How often do you say to yourself, "I don’t have time to run a store!" or “I wish I could travel the world and still make money off an ecommerce shop.” Sure, that may sound like a dream now, but it actually is very possible.
There are many people out there that run multi-million pound eCommerce shops and live in the beaches of Philippines. That’s the life of virtual freedom.
When it comes to business, it’s always good to try new tactics and strategies but keep things to the bare minimum. Use what works and simplify it. Stop thinking about different CRMs or different complex email management tools. Start the bare minimum because at the end of the day, it’s all about having a process that works. Once you hit growth, anything else is a good problem to have.
Instead of spending days trying to adapt to a new CRM, start with a basic excel sheet. Included in this “start simple” strategy is to remove complication that comes from selling your product or service to middlemen. What I mean is, you should avoid, at least at the beginning, from overcomplicating your sales pipeline with wholesale or retail scenarios and instead focus on taking your product direct to the consumer.
Outsource like a king
Outsourcing is one of the best ways to accelerate growth and save time. When people think of outsourcing, they immediately think of hiring an offshore web development company or using an outsourced SEO firm. The fact is that we’re outsourcing every single day, but most of the time we’re not really aware of it. If you google, “What is outsourcing?” You will see this is to, “obtain (goods or a service) from an outside or foreign supplier, especially in place of an internal source.”
In theory that means that if you hired a designer to help you redesign a company logo, that is outsourcing. If you’re using an external analytic tool or service to help you with your SEO efforts, that is considered to be outsourcing. Outsourcing in general can save you a ton of time and a lot of resources.
You probably have a lot on your plate if you are a cash strapped founder. You might be blogging, generating leads yourself, managing your social media, handling hiring, talking to customers, and building out your product/service. That can a pain and there’s only so many things you can do in a 24 hour time frame.w
Some great outsourcing tools I have used are:
Leverage Technology Automation
Your automation starts with your sales channels or ecommerce marketplace with solutions such as Shopify, which create a nearly out-of-the box system and will connect to nearly anything. Automation must continue through your marketing and support functions with products such as Facebook video ads, which can work amazingly well and require minimal amounts of oversight.
Some great automation tools are:
Expensive but can cut the time you spend marketing by 50%
Super easy customer service automation reduces the time we spend helping customers and improves customer satisfaction.
Makes everything work, together.
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