Top 8 Mistakes in Ecommerce Business

Over and over again, newbies love to know which mistakes are common in starting an ecommerce business. I love to talk about this and sometimes find that I made particular mistakes as a beginner. Everyone wish to avoid the mistakes that we encounter all the time. Rather learning it the hard way, we ask veterans to share their experiences and thoughts about the mistakes occur in the business setting.

So I put together a list people shared with me what to watch out for in a start-up business.

  1. Waiting too long to launch a product or service. I admit I make this mistake. This links to a particular goal like getting 500-1,000 subscribers. Other goals that gets in the way of taking time to create a product or service. You need to put a product or service that will convert to sales not wasting time.
  2. Solving a problem nobody cares about. Little problems that does not bring a lot of sense.
  3. Not listening to your customers. Listen to the positive and negative remarks from customers. Find out why they make comments and try to do something about it. Choose to go beyond the what the customer really mean.
  4. Be unique. Learn how to make your business stand out admist the competition. Give them a reason to choose your business than the others. Get your customers to understand your business easily. Start with the right expectations. Never expect your business to be famous or in demand by over night. There is no such thing. Rewrite your business plan when you need to. Make it flexible and reflective of your goals.
  5. Spending too much time thinking. There is a saying that says “Actions are better than words”. Most of the time, effort gives you a lot of results than thinking. Make sure you plan your goals effectively and reach them.
  6. Going it alone. It is tough running a business alone. Having other people help you in your business will make the job easier. Delegation is the key to run a successful ecommerce business.
  7. Not starting at all. It’s easy to talk about starting a business for years and never do anything about it. If you don’t start, you will end up in frustration. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You are not alone in your journey.

 

 

Source: www.fizzle.co

 

5 New Tools For Your Ecommerce Business

Running an online business is challenging and complicated. Factors like SEO and Analytics are a daunting task for a newbie who wants to have his own ecommerce shop. Having your own business means you have to enhance its credibility, add customer support, create rewards, manage online order fulfillment and many retail operations.

Managing an online shop can create problems if you’re not taking it seriously. Thats why online tools serves it purpose to lessen the tasks you need to do everyday. I am glad to show you some of the new tools to use for your business.

  1. HappyFox – Help Desk Software. A great tool for online retailers. It gives you the option for mobile purposes. It handles all customer support system like email, phone, web and chat requests into tickets. It integrates your social media accounts too. Specifically for Facebook. It integrates a chat widget on your website and offers various languages in accessing their self-service knowledge base.                                              
  2. Shipwire – Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Order Fulfillment. They offer a cloud-based platform to power your global logistics network. Their order fulfillment supports B2C and B2B commerce. They help you by connecting you to a network of fulfillment centers and optimize orders. They also offer Dropship solutions for retailers.              
  3. Cratejoy – Inventory Management, Traditional Ecommerce carts, Subscription Business. They help you setup unlimited subscription boxes for your business. Provide tools for shipping logistics, customer management and marketing.                
  4. Celery – Pre-order management. This tool accepts payment from Paypal and helps you get the information you need before sending the real product. One of their features is to automate your orders and help with the management of payments and back orders.                         
  5. AddShoppers – On-site Commerce Marketing Platform. A tool for all your marketing needs. Isn’t this heaven-sent? It quickly launches your marketing campaigns easily and save your time by providing a full management solutions for your company. This app helps your social media engagement with sharing buttons, social rewards and referral programs.

 

How To Open PayMaya Visa Account For Paypal Use

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PayMaya Visa is another way to withdraw money from Paypal. I encounter several people online looking for a way to cash out their money from Paypal. Clearly, they have no idea how to get a card that is easy and simple for them to use. I thought about doing research on available options of getting a prepaid visa card. That’s where I found PayMaya Visa services.

I thought SmartMoney was easy too. It was only available to Smart subscribers. It was not flexible. For the benefit of looking for an easy way to receive cash online. I opened an account at PayMaya.  Here are the steps I went through just to get verified by Paypal.

