35+ Experts Share Their Secrets on Starting a Highly Successful E-commerce Business

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Everyday entrepreneurs and business owners are winning big with e-commerce—from a super successful side-business that sells t-shirts out of a garage, to a fast growth global brand like the 5th Watches.

For me, the first time “e-commerce” grabbed my attention was when our CEO Nathan Chan told me that one of our students, Deonna Monique, had done $1 million in sales sending followers from her Instagram account to her online store.

Yep, you read that right.

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And in less than a year too. Heck, that doesn’t sound half bad … last time I checked most people were overworked and underpaid.

Since then, my greedy curiosity has become an obsession.

How were so many relative newcomers to business launching online stores that were generating anywhere from $100 a day in extra income, to over $600,000 a month?!

So, true to Foundr style, I turned to the experts for the answers—people who had already created and scaled e-commerce businesses.

Tony Robbins says:

“The surest way to achieve success is to model someone who is already successful … find someone who is the best in your chosen field and emulate them. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel—simply learn from the best.”

So I reached out to hundreds of entrepreneurs all around the world running successful online stores to learn from the best. Next I vetted the initial responses and culled the list down to just 35 replies across a range of industries. I dug deep to find business owners and brands that don’t necessarily have huge followings—people you may never have even heard of, but who are quietly crushing it in every category imaginable, from selling mountain bikes to computer headsets and more.

We asked each of them two simple questions:

• What has been the coolest thing about running an online store?

• What is the most important piece of advice you would give to someone starting an online store?

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I encourage you to take handwritten notes of anything that stands out, and if you have learned some valuable lessons in e-commerce yourself, please add them in the comments section below.

Alright. Let’s roll. Here’s what some of the best have learned the hard way.

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Kyle Goguen, Owner and Founder, Pawstruck.com

The freedom that comes from owning my own online business has been life changing. I put in many more hours than I would elsewhere, but you really can’t put a price on having the choice of where and when to work. You can’t beat being your own boss!

The freedom that comes from owning my own online business has been life changing

You can’t do everything yourself forever, even if it seems easier that way. I was hesitant to bring on other people and give up control, but it’s ended up being the best thing to happen to my business. What you give up in control you get back in growth and learning opportunities. Hiring has allowed me to focus on my strengths, which is better for me and for my business.

Nathalie Reiter, E-commerce Specialist

For me, the most exciting part of being involved with e-commerce startups is to see them grow up. Businesses evolve over time and I love seeing brands come to life through understanding and embracing their value proposition and point of difference. With this foundation, any brand can be successful!

My advice:

1. Start with your Unique Value Proposition. Why are you starting a business and what makes your brand different from other businesses? Once you have that identified, find ways to carry that difference through your social media channels and website. Stay true to your core value and evolve everything around it—consistency is key!

2. Unless you know what your business needs, web development can be a bottomless pit. If you have the budget, invest in a skilled product manager who understands your business goals and market positioning and can help you translate these to your web developer. (This will save you tons of money in the long run!)

Unless you know what your business needs, web development can be a bottomless pit

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and network, network, network! Starting a business is exciting and scary at the same time. You’ll have lots to learn and many unexpected ups and downs are coming your way. Networking with like-minded people will help you stay sane.

Surround yourself with people you can learn from—no one has all the answers. 🙂

Richard Lazazzera, Founder, A Better Lemonade Stand

The greatest thing about running an online business (especially coming from working in more traditional businesses) is managing the whole business from a single laptop. We hear people talk about running businesses from laptops all the time, but to really see it all come together is a magical moment you can’t help but appreciate.

The most important piece of advice I could give someone is to stop reading about how to do it and just start. Try not to overthink things too much, especially for your first business. Take a calculated risk and just go for it. Doing something will force you to learn more than reading 1,000 blog posts ever will.

Stop reading about how to do it and just start.

Kevin Williams, Founder, Brush Hero

It’s a wild ride when you hit a sweet spot in the market. We grew from 0-$2 million in a single year and a lot of it was just holding on!

Basic creative technical skills are hugely important to get off the ground! Yes, you *can* outsource bits and pieces on Upwork or Fiverr, but you will save soooo much time if you can do basic HTML and use Photoshop. Spend the time. It’s worth it.

Stephanie Farrell, Site Manager, Minnow + Mars

Getting our first sale was pretty amazing, but I think the most exciting times are when customers call or leave us messages letting us know how much they like what we do. Running an online business can feel very solitary sometimes, so hearing that there are real people out there in the world actually paying attention and caring about the work we do really makes it all worth it.

Be prepared that it is going to take a while to drive traffic to your site and build your following. Not every online business starts out as a Warby Parker. Also make sure you really know your warehouse people and costs. It’s so easy for them to add 25 cents here and a dollar there and those charges really add up fast if you aren’t paying attention and negotiating along the way.

The most important advice I would give to someone starting an online business would be to make sure you are prepared financially if it takes longer to make your store profitable than you hoped. Plan for it to take a couple of years before you really get everything to fall in line. But hey, if it happens before that, lucky you!

James Pointer, Founder, Melon Optics

Being able to run a global business from anywhere in the world gives me the flexibility to spend summers surfing in Bali and winters snowboarding in the Alps. It’s a life-work balance that I really don’t think many other paths can offer.

Cash flow can kill great businesses. Whether it’s a relative, a bank, or an investor, have a plan of where to find cash when you need it.

Cash flow can kill great businesses.

Kunal Jhaveri, Founder/Owner, Bear Grips

The coolest thing about owning an online store is making money in my sleep! The great thing about e-commerce is it’s open 24/7, 365 days a year. Great motivation to know you already made $X before starting the day.

“The coolest thing about owning an online store is making money in my sleep!”

The coolest thing about running an online store is interacting with customers around the world. Hearing about their success with our products is a very gratifying feeling for our team.

I wish I had known where to start before I started. I built websites, landing pages, joined every e-commerce site thinking that’s how to get products out and make millions, and that was NOT the case.

So I paid someone, who I already saw making millions, $1,000 for a 15-minute phone call! His advice was simple, “Focus on one thing.” By focusing on one platform, that’s what took my business to the next level.

Emma Kruger, Founder, Riff Raff & Co

The coolest thing by far is just how overall I feel so much more in charge of my life. I can work the hours I want to work, outsource the things I don’t enjoy, all while connecting with amazing customers.

I wish I could have been more patient with my store and not have wasted so much energy worrying about daily sales, small dips, one return. The bigger view is so much more important than the daily numbers.

The bigger view is so much more important than the daily numbers.

