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Top 9 E-Commerce Software for Your Small Business

Top 9 E-Commerce Software for Your Small Business

The need for businesses to open online stores in order to sell their products and services is becoming increasingly important in our growing connected word. If before people need to travel just to get items from a shop across the state – now with the help of online ecommerce businesses that offer shipping – almost everything can be delivered right to your doorstep. But with so many platforms available, how do you find the right software for your business? The following are top AWA award-winning eCommerce software that will help you find your business’ best choice.

1.Shopify

Currently the leading ecommerce platform for many small business owners, Shopify has an extensive collection of more than 100 beautifully designed professional themes for your online shop. The themes can either be free or paid and are fully compatible with Shopify platform. Users love Shopify because of its flexible tools and apps for extending functionality on your online store. As of now, there are more than 1,100 different Shopify apps to available on Shopify’s app market.

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2. Bigcommerce

Founded by Mitchell Harper and Eddie Machaalani, Bigcommerce is currently one of the fastest-growing brands in the ecommerce industry. As a leading SaaS provider, Bigcommerce is estimated to be earning more than $10 billion annually. It has a total of around 56 million merchants worldwide and is expected to grow double in 2018. Bigcommerce offers three different levels of pricing on its shopping cart along with services and features you can get for a monthly subscription.

3. Wix

Hosting more than 80 million websites, Wix is well known in the web building landscape. Designed for small business and online store, the software has one of the best mobile optimization systems having numerous apps available for users to use in its own Wix App Market. Anyone can build their own ecommerce store in Wix without prior coding skills. Wix has an intuitive interface that makes it easy for anyone to do drag-and-drop build their own site. With Wix, you can also include various media including animations, video backgrounds and more.

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4. Woocommerce

WordPress may have started as a blogging platform, but now with its free e-commerce plugins like Woocommerce, the blogging site is easily becoming a great tool to build digital shops. With the Woocommerce plugin, users can easily integrate their website with its own ecommerce platform and pick among the free and paid themes in its collection. Built by WooThemes, Woocommerce is currently one of the most popular free eCommerce plugin for WordPress and is used by more than 17.7% of ecommerce business on the internet.

5. GoDaddy Online store

Starting at around $29.9 per month, GoDaddy’s online store is an easy-to-use ecommerce platform giving merchants the best bang for their buck. It has many attractive themes and storefront to choose from, along with custom features that supports customers every wants and needs. Popularly known for its online hosting service, Go Daddy proves that it can also be paired side by side with some of the best e-commerce software.

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6. Magento

Having one of the most flexible shopping cart systems in all other e-commerce software, Magento remains one of the most powerful ecommerce tool for various online business big or small. Like Woocommerce, Magento is an open source product, which means that the code is available for anyone to modify and customize. It promotes the idea of sharing which many developers appreciate.

7. Selz

Selz is an ecommerce platform that helps you sell your digital products including e-books, PDF files, video streams, and music. The company was founded in 2013 by Australian Martin Rushe, and is one of the newer eCommerce platforms in the list. It works well in businesses run by start-ups, artists, musicians or writers. With Selz you can start selling without much further knowledge in CSS or HTML.

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8. PrestaShop

Targeting small to medium business owners, PrestaShop is a free open source e-commerce software that is currently used by more than 250,000 shops worldwide. It is currently available in 60 languages and caters well for people with a minimal tech background. Great for entrepreneurs with a low budget, PrestaShop offers simple and efficient platform for business regardless of size.

9. Modular Merchant

Modular Merchant is a software providing ecommerce solutions for owners selling subscription, downloaded media, and shipped products. It has web-based shopping cart software that can easily be integrated with your online store to manage and engage with your customers efficiently while tracking results. It’s very easy to use and gives the owner full control over the site: you can sell on any schedule, sell free trial products and track your traffic, statistics, and downloads.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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