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:

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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How To Find A Product To Sell Online: The Definitive Guide

There's never been a better time to create an online store. It's easier and cheaper than ever to get started and sell to people all over the world. However, the biggest hurdle to starting your own store has always been finding and choosing the right product to sell.

We know this can be a bit of a challenging step for new entrepreneurs. This guide gives you an easy-to-follow framework for finding, evaluating and validating product ideas that you can build a profitable online business around.

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15 Domain Name Generators & New Domain Extensions Available

Registering the perfect domain name is an extremely important decision. A good domain can help you build a brand that will stick in your customers minds and help define your target market. However, coming up with a great business and domain name can be one of the most challenging aspects of starting a new online business. You can spend days, weeks or even months and the brainpower equivalent to a thousand NASA computers trying to come up with the perfect name that's also available to register. 

In this post we'll explain why your domain name is so important, show you some of the best tools for finding the perfect URL, then, we'll introduce you some of the new unique domain extensions that you probably didn’t even realize were available.

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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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Small Business Accounting 101: Ten Steps to Get Your Startup on Track

You’re about to launch your online store (or maybe you just launched) – congratulations! It takes perseverance and passion to get to the point you’re at. However, as you know, business ownership is a constant flood of satisfying milestones coupled with expanding to-do lists. With your launch, you’ll need to get on top of the accounting tasks that come along with owning a store. This list of 10 small business accounting steps will give you the confidence to know you’ve covered your bases, and are ready to move on to the next item on your business to-do list!

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