar online store. It's equipped with practical advice, screenshots, and a contest that's open to all Shopify Build-A-Business competitors. Read it here.

The Prize

  • $1,000 credit from AppSumo.com
  • Roundtrip flight to Austin, Texas, to have "the most delicious tacos in the world" with Noah Kagan

Here's how to win: Whoever starts a new online business and generates the most profit (not just revenue) by October 8th, 2011 will win. If you're competing in our Build-A-Business Contest, it will be your increase in profit over the next 2 weeks vs. the prior 2 weeks. If you want to share some taco's with Noah, you'll have to prove your profit or profit increase, so please read all the contest details at the bottom of Kagan's post. 

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How to Get Started with Google Places for Business

Did you know that according to Google 97% of consumers search for local businesses online?

And that every month in the U.S. 13.7 billion searches are performed in Google and of those 20% are related to location?

If you operate a brick and mortar store in addition to your online store then these numbers should demonstrate just how important local search is for your business.

Luckily Google wants to help you take advantage of this potential traffic with Google Places, their local search product for small business owners.

In this post we'll look at how to create your free Google Places listing so your business can start getting more visitors both in-store and online.

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Ecommerce Business Blueprint: How To Build, Launch And Grow A Profitable Online Store

Starting an ecommerce business is hard work with many steps and decisions that need to come together at the right time. To help, we have put together a comprehensive resource list, compiled from Shopify's most popular blog posts. These posts have been placed into a logical order based on how you would research, build, launch and grow a profitable ecommerce business.

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Tim Ferriss Wants to Promote Your Business

Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, is giving Shopify merchants the opportunity to extend their reach to considerable measures.

Do you have a business that was inspired or deeply affected by The 4-Hour Workweek, that’s generating more than $1,000 per month? If you're willing to give specific details of lessons learned, Tim wants to potentially include you in his next big publishing project. This type of opportunity will produce major PR and huge jumps in traffic and revenue. 

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You Inc. The Benefits & Costs of Incorporating Your Business

Many new online business owners aren't sure if they should incorporate, what their business structure options are, what incorporation might mean for the business, or even what they need to do to form a company.

This guide is a 'company formation 101' and will explain the benefits and disadvantages of incorporating, lay out the various options you have to officially form a business in the United States, and give you a few easy first steps. 

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Announcing the 5th Shopify Build a Business Competition

Picture this: You’re strolling down the sandy beach of a remote, tropical island with the success of your new business lightening your step, and Sir Richard Branson alongside you giving advice on how to keep that business growing.

For our fifth annual Build a Business Competition, we’re doing things a little differently. We’re flying five winners on a private jet to Richard Branson’s Necker Island for a five-day adventure full of mentorship, exploration, and professional growth.

On Necker Island, you’ll be joined by this year’s mentors: Richard Branson, Daymond John, Marie Forleo, Tim Ferriss, and special guest Seth Godin. This all-star ensemble will offer you personalized, invaluable advice and guidance to help you continue to grow your business. If you’ve ever had the urge to launch your own business, this is the time to do it.

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The Importance of Focus for Your Ecommerce Business and How to Achieve It

It happens all the time. When building a new online business, many entrepreneurs become scattered and distracted in both strategy and execution, trying to move in too many directions at the same time. This lack of focus ends up causing a lack of real movement for the business in any one particular direction, and can ultimately lead to failure.

In this post you'll learn exactly why focus is so important, three critical elements of your business that you absolutely must have focus in, as well as how to achieve it.

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Ecommerce Shipping Toolbox: Apps, Tools, and Resources to Help You Streamline Your Business

You've spent months building your online store and preparing your marketing strategy. You launch your business and cha-ching!, you make your first sale. Now what? 

Many new ecommerce entrepreneurs tend to neglect their fulfillment and shipping strategy. The reason tends to be the fact that the world of shipping is complex and confusing. However, a well educated shipping strategy is a core element of every successful ecommerce business.

In this post, we round up of some of the most practical and important tools, resources and apps to help you develop a rock solid shipping strategy for your business.

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Where to List Your Business Online and Why It Matters for Local SEO

Just how important is local SEO for small businesses with a physical location? According to a recent study, 78% of local searches on mobile and 61% of local searches on laptops result in offline purchases. 

If you take a moment to consider the 7 billion monthly unique local searches that take place on Google in the US alone, that's a pretty decent conversion rate no matter how you slice the data.

So what exactly are these people searching "locally" for? Here's a breakdown of the top tasks that consumers perform when searching locally:

  • Searching for address/location
  • Finding a business with desired product/service
  • Searching for a phone number
  • Finding out hours of operation
  • Getting driving directions
  • Discovering coupons/special offers
  • Reading ratings and reviews

If any or all of those above tasks apply to your small business, then you'll undoubtedly want to pay attention to local SEO and make sure your business is covered when consumers are on-the-go or doing their research. Previously, I wrote a post that was intended as a primer on getting started with local SEO and all the different components that you need to pay attention to. 

In this post, I'll be getting into the nitty-gritty of what some consider to be at the core of local SEO, creating, double-checking, and optimizing local citations across the multitude of local business listing channels out there.

Let's take a deep breath in and dive right into it. 

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