business challenges

The Reality of Being an Entrepreneur

The Reality of Being an Entrepreneur

There is no magic combination that can be followed time and again to ensure a successful entrepreneurial journey. The best approach is to pursue your vision and prepare yourself for any and all challenges that might develop along the way.

Bring on 2019!!

Bring on 2019!!

It has been real… As each year comes to an end, and we embark on the next, it is very common to reflect back and consider our challenges, accomplishments, and hopefully take a few lessons on with us into the coming year.

Dropshipping, DropShipping, Drop Shipping…Forget the Name, Let’s Talk About It

Dropshipping, DropShipping, Drop Shipping…Forget the Name, Let’s Talk About It

Just as there are multiple opinions on how to spell drop shipping (my preference), there are also multiple versions of what it is. In general, using a drop shipper is when you partner with a supplier to display their products in your store. The supplier stores product until it is ordered or creates the product upon demand, and ships said product directly to the customer.

Local Marketing

Local Marketing

The return of the “buy local” movement is encouraging consumers to invest in their community, much to the delight of small business owners. Whether they live or work in the area, it has been found that 70% of a given store’s customers are typically within three miles of your location. Here are some strategies to make the most of your marketing for local consumers.

Do the Hustle, the Side Hustle

Do the Hustle, the Side Hustle

The fear of being overwhelmed is one of the greatest challenges for entrepreneurs who are thinking about pursuing a side hustle. Secondary efforts are most successful when they add to your life, not when they burden it. For this reason, it is important to understand your own levels of persistence, motivation, and self-discipline.

Business Websites – the Sequel

Business Websites – the Sequel

A few weeks ago, we talked about important things to consider when either building a new business website or raising the sophistication level of an existing site. User experience is of upmost importance as it can inspire consumers to delve further into your website or move on to the next one.

The State Sales Tax Rules Have Changed for eCommerce

The State Sales Tax Rules Have Changed for eCommerce

The recent case before the U.S. Supreme Court was South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al. in which the State of South Dakota was seeking to collect sales tax from all online transactions, even for businesses without a physical presence in the state. Prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions in 1967 and 1992 only allowed such taxes to be collected on sales from businesses with a physical presence in a given state.