What You Need to Know About Setting Up Your Own Ecommerce Store

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In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to start your own ecommerce business. Whether you have an excellent idea for a niche market or want to try your hand at online retailing, ecommerce is a great way to go. Most people think they need a ton of money and a lot of experience to start an ecommerce business. This can be true, but you don’t need a massive budget or knowledge to get created.. From choosing the right platform to understanding the logistical challenges of running an ecommerce business, you’ll learn everything you need to know about starting your own ecommerce business.

Choosing your business model
The first step in starting an ecommerce store is to figure out what kind of business model to choose. There are four main business models for online retailing: Dropshippers, Wholesalers, Brokers, and Direct Sales. While some business models are more suited for specific products or niches, all models have pros and cons.

The best platforms for ecommerce
Thanks to the growth of the internet, you no longer need to own a brick-and-mortar retail store to sell online. That’s why there are so many online sales channels and platforms! You can start your own ecommerce business on your website, Shopify, or Amazon’s platform. Think about your goals and how each platform fits your business model when choosing a platform. Are you looking to build an audience and make recurring revenue? Or would you like to test the waters and see if ecommerce is right for you? Once you’ve decided on the right platform, make sure you’re using the right tools to run your business. Set up tools like ShipStation and Fulfilled.com to make it easy to set up your dropshipping and dropshipping fulfillment service and use analytics and tracking to optimize your sales and marketing.

What products to sell
When choosing products to sell, think about your industry and your target customers. You can do a lot of market research this way and make sure your products stand out from the crowd. Once you’ve got a better idea of what you want to sell, look at similar products in your industry and see if you can create something better.

Payment options
When you’re starting an ecommerce business, your customers will expect fast and reliable payment processing, so factor this in when looking at the benefits of ACH vs EFT. You can accept cards through ecommerce platforms, but you can also use payment processors. We recommend choosing a payment processor like Stripe, Paytrust, or BB Payments. These platforms let you accept all payment types in one place, streamline your sales and marketing processes, and offer seamless integrations with your ecommerce platform. If you choose to accept credit cards, make sure you’re compliant with PCI standards. You can also use an API or accept cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum. You don’t have to worry about exchange rates, fees, and chargebacks with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. This gives your customers even more payment options and lets you take control of your business’s cash flow.

Make it legal
The final step in starting your ecommerce business is to make sure it’s legal. There are tons of business models and ways to run an ecommerce business, but you need to make sure they’re legal in your region. For example, if you’re selling goods in the United States, you’ll need to find a business license and follow food and drug regulations. Before you start selling products through your ecommerce business, it’s essential to check with your state’s tax office and business licensing office to make sure you’re following all applicable laws.

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Perks of being an influencer.

Ayana is an influencer. She is not yet getting payments from her gigs yet but she is getting tons of products from different companies connected with the group she is a part of. Ayana is being egged by her friends to treat them to an out-of-town trip, preferably to the beach. Three days and two nights beginning on Friday is perfect for them since all five of them have nine to five jobs to go back to by Monday. Ayana acquiesced to the suggestion.

She got her van checked to make sure it is in good condition before they drive it out of the city. Good thing she was able to shop used winter tires so she has spare tires she can bring with them in case they would need a replacement.

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Since she is an influencer, she was able to use it in order to save on the following: accommodation, meals, water activities, and swimwear.

The beach resort Ayana was able to book for her and her friends has villas good for large groups. She talked to the manager of the resort and was able to convince them that in exchange for accommodations, she will promote their resort in her social media accounts. She also guaranteed them that they will take beautiful photos in order to post to all their social media accounts to attract other travelers to book their stay with them.

A local online food seller wanted to be featured digitally in order to gain more customers. Ayana was able to talk to the seller and in exchange for providing them meals for three days, she and her friends will promote her online shop in all their social media accounts.

The same thing happened in getting new swimwear and booking water activities. In exchange for digital promotion, they will be given free swimwear and will be booked water activities near the resort.

These days, there are so many perks of being a digital influencer. I have a cousin and two friends who are all influencers and would post products they have tried almost daily in order to encourage others to try it as well. No, they don’t do video blogging. They just do social media posts, mostly, in Facebook and Instagram. Those are the platforms I see them the most.

I remember when I was very active in attending blogging events. I was given sample products in exchange for a simple, short review in my blog. I said yes to some, no to most. The rule that I follow is that I will review the products that I actually used that’s why I said no to most of the samples.

Being an influencer, though… makes me think of being one now.

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Dressed up on a Friday night.

dressed-upThis pandemic has made us complacent, to say the least. We are now so used to being at home, dressed shabbily, and even with our hairs in disarray. Admit it, you are also guilty of slacking off and letting things slide when this pandemic hit.

But one thing hit me when I read something on Instagram lately… this is the period when we need to take care of ourselves even more!

One idea that popped in my head is to get dressed up on a Friday night. I mean, why not? There are Women’s Boutique Dresses online that we women can choose from. Let’s get dressed even if we will just be staying at home and will just be watching Netflix alone. Dress in one of those summer boutique dresses or those boutique maxi dresses from MySistersCloset-Boutique. Pop the bottle of wine in the fridge to get it cold. Set up that table for one with the pasta just off the stove. You can even set the mood by dimming the lights or completely turning it off to light some scented candles on the floor. Go ahead and do it. It is one form of self-love that we need to be espousing in order to stay sane in this tough period of our lives.

Love yourself. We need to start with ourselves before we give love to others around us. That’s one of the things that I have learned since this pandemic started. It can be simply eating something special on any given time or day. Dressing up on nights you normally reserve to going out and meeting friends. Or just opening a bottle of a special wine to sip a glass all by yourself.

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Sofa for everyone.

sofaAre you one of those families that converge in a single place at home even though there is a lot of space to sit or lounge at? I belong to one of those families.

My sisters and I love chatting. Even our sister-in-law loves to chat. Since we all live in a single house, we often chat. And we love to do it while eating. Also, when we are in front of the television in the living room. You can just imagine the abuse our chairs would get from us. We would sit there for hours at times, even the nephews love to relax and play with their tablets while lounging with us around.

Just last night, I realized just how much we are in need of a new sofa for the living room. A sidearm is already broken while several sweat stains can be found on the chocolate brown sofa. We are in need of a trip to the furniture store Fredericton soonest.

In choosing a sofa for your home, here are two things to make sure you check: lifestyle and dimension.

When buying a sofa, make sure you choose the right dimension. You don’t want to get a bulky sofa for your small living room. Right? It might eat up all the space you have in that section of the house you want to put it in.

What to do? Measure the space where you plan to put the sofa at. Make sure your measurement is correct. When you are in the store, give your measurement to a store assistant to help you find the right sofa. Check available colors and fabrics. And count the number of people who can seat on it.

We always choose neutral colors. We used to have a gray sofa then we chose a chocolate brown one after. We also always choose leather. Easier to clean and maintain. The fabric ones can easily get broken especially when there are kids at home. Just a pen or scissor can tear one apart.

And, then, consider your lifestyle. Some people love entertaining at home. You choose a roomy sofa, easier to clean and maintain, and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. For people like us, a sofa is really for lounging, a place where we can sit for hours. It is what we use to chit-chat, watch television, read a book, and just chill. Some buy a sofa for aesthetic purposes and nothing more.

Also, consider if you have kids at home. Better choose a sturdy one even if it is pricier than most. Kids tend to jump on anything soft so you know that the new sofa will be used as a trampoline of sorts.

What’s your choice?

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Air fryer: Is it worth buying?

Have you heard of the latest in a long line of countertop appliances? It is an air fryer nowadays! We have stoves, pots and pans, oven, microwave oven, oven toaster, deep fryer, and stovetop barbecue grill. Apparently, it is not enough. An air fryer is now a staple in most households. In our household, when something is broken, it gets fixed. We call an appliance repair specialist as soon as possible. Repair instead of immediately buying a replacement. But these days, we tend to add a new invention especially when almost everyone has and talks about it.

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So, what is an air fryer, anyway?

It is a countertop convection oven simulating deep frying without the need for cooking oil. A fan circulates hot air in high speed thereby cooking what is inside it. It is a “healthier” way of eating fried food because the food was not submerged in oil. That made most people get on board, especially the health buffs and those who are on a diet. Fried food is great! Who does not want a fried chicken? Or a fried porkchop with lots of gravy on it?

But, the question is, is it worth it? I mean, there is a real convection oven. There is also an oven toaster. Our office pantry has an air fryer so I went ahead and tested it. I bought a kilo of marinated pork belly which I normally cook in a deep fryer to make the pork skin and fatty meat crispy. First, the container basket is small. It can only fit at the very least three to four slices of pork belly, cut in two inches long and slightly more than an inch wide. It was a tight fit in it but I was able to make it work. Cooking time took about ten minutes, pausing in between to check if both sides were being fried properly. It was. The result? Tender, juicy pork belly slices. The pork skin was not crispy but tender, the same with the fatty parts of the pork. It was okay but I would have preferred for the skin to be crispy. It is healthy, though, so I forgave that result of the air fryer test.

I tested it again this time with baby back ribs. It was unsuccessful. The ribs became dry, the air fryer sucking out the juices from it. My sister cooked half of the baby back ribs using a slow cooker and it was a success! Juicy, fall-off-the-bones delicious!

Is it really worth adding to the number of countertop appliances at home? If you are into fried food, then, yes. Healthier way of frying, sure. If you already have an oven at home, I suggest not to buy an air fryer anymore. An oven will be so much better. Bigger, too. If you don’t have one, then go ahead and get one.

As for me, I think I’d stick with the big oven, our deep fryer, and the slow cooker.

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The Stylish Moroccan Berber Rug

Moroccan Berber Rugs and Beni Ourain Rug

Moroccan Berber rugs trace back to many years ago. The wealthy class of people used these rugs; some were often used for prayer. The rugs were made by hand from sheep wool, and one could give specifications on how they needed their rug according to the purpose for which it was to be used.

Women made Moroccan Berber rugs since the 7th Century. The women were supposed to weave the rugs in their homes close to their children. The Beni Ourain rug was made from a breed of Ourain Sheep.

The name Beni Ourain came from the Atlas Mountains in Taza. The rugs are woven in an ‘X’ shape to symbolize peace. The designs are mind-based. Some of the designs were; Ancient Berber Alphabets, geometric patterns, and talisman symbols.

It was believed the rugs could chase evil spirits away. Besides, the Beni Ourain rug designs were sometimes linked with some events such as fertility and birth. The Moroccan Berber Rugs were initially made to act as blankets. The wool woven into it helped in warmth retention.

Natural dyes were used in the decoration of the rugs. The shades included; almond leaves, Iron sulfate, henna, and cochineal. This was up to the 20th Century.

The Moroccan Berber rugs are woven in no particular order to follow hence the uniqueness in its production. The Beni Ourain rug had a neutral design that can fit into the modern world of architecture and design.

The rugs helped with warmth in the cold areas of the Atlas Mountains. In the Sahara, light rugs were made to consider the hot temperatures.

With the help of designers such as Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, Moroccan Berber Rug became well known and used today. The Beni Ourain rugs were produced in small numbers hence a bit difficult to get.

The Moroccan Berber Rug are less costly, making them more preferred to other designs. Owing to their low-cost manufacturing process, these rugs are not as expensive. The raw materials used are also easily affordable, transiting this advantage to the final product’s cost.

The rugs are easy to clean. This is with the help of the loop like manufacture. The rugs are also quite durable.

The Beni Ourain rug is beautiful. They are appealing to the eye and give a home a good and attractive look. Their fabulous patterns are eye candy. Also, rugs are suitable for both the cold and warm season. This makes them flexible. Moroccan Berber rugs are easily accessible around the globe.

Due to the use of wool in the Beni Ourain rug, the rug has a shaggy look, which makes it very useful in winter. It is these outstanding features that makes these rugs famous and unique. Visit City Cows London for more information.

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Looking After A Diamond Ring

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If you own a diamond ring then it is likely to be an extremely precious piece of jewellery, such as an engagement ring. Therefore, if you want your ring to look as stunning as it did when you first received it, you need to make sure you look after it properly. Your diamond is not going to maintain its beauty without proper care. When you consider how much of an investment a diamond is, you see why it is so important to care for your diamond properly. This article aims to give you a helping hand with that by providing you with some key advice on taking care of diamonds.

How do you clean a diamond ring?

One extremely effective way of cleaning diamonds is to use vodka. So, how do you use vodka to clean diamonds? This is a really simple method. All you need to do is leave your ring to soak in a glass of vodka. Once you remove the ring you will instantly notice that the diamond has got its sparkle back. However, don’t immediately place it back onto your finger. You will need to rinse it under the tap with warm water and then make sure you rub it dry as well. Use a lint-free cloth.

If you don’t keep vodka in your home then maybe this next method will be more beneficial for you. You will need to get yourself a bowl and mix together four parts warm water with one part household ammonia. Soak the ring in this solution for no longer than ten minutes. Once you have removed it you should brush it very gently with a soft small and gentle brush, such as a child’s toothbrush. After this, dip it back into the mixture and then rinse it with lukewarm water. Leave it on a drain to dry or you can use a lint-free cloth similarly to the previous method.

One important point to note is that you should never leave your ring on a paper tissue to dry. This is because it can leave dust and fibres onto the ring.

It is also a good idea to make sure you take your ring off while you are getting dressed. If you do not do this, it is going to get covered in perfumes, creams, and lotions, which can cause the ring to deteriorate a lot quicker than it would usually.

How should you store your diamond rings?

Storing your ring correctly is important as well, especially if this is an engagement or wedding ring. Make sure you keep your diamond jewellery in a fabric lined jewel case. In addition to this, don’t keep your diamond jewellery next to other pieces. You don’t want scratches to arise from them rubbing together.

Have a quality jeweller on hand

Last but not least, it is important to make sure you have a quality jeweller on hand to provide you with a repair and reconstruction should you need it. In fact, it is recommended that you take your diamond jewellery to a jeweller every six months so that you can have it looked at professionally and so that the prongs can be tightened.

When it comes to choosing a jeweller, the answer is simple; make sure they are experienced, they have a wealth of repair and construction services, their prices are fair, and they are experts in the field of diamonds.

Thanks to the Internet, it is easier than ever before to find a reputable jeweller. You can read reviews that have been left by others. Independent review platforms are best because you will know that you are reading authentic and genuine comments, rather than comments that have been hand-selected from the company in question.

Don’t forget about the security of your diamond ring

It is also important to make sure you invest in a quality safe for your diamond. At the end of the day, this is a highly valuable piece of jewellery, and so you need to make certain that it is looked after. What are the best home safes? This depends on what you are storing inside. You can get safes that are specifically for jewellery, which can be secured in your bedroom, or another part of the property if you would prefer.

To conclude, it is important to look after your diamond jewellery properly if you want it to sparkle for as long as possible. Not only do you need to consider jewellery maintenance, but you also need to make sure that your diamond jewellery is secure as well.

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