Joseph Hsieh, Growth Marketer and E-commerce Specialist

The best part of running an online store is when you get enthusiastic customers who leave amazing reviews or feedback. It’s such a good feeling to know that you had a happy customer whose life was positively impacted by your product.

The single piece of advice I have for all e-commerce merchants is to put more effort into your existing customers and audience to increase lifetime value and purchase frequency. Grow your email list, set up retargeting ads, and leverage marketing automation to help you scale retention!

“Put more effort into your existing customers and audience to increase lifetime value and purchase frequency.”

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Eli Williams, Founder, Foundry35

Once you’ve made the leap, you’ll look around at parties and realize you’re the only one in the room who doesn’t have a repressed sense of dread about going to work on Monday. Your life is not beholden to corporate overlords and you’re not chained to a desk. And best of all, you’ve got a lotto ticket that pays out proportionately to the hard work and raw grit that you plow into your business.

Identify your distinct strengths early, play to them, and never take your foot off the gas pedal. If you’re comfortable with numbers and datasets, make that a core competency and the competitive lifeblood of your business. If you’re a persuasive writer, use that to your distinct advantage to flood your website with visitors and capture their email addresses. If you’re a designer or product person, focus on perfecting a singular idea and then encapsulate that in your product. Ultimately you’ll have to combine all of these strategies, but the earlier you can identify your own strengths and outsource your weaknesses the earlier you’ll see traction and meaningful revenue.

Pete Williams, Co-Founder, Simply Headsets

The coolest thing has been the clients we’ve been able to help. Some of the biggest companies we used to look up to are now regular clients.

Manage your stock wisely…and dropship if you can. Everyone focuses on their web traffic and conversions, and thinks stock and dispatch will take care of themselves. They don’t, and can be a time sink.

“Manage your stock wisely…and dropship if you can.”

Justin Adelson, Founder, Perfect Pixel Marketing LLC

The only thing cooler than making a sale is having your customer share their purchase online; it is validation that you are selling a great product and your business is on the correct path toward success.

Most e-commerce platforms have all the features you need to run a successful business; however, not all of them are built to be an all-in-one website builder (e.g. drag-and-drop design, multiple content types, etc.). Take advantage of free trials and test out every feature to make sure that the platform fits all of your needs.

Take advantage of free trials and test out every feature to make sure that the platform fits all of your needs.

Jeremy Prine, CEO, PCLiquidations

Getting to see unique ideas come to fruition and fuel growth is awesome. It is fulfilling to see everyone’s hard work lead to success and pay off in real time. Develop processes for everything from the start and tweak as you grow.

Lisa Batra, Founder, My Kid’s Threads

I made a leap from the corporate world to starting and running my own business while raising my two young kids. Prior to starting My Kid’s Threads, I held executive level positions in e-commerce for Fortune 500 companies (QVC, Bath & Body Works, Lowe’s, Charming Shoppes). I love the flexibility where I can have business calls in the morning and pop into my kids’ school or sports events later in the day.

Do not undervalue what you are selling. Whether you are selling a product or service, set the price at what it needs to be to make a profit.

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Allen Walton, Founder, SpyGuy Security

Being able seek out successful entrepreneurs and become friends with people I looked up to along the way has been my favorite part. On a less serious level, spending last summer hopping around Asia while my business was on autopilot was pretty sweet.

What I wish I knew before I started: It’s difficult to run a business if you can’t convince customers to do business with you again and again. With the types of products I sell, my customers typically only need one item and don’t want anything to do with me after that. The next time I start a business, it’ll naturally be able have customers coming back all the time for more.

The most important piece of advice I can give to someone starting in e-commerce? Such a hard question, but I’m going to say that that diversification is so incredibly important. Never be so reliant on one stream of income that if it vanishes, your business completely crashes. For example, if 90% of your sales are coming from Facebook/Google/Amazon, and something changes (like it always does), you could be in big trouble. Businesses have died overnight due to stuff like that.

Never be so reliant on one stream of income that if it vanishes, your business completely crashes.

Jordy Heis, Fashion E-commerce Consultant

The coolest and most enjoyable thing for me is working side by side with store owners during a launch or peak season and watching a flood of new orders come in. There’s such a build of hard work, adrenaline, and anticipation that goes into it. When you exceed all expectations and can start calculating how much you beat your previous sales records by, it’s a pretty hard feeling to beat.

For first-time store owners, launch lean and understand you don’t need all the bells and whistles on day one. Your customers and gut will tell you what you need to work on and it’s funny how quickly things get done when a site is live.

Launch lean and understand you don\’t need all the bells and whistles on day one.

Adam Schwab, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Lux Group

Without question, the coolest thing about running a collection of online stores is the truly amazing team that I get to work with. It is inspiring to come to work each day and see the passion and thought the team puts into creating amazing experiences for our members, generating significant profitability, and setting new records for our business and the businesses we partner with.

I wish from day one I knew the importance of having a really strong leadership team of super capable people. It can be tempting to keep someone around who isn’t up to it, or try to save a few dollars by hiring a less capable person, but I now know that investing in really good talent and letting them create value in the business delivers incredible returns across every meaningful metric.

Jen Geale, Co-Founder, Mountain Bikes Direct

It’s hard to beat the fact that on a sunny Gold Coast day, I can down tools, step out of my home-office and head across the road to the beach with my kids while our business keeps humming in the background.

There is no silver bullet. You’ll constantly come across systems, software, platforms or resources, which you’ll be told (or you’ll think) you need if you want to grow fast and be profitable. My experience is these “investments” often lead you down the opposite path, resulting in complexity, costs, and not actually meeting your business needs. More often than not, we’ve been able to solve problems with free tools or quick “hacks” using systems we already had, and the result is a much better fit for our unique circumstances.

Johann van Tonder, Co-author, E-commerce Website Optimization

The coolest thing is the science, the magic. Pulling levers and seeing how users respond to those adjustments.

Stop obsessing over competitors. Focus on your customers. Your business exists because of them. Get to know them well. Really well. Get into their minds, under their skin. Set aside a few hours a month when you do nothing but speak to customers.

Stop obsessing over competitors. Focus on your customers.

Stacey Chang, Founder and Chief Warrior, Veerah

Seeing a vision I had for years come to life was the coolest thing. I took two years to develop our shoes, from learning about shoemaking in Italy to sourcing and learning about sustainable materials around the world. The journey has been full of ups and downs, but to finally see the finished product on our website and have customers able to see and experience my vision has been an incredible feeling.