  1. I have to download the PayMaya app on my phone. You need to have the internet on your phone to be able to download it.
  2. Open the app and select Register. Indicate your personal information such as Name, Mobile Number, Email Address and Password. Please write your password if you forget it.
  3. Continue and wait for a message that has your activation code. Input the code on your PayMaya where it indicates the code.
  4. On the home page, you will see a green rectangle. Click on the x button above to close it. You will see your Account Number, Valid Thru, CVV2, and Name.
  5. After getting my account, I went to the nearest 7/11 store where an attendant helped me how to manage the Touch Kiosk. It is a simple interface where you need to select the PayMaya icon. Put in your mobile number and the cash amount you want to load.
  6. The machine generates a receipt for the cashier to process. You give the correct cash amount. After three minutes, it will show up in your HOME menu.
  7. Go to Paypal. Log in to your account. (If you don’t have Paypal, Sign up using “Receive Payments With Paypal”.
  8. Go to your Profile.
  9. Select Profile and Settings
  10. Go to Financial Information.
  11. To Add the PayMaya Visa Account. Click on Update. 
  12. Proceed to Add Another Card.
  13. Fill in the information.
  14. The system gives you a success prompt about your PayMaya Visa account.
  15. Find your PayMaya Visa account and proceed to Confirm your card.
  16. Go through the Paypal verification process. Once you click this, a coded message will be sent to your mobile phone.
  17. Paypal sends the coded message immediately once you click confirm.
  18. Once you have the code, enter the Four digit code by clicking on the option below.
  19. The code is between PP* and CODE. PayMaya sends you a unique code. Do not copy this code.
  20. Enter the code carefully to minimize mistakes. You only have three attempts to enter the code.
  21. Success. Congratulations! Wait for 24 hours for the activation. You can use your PayMaya Visa online and load more cash at any PayMaya partners. You can also ask an upgrade (Visa Card) through their Facebook page.

 

You have to wait till your account available for use. You can buy a card online for 150 pesos only if you want to withdraw your cash at any Bancnet atm. You need to register at their online site and order the card using Paypal payment. Any customer inquiries and issues are welcome on their Facebook page.

 

How To Build Your Personal Website

Building a personal website can be easy, fun and complicated. When you choose to build it yourself, you face the toughest competition on the internet on making it look professional and unique. You ask yourself what type of website do you want to make? Or how can you attract viewers with the look and feel of your site? Do you even have to compare your site to the others? What do you want to be known for?

Here are tips to build your website online.

  1. To build a foundation for your website, you need to build balance of what is important for you. For example, if you want to put up a blog site. Choose a blog style theme that you can write articles or post videos.
  2. Get ideas on what to name your site. A good domain name that sound goods and easy for people to remember. Try Namemesh tool if you do not have any ideas.
  3. Decide to have a free or paid site. To start with no investment, go for free blog resources. Sign up at WordPress to get your free blog. To get a paid blog, look for blog hosting or starter hosting with a free domain for you to start easily. I use Bluehost as my hosting provider.
  4. Educate yourself about your blog interface. Check on the available applications and programs that are compatible with your site.
  5. Research your niche and make necessary adjustments to make your site standout.
  6. Know the SEO descriptions of your site.
  7. Search for related Google Keyword tools to make your site appear on the search results.
  8. Learn how Google Webmaster Tools works and how it will enhance your website.
  9. Have a customized logo and personal picture so you can establish web presence.

Make your site personal so readers identify themselves with you. Show that you are legitimate and take time to build a site that is going to last. Getting a professional website will cost you money and too complicated for you (if you do not know anything about CSS, HTML or even JAVA.)

5 Tips On How To Manage Momentum For Your Virtual Business

In virtual business, your company depends on consistent growth. With the increasing competition, you have to plan to carry through your business during its ups and downs. Taking it easy or slowing down is not the best way your business go. The challenge is to be resilient as possible because change is not constant even in the virtual world.

Whenever you face too many unexpected problems always come up with the best solutions to meet your objectives. Or you can plan them in advance when you want to. You cannot predict when it is going to happen. You cannot make your best laid plans go to waste for a problem that you could not solve.

What can you do to gain momentum for your virtual business.

