This was legal structure, licenses, regulations, and taxes
week. In his weekly screencast my professor said this is one of his favorite
weeks. It is good when one can find joy even in life’s hardships and difficulties.
I personally find it difficult to navigate government rules and regulations. It
seems to be more challenge than it should be.
But today the internet is helping make this a bit easier. There
were several websites to help anyone who is looking to start a business.
We also finished up working on our personal websites this
week. It was a difficult task and I feel once I get some distance from the project,
I will see so many things which need to be fix. But, right now I feel like it
turned out well. I gained so much knowledge from this assignment. I am really happy
to have had a chance to do this project.
This week was the start of web design and credit card
payments. There were two good articles to help with beginning web design.
“Essential 2017 Web Design Trends” Yes, the article is a
little old, but it is still had many good points. The article told how to make
a good impression. Using clean design, easy navigation, authentic photos, and
“A Beginners Guide to Building an E-Commerce Website” Again
this article, being from January 2016, is a little old, but still helpful. The
first few points we have already gone over in class in the past few weeks, but
the other points were good for this week. Using a payment gateway, online
marketing, and finding a web host.
It was a technical week. First, we finished project one. It
was interesting to use the spreadsheet to make a business decision. It was
helpful to see all the decisions in front of me in one spot. Looking at the
data helped me understand how a some of my other business ideas will work or
will need to be changed slightly.
Next, we learned how to pick a website builder. The site I
am looking to build has a few technical needs I was worried about, but with the
right site builder it should workout fine. Thankfully there are many drag and
drop options to choose from.
Last was choosing a hosting site. This was good to learn the
many options available. It was also good to have a guide to help point out what
to look for. Ultimately, the person who I am building the site for will need to
decide what features he is looking for. If that host works with AdWords and the
other criteria for the rest of the semester, then that is the one I will work
This was a
great article with great tips. Two things which were very interesting was, one
start with the manufacturer. The article says, “you can
either get the lowest prices or at least get a list of the most reputable
distributors to kick off your search.”
article recommends looking for small wholesale lots on eBay.
important tip was keeping up with your industry in as may ways as possible.
Join groups, forums, go to trade shows and so on.
two excellent articles on drop shipping.
Definitive Guide to Dropshipping with AliExpress”
article was very thorough and gave good pointers for working through common
Marketing Blog article “Affiliate Newbies” https://affiliatetip.com/affiliate-newbies/
was an easy crash course in helping me understand what affiliate marketing is. It
also explained there is actual a startup cost involved and it takes time before
you see any returns. But it is sometime that a new eCommerce business person can