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10 Reasons Why WooCommerce Is The Best Solution For Emerging Businesses

10 Reasons Why WooCommerce Is The Best Solution For Emerging Businesses

If you are an entrepreneur and want to set up an online business, you can choose from a variety of platforms and find the one that really suits you best. Each platform offers several features and has advantages as well as disadvantages of its own.

From among the several e-commerce platforms that you can find in the market these days, WooCommerce has come up as a frontrunner for emerging businesses in the last few years. Here are 10 reasons why WooCommerce is the best solution for emerging businesses.

1. It’s free

E-commerce has revolutionized the way people do business by providing a platform to do business online. Many e-commerce platforms provide high quality service to their users. But good things comes at a price and it’s not surprising that these platforms are quite expensive.

Lucky for us, WooCommerce is totally free to download. In addition, it has plethora of features such as extensions, plugins and much more. Now, you can boost your emerging business and the best thing is it doesn’t cost you anything. Moreover, its features and flexibility is second to none even though it is free.

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2. WordPress plugin

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms in the world. It’s a fact that among top one million websites, half of the websites are based on WordPress. Moreover, up to 60 million websites use it.

If you are a user of WordPress, you will have no problem using WooCommerce platform. Besides, it is quite user friendly. As a result, it will be a great help in new business because it helps save time and you can give your full concentration in other important problems at hand.

3. It’s flexible

WooCommerce is free but it does not mean it is rigid. In fact, it is one of the most flexible platforms for online businesses. A novice in the arena of e-commerce can greatly benefit from this platform despite having lack of technical knowledge in the field. It allows you lot of flexibility with products.

For instance, you can categorize the product, fix its price and give many other independent characteristics to the product easily. Moreover, you will have no problem selling your products, whether they are virtual, physical, downloadable, or affiliate products.

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4. Marketing

Marketing is a key aspect of any business as it helps to increase the sales and the growth of novel businesses. Hence, no compromises can be made in marketing field in order to have a successful business.

What does WooCommerce offer? With WooCommerce, you can run many promotions. For instance, you can run coupon campaigns and add discount options and free shipping options. Other advance options include limiting of a number of product that a customer can buy and ostracizing selected customers from viewing promotions.

5. Customization options

If you are new to e-commerce and want your site to stand out from others, WooCommerce might just be what you need. WooCommerce lets you customize your online store with great freedom.

First, it has more than 40 themes you can choose from and most of them are free. You can simply access them with the help of WooTheme store. It also allows you to change preset CSS styles and color themes. Hence, you can modify the code and experience special features of each theme easily with WooCommerce.

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6. Easy payment modes

After you seal a deal in your transactions, you receive money in exchange for goods and services. This requires payment gateway in ec-ommerce. WooCommerce has built in payment gateways. You can receive money through either PayPal or Simplifying Commerce in WooCommerce. However, a fee will be charged for the transaction.

On the bright side, it’s one of the most secure payment modes, so customers could buy without any hesitation. Moreover, you won’t need a merchant account to receive payment as WooCommerce is integrated with PayPal. If you have PayPal account you can simply receive payments and transfer the money to your bank account.

7. Easy analytic tool

Analytic tool is one of the core tools used by website owners. Most amateurs don’t know how to use analytic system. As a result, it will really impede the progress of emerging business. They are also unaware about the field of research that requires detailed analysis.

WooCommerce users don’t need to worry about such things because it has an in-built analytic system. With its use, one can access the figures of total sale, sale by date, average order and much more. They are presented in graphs and there is no need to leave the admin panel to access it.

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8. Paid add-ons

As businesses grow, some might overgrow their e-commerce platform. This is because the requirements for the site becomes more complex. If you are a WooCommerce user, you don’t need to worry about the problem. You can select premium add-ons from a huge array of selections. This will support many functions ranging from complex shipping arrangements to accounting and marketing.

9. It’s stable

Stability is the key for success of any business. WooCommerce is one of the most stable e-commerce platforms in the world. Compared to other e-commerce platforms, it has a very low number of bugs.

After its initial release in September 2011, it has been successful in establishing its reputation for being stable. Even though its first version lacked proper functionality, this has been overcome in its successor. Furthermore, the development team of WooCommerce is always working on perfection.

10. Customer support

WooCommerce customer support is one of the remarkable features of WooCommerce. They can guide you during the installation process, web designing and many more. You could always ask support from Customer Support and Tech Support.

In addition, you could also consult the FAQs, its ever expanding community, and video tutorials if you want to solve your issue yourself. An emerging business needs all the support it can get and WooCommerce’s Customer Support gives you just that.

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Last Updated on January 13, 2020

Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

Physical Signs

Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

Mental Signs

One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

  • The tension in your neck
  • Difficulties with sleeping
  • Unable to concentrate
  • High anxiety
  • Depression

If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

Desire for an Increase of Salary

The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

Overnight Decision

Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

Rejected for a Promotion

I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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Bored at Work

Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

  • How long have you worked in your career?
  • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
  • Do you receive recognition?
  • Can you consider working in a new department?

If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

  • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
  • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
  • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

How to Make a Career Change Successfully

The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

1. Write a Career Plan

A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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You can learn how to set your career plan here.

2. Weigh Your Options

If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

  • Economic factors
  • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
  • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
  • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
  • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

    A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

    4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

    A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

    • What is required to be successful in the role?
    • What certification or educational development is needed?
    • What are the challenges of the role?
    • Is there potential for career advancement?

    A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

    Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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    5. Research Salary

    Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

    It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

    6. Be Realistic

    If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

    For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

    Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

    7. Volunteer First

    A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

    Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

    Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

    8. Prepare Your Career Tools

    I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

    • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
    • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
    • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
    • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

    Bottom Line

    It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

    Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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    Reference

    [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
    [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
    [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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