Drop Shipping & eCommerce: The Good, the Bad, and the Reality

 

Disclaimer: this article does not constitute legal or financial advice and is for informational purposes only.

For all the talk about the types of things someone can sell online via eCommerce one particular method tends to arises again and again: drop shipping. For newcomers often its often held to be the equilvalent of a road map to El Dorado, and is either a brilliant road to riches, or a total fool’s quest.

The problem with the either/or camp is it often overlooks the greater detail of the debate, does little to advance the debate, and ultimately leaves people keen to start a business but unsure where to begin at square one when it comes to building their understanding of just what exactly drop shipping is.

This is not just sad for a potential budding entrepreneur, but also for us as customers; we miss out on opportunity to buy a new or cool product that would not have existed without someone first getting a good idea, and having the gusto to see through opening up a business online.

So, may the following be of help to those set to make a start in eCommerce, and keen to cut through the … Click to continue reading

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Beyond Signup: 5 Need to Knows When Starting an eCommerce Store

One of the great things about the day and age we live in is the capacity to start something instantly. Whether its a song you’ve streamed, a online course to learn something with, and even a eCommerce business via sites like Amazon, eBay, or Shopify. Beyond any aspiration for money or fame, many creatives are drawn to starting a online business as it offers them the opportunity to create and contribute something.

What’s more, while there is nothing wrong with taking a ‘business-first’ approach to starting a new venture, a founder of a new enterprise who holds a creative energy and passion for it shall often find the growth of their business occurs far faster than someone who has identified a growth opportunity’, ‘developing trend’ or some of those important but technical terms that can fast take the life out of a party.

The trade off to this passion can often come with the particulars. While this shouldn’t be read as a suggestion creatives manage a broader business poorly – for often it’s the exact opposite as someone who ‘runs their own show’ must take responsibility for the ins and outs of their whole business – but … Click to continue reading

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Technical Writing 101: Where a New Writer can Start in The Field

Whether it is Saturday or Sunday where you find yourself in the world – and however your locale determines which day is special – the weekend usually brings with it some chance for reflection, consideration, and planning.

To some this may involve making promises to not have that extra drink next time, to others an acknowledgement its indeed to hop onto Facebook and affirm to the world your local eatery has lost a step.

To those in the sphere of writing and media though, oftentimes catching a moment’s breath shall further affirm in your mind that the industry as it exists today is indeed breathless. By no means is this a bad thing necessarily – being a pro cyclist or racing car driver means your daily work at the office is breathless – but the pace and scale of change means ongoing learning is important.

Racing car

‘Man my Monday’s are dull..’

While the pathways through a career in the media sphere (broadly defined as arts, communication, and design) are huge and immense, so too is the requirements of each field, and being great at just one or two things is no signification of failure. After all, Al Pacino is heralded as … Click to continue reading

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On Lock When Online: 5 Ways You Can Prevent Identity Theft

It can be said many men shall long think Ann-Margret is eternally sexy. It can be said many women shall long think Elvis is eternally sexy. It can be agreed from all perspectives articles on identity theft are decidedly unsexy. Like a bland stamp on a white envelope inside a filing cabinet – there’s just little about password security that’ll set hearts racing in daily life.

Woman looking at computer

‘Oh man, he’s going to talk about passwords? I’m going to go kayaking or something…’

Yet, here we are. Beyond reminisces of Hollywood starlets there’s aspects to identity theft that are ongoing, evolving – and dangerous. A decade or two ago eCommerce was from a statistical point of view non-existent, in 2016 it is now worth a projected 1.92 trillion USD. Suffice to say: that is a ton of businesses, supply chains,  and customers who all stand to be markedly disrupted were a identity theft ‘plague’ to occur.

Fortunately with encryption, two-step authentication, and other robust security measures in place such an occurrence isn’t likely. This notwithstanding,  there are among us friends who still use their dog’s name as a password. Not only does this make it easy for people they know to Click to continue reading

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Every Creative needs a Gallery: Where to Host your HTML CSS and JavaScript Work

 

At this stage it can be said: you’re doing more than a little well. Building a skill set in front-end development and its languages of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, is a worthwhile pursuit but one with a big learning curve too.

Now though, you’ve got the basics of coding down, your practicing in private, and you code with confidence. Yet, like a rapper set to launch his first EP, you may have the goods ready to go but choosing where to showcase them is a big, big, decision.

This is because just the same as understanding coding is a different prospect from actively building or fixing something online.

Just as actively working in the field is nothing to be afraid of (its just different, like a practice game versus a real match), so too it is hard to know where to start when you’ve got a portfolio ready to show given the many hosting options online. If this sounds like you may the following serve as three options for your first launch going forward.… Click to continue reading

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A Legal Stop to Pokemon Go? 3 Issues in Law that Surround the Global Gaming Hit

Disclaimer: This article is informative in purpose and does not constitute legal advice.  The author urges you to obtain professional legal advice before pursuing any litigation.

OK. Lest the pitchforks and angry comments start coming (both of them hurt, just…in ‘different’ ways) let’s be clear and direct off the bat: Pokemon Go is a tremendous achievement in video games.

A generation or two ago the revelation in gaming was Pokemon Stadium – a Nintendo 64 game that took Pokemon from the prior (but rich) confines of 2D on Game Boy and realised the world created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori in glorious 3D. Suffice to say then, it’s a huge and commendable step up to now have the franchise boasting a title in augmented reality (aka VR).

Pokemon Go is a wonderful achievement in gaming and tech – and though this author couldn’t be classified as an active user of the game – nonetheless he appreciates and admires its innovation.

Notwithstanding this though, the Pokemon GO ‘experience’ as it stands at currently resides within a number of areas under law that are either ambiguous, uncertain, untested – or potentially all 3. This is as while the game is hugely Click to continue reading

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Email newsletters are vital to startups and small business: but where to start?

Too often a startup, small business (or revamped established business) set on building their presence online feels the first edition of their new email newsletter need be one for the ages. Rather than being a good but otherwise simple and direct avenue for communication with customers it can instead turn into a saga.

For old hands at email marketing it may be straightforward, but a newbie can find a new venture as complex as a SpaceX mission. This can amount to a launch failure all around as many startups and small businesses consign a email newsletter into the ‘do later’ pile and never get around to it.

Sure, a good email newsletter does require good fundamentals – and it’s important you look to build it actively – but those who promise instant success overnight are likely to also say ‘but there’s more’ and promise you things only Australian ad man Tim Shaw should when promoting a Pizza Hut Lunch deal.

SO, being prepared to roll up the shirtsleeves long term is essential. This said, just like that big textbook you know need read or that tax return you know is due soon- deciding to begin and knowing where … Click to continue reading

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