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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 July 10, 2020

Feeling Stuck in Your Career? How to Break Free and Get Ahead

Feeling Stuck in Your Career? How to Break Free and Get Ahead

Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream where you’ve gone for that upcoming promotion, and you’re now the boss at work? Or how about the one where you’ve summoned up all your courage to quit a job where you’re feeling stuck in your career and live your dream instead? Or when you’ve changed career paths to do what really makes you happy?

Then, you snapped back to reality and realized that you’re not the boss, not living your dream, and not even happy in the career path that you’re on.

Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals who’ve told me they feel stuck in their careers, that something had to change for them to break free and be happy, but they lacked the confidence to take that step. My mission is to make sure that nobody feels stuck in their career because of a momentary lapse in bravery that’s dragged on for too long.

Read on to find out how you can stop feeling stuck in your career, break free, and get ahead at work. .

Here are my top ten tips for becoming unstuck in your career.

1. Make Time for You

If you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, or unhappy with how your career is panning out, the first step is to work out why.

Maybe you’ve arrived in your current career by accident and haven’t ever made time to deliberately think or plan what you’d love to do and how you’d get there.

Prioritizing time to think is the first step you need to take to stop feeling stuck and start getting ahead. Book some time into your day where you can have an uninterrupted meeting with yourself. This is your thinking time.

Work out what makes you happy at work, what doesn’t, and where you might want to go. Decide on the steps you want to take to progress your career in the direction that you want it to take.

For example, are there training days, evening courses, or online learning that you can do? Have you considered getting a mentor to help you get ahead?

By booking in a meeting with yourself, it signals it’s important (to you and your colleagues) and also stops others spotting a gap in your day and filling it with a meeting.

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2. Grow Your Network Before You Need It

Who you know is more important than what you know for career progression. Don’t wait until you’re feeling stuck in your career to start expanding your networks. Do it now.

Adam Grant, the author of Give and Take, says you’re 58% more likely to get a new job through your weak ties than through your strong ones. Your strong ties are those in your immediate circle whom you interact with often. Your weak ties are your friends of friends. They move in different circles to you, they know different people, make different connections, and are more likely to introduce you to new and different opportunities[1].

When I was thinking about setting up my current company, Lucidity, I turned up to every networking event. I drank a lot of coffees with a lot of different people to understand what they did, to ask for advice, to unpick what their problems were, and to look for opportunities for collaboration and connections.

It paid off because, when I launched my business, I let my network know how I could help them, and soon I had my first clients.

Pay attention to building and nurturing your networks and focus on how you can add value to other. That’s where your next career opportunity is most likely to come from.

3. Surround Yourself With People Who Inspire You

According to Tim Ferriss, “You are the average of the five people you most associate with,” and his associations with different people ebbs and flows depending on what he’s working on and trying to achieve[2].

For example, if you are trying to be fitter, it’s easier if you hang around with people who love doing exercise–they help you to up your game.

If you want that promotion, a career change, or to set up your own business, seek out people who are excelling at it already. They’ll have valuable things to teach you about breaking free and getting ahead.

4. Work on Your Personal Brand

Jeff Bezos defines a personal brand as “what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” People will talk about you when you are not in the room anyway, so you might as well be deliberate about what you’d like people to say!

Your personal brand isn’t about pretending to be something you’re not. That can actually keep you feeling stuck in your career. It’s really about being your best “real you.” It’s about owning your strengths and being purposeful about how you want to be perceived by others.

What do you want to be known for? By being more deliberate about how you want to come across and what you’re looking for in your career, you’ll increase your chance of attracting the right opportunities.

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Once you’ve given your personal brand some thought, make sure that you show up online. Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? And if you don’t have one, get one. Make sure it communicates what you want to be known for and that it’s consistent with your other social media profiles.

Try these 5 Steps to Master Networking Skills and Perfect Your Personal Branding.

5. Be Accountable

Achieve your career goals faster, and grow and learn by making yourself accountable. Tell other people your goals and a timeline. and have them to hold you accountable.

For example, you might want to get a promotion by the end of the year, have decided the sector you want to move to by the end of the month, or have got your new business idea before the next pay day. Whatever your ambitions are, you can tell a friend or a colleague, or share this with a mentor or a mastermind group.

When we tell other people our goals and intentions, they hold us accountable, and we are more likely to make progress faster.

