23 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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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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The 10% Strategy: Growing Your Business by Making Small Incremental Changes

This article is written by author Jacqueline Biggs.

The 10% strategy is all about growing your ecommerce business by making small incremental changes. As you know, marketing is part big ideas and part process. As an entrepreneur you have the ideas, so I'm going to help you with the process part. In this article I'm going to show you how a small increase in key business metrics has the potential to create a huge impact in net profits. 

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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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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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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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Shopify & Mixergy eCommerce Spotlight: 10 Recipes To Get You Laid

Ok, this one is a little risque... but it's an awesome book and it's selling really well on their Shopify store.  10 Recipes To Get You Laid is a gorgeous cookbook that gives step-by-step instructions on how to prepare a delicious meal that will ultimately "get you laid." Each of the 10 main course recipes are beautifully laid out and every procedure is meticulously explained.

The author, Dakota James, is giving a new take on a traditional business model, the cookbook, and is marketing it to a group of people that ordinarily wouldn't browse the culinary isle of their local bookstore. Pretty smart when you think about it... she's tapping into a niche market of underserved guys who can't cook but want to enjoy the benefits of a well executed stay-at-home dinner date. 

Shopify's Chief Platform Officer, Harley, spoke about 10 Recipes To Get You Laid with Andrew Warner from Mixergy. Check out the video below:

     

Watch the entire 50 minute Mixergy Webinar where Harley & Andrew discuss clever ideas from 12 of the best online stores on the web. 

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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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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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A Beginner's Guide to Local SEO for Small Businesses

As a small business with a physical location, you've probably heard about "local SEO" or have been told that you should really be optimized for local search.

In return, perhaps you've had a confused or overwhelmed look on your face, wondering 'what exactly is local SEO?, 'how's it different from your existing SEO efforts?', and 'how exactly do you get started?'

Not to fret, this is the first of a series of posts outlining how your business can be optimized for local search engine marketing. As a subset of a broader SEO marketing practices, basic local SEO encompasses the following three factors:

  1. Local Listings and Citations
  2. Online Reviews
  3. On-Site Local SEO optimization

I'll be providing an introduction to each of these three components in this post and providing more in-depth posts in the weeks to come. If you're ready to start cashing in on greater local search visibility, you've come to the right place. But first, we'll look at how the modern day consumer searches and shops in today's world. 

Let's dive in. 

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