It was previously expected that by 2024, eCommerce would account for over 21% of retail sales worldwide but in view of the way in which the shutdowns caused by the pandemic forced us to change the way we shop in 2020, this percentage is likely to now be much higher.
There is no doubt that all of 2020 and 2021 to date have presented challenges and caused hardship for many people. However, for others these trying times have presented unforeseen opportunities given that when people have more time to spare and less work to do then they naturally have more energy and time to spend on doing things they enjoy.
So it comes as no surprise to find if you developed a passion for something during the pandemic then you would like to find a way to turn this into a viable way of earning a living if you could or at least achieve a better work life balance which everyone deserves to find. Whether it is a physical or digital product involved, to be successful you must first create a service offering.
To make the most of the growing trend of buying and selling online, it’s important that you use a respected eCommerce platform like Shopify to sell those physical or digital products that you are eager to share with the world without having to invest in a physical outlet.
Shopify also gives you access to the world of dropshipping thanks to their partnership with another digital platform, Oberlo, that enables you to source other products already on sale to sell through your own Shopify store. Dropshipping is a great concept if you haven’t got your own wide range of products or if you want to avoid the risk of carrying stock or getting involved in packaging and shipping. It’s a quick and easy way to embark on your eCommerce journey.
If you’ve already decided to turn that passion you developed during the pandemic or a hobby or interest that you already had into a way of making money, then you really are set to embark on that journey.
It is so so important though, even if you’re still at the planning stages, to make sure the niche you choose is something that really interests and engages you and that you know you will be really passionate about because it is that enthusiasm about you’re selling that will get you over those bumps in the road that you will inevitably encounter.
Your passion will also shine through all that content marketing you create as you grow your Shopify business. After all, if you don’t love what you’re selling, who will and who wants to try to promote something that won’t interest and sustain them in the long term anyway?
So, the important message here is that whatever you’re offering – be it eco-friendly products, sustainable solutions, vegan merchandise and whether you’ve created from scratch or sourced via Oberlo, make sure your Shopify store is built around the niche area that inspires you.
Once you’ve settled on exactly what it is you intend to sell then the next step is to decide on the design of your website making sure it will enable your Shopify store to grow but always bearing in mind that there certain general site features that apply to every Shopify store regardless of what is being sold.
Depending on how confident or tech savvy you are, now’s the time to decide whether to design your eCommerce store yourself or find a reputable Shopify expert to help. Whichever route you choose, there are certain ways to help you to increase the chance of success such as: