All posts by Steve C

MWQHJ 052: How Carole Rains Leverages Pinterest To Drive Sales To Her Rustic Furniture Store

Carole Rains
Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:04 — 63.5MB) I met Carole Rains at the Ecommerce Fuel Live conference and I’m happy that we met. Carole runs 2 online stores, RusticArtistry.com and EmuBliss.com, and she uses Pinterest heavily to promote her products. In this interview, you will get an in depth tutorial on how to maximize your Pinterest account and how to leverage Pinterest to promote your products. What You’ll Learn How Carole decide on the niche for her online store How Carole found dropshippers for her online furniture shop How Carole gets vendors to dropship for her What the logistics are like when selling handcrafted products How Carole gets...

Year End Report: How Our Online Store Performed In 2014

My wife just closed the books on 2014 and our online store continued its trend of double digit year over year revenue growth! As I mentioned in our mid year report, 2014 was the year of outsourcing our business and I’m happy to say that our little business can now run on its own and my wife has even more flexibility than before. Having a flexible schedule is crucial when raising kids because the number of activities they take part in continues to grow at an exponential rate. Not only are both of my kids in different schools across town...

MWQHJ 051: How Mike Crowley Created The 94Fifty Sensor Basketball – A Top 25 Invention Of The Year

94fifty
Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:28 — 42.8MB) Mike Crowley is the founder of 94Fifty.com, a company that produces sensor basketballs and is perhaps the coolest technology that I’ve seen come out in a long time. Here’s a video below of how his product works. In this podcast, you’ll learn how Mike developed this product and how he leveraged Kickstarter to generate massive buzz. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn How Mike came up with the idea to create a basketball training tool How Mike raised over 130,000 in a kickstarter campaign for his product How to use Kickstarter to improve the visibility of your business How to create...

How To Do A Small Scale Kickstarter Project The Lazy And Crappy Way And Still Make A Profit

This post was written by Lars Hundley, who runs several ecommerce stores and recently started launching Kickstarter campaigns for his products. What I like about Lars is that he’s constantly trying new things and he’s here to share his Kickstarter experiences with us today. Incidentally, Lars and I share very similar philosophies. You don’t have to swing for the fences. You can simply go for base hits which eventually lead to something bigger. Enjoy the post. Do you want to have the coolest Kickstarter of all time, or do you simply want to make a reasonable amount of...

MWQHJ 050: How Brandon Eley Makes Millions Catering To A Small Niche In A Huge Market

Brandon Eley
Podcast: Download (Duration: 53:00 — 73.1MB) I met Brandon Eley at the Ecommerce Fuel conference and I can honestly say that he was one of the most well-spoken and intelligent entrepreneurs that I’ve ever met. Brandon runs 2BigFeet.com, which is an online store that sells shoes specifically catering to people with big feet. Not only does his store make 7 figures but Brandon also runs a successful blog at BrandonEley.com and is a prolific speaker specializing in online marketing and ecommerce. Don’t miss this interview! What You’ll Learn Brandon’s biggest early mistake with his shop How to properly outsource different tasks for your...

How Much I Made Blogging And The Actions I Took To Double Revenues This Past Year

My wife just closed the books on MyWifeQuitHerJob.com’s earnings, and I’m thrilled to say that 2014 was a blowout year for my blog! Whereas in early September I was forecasting revenues in the range of $300K, a late year surge including a single magical day where I made over $35,000 in 24 hrs allowed me to significantly exceed that number. Here are the highlights for 2014. Year over year traffic increased by 66% The MyWifeQuitHerJob podcast launched to over 30K downloads per month My email list more than doubled despite a cleanse of several thousand inactive subs I increased the number of...

MWQHJ 049: Adam Kreitman On How To Run Profitable Adwords Ads For Your Business

Adam Kreitman
Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:48 — 39.5MB) Adam Kreitman reached out to me randomly 3 years ago via the contact page on my blog and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Adam runs WordsThatClick.com which helps small business owners increase the visibility of their business on the web. What’s cool about Adam is that unlike most larger agencies, Adam focuses a lot of his efforts on small businesses which is directly applicable to the listeners of this podcast. In this episode, Adam will teach us how to run high converting Adwords campaigns for those on a budget. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn How...

How To Get Fit, Start A Business And Follow Through On Your New Years Resolutions

The beginning of the year is when most people make grand promises of change and set goals for what they hope to achieve. I promise to workout 5 days a week and get fit This is the year where I will finally start my business I’m going to lose 20 pounds But we all know what ends up happening. While our intentions are good and we start out strong, our intensity tends to fizzle out over time. Those with willpower can last for several months, but most of us are weak and we can’t maintain our promises for more than a couple of weeks....

Should You Sell On Amazon And Will It Cannibalize Your Online Store Sales?

My wife and I started our online store back in 2007 and ever since our first year when we made 100K, we’ve been growing in the double and triple digits. But here’s the thing. With every passing year, we are finding it more and more difficult to maintain our double digit growth. Don’t get me wrong. Our store makes plenty of money and I’m really happy with where we are at. But there’s always a part of me that wants to grow it even more. In addition, I often feel pressure to show positive...

MWQHJ 048: How To Buy An Existing Online Store And Double Revenues In Just 1 Year With Bill D’Alessandro

Bill D'Allesandro
Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:06 — 42.5MB) Why start an ecommerce store from scratch when you can buy an existing site and double its revenues? Today, Bill D’Alessandro shows us the exact process he goes through to buy an online business and how he finds stagnant businesses to buy that he can improve upon within a short time frame. Bill D’Alessandro owns a portfolio of ecommerce stores which you can check out at ElementsBrands.com. In this interview, Bill and I will be referring to his recent acquisition NurtureMyBody.com. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn Why you should consider buying a business as opposed...

