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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 November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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