Take time for yourself. As an e-commerce business, work can be all-consuming as you can work 24-7. However, taking breaks is important both for yourself mentally and for your business. I like to meditate and workout every day to clear my mind. When you turn off your computer and phone you will have even better ideas and more insight. Even as a founder, you can step away and it can be very good for your business to do so!

Joshua Manley, President, Iron Fence Shop

The coolest thing is the ability to make your own future. A year before I started my online store, I was $178,000 in debt ($33,000 in credit cards, $35,000 upside down in a rental house, and $110,000 in school loans) with zero in savings or retirement. Today, eight years after quitting my job and starting my own company, I am 100% debt-free and socking money away. Completely changed my whole life. Blows my mind to think about.

My advice: SLOW DOWN! There is so much to do, so much money to be made, so much opportunity to seize and you’re so excited!  But there is plenty of time to do it all. Take a deep breath, be methodical in your decisions and don’t spend profits just to spend them. Listen, you don’t know if there is a turn in the road up ahead unless you have a map. When you start out, you don’t have a map, so just wait until you get to the turn to make a decision and choose your direction. As time goes on, eventually you’ll have a map and can plan things out a bit better. This single piece of advice will save you a lot of time and money!

Take a deep breath, be methodical in your decisions.

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Scott Flear, Founder, Rugby Warfare

The coolest thing is when I see customers comment on the website, social media, or email me stating how they love Rugby Warfare and how it’s now their favorite brand. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that a person goes to my brand as a way to express themselves to the world. I feel proud of what I have created when I see this.

I wish I knew the importance of email and having automated email sequences from the start. I must have lost hundreds of customers by not having a quality abandoned cart sequence in the beginning. Lead nurturing is also vital. Repeat customers are worth so much to me now, and I wish I focused more on generating repeat customers and making each one of them more valuable to me from the beginning.

Anubh Shah, Co-Founder & CEO, Four Mine

The best part has been being able to reach customers who are in a variety of places around the country. It has also been rewarding to create personalized pieces of jewelry for people to celebrate the most momentous times in their lives. E-commerce is rewarding because it gives you access to so many more customers.

You need to get out there and test all your experiments. If you have ideas, find ways to experiment with them, prove them and take them further. Don’t focus on theory, go forward and just DO. You will make mistakes, but this is the best way to achieve results and to learn. Learning from experience is the best way to move forward. With an e-commerce business, you can take risks, test experiments, and record data. Always be thinking of the next big way to take your business even further. Take calculated risks to move yourself up.

Don’t focus on theory, go forward and just DO.

David Laubner, Head of Digital marketing & E-commerce, Blink

The coolest thing is the immediacy of feedback from your customers either directly through your online store or on your other digital channels. It never ceases to amaze me and the team as to the amount of extremely concrete information you can get from just studying your Amazon, Facebook, or site comments. When customers really want something these days, they will let you know quickly online.

Simplicity wins! We are all very busy, so requiring users to read a lot about your product or promotions might just be overcomplicating things and creating friction for your potential customers. You need to get to the point and figure the one or two selling points that they need to know.

Michael Jackness, Co-Founder At ColorIt

The coolest thing by far has been seeing all the comments from our customers. I love seeing customers say amazing things about our products.

I think the single thing I wish that I understood better when I started was the inventory/cash flow relationship. My previous businesses didn’t have inventory, which made it much easier to grow. In e-commerce, if you are growing at 300% per year like we are, there is never any cash to take out of the business or cash to pay taxes. In theory, there should be a big payday at the end of the rainbow, but it’s been a stressful ride. My biggest piece of advice would be to understand this relationship between cash, inventory, and growth.

Matt Edstrom, Head of Marketing, BioClarity

The coolest thing about running our online store is knowing that we are helping so many people across the country. Rolling out our product into the hands of our first groups of consumers and hearing that they love our product and that they stick with it because it’s better than what they had been using in the past is really motivating and exciting.

The most important piece of advice for someone starting an e-commerce business is to be eager to learn as much as you can and remain aggressive in seeking out advice and help on topics in which you are not an expert, even if you’re just looking for an outside opinion. Finding the right network of personal and professional contacts that will provide advice and mentorship is critical to an early stage startup because you can’t succeed without the help of others.

Finding the right network of personal and professional contacts that will provide advice and mentorship is critical to an early stage startup.

Robin Salter, CMO, KWIPPED

It’s exciting to be able to implement strategies and tactics and then see and measure results so clearly and definitively. With results driving decision making, over time, success and growth are inevitable.

Keywords are the key to e-commerce success. Identify your most valuable and profitable keywords. Find out where you rank for them. Find out who’s competing for and winning the ranking game. Build a strategy around maximizing and owning those rankings.

Nathan Hirsch, Founder and CEO, FreeeUp

The greatest memories of running my online store have been Black Friday and Cyber Monday of every year. With the consistently massive growth of the e-commerce industry, I have witnessed firsthand the craziness that ensues within an online store as the holidays start. For a full 24 hours, orders are flying in faster than they can even be processed. Those memories solidify all the work to get there.

I wish I knew how many parts of the machine there were. I’ve learned that starting and running a profitable online store requires many tasks to be performed on a daily and weekly basis. This includes, but is not limited to managing inventory, fulfilling orders, and making customers happy with their purchases. I wish I had been presented with a blueprint of all the roles that I would need within my online store to make it run smoothly without me spending hours upon hours trying to fulfill all of the tasks. In addition, I wish I knew how useful online freelancers could be for these tasks from the get go. My business partners and I performed a lot of the tasks on our own at first when we should have been passing it off to other e-commerce assistants.

Mark Dorsey, Co-Founder, VP of Business Development, Bonanza

I sell, but I mostly enable others to sell. The coolest thing for me is being able to watch so many Bonanza sellers grow their business from a side venture, to a primary income source operation. Once you scale your e-commerce store, you literally make money when you sleep. Nothing beats the feeling of waking up to a slew of new sales.

Once you scale your e-commerce store, you literally make money when you sleep.

Before Bill Harding and I built Bonanza.com (an e-commerce marketplace), we had very little knowledge of how to best run an e-commerce business. But, as almost a decade has passed, and we have worked to refine the platform and amass sellers, the number one thing we’ve noticed that our most profitable users provide is excellent customer service. Cultivating positive relationships with buyers is a great way to build a reputation and increase sales. We try to encourage it by providing great customer service for the platform, so sellers can carry over the positive experience to their buyers.

Kevin Chow, CEO & Co-Founder, World’s Best

Online retail is a combination of “high tech” and “low tech” and to be successful you have to excel at both. It requires excellent technology and advertising, but also taking great care of your customers and merchant partners.

Great brands are built one happy client at a time and there are no shortcuts.

Great brands are built one happy client at a time

The best part is when clients tell us how much they love their experience. In a  traditionally transactional space, excellent customer service and building that trust helps online businesses distinguish themselves.

Jerry Hum, CEO & Founder, Touch of Modern

It’s been very rewarding to see people grow, change, and transition between skills, all while staying within our company.

If I were to give one piece of advice, it’s to build a brand that can be nimble enough to evolve as time passes. Often we see big brands that were once successful fail because the brand itself fails to evolve. E-commerce businesses take a long time and trends will change, so your brand can’t depend on a trend that may not be relevant in a few years.

Bart Mroz, Co-Founder and CEO, SUMO Heavy

The most interesting thing about managing an online store is how even small changes—like changing the page layout, cleaning up a section of code, or removing a step at check-out—can have a big impact on the bottom line. That’s been one of the most rewarding things for me: finding areas of inefficiencies that once solved can make a huge difference to both the customer journey and profit margins.

At the very beginning is when it’s easiest to establish a good foundation to build on. So, invest time, effort and resources in building out the right infrastructure for your e-commerce site. Don’t let growth catch you off guard—plan for it. Every piece of software and technology that gets put into place, like your backend e-commerce platform, should be easily scalable. Most importantly, security should be your number one concern from the get-go, because the stakes only get higher as your business grows. Take action, early and often, to prevent costly problems. When something does go wrong in e-commerce, even for a few minutes, it can cost you thousands of dollars.

Wesley Blundy, Founder, Curvy

The coolest thing has been setting the challenge to myself to take an idea and turn it into a profitable, fast-growing business, and then looking back over the last three years and seeing that I’ve done just that. It’s an awesome feeling!

You need to learn how to acquire customers at a profitable cost. Sure, you need to do everything else too, like have great products and customer service, but it’s all a bit of a waste of time unless you can also nail the customer acquisition part. The good news is, you can learn from, or hire some of the best in the world to help you with this.

Michael Tremeer, Founder, Trefiel

Being able to travel full time while managing the business is awesome, but meeting and connecting with customers and hearing their positive feedback will always make me smile, no matter how large we grow.

For us, the most important factor has always been understanding the customer. Whether it’s improving the product experience, generating content that interests them, or even asking them for feedback on new products and packaging design, whenever we keep our focus on our customers, everything always seems to hit the mark.

George Hartley, Co-Founder, SmartrMail

The best thing about running an online startup is the freedom to follow your instincts, and make an impact on a problem you care about. That includes hiring like-minded people who share the same mission. Not having a boss is pretty great too.

Persistence trumps everything. Keep persisting, eventually something will stick.

And what about you…

Have you learned some lessons about E-commerce?

If so, we’d love to hear it.

Please leave your comment below and we can discuss.  Here’s my comment –

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  • Khiara Instro

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    • David

      Hi Khiara,

      cheers! I really enjoyed putting this one together.

      Got me very excited about starting my own e-commerce business. It can be such a simple, rewarding model – especially to help monetise an existing following or audience.

      Thanks for the comment, I’ll be checking back for more if anyone has any questions

  • Georgina Blant

    Thank you for posting this stuff. Really made my day. Thanks to you.

    • David

      Hey @georginablant:disqus – you’re welcome!

  • Mila Viro

    Thanks for sharing this secrets it means a lot for me!

  • Mira Bogoev

    Amazing material.

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  • David

    Pleasure @scott_flear:disqus – appreciate the extra tip. Extremely important to keep a physical product business (or any business) moving. Cheers!

  • Stuie Dagnall

    What would you say a suitable down cost would be?

    • For what specifically @stuiedagnall:disqus ? Stock? Let me know! 🙂

  • Mihaly Kozak

    Great content, as always.

  • Dimi Apazidiss

    Great content

  • just start already!!

  • Kelsey Franklin

    Great information. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rich Cook

    So much great advice. But implementation is the issue. For example, I’ve asked for help but frequently get ignored. How do you ask for help, and get it?

    • Hey @richcook:disqus – how do you mean exactly, help from who?

      • Rich Cook

        One of the experts said to “ask for help.” It’s a great strategy and one we independent, do-everything-ourselves founders may find difficult. I’ve tried, with friends who have certain expertise that I could use but have been ignored. To take this advice, then, how can no increase my success rate of getting the help I need?

        • Hey @richcook:disqus ,

          thanks for writing back. That sounds frustrating.

          It’s hard to know just over comments, but in my personal experience this is my advice. At Foundr I always believe if you serve first, and give without expecting then you are able to ask in return.

          So “ask for help” assuming that you have put in effort into a relationship of some kind.

          Or other ways are network and go to events, meetup.com and lots of groups meet for speakers and to discuss these things – great way to get help and they are usually free or very affordable.

          The next level is obviously reading everything and commenting and reaching out online.

          Then there is paid training/courses/mentoring/consulting.

          And with friends sometimes it’s harder, everyone seems to be so busy these days. But my best advice is try something new.

          Try to meet some new people, join some new groups, and see how you can help them and in return they can help you with your questions.

          Hope this helps @Rich!

  • Liisi Gordejev

    So much great information. I will definitely start implementing those great tips in my own business.

  • Ina Eliza Dolganiuc

    Wow! Great article ! Thank you !!!

  • “The coolest thing has been the clients we’ve been able to help.” Ain’t that the truth!

  • Kelli Esquilin

    This is so inspiring. My main issue is trying to convert my blog topic “makeup and cosmetics” into a profitable busines. I will deffinitely try some of the tips I’ve read about.

  • Sam Rathling

    Amazing tips!!! Thank you!! Great post.

  • Daniel Delderfield

    Great post! – We live in a world where all kinds of information is readily available right at our finger tips. So the only reason not to start is down to your choice. You can’t predict everything that will crop when starting a business so instead, just make a promise that you’ll give it 100% and the rest will figure itself out. That doesn’t mean jumping out of a plane without parachute however some of us are afraid to start because we can’t guarantee it’s going to work. Make it work 👊

  • Saura Johnston

    Pure gold! The surest way to achieve success is to model someone who is already successful … find someone who is the best in your chosen field and emulate them. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel—simply learn from the best.”

    • David

      Thanks @saurajohnston:disqus – agreed! Awesome take away. Thanks for the comment.

  • Monaco

    Can’t wait the read the guide. I’m always looking for new advice.

  • Kingmon

    Thanks for all the tips! Really helps me as I’m just starting my own business!

  • Julie McLelland

    Very informative! Love this post, thanks for sharing.

  • SeanDSG

    *Crosses fingers*

  • jmasiak

    Great business advice here.

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  • Eden

    This is so helpful! Lots of notes written down!!!

    • You are welcome! 🙇 Thanks @disqus_YPgk5AaaKe:disqus

  • Jane Anderson

    Super helpful, thanks for posting! Love the comment from Jen Geale on free tools and hacks. I agree, there are lost of great free tools out there!

    • Thanks @disqus_34Rtu9o2KU:disqus 🙏

    • jeng

      Thanks @disqus_34Rtu9o2KU:disqus glad that resonated – that realisation came at a real ‘make or break’ moment for our business, and it’s guided us forward (onwards and upwards!) ever since!

  • Andrew

    Great Stuff!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lee Stover

    Thanks for another great article, Foundr!

  • Elian Dupre

    Thanks for the article. Awesome insight from influential people I would have otherwise not received!

  • Great article! There’s a ton of valuable content here.

  • FeeHolden

    It seems since I got on this journey, the amount of useful information has swelled, I just try to soak it up like a sponge and sort it all out later. Thanks for being a source of quality, useful information.

    • You are welcome! 🙇 Thank you. Yes, soak it all up and take what works for you!

  • H. Tugkan Kibar

    Interesting read, thanks.

  • Sandra Griffith

    Some great information with lots of really excellent examples. It certainly gives me hope!

  • Rohit

    Great tips. Thanks

  • Haidar Anuar

    Thanks for this comprehensive write up. There are plenty of tips and lessons in this article.

    The one I’m going to take away with is: We’ll constantly come across systems, softwares, platforms or resources which we’ll be told or think that we need to grow fast and profitable. When in fact, free tools and or quick ‘hacks’ would suffice.

    • My man @haidar_anuar:disqus – thank you for always digging deeper and truly engaging. 🙇

  • Bethan Bishop

    I’ve been procrastinating for far too long on how to take what I do online. There are some great tips here so I have already bookmarked and will be working through them again this week! Thanks so much for collating and sharing such insightful accounts. Just what I needed 🙂

  • Jaquí Rodriguez

    Thank you for sharing so many great tips, for me leaving the corporate world was terrifying but necessary, I could no longer stand feeling confined. I knew there was more for me to do and impact, I’m just a few months in learning along the way but as I read on this most entrepreneurs mentioned it…the freedom is truly priceless. I guess my next hurdle is sustaining this new entrepreneur life. Nathalie Reiter is spot on surrounding yourself with other entrepreneurs, I’ve maintained my sanity and inspiration that way.

    • Brilliant @jaquiarodriguez:disqus – yes, can be scary, exciting – but luckily you can learn from those who have done these things. Can’t recommend hanging out with them, or reaching out to them enough. Keep at it!!!

  • Alexander Ket

    Good Insights! Especially liked the remarks from George Hartley, Co-Founder, SmartrMail

  • Gianu

    Thank you for the inspiration! Always helpful info

  • Lydia Martin

    People at foundr really rock!

  • Shane Anderson

    Thanks Foundr for the helpful info. I have run a brick & mortar business for 5.5 years now, and I am expanding into the ecommerce world with a different business currently. Strategies for success are on my mind, and I appreciate your emails and blog, for ideas and suggestions.

    • Cheers @disqus_HffW7ZAB2h:disqus 🍻 That’s great to hear!

  • Sergio Eduardo

    What a awesome article! I learnt a lot! Also guys you may searching for Facebook Ads, those can help grow your eccommerce!

  • Martin

    Thank you for this article

  • Cartography&Cloture

    This is great! We’re working on developing a travel brand and aren’t quite sure how to monetize it yet, but we’re having a blast and doing what we love. This gives us some great ideas.

  • love, COLETTA

    Amazing read. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kaivon Hayat

    Yes! So much wisdom in all these peoples advice.

    Stop thinking, start doing.

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help. NETWORK!

    Start and tweak as you go.

    Cam’t wait to put all this advice to work!

  • Chase Young

    Great post and it was lovely to see all the different kind of businesses and how they use e-commerce to their advantage!

  • Blair

    The content here is fabolous. Really made me think about some things that I never considered before. Great job guys, luv the content you guys produce.

  • Love that Emma is able to follow her dreams. That’s one of the reasons I want to run my own business.

    • 🙌 🙌 Agreed @jmlalonde:disqus – stood out to me as well!

  • Trevor Petrus

    Incredible article. Love it.

  • Fer el Bloguero

    Really good! I´ve learn a lot!

  • Aaron Jackson

    Amazing article!

  • Renna Surraya

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Chasity Nao

    Starting an ecommerce business can be a daunting task in today’s saturated market. Thanks for this great info!

  • Guillaume Lange-demers

    Very cool

  • Johanna

    Great post. Thank you so much

  • Geordy Oliver

    WOW… You don’t fully realize what you’re capable of until you start putting your knowledge and creative thinking to work. I love reading these posts as they give you that believe that you to can achieve what these brilliant individuals do. I’ve gained so much knowledge from these posts and continue to do so. Knowledge is power!

    • Trashy White Boy’s Feed


    • David

      110% @geordyoliver:disqus . Thanks for the comment. That’s part of what I wanted to achieve here, remove the barriers and help everyone, including myself to see just how possible it is. Thank you!

  • Paul Olweny

    Awesome content, useful relevant real world tips and advice from entrepreneurs who have been there building their businesses “one happy customer at a time.”

    • David

      Cheers @paulolweny:disqus – that was the aim, so glad that it landed!

  • Chris Rogers

    Great read David !
    Learning, learning and …… learning.
    I’ll catch up with you bunch 😁😁👍🏼💥

    • David

      Here he is! Awesome, thanks @disqus_CY1mVW7dSn:disqus – appreciate it!!!

  • Lauri nka

    So incredibly inspiring!

    • David

      Awesome @lauri_nka:disqus !

  • Monica Scoggins

    I recently began following Foundr. I’m impressed with the quality content and advice. I look forward to more!!

    • David

      Thanks @monicascoggins:disqus – we are doing our best! Appreciate the kind note 🙂

  • Taking notes…do not undervalue what you sell….diversify…got it.

    • David

      Ha ha, perfect! Thanks @dejaliyah:disqus

  • Tia Lloyd

    I’ve been really looking into the ecommerce model lately and this article couldn’t be more timely. I started an eBay business back in the day (1999!) and I didn’t realize how much I truly loved that whole process. I also love seeing the variety of businesses you featured here, and the tips are gold! Thank you for such awesome content, as always!

    • David

      Awesome to hear @tia_lloyd:disqus . Thank you. Yes, it’s a great model and really booming at the moment. Plenty of opportunity and flexibility which is cool

  • Jenson Tng

    Beginner n excited to learn more!

    • David

      Awesome @jensontng:disqus – glad to hear it! Thanks for the comment

  • Eugenie Burton

    This is a gold mine of information. Love it! Thank you!

    • David

      Thanks @eugenieburton:disqus glad you got value from this

  • MichaelB314

    Great tips. Thanks for compiling them!

    • David

      Thanks @MichaelB314:disqus

  • Cassandra Terrenal

    keeping this article in mind. Thanks for sharing!

    • David

      Cheers @cassandraschmigotzki:disqus

  • Is it bad that I haven’t heard of most of these companies? Thanks for compiling the information for us to refer to!

    • David

      Hey @cassandraschmigotzki:disqus – no! Not at all. I wanted to choose a mixture of people and companies that were successful… and relatable.

      Sometimes the Bransons and Amazon’s, seem insurmountable… but a mum who quits a job she hates to replace her 6 figures from home with an online store… now that’s relatable and exciting!

  • Hakan Hawk Mikado

    Great Compilation of Experience and Expertise.

    • David

      Thanks @hakanhawkmikado:disqus – great to see you on the blog! We will be in touch soon! All the best 🙂

  • Trashy White Boy’s Feed

    Awesome Jobz guys

    • David

      Cheers @trashywhiteboysfeed:disqus

  • Srujan Darsi

    Great post and a great technique to get your post across! i’m learning more from your contest activities that are smartly masked but are actually your marketing and branding activities!

    • David

      Cheers @srujandarsi:disqus – they are definitely marketing and branding, but also I believe each step has definite value! Thanks for the note

  • Maddy Tav

    Such inspirational peeps

    • David

      Yep yep @maddytav:disqus – so do’able when you see what other people are up to!

  • Marc Shaffer

    As a serial entrepreneur and a follower of Foundr since its inception,
    who has been involved with eCommerce since the days of Worlds Away in
    the ’80s I can clearly see the value offered by Foundr. For anyone who
    wants to start a profitable online business or has one and wants to grow
    this service and be a great help and guide.

    • David

      Thanks @marc_shaffer:disqus – appreciate the commendation backed by real world experience!

      • Not a problem David. Have a great rest of the week. -Marc

  • Jeff Davies

    Some great ideas and inspiration. Thanks for a great post.

    • David

      Cheers @disqus_5w6DT163Vw:disqus !

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  • Ania Sade

    I really like the tips that were stated. I got a lot of knowledge from everything I read. Thanks for sharing

    • David

      Thanks @aniasade:disqus

  • Jeremy Pearce

    I never knew something like this would have been THIS profitable!

    • David

      Hey @disqus_nIRVAILwhj:disqus – crazy huh? The more people I talk to, the more I am shocked at how much $$$’s a good simple store can do. Obviously takes time to setup etc.

  • Mike Alder

    Great post! Thanks for sharing all this insight.

    • David

      You are welcome @Mike_at_Lendio:disqus

  • Ariana Desiree

    This was great!

    • David

      Thanks @arianadesiree:disqus – appreciate it!

  • Lionmade

    Thanks for sharing! Ture words and great tips!

    • David

      Thanks @lionmade:disqus – appreciate your kind note

  • Jace TheCaveat

    I definitely know how web design can be a pit.

    • David

      Agreed! @jacethecaveat:disqus . I think a lot of us have fallen into that one

  • Jennifer

    This is awesome I really want to win.

    • David

      He he, thanks @disqus_IG9jTpc1AJ:disqus – well you just increased your chances 😉 Keep sharing on social too! Good luck!!!

  • Johnny Baba

    Great blog!

    • David

      Thanks @disqus_SWPVd0dKF4:disqus

  • jj88

    Thanks for sharing all of this tips!

    • David

      Thanks @JJ62888:disqus

  • The best advice is about slowing down and creating that map. So true. Being methodical and having systems in place are key. Thx you.

    • David

      Thanks @cindyrangel:disqus – agreed. Some entrepreneurs thrive on chaos… but most struggle. Systems are key!

  • Steve Hassall

    Great, legitimate case studies of entrepreneurs who have taken the journey and shared their experiences. Learning from those who have already ‘done’ is one of the best ways to learn ourselves. Looking forward to more content in the weeks and months to come!

    • David

      Thanks @stevehassall:disqus – appreciate it. Yep! Learn from those who know the way… and can show you the way!

  • Kimani Patrick

    David, I should buy you coffee for this. Thanks for the share.

    • David

      Hey @kimanipatrick:disqus … I won’t say no! 😂

      If you’re ever in Melbourne City, be sure to drop by Foundr HQ. Appreciate the kind note

  • Sasino Sijenyi

    Best encouragement stop over thinking and just start

    • David

      @sasinosijenyi:disqus – amen!

  • jillrapley

    Thanks for sharing this – as always super valuable content!

    • David

      Cheers @jillrapley:disqus appreciate the comment and kind words

  • Shalmas Leia Viener

    Great post!

    • David

      Thanks @shalmasleiaviener:disqus !

  • Amanda Friederichs

    Great ideas! Reading your blog is literally giving me the inspiration to keep researching and reading to start my own business!

    • David

      Thanks @amandafriederichs:disqus – that’s what we are hear for, thank you! I’ll share this with the team. Keep pursuing your gifts and passions

  • Michael Mattis

    i like Nathalie advice on having a unique value proposition. it def will help you stand out

    • David

      110% @michaelmattis:disqus – great pickup. Thanks for the comment

  • Jordan Rispin

    Great post, Great advice from so many motivational people 🙂

    • David

      Cheers @jordanrispin:disqus , glad you got value from it!

  • aziz hazizi

    surround yourself with people you always can learn from !!
    thats awesome

    • David

      Thanks @azizhazizi:disqus – that’s it man!

  • Kevin Pires

    Thanks for the great ideas! Very inspiring post with valuable content!

    • David

      Cheers @disqus_iEtCXRs75H:disqus

  • Martin Yachtclubsk Dufinec

    Very in depth & informative. Thank you

    • David

      Thanks @martinyachtclubskdufinec:disqus glad you liked it!

  • Jeremy White

    The quote “You can’t be being your own boss”, resonated so well because of the massive change my company is going through and I’m seeing all the things that I wouldn’t do. So I’m learning for the experience for when I decide to take my own show on the road and not someone else’s.
    But that thug life gif though, especially since Foundr preaches about the massive hustle effforts needed to run your own business. Nice touch
    Thanks David for the article.

