In a basic economy trade keeps everyone gainfully employed. Even in our arguably over complex world that basic economic standard still helps run the cogs. With the invention of the internet and it’s mainstream acceptence this most basic of ideas was able to be somewhat digitized. The need for a physical location was removed and trade was able to be done between people who never ever met.
This led to the rise of giants like Amazon and the fall of many high street stores that were once mainstays. The game changed in many ways. In fact it’s still changing.
From an individual perspective it changed massively too. If a person ever wanted to buy and sell goods they could now do so at a fraction of the cost of shopping at or setting up a bricks and mortar store. If I wanted to sell cow dung I could do so online. If I wanted to sell my fetching handmade seaweed turbans I could do that too. I may suffer from a lack of customers but at least the initial outlay would mean I could give my idea a shot.
By removing the real-life store aspect we have of course lost a part of the shopping experience but it’s opened up the game board for far more people to become a store owner and far more people to get access to goods they may have otherwise not been able to easily get. The world of online shopping is vast and at this point in time there is still plenty of room for many of us to make a modest living. We may not be competing with Amazon any day soon but we can carve out our own little cave in the hillside.
This could be by selling our own goods on somewhere like Etsy, or our own store. It could be buying stock and setting up a garage warehouse or even drop-shipping where you will never see the goods before they are shipped to the customer.
Access to powerful open source software and tools means most people can bumble through the technical side so it really opens it up to anyone with internet access.
I have not had a proper shot at running my own online store. It has been in the back of my mind for some time but I would have to source and sell and maybe even self design products that I think genuinely are good. Products that are value for money and are not just useless waste of money clutter. I have a few ideas, things I use myself but I am yet to execute any plans.
I have however been reading up on the idea and talking to a friend of mine about the basics. Steve, along with his wife, brings in over $100k a year with their store Bumblebee Linens. He also runs a high level one-on-one course on how to run your own store. Steve knows his stuff.
Steve’s course and forum is obviously serious and is not a cheap product. It’s for people who are are aiming to make the store their sole and large income and provides heavy information, coaching and forum access. I’ve not been in a position to buy the course myself yet but may do sometime in the future.
Luckily Steve has put together something more suited for those of us just getting interested in the prospect of running and hopefully turning a nice profit from an online store.
Steve is offering a free 5-part course that runs through the basics of setting up your own profitable online store. Parts such as what shopping cart to use go into quite a high level of detail. Considering it is free it gives a great head start for those of us wanting to give it a shot without laying down much cash.
You’ll receive emails covering:
- Step 1: Find a Webhost And Domain
- Step 2: Find Goods To Sell Online
- Step 3: Select An Open Source Shopping Cart
- Step 5: Get A Great Design
Sign up for the email course here: Click here to visit ProfitableOnlineStore.com and get the free 5 part course.
Now surely something free always has a catch, of course Steve is hoping you like his stuff, and his newsletter and wants you all to eventually upgrade to his full course. But this guy isn’t pushy and he also isn’t out to grab as much money as he can. His blog, linked in the emails, is a serious resource and these things alone could be all you need to achieve success with your store.
It’s a different kind of online working to solely blogging but something that is totally viable and can be setup to fit your lifestyle. Steve talks about making a load of money and that’s great if that’s your aim but it could also be a fun side project / hobby or something that just makes you a modest income. It’s never easy but a little guidance can help us all go a long way.
I’d love to hear what you think of Steve’s ProfitableOnlineStore.com course and if you have any other questions.
Also if you run or have an experience running an online store I would love to hear from you.
Steve is a friend of mine and I fully trust his free course. If you sign up to the full paid course I do receive a commission but again I totally trust Steve’s motivations and content and anyway there is a money back guarantee if it does not suit your needs.