I have been working “on my own” now for about 1 1/2 years. My goals are to be able to work from anywhere (typing this post from Cancun, MX) and to help other people do the same. I have been thinking about this for the last 2 -3 years. Left my “safe” employment and started consulting, signing up for various courses at Udemy, Lynda.com, and various other sites. There are many ways to produce income using the Internet that were not available to people 10 years ago or so. Here is a partial list of ideas I have come across:
On this blog I am going to be concentrating on Affiliate sales, blogging, Sales and Marketing, eCommerce, and online training courses.
Since I launched my first eCommerce store (https://creationsfromnature.com) on Oct 24th, I’ll start from there.
When you are going to sell online you have to determine what type of platform you will be on. I looked at WordPress/Woocommerce, but even though I have a lot of IT background and have built a few WordPress I eventually settled on the Shopify platform. I built out a WordPress site and installed Woo Commerce. Not too difficult, but then I realized it might more of a issue updating everything than I had originally thought. Don’t misunderstand me – if that is all you can afford, then that is what you do. I wanted my eCommerce site to build a brand and be a viable business for years to come, and so I wanted to use my resources (me) is the best way possible. I looked around at various eCommerce platforms and decided to use Shopify. It is made for eCommence, has payment integration, and a lot of third party apps (similar to WordPress plugins) for customizing the customer experience.
So what does Shopify.com give me as the budding entrepreneur?
Let me preface this posting to note that a
You get a solid platform that you can sell items from. It’s what it is made for. I say items, because I believe there are other platforms available for training, informational products, etc. I will go over them in a upcoming blog posts. You can use their integrated payment system or if outside of the countries they server, you can integrate with payment authorization companies in your country.
You can sell physical products you make and also physical products made from vendors you sell for. I’ll go into more depth on what I am doing in the next post.
You can sell informational products, etc. on there platform, but there are other platforms that I believe excel at doing this (IMHO).
You can track your orders, track shipping, track cart abandon information and much more. As you can see, I really like their platform.
There are 3rd party apps and themes that you can use/purchase to make you eCommerce site unique and function the way you want your site to be.
Next posting – Shopify resources and a look at what the “resources” don’t tell you.