    • David

      Hey @disqus_REQAjo6Ci4:disqus ,
      thanks so much for the comments my man. I’m glad that it resonated with you. And some of that experience is priceless, learn from others mistakes… so that you don’t make them!

      I believe the best bosses have done the worst jobs and started at the bottom, the worst are demanding and totally unrealistic.

      Best to you and your hustle.

      What I see working at Foundr is that it IS just so possible for anyone to succeed with a business. It doesn’t have to be an overnight success, or a multimillion dollar company, but anything in the direction of your skill and passion opens up freedom, creativity, purpose and income.

      Great work!

  • Had started one years ago, but the buying and selling of physical stuff was tiring and time-consuming. Would love to have an ecommerce biz again, one that wouldn’t require me having physical inventory.

    • David

      Thanks @disqus_jVrHWrxz7G:disqus – totally hear you on that one! What about dropshipping?

  • yemiolutoye

    Awesome post

  • Fachmy Casofa

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  • Sange Carter

    Great read over my mid morning coffee break! Love the importance in systems…as it often feels the purpose and hustle keep me moving forward, to keep checking that the systems are in place to serve Im finding is key! Also the link and importance between high tech and high touch to develop great realationships with customers!

    • Thanks @sangecarter:disqus 🙏 appreciate the insight and what value you got out of it! TY

  • Thanks so much for sharing this!

  • Sha R Ne

    This is great!

  • Samantha Williams

    I’m excited to created my own store after reading about all their success.

    • AWESOME @disqus_snwzec8PCM:disqus – that’s the aim!

  • Jake Broadstock

    So much content….so little time to read it all. Keep it coming

  • Keiran Spencer

    Great article, nice to read so many success stories and helpful tips.

  • Alison Quine

    The internet and tech innovation in general never ceases to amaze me! The opportunities to connect and learn from such inspiring, friendly people who are willing to kindly share all they have learned is just so magical. Thank you!

  • Trish Melilli

    Thanks so much for such an insightful blog. What a wealth of info. I run my little designs studio from home and wanting to branch out and sell my wares using an ecommerce store for a very long time but terrified to a frozen state as I don’t know where to begin. No more I’m up off my backside and definitely making this happen due to this article. Thanks again time to fly…

  • Pr00f

    Great Brands are built one happy client at a time”” — Really trying to take this approach with my marketing agency. too many people are in it for the short game. I’m not trying to create a short term business, I’m trying to create a brand that can pivot as needed and grow. That is a type of legacy people want.

    • Awesome, thanks 🤙

  • Nicolette Tan

    Plan for growth – really like that! A growth mindset I think is super important, so that you don’t get stuck with the “what’s next” question and get stuck! 🙂

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 @nicolettetan:disqus

  • Mario Botha

    Epic. This is gold.

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏

  • Dallas Goldswain

    Awesome Article! Love the just get doing, and if you FAIL remember F.A.I.L is First Attempt In Learning

    • Awesome, agreed @dallasgoldswain:disqus

  • Aaron

    Love this post

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏

  • Otieno Vallency Felix

    Very inspiring, the internet has provided an equal playground fro everyone to build a business. And I am also doing the same.

  • Mahbub

    Thinking of starting am ecommerce. Really needed this

  • Akhil Draksharapu

    i love the gifs

    • Ha ha, my man! I thought I was the only one! 🙂

  • Joanna Lee Collins

    So much value as always! Thanks for sharing!

    • You are welcome 🙇

  • Automate automate automate! Not sure that anyone said that exactly, but it’s critical for long term success.

    • Cheers 🤙 Great addition!!!

  • There is solution for every problem, i suggest people to read and understand if any of the member is using similar system, ask for help they are here to help everyone who is in need. Moreover this would create a deep impact on your style of business. I am a business analyst, analysing business and opportunities is my passion. I understand if there is some one who is already doing this business and you are late entrant, Do not fall back. Study the business model, analyse the opportunity and grab it. Small shift in gear of your business might give you enough traction to overcome failure and move ahead and become successful. I read the stories I am inspired too, how these online entrepreneur are creating business and becoming successful.

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 @vikirulz09:disqus

  • Jordan Philip

    I’ve been fascinated with eCommerce and how it enables you to build entirely new revenue streams from your bedroom or while you sleep. I do believe a lot of people jump in without a plan but I am building up my experience in website and funnel development alongside an in-depth understanding of digital marketing. I will be mapping out ideas for an eCommerce / Dropshipping style business soon and look forward to using some of the advice here!

    • That is awesome @disqus_tHYKd5u9VV:disqus ! Stay in touch and let us know how you go!

  • Dan O’Grady

    Yet more great content, learn from the mistakes of others and figure out how to translate and implement successful strategies.

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 @disqus_leCKmcNsLG:disqus

  • Remco Schenk

    Fantastic advice all across the board – great read through.

    • Cheers @remcoschenk:disqus 🤙

  • PatrickSauve


    • Cool, thanks 😎🙏

  • rose flowersblog

    Content from foundr is always top class!

  • Vinny Borg

    It seems the common benefit that ties them all is flexibility and freedom. Beats the 9 to 5 office routine any day!!

    • Definitely not a bad thing!

  • Ahmed Zak

    What a great read! A vast amount of experience and advice in just one article!
    My take away is:
    – Read and learn more about Customer Acquisition (A new concept for me). Another point was that
    – Small & simple steps make a difference in e-commerce
    – Build a brand that can adapt to changes in trends
    – Always aggressively learn and ask for advice when necessary!

    • Legend and great takeaways! Appreciate you sharing the notes @ahmed_zak:disqus very cool

  • Krizzia A. Udtohan

    Thank you for the tips. This is exactly what I need today.

    • You are welcome 🙇 glad it helped!

  • Nafi Dhanani

    You guys are killing it! Gold.

    • Here she is! Thanks @nafidhanani:disqus Appreciate it 🙏

  • Hakon93

    Thanks for all the value!

  • Victor Hansen

    Thanks for all the advice👌

    • You are welcome 🙇 Appreciate it 🙏

  • Tom Preikschat

    Excellent, thanks!

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏

  • Gabriel Bivolaru

    Can’t wait to put all this advice to work! So much value there!

    • You are welcome 🙇 Appreciate it 🙏

  • sachin Korla

    “Your Only limit is You”.These quate is always motivate me.
    Thanku Foundr To kick me in serious bussiness and motivate me.

