I dropped the ball this week! Due to some tight freelance deadlines I didn't have time to write and post a blog post. Good news though: this week's post will be a new segment- our first roundup of links to cool stuff I read.
I'm becoming more and more intrigued by the idea of starting up an ecommerce business selling outsourced products. Browsing my Feedly I came upon several really great breakdowns of how to open an online business, posted by the Shopify blog. Each case study goes over how Shopify staff chose their product, found a supplier, came up with branding, marketed the product, and shipped the product, all in just a few weeks.
This article is a great resource for learning how to navigate Alibaba. I only learned about it in the last year but I'm amazed at how easy it is now for independents to access large-scale manufacturing sources.
This one deals with a more creative pursuit, i.e. designing and selling t-shirts. There's some good advice here for finding a specific niche-within-a-niche and marketing to them.
This case study focuses on selling Matcha tea powder. The valuable takeaway from this one is how to manage an ecommerce store using dropshipping, that is, sourcing all production and shipping to an outside facility.
I promise this post is not sponsored by Shopify! In fact, I have yet to use them, but I'm seriously considering testing the methods outlined here. Now get reading!
Have you ever sold a product online? How did you do? What tips do you have for indie entrepreneurs getting started?