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4 Essential Tips for Starting an Online Business

Whether you have a grand master entrepreneurial plan or a hobby that grew bigger than you expected, starting an online business has a few key steps of which everyone should be aware. Joining the world of eCommerce isn’t as simple as snapping a few pictures and hoping your merchandise sells online. No matter how great your product is, just like with a brick and mortar business, you need to know how to package and sell it to online shoppers. This includes driving traffic to your online store and ensuring that once your customers get there, you have what they’re looking for. The steps to starting an online business should be taken one at a time, with one foot in front of the other. There’s an urge to rush into things, especially if your idea is exciting and innovative, but be careful. You should start with a calm and collected strategy of how you’re going to build your eCommerce empire and make your online business a success.

Amass a Core Inventory

Amass a Core Inventory
Amass a Core Inventory
On the essential list of doing first things first is establishing your inventory. Regardless of what you’re selling, whether it’s fine art or second-hand clothing, the product is what forms the core of your actual sales. While finding the merchandise you actually want to sell might be fueled by a vision, the final item you’re trying to offer for sale is what you need to focus on. Be aware of what you have in stock and familiarize yourself with it. If you have a collection of paintings, for example, make sure you know the exact details about each one. The same goes for vintage clothing. Don’t just end up with a pile of garments on a shelf and hope that everything is there. You need to take the time to sort through every single piece of inventory you have and evaluate it. This is what you’re selling, and this will be the tangible, core goods of your store.

Focus on Only a Few Items First

It can be easy to get ahead of yourself if you’re starting a business online for the first time. Although you might assume that everyone will be clamoring to buy your product once they see it, that’s simply untrue. Don’t be disappointed when you put up your merchandise and it gets little to no attention. This is why you need to focus on a just a few key items to begin with and do a little experimentation. Find out what seems to garner attention and drive traffic to your site, whether it’s the use of social media or word of mouth. You should pick your favorite merchandise, but instead of trying to put a lot of things for sale up at once, focus on only a few pieces. Then invest the time in properly photographing the product, writing copy to describe it, and getting all the details listed just right. You should be as detailed as possible, because not only does this give the customer a sense of security that you know what you’re talking about, but it also makes the item seem special.

Make a List of Necessary Tasks

Make a List of Necessary Tasks
Make a List of Necessary Tasks
Many entrepreneurs grapple with what tasks to tackle first. There are so many that it can often be overwhelming, and then new online business owners lose motivation and ambition. Instead of trying to take on too much and getting burned out quickly, formulate a work plan so that you address different jobs in a consistent, steady timeframe. Another good tip is not to underestimate how long something will take. After you’ve completed a task, take a break, and don’t move on right away to the next work intensive step. Slow and steady does it is great advice for when you’re getting ready to take your online business live.

Research the Industry

researchThere’s an industry for almost everything in the sphere of eCommerce. Whether you’re selling intangible goods like proofreading services or physical items like artwork, someone else has probably already done it. That doesn’t mean that your idea isn’t innovative and that you won’t do it differently or more creatively, but it does mean that someone out there already experienced the pitfalls of establishing an online business. Go ahead and take a look to see what other people’s experiences have been by reading eCommerce blogs and news sites. This is a great way to keep yourself updated on the fast-changing world of online business.


Low Impact Workouts for Beginners

So you know you need to pick up some exercise routines, but you aren’t quite sure where to start. There are a lot of options out there and they can be difficult to navigate on your own, even more so when you have specific needs when it comes to your workout regimen. If you require something that’s low impact either because of a medical condition or just because you don’t want to stress out your body too much the first time you take it out for a test spin at the gym, here are a few great work outs to try that will help get you in shape without a lot of wear and tear on your joints.

Jog in Place Jacks

The great thing about this particular workout is that you can adjust it depending on your desired intensity level, so you can tone it down when you start out and amp it up when you’re ready for a bit more of a challenge. To start you can take it nice and slow. Walk in place with a slow jumping jack like motion with your arms. It may take you a second to coordinate, but that’s fine. As you need to progress, feel free to change your walking motion to marching, jogging, high knees or full blown jumping jacks, increasing the speed of your arm movement as you increase the difficulty of your leg movements.

