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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 with.    

This week there was a lot of great information about simplifying the startup process of an ecommerce business.

“10 Tips for Finding a Wholesale Distributor”

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.”

Second the article recommends looking for small wholesale lots on eBay.

Another important tip was keeping up with your industry in as may ways as possible. Join groups, forums, go to trade shows and so on.

There were two excellent articles on drop shipping.

“Drop Shipping Guide – Tips, Companies, Resources, and Directories”

“The Definitive Guide to Dropshipping with AliExpress”

The second article was very thorough and gave good pointers for working through common problems.

Affiliate Marketing Blog article “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 do easily.