Category: Shopify

How to Start a Shopify Store (Updated 2019)

We decided to write this article after spending almost 6 months studying and starting a Shopify store and Facebook Ads. During this tenure we searched for every possible Shopify expert, looked for online shopping courses and watched more than 100 YouTube videos, we did a lot but still, we would say that it’s not enough. But something is better than nothing, so let’s share some of this valuable information with you folks.

We will be focusing on, what actually is Shopify? How you can start a Shopify store? How can you boost in this field by joining facebook pages and groups? Which youtube channels you must subscribe?

To get the answer to all these questions, stay connected to us:

So, lets’ start with what actually Shopify is and from where it was started? Shopify was launched by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake in 2006 as on online shopping platform. With its rapid growth, the company was able to hit the benchmark of $15 million in 2011 that was boosted to $100 million in 2013. That’s the turning point when everyone tries for starting a Shopify store and in 2016 there were around 275,000 stores on Shopify.

After the introduction let’s come to the next question, how to start a Shopify store?

On Shopify, you can use three models to make money

  1. Drop-Shipping
  2. Print on demand
  3. Own Brand

Drop Shipping: The easiest way to start at Shopify is drop shipping, as you just have to use your supplier product to advertise them to the right buyers. When you convince your buyer to add your supplier product to the cart, your supplier will just send the product to the shopper. Off course there is a lot more but we have briefly described it. Some of the well-known suppliers are AliExpress, Etsy, eBay, Amazon, etc.

Most of the beginners start here but we don’t think so that it’s the right way to start.

Print-on-demand: It’s also quite simple, you just have to print your design on shirts, hoodies and other clothing. This model is a bit more effective as you are selling your exclusive designs but one drawback is that every design costs you around $15, as you have to hire a professional designer for it. You can find fulfillment partner like Teespring, Gearbubble, SunFrog, Custom Cat.

Own Brand: We recommend it as the best way to starting at Shopify store. It requires a bit investment but the sky is the only limit in this model. If you have some loyal customers along with some stable sales don’t think much, just introduce your brand to the virtual market.

But before you dive in, we must endorse you to follow these things, if you want to be successful. We strongly recommend you to not to directly register to Shopify or create a business Facebook page, even don’t ask for a Shopify course. Instead, go to youtube Shopify channels, join Facebook groups related to Shopify, think of the niche you are looking to build your store around.

Now the question is how to find the right videos and Facebook groups as you will find thousands of them on the internet. You don’t have to worry, we had done a lot to do research and watched almost every video related to Shopify.

Now we will introduce you to the best Facebook groups and youtube channels that you must subscribe to. But you have to keep your mind open to collect as much information as you can.

Starting with the Facebook groups:

  • Cener Shopify Mastermind

It’s a closed group started by a serial entrepreneur located in Los Angeles, Justin Cener. The main focus in this group is on the model print-on-demand, you can also find the number of their own courses in this group as well.

  • Ecom Think Tank

Run by William Stark, a well-known beard guy who mostly tells his bedtime stories. We liked him much because he is quite friendly and will guide you in the best way regarding any of your issues. You will find all members really co-operative there and the best part is you will find a lot of information in this group regarding any of your queries.

  • eCom Dudes Academy

It’s an open group run by Dan Da Silva. He is a young guy who just made over $1,000,000 on Shopify and now endorsing his Academy. You can find a lot of friendly experts in this group as well; as Dan is among the most famous Shopify coaches.

Now let’s look at some of Shopify experts you must follow on Facebook

  • Ezra Firestone

The man behind SmartMarketer.com, he is adding millions of dollars to his wealth with every passing year, you must follow him to get the best tips for making money on Shopify.

  • Peter Chan Jr.

Student of Justin Cener, we recommend you to follow him as well, as he made thousands of dollars via demand o print. One better thing about him is that he makes videos from time to time to answer the most helpful questions.

  • Dan Dasilva

One of the most well-known Shopify guy and one of the activist marketer right now. It’s worth following him as well.

YouTube channels you should subscribe to

There are a lot of informative videos about starting a Shopify store out there but some crap videos are also uploaded which even don’t deserve any attention. We have gone through most of them, so we don’t want your time to be wasted, we will keep you on the right track.