Windmill Steps

When you first start out, this exercise is just a simple side step. Let your trailing leg come behind you with a slight tap and add a large circular arm swing. Much like the jog in place jacks, this exercise is great because you can increase the speed and strain as you need more resistance in your workout. When you want to put a little more kick into your workout, drop your hips lower to the ground, turning your stance into a squatting position. You can also slowly increase the step width and speed until you can replace the motion with a lateral jump entirely rather than just a step.

Stutter Step

Stutter Step Can Be Difficult For Some
Stutter Step Can Be Difficult For Some
This one is a little trickier than our other workouts and can seem a tad more difficult. The easiest version of this exercise starts with all your weight on one leg with only a slight bend, placing your opposite leg back a few inches behind you and bringing your knee up in front of you slowly as you bring your hands down. You can increase the depth of your squat on your supporting leg while extending the moving leg further and further behind you to increase the difficulty of this particular workout. At the same time, you can start increasing the speed with which you move your arms and leg.

Static Squat + Punches

Static SquatStart out with a very shallow squat and a punching motion using both fists without any additional weight. You don’t have to hold the squat for long; keep the position for a few seconds before coming up to continue your punches. As you get more comfortable with the exercise, stay down longer, squat lower, and start using dumbbells in conjunction with your punching motion. Just make sure you don’t increase the speed of the punches themselves, especially if you’re using extra weight with them.

Static Lunge + Curls

Begin with a shallow lunge, keeping your feet relatively close together and using either very light dumbbells or just arm weight for your bicep curls if you’re new to those as well. As you progress, make your lunges deeper and keep your feet further apart to make the exercise a little more challenging. You can also increase the amount of weight you use with your curl as your biceps adjust to the exercise, though as above, make sure not to increase the actual speed of your curl.


Look Great For Cheap

We all want to look our very best as often as we can when we are in public. Unfortunately, looking great often comes at a price, and that price can be expensive. Despite what the fashion companies would have you believe, looking good while on a budget is very possible if you have the patience for it. You can find all sorts of great deals out shopping, and if you have the eye for it, you can look amazing while spending very little money.

Thrift Shopping

Thrift stores Offer More Than You Think
Thrift stores Offer More Than You Think
Going to thrift stores is a wonderful way to save money on great clothes for incredibly low prices. Though you won’t always find something you like at a thrift store or second hand shop, visiting frequently will pay off, since these places are always getting new stocks of clothes, shoes, and jewelry. You can get shoes as cheap as ten dollars, and shirts and pants for only three dollars on a good day. Thrift stores even have books furniture, and other items. When you but something from a second hand shop, make sure to wash it thoroughly before you use it, just to be safe, and never buy make-up or intimates from second hand stores, as those items are very unsanitary. When you can, donate your old clothes that you are done using in order to help keep the cycle of the thrift store going.

Surplus Stores

Flea marketFlea markets, surplus stores, and even outlet shops are good for finding clothes for much reduced prices, as well as clothes that you would never find anywhere else. Army surplus stores are a nice place to find accessories that would potentially be stylish and militaristic in fashion, and is also a place to find sturdy shoes. Outlet stores can be more expensive than the other options, but you can get name brand clothing at outstandingly reduced prices at outlet malls and warehouse type shops. Flea markets are places to find interesting and quirky clothes, and accessories. These markets are also places that you can potentially barter down prices to even lower than they were originally set at.

Estate Sales

There are all kinds of unofficial sales that happen around the neighborhood. You can get really interesting items for prices that are practically a steal. If you are diligent about visiting these garage sales you might be able to find a lot of awesome items that you would never find anywhere else. Once again, these are places that you can try to barter for prices and drive the cost down even farther. There are also virtual yard sale sites that are regional, and they function similarly to yard sales in real life. As always, make sure that you carefully wash anything that you buy used, and avoid purchasing unhygienic items like used make-up.


