As a byproduct of improving our sales, I learned a great deal about the wedding and textile industry. Not only did I become an expert with our own products but I also analyzed our competitors and kept up to date with various trends in the wedding world.
I even developed a persona and became a regular on the wedding and sewing forums. It also helped that the money started rolling in and I could see the results of our labor. But what truly excites me about our business is the customer psychology behind selling online. By making very subtle tweaks in the pricing of your products, you can have a profound effect on sales. By changing small graphical elements on your website, you can control and funnel customers to different parts of your website. By simply altering the colors and layout of your site, you can provide a drastically different mindset for your customers.
For example did you know that by pricing a product a certain way compared to other similar products that you can drastically alter the human perception of cost? Did you know that customers are more likely to add additional items to their shopping cart once they are ready to checkout? In fact, running a business is just like having your own scientific laboratory with your customers as guinea pigs. You can make a different set of tweaks to your website and observe how your customers react.
The other thing that I love to do is design websites. As an engineer that develops hardware for a living, I often have to wait months or years to witness the fruits of my labor. But when it comes to creating a website, I get instant gratification. And designing the mobile optimized version of my website made me giddy for weeks. If you can find some aspect of your business that really excites you, then that is good enough. Just make sure that whatever you decide to pursue is inline with your end game.
In this 6 day mini course, I reveal the steps that my wife and I took to earn thousand dollars in the span of just a year. Best of all, it's free and you'll receive weekly ecommerce tips and strategies! Great article Steve! You just helped make my decision easier! Hey Zainhab, I would definitely go with what you think will be more successful.
Steve, thank you so much for writing this! The decision was based on many things one being that it was durable and easy to ship! Like you, I mulled over several other products to sell initially. That being said, I feel much more passionate about my blog and my online store course than any products sold at my online store.
I have the tech tools sites and such just not the inventory or account fees required from the vendors. What I wanted to say is thanks for sharing your experience, it really helps a lot. I just need to figure out the how. I think that you can make anything work even in a crowded niche if you are willing to put the work in and differentiate yourself.
Take this blog for example. It just takes some time and perseverance. Just would like to add that the outcome might be different on whether you actually love the product or not.
Hi Shamelle, I would argue that being really passionate about your product can have a negative effect as well. But I hear you. My wife used to love embroidery until we started offering it in our store.
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I try to make money from the Internet, but this than expected to difficult. Funny story. My wife was into embroidery as a hobby before our business. I suppose that could be a problem for some, but in my case, vinyl record collecting turned into a business, I spend about 4 hour a max on that business, and I really love it, because it supplements my hobby as well.
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I do get a tad bored with wrapping packages at times, but it beats going to some office clean toilets you know? I love this post and your life sounds great. There is no time for food. I try to brainstorm ways of making each person feel recognized. The workshops are flawless. I move past it quickly. We listen to Joel McKerrow give a speech. Not for the first time he moves us to tears. I host a roundtable discussion about grant writing — but, nothing is ever about something so topical.
We cry together as we acknowledge our insecurities.
We are bound to each other by honesty. Our first panel discussion rolls around and I make up silly questions about the earth exploding and aliens invading and what would you do and create and everyone laughs and I feel again like I am home. Day 2 and I have my own workshop to teach. My workshop is a beautiful gathering of honest expression and while we shoot and edit, everyone knows its not about that.
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Three past attendees Jen , Michlynn , and Ted share their personal stories and journeys, a way of telling everyone we are all on a level playing field and acknowledging that there are some incredible stories in our group. No one is better than anyone else. We are so moved by their stories and many hugs are shared after by people who related so much to what they said. She tells us that her mother gave permission for Sara to share those images with people because expression and story is so important in healing.
Yet again we understand that the images themselves are not important — the spirit of the creation process is what heals us and connects us. We are all moved by her words to tears.
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We create again. I cover my sister-in-law in clay and flour and paint. We let ourselves get caked in flour; we laugh hysterically. And then another panel discussion. One of the attendees, Bryan , comes to play the piano and he shares with us his singing and songwriting talent after we beg to hear it. He has stage fright, he says. I suggest we make a music video.
Devin is into it. Sara is into it. Oscar is into it. I start my day and everything continues without flaw. My assistants make this possible, especially my best friend KD and my sister Jessy. They show an unprecedented level of care and commitment to my baby. They constantly make sure I am fed and that I have space to breathe and help everyone with their every need. They are organized beyond measure. They make this conference run. That day I give a lecture. I feel the power of it. I see people crying as my throat tightens around certain subjects. I feel supported by pairs of hands and it makes me feel alive in a way I cannot express.
I host a confidence collaboration. I tell about 80 people in a room to face the wall and talk to the wall and block out everyone else. Then what they do like. Then to pick a word that can empower them. I hear tears and I hear sighs and I hear giggles at how silly this seems. But everyone does it. And we settle into that moment. We come back together as a group and the hugs are endless and the tears are so necessary and we breathe together a deep breath.
Then something happened to put a huge kink in my plan. My dreams were about to get bigger.
That night we have our closing ceremony. As I picked up the mic to start, someone came and got me to tell me to look outside. I see something in the night sky.
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