6. Make Sure Your Values Are Aligned With Your Company’s

All the professional development, goal setting, and networks in the world won’t make you happy if you’re working for a company that ultimately has opposing values to yours.

Figure out what’s important to you in a job. For example, does your company’s product help people live a better life? Do you feel strongly about your company’s ethics and social responsibility? Does the company culture allows employees to be themselves and shine? Or maybe flexible working and more holidays for employees with families is where your heart is?

Some companies put their employees well-being at the core of their business; others put profits first. If you feel that your values don’t match the core values of your employer, it could be a reason why you’re feeling stuck in your career and unhappy.

It’s important to work through this and identify whether it’s the job that is not right for you, or if it’s a great job but the organization or sector is wrong for you.

7. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

Your comfort zone is your safe place. For any change to happen, you have to step out of your comfort zone.

It’s actually much easier not to change anything and to keep grumbling on about how you’re stuck and unhappy in your career than to step outside of your comfort zone to address the fearful unknowns associated with change. It’s part of human nature that we’d put up with the devil we know rather than risk the devil we don’t.

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This is true even if the devil we know is a boring, unfulfilling job because we’re wired to think that making a change to find a better option might actually leave us worse off.

If you feel stuck, it might be that your confidence has got the better of you.

To get ahead at work, start taking small steps outside of your comfort zone. Consider what you’re scared of that is stopping you from making a change. Then, tackle that in small steps.

For example, if you know that to move into the job you want, you’ll have to do more public speaking, but public speaking terrifies you so much it’s stopping you from going for the job, then start small to build your confidence. You can speak up more in team meetings, then slowly build from there.

You might also choose to set up or be part of a specific group. One of my clients, who found that confidence was holding her team back in achieving work goals, set up a “get out of your comfort zone club,” where they challenge and support each other to build their confidence by regularly leaving their comfort zones.

8. Learn to Embrace Failure

Failure is part of life. A New York University study found that children learning to walk averaged 2,368 steps and fell 17 times an hour[3]. Failure is simply the natural path to success.

The truth is that we don’t get everything right the first time. We fail, we learn, we pick ourselves up, and we try again.

In my experience, it’s common that whilst the theory of learning from failure is supported, the reality of being open about failures to enable personal learning is much harder to achieve.

We don’t like to admit that we’ve failed. We have a fight or flight response to failure. It’s a normal gut reaction to ask ourselves: “Will I get away with it if I don’t tell anyone?” We are fearful of criticism, of losing face in front of others, or even being fired for failure.

However, if you’re going to stop feeling stuck in your career, you must be open to learning from failure.

Reframe failure by viewing everything as an experiment because you can’t have a failed experiment—you just learn whether something works or not. Think of Edison inventing the lightbulb, when he said:

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“I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

9. Build Your Resilience

Resilience is the ability to tackle difficulties and setbacks, to bounce back, regroup, and to keep going.

Getting unstuck in your career, taking a different path, and achieving the results you want will take resilience. Having resilience is also the capacity to choose how you respond to the unexpected things that life throws your way and adapt and thrive in times of complex change.

Given that the world we live in is in constant flux, and the only thing that is certain is uncertainty, the ability to adapt and bounce back is an important life skill, as well as a career skill.

In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth’s research shows that when measuring success, the ability to persevere beats talent every time.

Learn more about how to build resilience in this guide: What Is Resilience and How to Always Be Resilient (Step-By-Step Guide)

10. Ask for Help

It can be hard to ask for help, as it can make us feel vulnerable.

No one person can be expected to have all the answers. That’s why we need a group of people that we can go to for help, people who can pick us up when we have setbacks and also help us to celebrate success.

My advice is to be deliberate about creating your group. You can do that with a tool called a “Me Map”:

  1. Write down all the things that you might need support with, like help with career progression, interview practice, making new connections, talking through business plans, learning from failure, etc.
  2. Next to each thing, write the names of the people you go to when you need that particular thing.
  3. Make sure you get in touch and regularly connect with them.

Final Thoughts

You can stop feeling stuck in your career, break free, and get ahead at work by applying the tips in this article. Start small by incorporating three new things in your first week, and then adding more as your comfort zone and capacity expands.

Remember, no matter how stuck you feel, it’s never too late to make a change and land the career that you truly want.

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