Give Your Old Clothes A New Look
Give Your Old Clothes A New Look
You can even alter old clothes that you find or make new ones that you’ve found at one of your bargain shopping sprees. If a shirt has a great pattern but an ugly cut, it is a simple matter to remake it by changing the shape a little. You can even use the fabric you like to add onto other garments as accents. Learning to sew is a way to both pass the time and to make your own clothes for cheap, and you can alter things you find or even make things from scratch, as fabric is generally cheaper than buying your own clothes outright. There are plenty of ways to look amazing with a low budget, and you can do it in a way that makes sure that your co-workers and peers will never know the difference.


Make Foreplay Exciting Again

Foreplay is something that most couples can’t get enough of in the beginning, but as time goes on it gets forgotten or laid by the wayside in order to get to the grand finale. Whether it’s because sex doesn’t come around as often as it used to or because you don’t feel like you have the time, foreplay needs to become a thing again. Contrary to popular belief, foreplay isn’t just putting your hands down someone’s pants or kissing them in naughty places. There’s a whole world of pre-gaming your sexy time that’s just waiting for you to unlock it. The best way to figure out what you and your partner might like is by getting adventurous and studying up. Try some new things like:

Body Chocolate

Body ChocolateBody chocolate is simply chocolate sauce that’s meant to go on your lover’s body. It doesn’t quite melt as fast, and is often found in pens that accompany other flavors like strawberry or whipped cream. These handy little pens can be used to write naughty messages or to draw out instructions as to what you want your partner to do. Although the idea is to get creative, it can end up leading to a gigglefest when you realize that it totally looks like poop if it gets smeared around before you lick it off. That’s okay, because it just makes things more fun in the bedroom, and that’s never bad.

Sex Toys

Make Foreplay exciting again with sex toys.
Make Foreplay exciting again with sex toys.
Not everyone takes into account how awesome sex toys can be—for both parties involved. Men know that women have various odds and ends hidden away for their private time and guys don’t really touch anything meant for them. This is a shame, because some of the best times to be had involve these toys. Guys—get over whatever fear you might have about using a dildo or vibrator on her. She’s going to like it and if she’s enjoying herself she’s not going to just abandon you for it. You’re a real human being, nothing can replace that. Plus there are some toys that actually go inside of her with you to pleasure everyone all at once. These include some G-spot stimulators (that’s right, it exists) and cock rings that vibrate on her clit. Ladies- realize that your man is never going to buy himself a sex toy and get one for him. At first he’ll probably scoff and say that he doesn’t want to use that, but he’s curious. Bust out a pocket pussy or cock ring on a romantic evening and make it all about him. He’ll love the attention and probably start using it on a regular basis. We all know that guys masturbate when you’re not there, so don’t feel jealous of a toy that helps him feel even better.

Flavored Lube

Flavored lubes aren’t just to keep her wet, they can be used during oral to create a unique warming sensation or just taste good. Some of them tingle a little bit while others get warm, but they all make oral a little more interesting. If you’re having trouble going down on your partner because of smells or tastes, then this might be a good way to help out with that. The lube is put on the clit or around the head of the penis so that it works most affectively. There are a whole slew of flavors to try out, so get a sampler pack and make a weekend of it.

Change Up the Location

Not all exciting foreplay ideas have to be some new twist on the same old thing. It can be something as simple as changing up the location. Taking a break in the kitchen to put her up on a counter and go downtown can make you both feel spontaneous and like you’re doing something you shouldn’t. Surprise him while he’s taking a shower by opening the door or curtain and immediately going down on him. Don’t say anything as he takes in the surprise. Be careful: You might get wet in more ways than one.

Caress Each Other

Caress Each Other to improve your foreplay
Caress Each Other to improve your foreplay
Caressing isn’t something that we think about actively, but it’s a great feeling on anyone’s skin. Guys love the feeling of being touched just as much as women do, so soften those strokes and touch each other more. Adding this little detail into the foreplay will make you both feel closer to each other and up the sizzle in your routine.