    • Thanks!!! We appreciate it 🙏 @sachinkorla:disqus

  • Adrian Jose

    Thank you guys! For being consistent with sharing this valuable information that has sparked so many ideas on how to further develop my online business strategies. By reading your Instagram posts everyday and taking notes on your articles I’ve put things into perspective not even my college institution taught me. Thank you.

    • Cheers @disqus_y9cr5BNWYk:disqus 🤙 that’s awesome to hear. Thank you!

  • Jon R.

    Thanks for the article!

    • You are welcome 🙇

  • Musawenkosi Mazibuko

    It’s simply mind blowing to see young entrepreneurs making innovative ways in running a business I’m fully inspired it shows that the are other entrepreneurs on the venture to create amazing stuff.

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 and you are spot on. Very encouraging to see what other people are doing!

  • vaibhav singh

    these experts can help us to achieve the aim for which we are hee!

    • You are welcome 🙇

  • Ton of valuable information! Now the real challenge, is to don’t procrastinate and take action on these advices and see what works for you. Thanks Foundr!

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 Great to see you on here Frederico!

      • Thanks to you David! I’ll keep reading if the content is good (which is always haha).

  • Phil

    Amazing!! Thank you!

    • You are welcome 🙇

  • Dyota

    Such an insightful article. Now comes the hard part – starting.

    • Ha ha, yup! Thanks!!! Appreciate the comment

  • Prince Hazzanny

    this is super helpful,thanks for sharing

    • No worries! 🤙 @princehazzanny:disqus

  • Leroy N. Forbes Jr.

    Wonderful article! Think less, do more.

    • Thanks @leroynforbesjr:disqus agreed! 🤙

  • Ajax Tompson

    Always grateful for Foundr constantly releasing new content and innnovating it for the future of entrepreneurship 🙏🏻Grateful

    • Cheers @ajaxtompson:disqus You are welcome 🙇 We appreciate it 🙏

  • Fran Jeanes

    Wow, what an awesome collection of wisdom. Thank you!

    • You are welcome 🙇 Appreciate it 🙏 @fran_jeanes:disqus

  • Hannah Claire Carroll

    Really interesting reading all these people’s advice, thanks!

    • You are welcome 🙇 @hannahclairecarroll:disqus

  • Steve Tabick

    Great advice from so many successful people!

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 @stevetabick:disqus

  • Jake Willis

    The content that you put out is the most useful content that I have came across. I’ve read thousands of blog post, nobody post more relevant and consistent content!
    Thank you everybody at foundr

    • Whoooooa. Thanks @disqus_WIB7tZRRM6:disqus Appreciate it 🙏 and will share with the team right now! TY

  • Kristine Wellborn

    So much to learn! So exciting! Looking forward to networking and learning even more. 🙂

    • You are welcome 🙇 @kristinewellborn:disqus

  • Shaun Saunders

    Wow, this is extremely helpful. Im struggling right now with my online business, but these golden nuggets are priceless. Thank you soo much all for contributing! Much appreciated!

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it @shaun_saunders:disqus 🙏

  • Brandon Whitehead

    What an inspiration these people are! It just shows you that we just need to try – beginning is key and stop procrastinating.. We all have an idea in us if we look deep enough..

    • Agreed @disqus_apq8I7EDHZ:disqus ! Thanks!

  • Simon Nung

    This kind of knowledge would cost so much, but you guys are amazing at collaborating with experts and sharing the wealth with us. I will be saving it and reading it again tomorrow 🙂

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it @simonnung:disqus 🙏, great to see you on here too. All the best!

  • Jamel C. Lyons

    Thank you Foundr Mag for delivering this informative blog post.

    • You are welcome 🙇 @jamelclyons:disqus

  • Ashley Chan

    Awesome 🙂 have bookmarked this whole site!

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 @disqus_kwdbDzPrj8:disqus

  • Sam Gould

    Some really great tips and things to keep in mind. Nothing like hearing it from people that have learnt through the whole process. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cheers @sam_gould:disqus

  • Nigel Vega

    The Information Era is driven by the knowledge of the internet nowadays. So it is beneficial for individuals who are striving to become very successful regardless of what they are doing to utilise these resources that are available to them. The world is more connected than it every was and now obtaining information is easier than ever.

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 @nigelvega:disqus

  • Osc4r

    Super helpful…. Great job..

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏

  • Wow! Value on value in this blog post!

    • Cheers @techminimalist:disqus 🤙

  • Harry Pribadi Winarto

    What a great post!

    • Thanks!!! Appreciate it 🙏 @harrypribadiwinarto:disqus

  • vanessa

    My favorite one is Kevin Chow, World’s best. I like the others though, but I am learning a lot by reading all these suggestions. The one thing that stands out though is to network, to start now rather than just sitting by the sidelines and to just be prepared to continue learning what you should and shouldn’t do.

    • Great to hear that @disqus_mtqNrJKdLy:disqus 🤙

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  • Chloe Panas

    WOW! Reading this makes me want to jump right in and get started on my e-comm. Easy as & great pointers!

    • Cheerds @chloepanas:disqus – yep, me too! Glad you enjoyed, thanks for the comment!

  • David LaOlu Afolayan

    Woh… This really is enlightening, it was quite long but totally not a “TL;DRer”
    Thanks Dave

    • Hey @davidlaoluafolayan:disqus ,
      thanks my man, glad you enjoyed!

  • Marrs Coiro

    As always, amazing content from the Foundr team! A++

    • Thanks, appreciate it @marrscoiro:disqus

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  • kecsopbeno

    Great thoughts, it was an interesting read!
    One thing that might be a little contradictory: should you then focus on one site or diversify…?
    Or for starters you try to bulid up one shop and later on diversify your income?

    • Cheers 🍻 great question – I’d always say FOCUS first. Then diversify once the first thing is cranking and profitable.

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    • Thanks, appreciate it!

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    • Cheers @majahoward:disqus 🍻

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    • Thanks, appreciate it!

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    • Cheers @tina_young_holman:disqus 🍻

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    • Thanks! 🙇‍♂️

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    • You are welcome 🙇‍♂️

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    • Agreed 🙌 Thanks @robbdahlen:disqus

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    • Ha ha, thanks @alokinnikolov:disqus

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    • Thanks, appreciate it!

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    • Thanks! Thanks! 🙇‍♂️

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    • Thanks, appreciate it!

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    Keep up the great work!

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    Thanks David!

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    Such valuable info, tools and resources. Just what I needed to know. Thanks David for this blog that is filled with all of the advice of the others that are spearheading in the many fields. ~God Bless You, Joyce

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