How to Start a Business

The Shopify Ecommerce Blog has over 50 articles about starting a buisness and selling online. From learning how to incorporate a business to registering a trademark, we cover everything you need to know about starting your own business. Here are some recent posts that talk about creating your own company:

Update: Sir Richard Branson Is Choosing an Additional Build a Business Winner

This year’s Build A Business Competition is unlike any we’ve ever done before — and there’s one more exciting twist.

Sir Richard Branson himself will be hand picking one additional Shopify business owner to join him on Necker Island for the trip of a lifetime.

And it’s not too late to enter, even if you’re just getting started.

But first, hear from Sir Richard himself about why entrepreneurship contests like the Build A Business Competition are so important to him.

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How to Choose an Ecommerce Business Model

When it comes to starting an online business, you have a lot of choices to make. The biggest of the choices may be the most important as they will ultimately define your business model and much of the future of your business.

In this post, we’re going to introduce you to the four questions you must answer to begin putting together a business model for your new online business.

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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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5 Easy to Use Online Logo Makers to Design Your Brand

You have a product that will fly off the shelves, but are struggling with your branding.

You need a logo but don’t have any idea about how to design a great one.  You could hire a designer, but you don’t want to spend all of your startup costs on your logo.  

This is a side project for you after all.  What do you do?

We’ve got you covered.  In this post, we’ve compiled a list of high quality logo generators to help you create your brand.

You’ll be up and running with a beautiful logo in no time.

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Here's How You Can Win a Trip to Richard Branson's Private Island Courtesy of Tim Ferriss

It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the sign-up period of this year’s annual Build A Business Competition.

This year, we’re seeing more businesses than ever launch online stores and compete to sell as much as they can during the competition period. Perhaps it’s because they know they’re in the running to win a five-day trip to Richard Branson’s private island. Perhaps it’s because they know there has never been a better time to launch an online business.

But we’ve got some news that will throw this year’s competition into high gear. We’re doing something we’ve never done before.

 

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5 Brand Strategies to Uniquely Position Your Ecommerce Business Above the Competition

You need something to help a runny nose, so you ask someone to pass you the Kleenex.  Why? Because of an extremely effective brand strategy.

And yes, that’s actually the brand name and not the name of the product they sell.

With brand loyalty on the decline for the third straight year, building a strong customer base is more important than ever before.

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The Real "Secret" to Launching a Successful Store to Thousands of Excited Customers

The majority of online stores fold because they’re unable to drive traffic.

For many starting ecommerce founders, there’s a near single-minded focus when starting store is almost entirely dedicated to finding and showcasing the right products.

What they don't realize, is they're killing their chances of success right from the very beginning

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Alibaba 101: How to Safely Source Products from the World's Biggest Supplier Directory

In order to start an online business, you need two things, a product idea and supply. If you already have your product idea the next step is finding the perfect supplier. In our global village, it has never been easier to find a manufacturing or wholesaling partner halfway around the world, however sourcing your products from overseas can still seem like a daunting task for new online entrepreneurs.

In today’s post, we’re going to look at how to effectively and safely source a supplier for your product idea using the popular business directory Alibaba. We'll introduce you to the pros and cons of going overseas and show you how to navigate this new terrain so you can lock onto the perfect supplier for your product idea and get started selling online.

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How to Identify and Cash in on Consumer Trends (and 3 Products Trending Right Now)

If you can identify an upwards consumer trend, you can build a highly profitable business around it.

Consumer trends are determined by the habits or behaviors currently popular among consumers.

Data is often collected on these trends that includes information like how a consumer uses a product, and how they communicate about a brand with their social groups.

In this post, we’ll go over a upcoming consumer trend, as well as identify three product opportunities and how you can build a profitable business piggybacking on their popularity.

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