How to Start An Online Store

Starting a business is easier than ever thanks to greater online opportunities and the burgeoning “gig economy.” For many people, opening an online store has been a major success. Some 25 million people sell products on eBay’s marketplace alone.[1]

But the process is more complicated than putting your goods on a website and waiting for someone to buy them. Before you jump in, here are some ecommerce tips and things you need to know about how to sell your products online.

Learn the marketplace

Selling a product online requires some advanced knowledge about how online sales and ecommerce work to prevent missteps. Regardless of what platform you’re using — eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, Etsy, or something else — you should become a customer before you attempt to sell your own products. This will familiarize you with the sales process and what to expect from it.

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How to use intentional listening to benefit your customers and your bottom line

Customer retention is the lifeblood of sales and the core way that service teams can impact the bottom line. At the same time, 93{2a3e680f1439d15db2efa1f6e7ed882a5847e72ec9baddde754e69dd847cc2fd} of service teams agree that customer expectations are higher in 2020 than in years past, according to recent data from HubSpot. Combined with the economic downturn, this makes retention that much harder. This is where intentional listening becomes crucial.

When you think about it, you and your team interact with customers all the time. You respond to comments and messages on social media. You send out surveys to obtain feedback. Your website has a tab for reviews.

The question is, are you intentionally listening to your clients?

 

How much of their feedback do you actually hear, digest and implement? When you actively tune in, you’ll learn how to better serve your customers and improve customer experience, which encourages repeat business and increases your profit … Read more

Remodeling Tips: 26 Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Are you renovating your home? Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, make sure you do it right the first time. Home projects can take a big bite out of your budget and your time if they’re not done properly. Here are some of the most common home renovations mistakes to avoid:

1. Setting an unrealistic budget

Renovations often cost more than expected. Build in an extra 20{2a3e680f1439d15db2efa1f6e7ed882a5847e72ec9baddde754e69dd847cc2fd} to your budget to be better prepared for any surprises.

2. Not complementing the original architectural style

Additions don’t need to be the same style as the original structure. However, they do need to complement it to help with resale value and to look and feel great while you’re living in them.

3. Sacrificing function for form

Think about how you’ll actually live in the space. Consider door, window, and outlet placement, as well as traffic patterns throughout the home.… Read more