By Shaun Quarton

someone using a mouse and keyboard
someone using a mouse and keyboard

The Cost of Setting up an Online Store

If you’re new to the eCommerce world, the idea of setting up a website from scratch can seem intimidating.

Many potential eCommerce store owners have a misconception that you require huge amounts of technical skills and an overly-healthy bank balance to get started—it’s not the case.

Armed with some basic knowledge—some of which can be gleaned from our Complete Beginner’s Guide to eCommerce—the entire process seems far more accessible, manageable, and, best of all, affordable.

That’s the purpose of today’s guide: to educate you on the cost of setting up an online store.

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Online Grocery Shopping: Can the U.S. Copy the U.K.’s Success?

With AmazonFresh, Instacart and Google Shopping Express competing against each other to find the perfect home grocery delivery solution, things are really heating up in the world of online grocery shopping. From a consumer’s perspective, this could revolutionize the way we buy groceries—the competition could lead to more choice, lower prices, and, of course, unrivalled convenience.

Despite the significant investments into finding that solution, the online U.S. grocery market is still in relative infancy. Yet while these three juggernauts are busy working out logistics and marketing ploys to encourage U.S. consumers to jump online to buy their food, elsewhere the online grocery market is reaching maturity.

In the U.K., for example, it’s been relatively common for families to do their grocery shopping online for years. In fact, this has led to the U.K. being heralded as one of the world leaders in the field of online grocery sales and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).

Why has the U.S., with all its resources, lagged behind for so long when the rewards for cracking this market are so huge?

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Hand written to do list on a notebook

eCommerce Website Checklist: What’s Missing From Your Site?

Most eCommerce stores you’re likely to encounter will vary wildly: different product ranges, different appearance and different strategies.

Despite the lack of similarities at first glance, most eCommerce stores follow the same set of underlying principles—a blueprint for success, if you like.

Today, I have looked at a number of the Internet’s biggest eCommerce stores, and put together a checklist of twenty “things” they all had in common.

Learn from the experts, and give yourself the best opportunity for success.

Let’s dive straight in.

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Warehouse of boxes ready for shipping

Introductory Guide to Dropshipping with WooCommerce

Packing in your traditional 9-5 job to start an online business is less far-fetched than it sounds—people just like you are taking the leap every day.

Most people have a burning passion inside them, and running an eCommerce business is one of the most viable opportunities for turning a passion into a profitable business—whether it’s your passion for a certain hobby, or the desire to build something from the ground up that drives you.

Unfortunately for many, that great idea, dream or passion will never become a reality, for two simple reasons: risk and cost.

Even if we have an amazing blueprint in front of us, there’s no guarantee of success. With mouths to feed and mortgages to pay, do we have the spare cash and the appetite for risk to bring that idea to market?

However, not all eCommerce business models come steeped in risk.

Dropshipping is a business model that actually circumnavigates these major issues, making it one of the most accessible forms of online business opportunities.

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