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6 Free Online Tools Every Business Owner Should Know About

6 Free Online Tools Every Business Owner Should Know About

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Often short on time, sleep, and money, new business owners need all the help they can get.

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of free online tools designed to help streamline and simplify day-to-day tasks. By taking advantage of these resources and improving your workflow, you’ll get more done, and spend less while you do it.

Below is a list of our favorite free tools for new business owners.

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

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

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

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

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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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Free eBook: How to Quickly Start a Profitable Dropshipping Business

Free eBook: How to Quickly Start a Profitable Dropshipping Business

Dropshipping is the fastest and most affordable way to start your own business—especially if you don't know what to sell.

This free, beginner-friendly guide will walk you step-by-step through the entire process, from evaluating product ideas to running your first marketing campaign.

Why Start a Dropshipping Business?

Unlike other business models, dropshipping ensures you'll never have to store inventory, pay for products up-front, or even ship your own packages. Every order made through your new store will be instantly forwarded to AliExpress wholesalers who handle everything from packaging products to managing inventory.

Sell Almost Anything


Search AliExpress to find thousands of great products from reputable wholesalers.

No Inventory Costs

Product costs and shipping fees are automatically deducted from the profits you make on each sale.

Straightforward Setup

Shopify and Oberlo make it easy to build a beautiful online store and connect with wholesalers. 

Fast Profit Deposits

Profits made from the sale of each item are automatically deposited in your bank account.

Focus on Marketing

External suppliers manage the bulk of your daily workload, including inventory to shipping.

Invaluable Experience

Learn how to do product research, find profitable niches, and sell online using Shopify.

What You'll Learn From This Book

Throughout five comprehensive chapters, you'll find detailed tutorials and strategies designed to help make starting your first dropshiping business easy.

Chapter 1: Generating Product Ideas

There are millions of great products to choose from on AliExpress, but which one is right for you? In this chapter, we provide a concrete roadmap for brainstorming lucrative product ideas.

Chapter 2: Evaluating Product Ideas

Generating product ideas is the easy part. In this chapter, we'll narrow down your ideas using eight different filters and decide which ones have the highest sales potential.  

Chapter 3: Launching Your eCommerce Store

Some people think you need to build the next Amazon before opening to the public, but it's much more productive to learn aand build along the way. In this chapter, we'll create you store by following a tested and proven launch checklist.

Chapter 4: Finding Suppliers and Adding Products

Starting an AliExpress dropshipping business is one of the hottest new trends in eCommerce. In this chapter, we'll show you how to connect with suppliers and start selling their products on your store.

Chapter 5: Launching Your First Ad Campaign

Facebook advertising is one of the most effective ways to promote your products. In this chapter, we'll share the fundamentals of Facebook advertising so you can launch your first campaign without wasting time or money. 

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The 10 Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas

The 10 Best Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas

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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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What To Sell Online: 10 Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now

What To Sell Online: 10 Interesting Product Ideas Trending Right Now

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With thousands of products available to sell online, narrowing one down can be overwhelming. Recently, we learned eight strategies for finding your first product and in our last post we discovered ten places entrepreneurs go to find product ideas.

Since then, we've gone through all of those resources ourselves and have selected ten products – one product from each resource category that looked interesting and is currently trending on Google.

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

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

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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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The Business of DIY: 10 Things to Make and Sell Online

The Business of DIY: 10 Things to Make and Sell Online

Things to Make and Sell

Commerce has evolved in the past few hundred years. As far as we’ve come—think same day shipping and chat-based selling—the roots of commerce remain firmly planted.

Today, thousands of Shopify merchants still produce made-by-hand goods—some with traditional and primitive methods—selling them at craft shows, pop-up shops, and through their online stores worldwide. 

Over the past year, we’ve been diving deep into DIY businesses to help you turn your handmade passion into a living. But maybe you’re not quite sure what to make and sell. Or maybe you’re not crafty at all.

We’ve compiled a list of things to make and sell, something to appeal to everyone from the advanced craftsperson to the creatively-challenged.

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5 Ways to Jump-Start a Dying Business (and 5 Businesses That Did It)

5 Ways to Jump-Start a Dying Business (and 5 Businesses That Did It)

jump-start a dying businessAccording to Gallup, half of new businesses in the U.S. fail within the first five years. But it’s important to remember that they don’t fail overnight. In fact, if you look closely, there are a few key signs that can help you identify a failing business months before it happens. Some of these signs include a halt in growth, poor cash-flow management, and a glaring lack of innovation or differentiation.

This blog post will help you give your dying business the jolt of energy it needs to get back on the path to success. I’m going to outline a few ways to help turn around a failing business and help you implement them before it’s too late.

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

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

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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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