Your customers appreciate prompt and reliable shipping. If their product comes in late or broken, you might just lose them forever. It's important to consider their perspective when it comes to shipping and materials.
Just as you wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without making sure you have your parachute (and safety training, and likely being strapped to a qualified instructor), a professional online presence is not an adventure to leap into haphazardly.
The holidays are approaching and it’s time to prepare for the rush that comes along with “the most wonderful time of the year.” Getting your shipping and fulfillment operations in order is especially important for handling more orders, increasing margins, and getting the most out of the holiday rush. We’ve put together a checklist to get you best prepared for the holiday sales spike.
Imagine this: you've got a great idea for a business, you've nailed your target audience, and you're all set to build an incredible eCommerce website. But when it comes time to actually develop the product, you just can't get it right. Scary thought, right?
Have you ever thought about starting a business? It might appear easy — just find a customer and sell your product. But as new business owners quickly find out, it's not that simple. There's paperwork to file and “legalese" to read. The government doesn't just let you start a business. You've got to do it the right way or you can be shut down, face fines or worse.
Worst case scenario for entrepreneurs? You “build it" and no one comes. Amid all the fun and chaos that goes along with starting a business, don't forget to fill the sales pipeline with customers before your launch.
When you're a small business owner, you're a one-person show. In addition to delivering a product or service, you're responsible for less-thrilling business operations like accounting.
Caesar Chu got the idea for his business, The Original Whiskey Ball Co., while visiting a bar in Asia. The bar served drinks with giant ice balls shaped using an expensive machine, and Chu wondered how he could achieve the same result with "a low-cost product for the masses."
Pricing your products seems straightforward: calculate manufacturing costs and then add a certain percentage on top of that. Profit! If only it were that simple. You have competitors to consider, overhead beyond just manufacturing, and likely possess a human body that requires food in order to continue existing. How can you balance all that?
Most small business owners and entrepreneurs are interested in building out their product idea, not fussing with a 3D printer. The promise of “press the print button" and, voila, your product prototype is ready within minutes — is a myth. The best way to prototype is to use one of the many 3D Printing Service Bureaus.
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At Weebly, we believe that everyone deserves a chance to build something new and do what they love. The Inspiration Center features experts sharing what they've learned about starting and growing these types of big ideas.