MWQHJ 047: What It’s Like To Be On Shark Tank With Eric Bandholz

Eric Banzholz Shark Tank
Podcast: Download (Duration: 41:30 — 57.3MB) I’m really happy to have Eric Bandholz back on the show. In the last episode when we talked about BeardBrand.com, Eric’s Shark Tank episode had not yet aired so we couldn’t talk about it. But now that everything is out there, Eric can now finally share his experiences to the public. Since Eric went on Shark Tank, his business has grown dramatically. Here are some of his stats His store went from about $4500/day to about $12k/day in revenues His store got 20k visitors on Friday and Saturday of the show (40k total) The most concurrent...

How To Dig A Moat For Your Online Store And Keep Your Competitors Away

Once every month, I meet with a small ecommerce mastermind group and discuss various strategies to improve our businesses. If you are not participating in a mastermind group of some kind, I highly recommend that you join one or form your own. No matter how good or how smart you are, there is always something that you are not doing or thinking about. And for me, I learn something new after every session. In fact, this particular post was inspired from my last meeting. Today I want to talk to you about my fears...

Cheapest Way To Start An Online Business | Take Advantage Of These Killer Deals

While it’s always a good time to start an online business, the least expensive time to do so is on Black Friday and Cyber Monday when there are great deals to be found. Many tools and services like webhosting, niche research software, vendor tools etc… are being discounted extremely heavily to the point where it’s a no brainer to sign up. For example, you can literally start an online business for under 3 bucks which is pretty insane. So realistically speaking…Do you have 3 bucks to spare on something that could potentially change your life? There really is no excuse...

MWQHJ 046: How Eric Bandholz Started A 7 Figure Beard Care Business In Just 1 Year

Eric Bandholz
Podcast: Download (Duration: 45:03 — 41.5MB) I’m thrilled to have Eric Bandholz on the show today. Eric runs the successful beard care company BeardBrand.com, which has grown into a 7 figure business in just 12 months. In today’s interview, you will learn how Eric grew his business quickly by focusing on branding and exposure via word of mouth. He’s got a great backstory and knows a ton about how to establish a brand and how to run a successful skin care business. Oh and did I tell you that I tried his beard care products too? Check out what happened...

10 Tips On Importing Wholesale Products From China Using Alibaba Or GlobalSources

This post was written by Josh Nacol, a student in my Create A Profitable Online Store Course. Recently Josh started importing goods from Asia for the very first time and wanted to share his experiences with my readers. Now in my class, I have an entire module dedicated specifically towards helping students import goods from overseas. However, it’s one thing to learn and another thing to actually go out and do it. And Josh’s experiences just go to show that the best way to learn is to be aware of the guidelines, know what to expect and just...

MWQHJ 045: Corbett Barr On How To Create A Profitable Subscription Based Membership Site

Corbett Barr
Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:40 — 47.6MB) I’ve known Corbett Barr for quite a while now and I’m continually impressed by the quality of content that he puts out. What’s interesting about Corbett is that he started out living the silicon valley startup scene by launching a VC funded company only to later realize that he wanted to leverage entrepreneurship to improve his lifestyle. Today he runs Fizzle.co which is an incredibly awesome online business school program that you should all check out. And the nature of his business allows him to spend half of the year relaxing and working remotely...

My Guide To The Canton Fair And China’s Largest Wholesale Product Sourcing Trade Show

It’s been a while since my wife and I attended our last Canton Fair. Ever since our second child was born and our daughter started elementary school, it hasn’t been convenient to travel anywhere far let alone a completely different country. But this year, we were determined to go so I flew out my Mom and she watched our two kids for an entire week by herself while Jen and I made the trek to China. And the best part? When we got home, I was pleasantly surprised that my Mom taught the kiddos their...

MWQHJ 044: Drew Sanocki On What It Takes To Start A Successful Ecommerce Store Today

Drew Sanocki
Podcast: Download (Duration: 47:45 — 44.0MB) Drew Sanocki randomly reached out to me one day and I’m glad that he did. Drew is a seasoned veteran when it comes to ecommerce. He started and sold a successful dropship furniture company DesignPublic.com. And today, he blogs at DrewSanocki.com and offers ecommerce consulting at Mineral.io. What’s also cool about Drew is that we have a bunch of common friends that went to Stanford together. Enjoy the interview! What You’ll Learn How to find a profitable niche for your online store How to validate your niche before investing a large amount of money How...

MWQHJ 043: Eric Siu On How To Run Profitable You Tube And Facebook Ads For Your Business

Eric Siu
Podcast: Download (Duration: 45:26 — 41.9MB) Eric Siu is a pay per click marketing expert and the CEO of SingleGrain.com, a successful digital marketing agency. Eric first caught my eye when I read his incredible post on YouTube advertising In fact, YouTube advertising is one of the only mediums that I haven’t yet tried so I’m eager to have Eric on the show to talk about what’s working and what’s not in the world of advertising. Enjoy the show! What You’ll Learn How to launch an effective Facebook campaign How to launch a high converting YouTube campaign How much money you should be willing...

Why Artists Fail In Business And How To Go From Artist To Entrepreneur

This post was written by Arree Chung, one of the students in my Create A Profitable Online Store Course. What’s cool about Arree is that he’s a professional artist who writes and illustrates his own children’s books. Plus he’s Asian too. (I have absolutely no idea how he convinced his parents to go along with this:)) Anyway, Arree and a group of his friends launched LiveInAStory.com, a site that sells high quality children’s wall decals designed by artists. He’s got a great story and offers incredibly actionable advice for struggling artists. Enjoy! Everyone knows the cliché of the...