You can go in any sequence to watch videos on these channels, just have a look at these channels:

  • Franklin Hatchett
  • Till Boadella
  • Jeff Mills
  • Mohamed Ali Aguel
  • Peter Chan Jr.
  • eCom Dudes
  • Ben Malol
  • Anthony Mastellone
  • Casual Ecommerce
  • Kingpinning
  • Justin Cener
  • Dan Dasilva
  • Devin Zander

Moving on, now we can talk about some of the Shopify experts that offer courses and coaching:

Tecademics

Created by Chris Record and his associates, claiming to have over 60,000 plus members, Chris is a very good promoter and speaker, he has the capability to sell you anything and if you listen to him he will convince you to join his course. He will guide you about the basics of Shopify and working of Facebook ads. It is somehow good for the starters but most of his information is already available on the internet.

Till Boadella

We found him in Youtube search results and the thing we liked about him is the idea of posting a video every day of questions asked by readers regarding Shopify. You can buy his course for$97 but we recommend you that you can find a lot of good information from him for free so better not to buy his course. You can also ask for a one to one coaching session to him, which he charges for $297.

Ezra Firestone

Among the leading eCommerce experts in the world, a well-known person is Ezra Firestone. He is working in the field of eCommerce for over more than a decade. He owns and operates several businesses with incoming of 7-8 figures. One of his most successful projects is Smart Marketer that offers you 6 different courses. The thing that we observed is that if you want to get the most out from him, you have to make him your special guest.

Jon Mac

One of the leading coach and entrepreneur from Canada, with an income of $4,000,000 on Shopify is Jon Mac. It’s worth listening to him as you will get a lot from him and you must also subscribe to his training webinars.

You can also buy his two courses for $1,997 – The Goldmine Method and The Flex Method

How to save on your first Shopify store

 For the beginners, starting a Shopify store is the best platform and it just takes a couple of minutes for signing up and you don’t have to face any hurdle before you get it right. The things have changed a lot and you can have all in our palm via your cell phone.

Shopify offers you 14-day free trial, during which you can set it all and sell products profitably on Shopify. After that you have to go for any of the payment plans, most of the people go for $29 per month, but we can help you save money for this as well by using 60-day free trial instead of 14. You can find discount coupon codes from most of the Shopify experts out there, for your ease we have searched some for you:

There are Shopify experts out there with discount coupon codes and you can use them without any obligation, you just need to know where to find them. But don’t worry I have done it for you already, here they are:

  • “Always Listen to Mo” Mohamed offers 60-day free trial too.
  • F6S members can use 60-day free trial
  • Tecademics experts offer a 30-day trial and 50% off select Shopify plans for 2 months.

Summing up our words as the length is getting too much, but too be honest there is a lot more that we can share with you but don’t worry we tried our best to provide you with the best of everything that we find online during our research. We recommend you not to purchase any course unless it’s too much necessary as you can find a lot for free over the internet. You can go through the youtube videos, read comments and can also ask questions on Facebook groups. We have guided you to the right path and now it’s your turn to follow it.

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Omer Riaz February 1, 2019 0 Comments

How to Successfully Start Your Own Profitable Business on Amazon

Introduction

If you’re looking to start an Amazon business that is consistently profitable, self-regulating and efficiently ever-green, there are certain elements that everyone needs to be well-versed in.

With its low barrier to entry, Amazon has quickly become one of the most popular routes to business ownership.

Whether you want to generate a side income or eventually scale operations to make a living off your business, one of the best places to start selling your products is on Amazon, undoubtedly! Below we’ll look at various forms of selling and related avenues on Amazon, as well as other fundamental facets that can make or break a business.

 What’s Retail Arbitrage?

Retail arbitrage or RA for short, has become an increasingly popular business model in the last few years. Most liquidation stores often sell products at rock bottom prices that are far lower than Amazon retail prices.

By buying up all of the clearance and liquidation merchandise from stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, etc, you can profit by selling these goods on Amazon FBA at much higher prices.

The reason this model works is that a lot of consumers don’t have access to liquidation outlets and are willing to pay full price on Amazon.

Benefits and Features:

  • You don’t need a website
  • You can leverage Amazon’s huge marketplace for instant sales
  • There are few startup costs except for your inventory.

The Downside:

  • The major downside is that your business is 100% at the mercy of Amazon and you need to constantly find or go shopping for new goods to list on the platform.
  • This basically means that retail arbitrage is very difficult to scale because you end up spending most of your time hunting for bargains.

What’s Private Labelling?

