Starting A Business: Convincing Yourself To Take Action And The Key To Behavioral Change

I’ve been helping would be entrepreneurs for nearly eight years now and one thing I’ve discovered is that you can’t really push someone to take the entrepreneurial plunge. Either you have the desire to start your own business or you don’t and most people can’t get over the uncertainty that’s involved with being your own boss. A while back, I went through several months worth of email for MyWifeQuitHerJob.com and came to the conclusion that most people get stuck on 2 main things when starting their business. One, they can’t come up with a good business idea and two,...

7 Tweaks We Made To Our Online Store That Drastically Improved Sales

Sometimes a seemingly insignificant change to your website or online strategy can pay huge dividends. And in many cases, the answer to improving sales requires very little effort to implement. In this article, I’m going to discuss some simple tweaks that we made to our website that had a dramatic impact on our business. Before I get into the guts of what we did, I just want to stress the importance of obtaining quality metrics for your website. It is especially vital that you accurately track the way a customer navigates through your online store. Do...

My Exact Abandoned Cart Email Sequence And How To Recover Lost Sales From Your Shop

Whenever I shop online, I like to comparison shop before I buy most things. In fact, I often browse multiple online stores before finally choosing where to make my purchase. Sometimes in the middle of shopping, I get sidetracked by my kids. Sometimes, my wife forces me to do some chores or run a quick errand. Sometimes, I get last minute jitters and abandon my shopping cart even after I’ve entered in all of my information. One time, I was shopping for my wife’s anniversary gift online when I was rudely interrupted by screams from my kids...

5 Habits Of Successful Entrepreneurs That I’ve Witnessed Personally

As someone who writes about entrepreneurship and teaches others how to sell physical products online, I make a habit of following as many entrepreneurs as I can. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous or just starting out, I’ll at least check out your website to see what you have to say. But even though I love reading posts about entrepreneurship, I’ve become increasingly jaded with the cliches that I’ve been seeing. “Learn to fail” “Learn from your mistakes” “Understand your weaknesses” “Hustle hard” “Fail fast and often” Don’t get me wrong. These articles all offer great advice but it is difficult...

A Sneak Peek Inside Our New Warehouse And The Story How We Got Here

As part of running my blog and my podcast, I often get questions from readers who want to know more about the early years of our business and how it has evolved over time. How did we get started? How much inventory did we carry early on? Did we run it from our house in the beginning? What does it look like now? The answers to all of these questions are actually buried deep within my blog if you have the patience to sift through my first 50-ish entries. In fact every now and then, I go back and re-visit some of my early...

6 Simple Strategies To Sell More To Existing Customers And Why You Must Look Beyond Amazon

Acquiring new customers and tapping into new markets are important strategies to grow your business. But it’s equally as important to focus on your existing customers that have purchased from you in the past. According to the Small Business Administration, it’s significantly cheaper to drum up additional business from previous customers than it is to find new ones. In fact, they state that it’s over 65% easier to convert a sale from someone you sold to in the past. I don’t know how they obtained this statistic, but it’s definitely consistent with what we’ve seen with our...

The Lazy Mans Guide To Starting A Successful Online Business

When you put yourself out there by writing blog posts about your business, interviewing popular guests on your podcast and throwing ecommerce conferences, there’s a tendency for people to put you on a pedestal. “Steve, you must work your ass off. Do you ever sleep?” “Steve, you are the most motivated person I know” “Steve, you are my favorite ecommerce guru” Well I hate to burst your bubble, but I’m actually none of these things. First off, I don’t consider myself a “self-motivated” person. If I didn’t have a loving wife and a family to support, I’m not 100% sure that...

5 Email Autoresponders Your Online Store Needs To Automate Sales

Those of you who have followed me since the beginning know that email makes up 90% of the revenues on my blog. In fact, email is the main reason that I was able to make over a million dollars blogging this past year. Here are a few talks and podcasts where I have discussed my strategies at length. How I Made Over $300K These Past 2 Years With An Email Autoresponder How I Tripled The Sales Of My Info Product By Tweaking My Email Autoresponder On The Smart Passive Income Podcast: Actionable Email Marketing Strategies and How to 3X Revenue Using Your Autoresponder...
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