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5 Tools You Need to Start an Online Business

5 Tools You Need to Start an Online Business

The internet has changed the game completely. A web business is easy to set up these days and you can build a business around what you love, from just about anywhere in the world, virtually on anything you want. However, the most important thing is that you need high-quality e-business tools, and you should be able to offer your customers dependable products and services. Yes, you don’t have to be perplexed about the many tools and resources available to you. Here are 5 tools that will help you start an online business.

1. Oberlo

While Oberlo is not completely an e-commerce platform, it is an extension which you can install for sites built on platforms like Shopify and many other platforms. Oberlo helps you package and ship products to your customers since this tool can be used to quickly import products to drop ship. Drop shipping is an online business model that allows business owners to sell products to their customers without investing any money on holding inventory. Owners can sell a product, then buy it from their supplier, and ship it directly to the customer.

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If you are starting an online store that involves drop shipping then one platform or tool you will need is Oberlo, which automatically allows you to import the desired product to your online store.

2. Wix

With Wix, you can insert content such as images, slideshows, and text anywhere on your website. Wix is a drag and drop website builder which offers you simple solutions to create the perfect website for your business. On Wix, you can set up and sell products too. Wix is easy to use and you can integrate a shopping cart linked to payment processors such as Authorize.net and Paypal. What Wix offers over other major e-commerce builders, is that they equip you with the tools required to get your online store up and running to sell your products.

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3. Squarespace

Squarespace is another tool that can help you get your digital store started. It may not be as big as the other e-commerce powerhouses but it does offer you the tools and features you need if you intend to run a simple storefront. It allows you to have full control over product variants, generating coupons, configuring shipping costs, sales taxes, inventory management, customer email lists, and other tools that you need to get started.

4. BuzzSumo

After building your digital storefront, you will need content to attract readers to your website and engage your customers. Interesting and educative content is important to attract readers. BuzzSumo helps you analyze what could attract your readers, and what will be an exciting read for them. With BuzzSumo you can find content and topics that will be a good fit for your audience. BuzzSumo offers you a list of articles with information about the number of shares they have so that you can see what is popular and choose from a range of these topics for your website. Such information can be helpful from the SEO perspective.

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5. Xoom

Getting paid is an essential tool for your online business and this is where Xoom comes in. Yes, we do have other payment processors, but Xoom can be a great alternative since they don’t charge hefty transaction fees and save you money, as you do well to run your business. Even when you are making a transaction of up to $2000, Xoom will charge you a flat fee of $4.99. Another reason to pick Xoom over other payment systems is that they have a wonderful customer support team, that is always willing to help with your business needs.

Starting an online business could require some work and effort, but you should be willing to do what is necessary to make sure your business works. And perhaps this is why it is important to take advantage of the tools mentioned above. Have you tried any of these tools in the past? Do you have any other tools in mind to make your online business a success? Feel free to share your suggestions with us.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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