Private labeling is the act of placing your own brand or label on a product that you manufacture yourself. And the way this business model works is that you first have to find a manufacturer to produce products for you in bulk where they allow you to use your own brand. In most cases, this vendor can be found overseas or in China via Alibaba.com, for example.

Once you’ve produced your product, you then ship your goods off to Amazon FBA and take advantage of Amazon’s huge marketplace to sell your goods.

Because you are manufacturing and buying your products in bulk, there is a much larger upfront cost.

As a result, you will be investing a minimum of $250-$5000 on your initial inventory.

But in general, there are relatively few barriers to entry.

Benefits and Features:

  • You don’t need a website to sell.
  • You don’t need to generate your own traffic because you’re leveraging Amazon’s Marketplace
  • There are no inventory requirements

Overall, this business model is a bit more challenging than the others because it often requires interaction with a vendor outside of the country.

But what’s nice about private labeling is that you own your brand. You own your products and the margins are super high. And because Amazon’s marketplace is so large, you can make a lot of money very quickly.

The Downside:

  • The main downside is that you’re dependent on Amazon and you are subject to all the negatives of selling on their marketplace. For example, any reasonably successful listing will attract piggybackers and hijackers.
  • You will also have to constantly monitor your products for negative feedback and product quality issues because Amazon could ban your products or your account at any time.
  • Also because you’re investing a large sum upfront for inventory, getting banned on Amazon could cause you to get stuck with a lot of unsellable products.

What’s Wholesale?

Another business model on Amazon is selling wholesale products using FBA.

To sell wholesale products on Amazon, you first must find distributors who offer a variety of products for sale. Then, you essentially buy those products (usually from your home country with low minimums) and list and market them on Amazon using FBA.  Margins are typically on the order of 50%.

Features and Benefits:

  • Similar to private labeling there are very few barriers to entry.
  • You don’t need a website and all you need to do is find wholesalers with large product catalogs who will allow you to sell on their behalf.
  • Once you’ve signed on with a few vendors, you can instantly have hundreds of products to sell at your disposal.
  • Overall, the main advantage over private labeling is that you can often buy in extremely low unit quantities and the turnaround time is super fast.

The Downside:

  • The main downside to this business model is that you are selling the exact same product as other sellers which will eventually lead to eroding prices.
  • Sure, you could find a profitable product to sell on Amazon temporarily. But since everyone has access to the same products, it’s just a matter of time until your wholesale cash cow gets discovered and the prices sink.

How to Start Researching Online?

There are tons of free resources available online for one to consult and learn from. These include YouTube, Google, Facebook Groups, Online Tutorials, Seminars, and free content + tools.

Product Research

In general, we can speak of seven different steps in the pre-launch research process: understanding the market and the competition, targeting the customer, devising a unique value proposition, determining marketing strategy, testing the product and overall approach, rolling out the campaign, and keeping track of the overall lifecycle.

Things to look for during product research include:

  • Price Analysis
  • High Demand – Low Competition
  • Feedback Score
  • Researching Using Multiples Softwares and Tools
  • Competitor Analysis

How to Start Product Sourcing?

With a strong research base and your willingness to dig in deeper, sourcing products is the next important step. A few ways to source products to sell on Amazon are:

●     Alibaba

●     Auctions and Thrift Stores

●     eBay

●     Virtual Assistants/Outsource

How to Make a Product Listing Sell?

A powerful product listing copy that converts is crucial to being an A-List Seller. And to put a halt to your sales sucking-spree! Here are some tips on how you can enhance your Amazon Product Listing effectively:

●     Focus on Your Product Title

●     Effective Character Count

●     Capitalization and Relevance of Words

●     Professional Photos

●     Use Bullet-Point Content Form and Focus on a Description

●     Use Personalized and Human Tone in Description

Why and When Do You Need a Professional Virtual Assistant?

Urtasker is a Virtual Assistant Service agency that helps eCommerce sellers with hassle-free, cost-effective and trusted outsourced business solutions for platforms such as eBay, Amazon, and Shopify.