  1. Know when to hit hard when sales are low and ease up when the momentum is fast enough to keep the company going.
  2. Do not hesitate. Make an assertive move or decision that makes a lasting impact for your business.
  3. Make specific goals relying on metrics and statistics. It helps you accelerate with momentum slowly.
  4. Do not step off the brakes even if you are going fast. It can be frightening. But hard work pays off once you truly see results.
  5. Maintain control on your goals and direction. Do not stop too soon or you will eventually get off track and you will feel lost amidst the pressure.

When you have the opportunity to keep going, use the momentum to your advantage. Enjoy the ride, focus and keep the determination going. Things may get scary for you especially if you are a beginner. Going along the flow and making decisions along the way will greatly help your business successful. Be creative and never succumb to traditional business practices. Always think out of the box and be ready to conquer whatever problem you will encounter.

8 Attitudes That Are Important At Work

Every company that hires people have their own standards when it comes to hiring the right person for the right position. Skills and experience are the most important characteristic of an employee. Though attitude plays a greater role in becoming successful. The question lies within in seeking out professionalism and ensure harmonious environment within the company.

There are 8 attitudes that you can practice to be successful at what you do.

  1. Commitment – Employees who are committed to the goals and initiatives of the company particularly to their position. Project a committed attitude by showing willingness to do whatever it takes to fulfill the duties of their job. Including making new ideas to help the company grow.
  2. Helpfulness – Being able to assist clients and customers with their needs in accomplishing the overall company goals. A display of helpful attitude makes more people want to be around them at work.
  3. Respect – Interact with clients and customers politely and professionally even if it goes against personal views.
  4. Innovation – Don’t shy away from trying something new or finding different ways to do things to get results. Small businesses likes employees to think outside of the box and approach goals effectively through new ideas to make the company better.
  5. Pridefulness – Taking pride to excel at the best of the employees abilities and skills. Contribution to the workplace matters highly when an employee values his work and focus on company’s growth than himself.
  6. Identification – Employees who know themselves a lot. Give a lot of effort to volunteer their time and energy to help others or work overtime. This attitude is recognize in the workplace a lot by employers.
  7. Cooperation – Learn how to collaborate with other people. Working in a company does not mean working all by yourself. Know when  to give value and consistently finish your daily goals.
  8. Good interpersonal relations – To increase your chances of not being left out in a group. Develop a good interpersonal relationship with your co-workers, boss and executives. Showing a positive and good role model can help you cope up with stressful situations at work.

10 Signs of An Insecure Boss

Leadership is not a foreign concept. There are managers who focus on technique, productivity and micro-managing. Some signs are clear that he lacks confidence and abilities to run a successful company. There are many reasons why they are insecure.

Here are 10 signs you can see:

1. You did something right and he never praises you. He thinks that praising you makes him weaker.

2. He fails to take accountable for his actions and blames his staff for the mistake he made.

3. There is a need for immediate deadlines for topics that are informal. Instead of negotiating for the deadline, he asks for the hard due date which is out-of-the-way.

4. He agrees your date for vacation and ignores it at the last-minute. The worst case scenario is he does not remember the discussion about it at all.

5. He uses email a lot. He correspond with you in writing about your work performance, projects, due dates and more. Never care to discuss face to face or talk about it.

6. He finds it hard to interact with go-getters. He only hangs out with employees who are not a direct threat to him. He does not develop working relationships with top employees who are doing well in their job.

7. He over-delegates which is the lack of competence. He needs to have others do his work. If an employee fails this task, he blames him for failing to meet the expectations. If he done a good job, he will take full credit of the success.

8. He is afraid to make mistakes. He prefers to report facts than current trends and forecasts.

9. He loves meetings and uses it to his advantage to look busy.

10. He is more focused on his appearance than hone his leadership skills.

How To Be A Consistent Virtual Assistant

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

A must-have skill that can bring a significant change in life, ‘consistency’ means to always act or behave in the same way. Where, on one hand, it helps us achieve long-term greatness in our lives, on the other, it is hard to master.

How, then, can we try to adopt it? A few tips, if incorporated in our routines, can help us bring consistency in our work.

