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Affordable Alternatives to Fulfillment by Amazon

Avalara, July 30, 2015

According to Amazon’s website, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) will do everything ecommerce sellers need except bring you breakfast in bed. When you sign up for the service, Amazon will not only warehouse, pack, and ship your Amazon orders. Your customers can also get Amazon’s free shipping, and FBA handles customer service and returns for you. FBA can even fill orders from other online sales channels, such as eBay.

The opportunity for a small business to take advantage of Amazon’s powerful fulfillment engine is a huge draw. FBA can help you focus on growing sales, knowing that the back end is being handled by the pros.

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Valuable Tools That Will Help You Run Successful Crowdfunding Campaign #5

Startupist, June 23, 2015

Recently we talked about the top 7 crowdfunding websites and, hopefully, you have already explored these great platforms. But knowing which platform to use is not even close to creating a successful crowdfunding campaign. This is not an easy task and requires a lot of time and effort. But there is no need to give up before you even start.

In this series, every Tuesday you will be able to find three great tools, which will help you create awesome and successful crowdfunding campaign.

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6 pro apps to open an online store

LinkedIn, June 22, 2015

The main reason I made this video is to help you save time. Opening a brick-and-mortar store can cost you tens of thousands of dollars and you can easily waste hundreds of hours trying to paste together a bunch of free ecommerce software. I’m not a fan of either of those options.

I believe in spending money on the right tools when they’ll save you time that can be reinvested in other more important stuff, like marketing. This video is going to show you how 6 applications that can help you save thousands of dollars in startup costs and hundreds of hours in wasted time spent researching and implementing free software.

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Life after a Shark Tank deal: Fly Babee founder and Janine Allis tell

Business Review Weekly, June 22, 2015

Emma Lovell, the founder of Fly Babee, describes her life since November last year as “a rollercoaster ride”.

In April, viewers of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank saw Boost Juice founder Janine Allis agree to invest $80,000 in Fly Babee, a fledgling business that makes covers for prams and airline bassinets.

But the episode was actually filmed last November and there have been plenty of highs and lows in the intervening months.

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101 Must-Read Growth Hacking Guides for Ecommerce Startups

Founders Grid, June 3, 2015

When VC notable Marc Andreessen speaks, people pay attention, and since his 2013 claim that consumers “are not going to have a choice” but to buy online when traditional retail go bust by the end of the decade, physical stores have hurried to join the global Ecommerce 2.0 wave.

Meanwhile, the data has reaffirmed Andreessen’s bricks-and-mortar death knell, with Goldman Sachs expecting mobile-based shopping alone to hit $173B in the U.S. by the end of 2018, while ecommerce fairytales like Nasty Gal serve as case studies for hungry startups.

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5 Reasons why outsourcing is better then employing staff

cplicious – Chris Peters’ Blog, May 31, 2015

Ask anyone who runs a company or start up what’s the hardest part of business and nine times out of ten you will get the answer “people“. Employing people is time consuming, expensive, difficult and can create serious problems, especially if you employ the wrong person. People are human and here in lies the complexities of dealing with them. Emotions, health, personal issues, opinions, beliefs, the list goes on.

By employing people, managing all these human traits is your responsibility and can have a big impact on the day to day dealings of your business. Don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe that good people are what make a great team, and great teams achieve amazing things but in any business there are tasks that no one likes doing. These are the task that if you can, you need to out source.

Here are my top 5 reasons for out sourcing:

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How to Run a Physical Product Business from Anywhere

Location 180, April 15, 2015

Today’s guest post is from Fred Perrotta of Tortuga Backpacks. I was really excited for Fred to share today because he does something similar, but completely different to what I often write about here on Location 180.

He travels the world, he runs a business, he does the things he wants, but he does it all with a physical product business. This brings its own set of challenges and rewards – and it’s a perfectly viable option for other people looking to build a business that allows them to become a Location Rebel.

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