It proactively helps sellers in certain key areas of Amazon selling with professional skills and knowledge such as:

  • Fully optimizing your Amazon product listing with the most highly searched, relevant and potent keywords that make your listing stand out from the rest, rank better and gain more visibility.
  • Refine and polish your Shopify website design layout, with a crisper more responsive user interface
  • Revamping your PPC campaigns to increase the conversion rate for higher sales and greater profits
  • Developing proven selling strategies on Amazon, eBay, and Shopify, as well as other eCommerce platforms for long-term business viability

In conclusion, as an eCommerce business owner or when you’re about to start an Amazon business, your customers are your bread and butter. If they aren’t happy, even the world’s most amazing product loses its worth. The customers determine the value and depth of your product because they are the ones buying it.

Keeping them happy, content and hassle-free is the key to a good, self-regulating Amazon business. A highly adept, professional, patient and empathetic Amazon-specialist Virtual Assistant will ensure all your Customer Support queries and arising issues are taken care of your intentions to start an amazon business – without you breaking a sweat or your bank account!
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Omer Riaz May 23, 2018 0 Comments

How to Sell Successfully and Profitably on Shopify – Like a Pro!

Ready to start selling products online? Whether you are selling products or services, sell on Shopify is one e-commerce solution to consider. It is suitable for businesses of any size and caters to a broad range of industries.

Shopify is one of the easiest e-commerce builders to help you run your online store for the first time, making the process straightforward and painless.

What You Can Sell on Shopify?

Overall, if it’s a physical product, drop-ship product, digital product or service that isn’t illegal to sell online, you can sell it on Shopify. If you visit their sitemap and look under “Ecommerce by Industry”, you’ll find a listing of the most popular verticals using their platform, ranging from art to coffee, ebooks to guitars, shoes to homeware – it’s hard to find something you can’t sell!

If you already have an offline physical retail store, you are also able to merge and manage your entire sales and inventory system in one location with Shopify’s Point of Sale (POS) System.

Selling on Amazon With Shopify

If you’re interested in expanding your business to Amazon, there are many benefits to selling using Shopify’s sales channel:

  • Create new Amazon listings directly from Shopify in a number of categories
  • For products that exist on Amazon, create offers directly from Shopify in any category
  • Sync product details, variants, and images to your Amazon Seller Central account
  • Link Shopify products with your existing Amazon listings for any category
  • Set unique price and reserve inventory just for Amazon listings
  • Easily reconcile revenue from Amazon sales using Shopify reports
  • Sync inventory tracked by Shopify with Amazon listings
  • Fulfill Amazon orders directly from Shopify

Selling on Ali Express With Shopify

Dropshipping is an excellent way to start an e-commerce business without needing to worry about inventory or shipping. It’s as simple as listing a product for sale on your website and sending an email to your supplier to ship the item on your behalf whenever you get an order.

While starting a dropshipping business is a great way to start an e-commerce business, digging deep through the internet to find a reliable supplier can be tough. However, with Aliexpress, there is a convenient marketplace you can use to dropship.

Once you setup your Shopify store, it’s time to add a product. This step is important to cover in detail because it’s not as simple as copying the images and description of the AliExpress listing and placing that on your website.

Instead, if you want to position your store for success, there are a few things you should consider:

  • Write powerful product descriptions
  • Let customers know about delivery times
  • Use an order tracking app.
  • Offer free shipping
  • Price products appropriately
  • Add products to your store with Oberlo

Selling on YouTube with Shopify

YouTube usually ranks around the second or third most popular search engine on earth. It provides a powerful tool for business owners and has an unlimited amount of creative ways in which you can drive traffic and sales to your e-commerce store.

One of the main advantages of YouTube is that your video will be included in Google and YouTube search results. Each video you create is a piece of inbound marketing content that will help you sell for years to come.  You can also use YouTube videos on your own website to help communicate the benefits of your products.

You can engage your customers and generate interest in your business by adding a video to your online Shopify store. You can create your own videos or link to videos that you want to share.

You can add a video to your Shopify store in the following ways:

  • Add a video section to the homepage of your theme.
  • Add a video to other pages of your store with the rich text editor.

If you want to add a video to your home page, then add a video section to your theme. If you want to add a video to blog posts, pages, product descriptions, or collection descriptions, then add a video with the rich text editor.

Other Sales Channels

There are other effective ways products to sell on Shopify whilst using various proven sales channels. One of them is Pinterest

You can use the Pinterest sales channel to enable Pins with links to your Shopify products to be turned into Buyable Pins by Pinterest. Customers can buy your approved products from Buyable Pins directly on Pinterest, and Pinterest orders will be created in your Shopify admin.