Tip # 1: Make a Conscious Decision to Remain Consistent

Keep an eye on your goal. In this way, you can have a clear vision of what you are trying to achieve and why such a task is important to you. When you know the answer to your purpose and you are clear about it, you can stay committed to it. Saying that I am committed to being consistent every day in my goal helps a lot as it instructs the subconscious to act now than later. It requires conscious thoughts and beliefs that you will stay consistent throughout.

Tip # 2: Revise your Concept of Time

The present is essential in the most fundamental sense because all of reality is included in it. What is past is no longer, what is future is yet to be. The only time we have is now. If we delay our work and think of doing it sometime later, know that it is only a concept or thought in our mind. So let go of thinking that I will be consistent all day, week, month or year. Instead, think only of the present moment as real power lies only in the present.

Tip # 3: Have a Plan and Know Your Objective

Having a plan and knowing your aim can bring consistency. A scheme worked out beforehand can bring accomplishment of an objective. Having a right plan can make it easy to execute your actions and to direct your thoughts and efforts at a right time. The more devoted you are to the plan, the higher will be the chances of success.

Tip # 4: Remember that Feelings and Thoughts Are Temporary and Subjective

Ignore your feelings. Ignore the voices in your head that intrude you from being consistent in your work. Train yourself to over-ride that voice in your head and know the power of consistency. Remember that any negative thought or feeling is just temporary and lasts for a short period. It is only a false illusion that can keep you from heading to your plan. Be motivated to do your work and remind yourself the feeling to have conquered the moment.

Tip # 5 Keep Track of your Performance

Set milestones and gauge your performance against these milestones. This allows you to check and thus timely find any lag in consistency. You can then evaluate your performance and, if required, take corrective measures that may help you keep your performance on track.

Tip # 6 Do One Thing at a Time

According to Steven Covey, “Don’t prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities.” The priorities should be scheduled and non-negotiable. Know the priority and stick to it. Trying to do a lot of things at the same time can only worsen it. A mind can only focus fully on one thing at a time otherwise you can get distracted. Being consistent requires you to be 100% present in the moment and to focus on a single thing with full concentration and attention.

No matter what, build a trust on yourself that you can stay consistent. Once you stay consistent with yourself, everything else falls into place.

10 Ways To Dominate Google Search

You just launched a new website. After spending some period, designing, creating content and spending hours optimizing each page to ensure it is well positioned in the Google organic search, you finally realized that getting your website to Google’s first page is tough because of other sites competing to be on that very first page.

The tips discussed in this write-up will certainly help you to combat these competitors so that your website will find its place on the first page of Google. These tips are as follows:

  1. Google AdWords

Create a search campaign brand and make sure that its featured websites appear within the highest paid ad results. This is an excellent means of pushing down the results of the organic search on a mobile device if ad extensions like callouts are inclusive. Make sure that you have a unique quality to ensure a nice ad positioning.

  1. Google News

You might have noticed some searches in Google News Feed advancing through the of the results of the organic search. Submitting your website to the Google News presents all your release news articles on the first results within the News feed on Google. It sometimes filters through the pages of organic search. This works fine for news that is strictly discussing your brand.

  1. Site links

Site link is selected by Google based on their relevance to the search terminology. It’s linking is below the organic sub information. This will push other websites down in the search page. It also makes your link appearance to be more eye-catching and impressive.

  1. Search box

Some sites have an internal search box. When this is combined with the markup of Schema, it will serve as a linked site and enlarge the organic result. This will then push other websites below on the search pages and increase the visibility of their website.

  1. Google My Business

Google My Business” will aid your website by making it appear on any of result search side. This is highly effective for brand searches. It is needful to check the description of your company in your account of Google business. This will ensure that your site is highly important for potential searches and other brand details.

  1. Reviews

Review and Comments are very vital for retailers online. It is also essential for local establishments, whether they operate online or not.

As an online business person, you really need the service of these reviewing sites; Yelp, Zagat, TripAdvisor and Time Out. If you desire nice positioning in the local SERPs, user reviews and comment is highly needful.

  1. Twitter feed

Relevant tweets are now appearing in search results. This is meant for personalities and brands if a hash tag is used on them.

All that is necessary for you here is to open a Twitter account. Tweeting regularly and having large followers will go a long way in helping your site to rank well on Google.

  1. Videos

Make sure that the videos you are using are SEO-optimized for trademark searches. Google like to make use of videos. This will make the content optimization to be of great benefit. The more people are subscribing for a video, the more likely of its appearance in Google searches.

  1. Pictures

If you are using images, there are some things to be considered to ensure that your images appear in the search result of Google Images. They are as follows;

  • Ensure the clarity of your file name
  • Make sure the title of the picture is equally clear and precise
  • Reduce the picture so that its size will be suitable and does not substantially increase the speed of page loading
  • Remember to add alt tags to your images. This is necessary for the description of the image content.
  • Alt tag is relevant for visitors with issues of accessibility. It will also aid in indexing your content with accuracy in the Google search engine.
  1. Organic search results

Finally, the organic search result can help you to rank well on Google search page, as long as you know how to make proper use of it. Do more research for further information on how to use the organic search result for high Google ranking.

Ranking your website high on Google nowadays is not so easy because of the competition in the world of online business. But with these tips mentioned above, you can always dominate your competitors and find your place on the first page of Google search result.

Top 11 Google Apps To Use On Your Virtual Assistant Business

Starting your virtual assistant business? Are you equip with tools that will help you to succeed? Novice business owners sometimes discover that not all tools are design to what you really need. Only to know most of them does not fit your business goals. Looking at the big picture, you realize that using complicated applications may not work at all. You would end up missing action goals and priorities which depletes your resources over time.

Being consistent reaching your business objectives requires simplicity and efficiency of the tools. When I started my own virtual assistant business, I realize that the right programs will help me to progress easily. Having a lot of programs to use can be overwhelming. That is why there is a need to use a program easily.

To get ahead with the rest of the virtual business, use the following tools and learn how it helps you to follow through on your plans.

  1. Gmail – It works great for desktop, laptop and on a mobile device. It is easy to use, a good way to organize your email campaigns and connect with your audience. It is Free and sync to several other Google products.
  2. Google Docs – It is like a word processor. The difference between Microsoft Office and Google docs is that Microsoft Office covers a lot of complicated functions while Google docs offers a simple approach. For me, it is easier to use when I am on the go especially opening it on my tablet.
  3. Google Spreadsheet – It is like a simplified Microsoft Excel. The good thing about this app is that it covers every spreadsheet function and be able to open it anywhere using my Gmail account.
  4. Google Drive – The best app I would recommend to anyone. Using this tool made me realize that I can access my files wherever I am. It can store pictures, audio, videos, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. I never have to print documents and send them to my clients. All I have to do is to send them a share link of the file, share the access and its done. It is very simple to use.
  5. Google Site – Based on experience, the use of this program allows me to have my own website. It has superior and simple features that will allow you to edit your website and use themes or templates according to your use. The instructions are straightforward and less complicated compared to other site maker.
  6. Google Cloud Print – A modern way to print your documents that is offer wireless printing solutions to your web connected devices like mobile phone, laptop, tablet and PC. You don’t need to have a printing machine that you can bring anywhere with you. As long as you have internet connection, you can print anything.
  7. Blogger – Stand out by blogging. That is the use of Blogger. Another great tool to start your own personal or business blog. It has features that can help you to customize and accept domains of your choice. It is free and connected to your Gmail account.
  8. Google + – Need to network with industry professionals and groups? You can find some of them here. Just like any social media tool, Google + works well as a sharing tool for business and personal use. It can help you to build your own community or groups. It keeps you in loop with other people you want to connect with.
  9. Google Apps for Work – Mainly for business who wants to have their own domain connect to several Google Apps for business use. For example, sync domain emails to the Gmail service. Connect several programs using just one domain. This can be complicated since it will require permissions and some updates to the site connecting to Google.
  10. Google Adsense – Free service and you can make money using this program by placing ads on your website.
  11. Google Calendar – Another way to record and plan your schedule. Personally, I like this feature because I can connect it to my phone. One way for me to track my schedule and  organize tasks weekly.