For those of us who remember a time before Amazon Prime, it’s a bit strange to think there was any other way to sell products, without the Internet. If you are of a certain age (like me, 35), you might remember the agony of not knowing if the pair of shoes or book or CD (remember those!) you saw last week was still available and in your size; where your sartorial options were limited to what was still available at The Limited (or to the Delia’s or United Colors of Benetton catalog, if you had a willing parent to order for you) during a visit to an actual mall.
At times, I marvel that I can scroll on Instagram, see something I like, purchase, and within moments, it’s a done deal.
I pride myself on being a problem-solver. Whether it’s hubris or stubbornness, I am confident that with enough tutorials, online courses, books, or Google searches, I can master anything, or at least know enough to fake it until I need to call a professional. Overall, this strategy has its advantages; however, at times, I wish I had a roadmap for success or a path I could follow.
Though I haven’t taken these programs myself, I *wholeheartedly* wish I had a curriculum like this to help shape my knowledge of setting up and running an online business. Participating in a program such as this might’ve saved a few late (late) nights, indecision, and tears.
I’ve often heard experience is the best teacher (or for the basics on e-commerce, check out Concordia University’s Beginner’s Guide to E-Commerce) so here are a few things I learned setting Shop Wit & Delight, our e-comm business:
It’s amazing how many opportunities we all have to learn online these days, and I hope it encourages the students in all of us to embrace our love of learning while finding some short cuts to success along the way. After all, there is no need to build your e-comm business the way you did 10 years ago. With programs detailing everything from Business Analytics, Tools and Techniques to Applied Accounting and Finance, the online program’s business and marketing from CSP can help you get started down the right path. The future is bright.
Ready to get started with your own e-comm business, or want to have an overview of what e-comm is? Download Concordia University, St. Paul’s Beginner’s Guide to E-Commerce. For more education on the future of e-commerce and how to navigate this complicated new world, consider an online business degree or online marketing degree. Both programs from CSP feature small class sizes with a personal learning environment.
Do you have an online business? How did you get started? Do you have a business degree? Did you get your roadside MBA like me? What was successful for you?
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BY Kate Arends - September 25, 2019
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