Customers can use Pinterest to discover and share products that inspire them. The Pinterest sales channel helps you build your business in some great ways:

  • Enables Pins with links to your approved Shopify products to be turned into Buyable Pins by Pinterest
  • Creates an order in your Shopify admin when a customer buys your Shopify products on Pinterest
  • Allows you to use the Pinterest Tag to track how customers interact with your store

In conclusion, Shopify is a major sales platform for online entrepreneurs and eCommerce vendors. Using it the right way by harnessing the power of Amazon, Ali Express, YouTube and Pinterest are crucial in determining consistent profitability of your business. Adopting the right approaches, steps, guidelines, and processes for each of these vital sales channel will do a world of good to your online business management, customers, brand name and ultimately your bank account!

 Now start your business and sell on Shopify!

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4 Epic Ways Small Businesses Can Benefit From E-commerce Outsourcing

Overview

Whether you’re a small business online or offline; you can never overlook the importance of getting an extra set of hands to take the burden off you!

With the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of business going through tremendous technological changes, it is imperative that companies around the globe – particularly those in eCommerce – understand, employ and effectively apply the power of e-commerce outsourcing to their benefit.

This is where world-class E-commerce Outsourcing proves to be detrimental in more ways than one! Great companies and businesses are built on a proven system; constant, efficient and productive without the hiccups! The same goes for any successful, viable and effective small business – be it on a local or global scale.

Here are some ways dynamic and professional E-commerce Outsourcing can bolster a small business to new heights:

1 – Reducing Operating Costs

Without any doubt, e-commerce specialists are a great way to reduce operating costs. Aren’t reducing operational costs one of the biggest things small business owners always worry about? Compared to a regular or full-time employee, a consultant costs less because the business owner does not pay benefits.

If you compare the cost of hiring an e-commerce consultant with a regular employee, you’ll be astonished at the price gap. And the best part? You will not have to pay any sick leave, casual leave, or any other retirement benefit to your consultant. You just pay for the time your consultant works for. No work means no money! Simple!

2 – Increased Efficiency and Productivity

As a small business owner, you are supposed to lead your team through your actions. No? If you want to gain the trust of your team members, you should be doing challenging tasks rather than non-core tasks, such as making arrangements for travel, sending invites for a meeting, sending newsletters, handling customers’ queries, and more! It becomes a never-ending stagnant cycle.

Hiring a full-time employee for these tasks is a sheer waste of money when you can easily hire an e-commerce specialist for these non-core business tasks. Why so? Well, a good e-commerce specialist can be the difference between a productive a non-productive small business. By outsourcing administrative and non-core tasks through a specialist, small businesses free up their time to maximize business efforts – and results!

Time is the one resource that we can’t buy, but we often waste it or use it ineffectively. Scheduling helps you think about what you want to achieve in a day, week or month, and it keeps you on track to accomplish your goals.

Successful small business owners know the value of hiring e-commerce specialists, allowing them to spend their time only on growth hacking activities.

3 – Strengthen Your Weak Areas

Nobody is perfect, and that means you too! Every business owner, company and system of operations will always have its set of challenges brought on by a particular area of weakness.

With E-commerce Outsourcing, however, you can bridge the skill gap in your small business. Gone are the days when e-commerce specialists used to be only simple remote workers. Now, they are skilled professionals and can do a wide range of tasks.

Whether you need someone to manage social media or somebody to conduct product research for Amazon, Shopify or eBay, you can easily hire an e-commerce specialist for the same.

 4- E-Commerce Outsourcing Scales Up Your Business

What’s the ultimate long-term goal for any business – online or offline, small or big? The goal is always growing, flourishing, bolstering and scaling to newer, bigger heights. A business that doesn’t scale, is like a flower that never grows!

It is easy to scale up with e-commerce specialists managing aspects of your business. For example, you cannot just fire an employee when there is less/no work. But you can end the contract with your e-commerce specialist abruptly without any legal problem.

And if you hire an e-commerce specialist from a different time zone, your business will be 24/7 online. You will spend less or no time in training as specialists are skilled professionals. They will start working for you the moment you hire them. This enables you to scale up at-will, with none of the fuss!

Conclusively, leveraging the power of the e-commerce outsourcing services effectively and proactively in the right manner, via the correct strategic approach can bring innumerable dividends to your small business both in the short and long run of things.

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Omer Riaz April 12, 2018 0 Comments