34 search results for “home business ideas”

The 10 Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas

Coming up with a great idea for a product to sell online will occasionally strike when you least expect it. Many times though, it’s something you need to be proactively on the lookout for. The internet contains a wealth of ideas and inspiration, but as a new entrepreneur, where do you begin? Aimlessly searching online will only get you so far so we have compiled a list of the best resources to give you direction and get you started.

 

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How One Man Listened to His Community, Then Built a $40k Per Month Ecommerce Business in Under a Year

Eric Bandholz has one serious beard.

And he's not alone. 

Just look around any major urban center these days and you'll see more beards and mustaches than ever before.

In fact, beards, mustaches, barber shops and male grooming in general are all undergoing a major renaissance right now. Especially with Movember in full swing.

Being a member of the beard community (and blogging about it), Eric was aware of this demand and realized he and his peers we're being underserved both from a content and product standpoint.

So he decided to create Beardbrand. 

Since launching the site this past January, Beardbrand has built a loyal community, has been featured in the New York Times and is off to a racing start. 

I was lucky enough to catch up with Eric and ask him some questions about how he's achieved his amazing success in such a short period of time. 

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5 Genius Content Marketing Ideas You Can Steal – Today

Sometimes the best content marketing ideas are the ones that come from using everyday websites and platforms. And the good news is that these methods can be duplicated across nearly any topic or niche.

All you have to ask are two important questions: “Who am I targeting with this marketing?” and “How can I get them interested and engaged with this content?” Even large corporations from American Express to Adobe, have gone back to basics.

Here’s what they’re doing, and what you can learn from them:

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5 Promotional Campaign Ideas to Boost Sales This Holiday Season

Whether you're preparing for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, the weekend after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

The National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales to increase 4.1% (to $616.9 billion) this year, a full percentage higher from last year. With a huge opportunity for profit, large retailers are fighting tooth and nail for consumers to spend their holiday budgets on their businesses.

The Black Friday craze is so competitive that some of these retailers have started announcing their Black Friday deals the day after Halloween. That's not even enough time for consumers to digest their Halloween candy.

To take on larger retailers who are looking to win over shoppers with low prices and free shipping, as a small and medium-sized business, you can turn to more personalized and creative ways to promote your store on a budget.

Here are just a few ideas that have worked for retailers in the past, that you can apply to your own store this holiday season.

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Announcing Shopify's 3rd Build-A-Business Competition Winners

Today we’re thrilled to announce the five winners of our Build-A-Business competition.

During the 8 months of the competition period, over 10,000 entrepreneurs created new online businesses that sold more than $55 million in products. The five new businesses that sold the most over any two months of the competition each win a $50,000 US investment.

We’re also sending each of the winners on a VIP trip to New York City to meet with the industry experts who served as mentors to the participants throughout the competition (Timothy Ferriss, Daymond John, Tina Roth Eisenberg and Eric Ries).

In addition to the grand prize investment and NYC trip, each winner gets a special one-hour media strategy training session with editors at Fast Company Magazine, and $20,000 toward digital advertising for their business.

Here’s a visual overview of the competition, including our five amazing winners. You can click on the image to view in full-screen.

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The Malcolm Gladwell Guide to Starting a Business: Lessons From Impressionists, IKEA, and Goldman Sachs

Malcolm Gladwell’s most recent book is called David and Goliath, published last October.

It features the roundup of interesting stories and psychology research that we’ve come to expect from Gladwell. David and Goliath gives plenty of examples of how qualities we perceive as strengths may actually be vulnerabilities, and vice versa.

Though Gladwell rarely gives concrete advice for running a business, his books are often categorized as Business books. But even if you can’t really use his books to understand how to calculate discounted cash flows or how to register for incorporation, you can use his books to think about operations at a high level.

And so if The Tipping Point can be used as a business strategy guide, David and Goliath might be used as a guide to figure out the type of business you want to start.

Gladwell writes about a dozen stories in David and Goliath around a theme of “deceptive strengths.” We pick out three of these stories because we think that they’re particularly useful for learning about the type of entrepreneur you can and want to be.

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How to Start An Ecommerce Business Without Spending Any Money

This is a guest post by Noah Kagan. Noah is the founder of AppSumo and built two multi-million dollar online businesses before turning 28.

When most people think about starting an ecommerce business, they have a vision of selling some amazing product that will enable them the freedom to work on something they truly enjoy. But despite early enthusiasm, sometimes they end up not taking action.

So what happens to these people?

    • They don’t have any idea of what to sell
    • Worrying about failing prevents them from starting
    • They have an idea but are not sure what to do next

Does that sound like you? Don’t worry. We’re going to show you some meaty and actionable stories of how two people were able to start their own ecommerce businesses without spending any money.

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3 Critical Money Strategies Unique to Entrepreneurs

 

Few can contest that entrepreneurs are a different breed. They are special. Elite. They voluntarily go into harm’s way taking risks mere mortals would never dream of doing. Entrepreneurs creep silently into the night for long hours; often for little pay and no glory. In the world of business, entrepreneurs are the Navy SEALs of the work force. Like the elite warriors, entrepreneurs also enjoy a few of the benefits of membership; relaxed grooming standards, flexible hours, and even get to dress down at times.

Silly I know, but these two groups share unique traits the majority of the population does not. They are not followers and often rebel against authority. The traits that enable entrepreneurs to achieve great things are also risk magnets. Entrepreneurs cannot follow the same “rules,” and when they try to, the results are devastating. Entrepreneurs are different. They have different needs and one that is often ignored is how they manage money. 

Here are three critical money strategies unique to entrepreneurs:

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How To Start An Online T-Shirt Business: The Ultimate Guide

The t-shirt is a staple in casual wear and has been universally accepted by both men and women the last few decades. Not only are they a classic piece of casual wear, but t-shirts are a blank canvas for artists and entrepreneurs alike. Because of this, online t-shirt businesses have become a popular business choice these days. For many entrepreneurs, starting an online t-shirt brand is a great and inexpensive way to start an online business, whether it’s your first, second, or tenth business.

With the growth in popularity of t-shirts businesses, there's no doubt you'll be facing some stiff competition. So to break through, you'll need to have designs people love, a brand people cherish and quality people trust. In this guide we will go through the creation process for starting your own t-shirt line and online store. We will look at each of the steps involved and the keys to success to help you get started as a t-shirt entrepreneur.

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The Solopreneur as a Silicon Valley Startup

This is a Guest Post by Colleen McCarty.

Entrepreneurs, business people, and product developers are in a unique position to capitalize on a trend that will to continue to rise: personality based businesses and personal branding. This trend embodies the American dream, taking extreme individualism to the next level – speakers, experts, trainers, bloggers - everyone has a schtick. Blossoming out of a formerly cubicled workforce, the personality-based business is a natural segue in an information-based economy, lending itself to massive product sales and huge numbers for individual ecommerce sites. Drop ship and on-demand companies make it even easier for individuals to sell any information-based products.


However, personality based businesses inherently lend themselves to one fatal flaw. They are built around humans – and humans are imperfect. Building your business around yourself indicatively means that your business will reflect your flaws. There is no way around it… or is there?

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