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  1. SparksCW

    What Makes An eCommerce Brand Worth $5,000,000

    Let’s say you own an eCommerce business in a competitive niche primarily reselling branded goods. What makes that company worth $5,000,000? Today I took some time out to figure out my “number” and then envision what my company would look like to gain a $5m sale so that I could work backwards...
  2. SparksCW

    Mixing Direct Sales & Affiliate Sales On One E-Com Site?

    Has anyone ever created an e-commerce store but mixed directly fulfilled products with affiliate links to Amazon? Let me set the scene in the way of a made up story: Mr Drone has an ecommerce store about drones, however he's quite a small company and can only really get some of the less...
  3. SparksCW

    How To Build An E-Commerce Business Without eBay or Amazon. [Blueprint]

    There’s a lot of talk about eBay & Amazon businesses and the true risk associated when you sell products from other brand(s). I’ve seen first hand how eBay & Amazon sales can change drastically and we’ve been working hard to safeguard our business from online business from competition. Whilst...
  4. SparksCW

    SaaS Affiliate Scheme Advice

    After a few months of hard work we've finally soft-launched our app. It's fully functional, works well, the sales site is done so we are ready to start getting users. Our strategy is to use strategic partnerships in our industry to help advertise the app. We've spoken to some top players and...
  5. SparksCW

    HOT TOPIC Building a SaaS based on Wordpress?

    We're currently trying to get an app made and one of the local developers we're talking to have suggested, and given us a quote, to build based on Wordpress. At first I was a bit against it, but having done some research and looking into their reasoning it does sound pretty plausible. I was...
  6. SparksCW

    Wait Until It No Longer Matters...

    A couple of years ago I was working full time for someone else, I was earning okay but it was very average, exchanging a lot of time for not a lot of money in comparison and it was very stressful. I love cars and I really wanted a Range Rover Evoque, I did the sums, made a spread sheet, spoke...
  7. SparksCW

    Why The 1% Is Important - FREE Money.

    As it's the end of the year I ran some reports and had a staff meeting before closing up. This is completely simple, it's not rocket science and it is stating the absolute obvious. However it's also very easy to forget. We've been so focused on growing the turnover, and whilst we are being...
  8. SparksCW

    The Reason Why "Good Enough" Is Better Than PERFECT

    Let me tell you a little story about good enough vs perfect. One day I set out to create videos for my products. Informative, educational, general videos to show them "in action". These are products that aren't mainstream, so there isn't much content out there. I bought a fancy camera, a...
  9. SparksCW

    EXECUTION £2017 for 2017 Pay The Bills Through Lead Generation

    I've been putting this off for a while but now's the time to make it happen. My bills are currently paid via my main business but I want to use that money to fund growth so I thought that I'd set myself a challenge to pay my current bills monthly via regular income from websites, that way I can...
  10. SparksCW

    WEB/DIGITAL Passive Income Website Hacked - What I learnt

    I'd noticed that sales were a bit down on one of my websites, it's my longest running site and it's a small niche which I command, it's direct sales and they are dispatched by my supplier, so it's kind of been a "leave it to do it's thing" type site, brings in some OK money with almost no effort...
  11. SparksCW

    WEB/DIGITAL Dangers of expanding a niche e-commerce website.

    Does anyone have any previous experience in growing niche sites? (direct e-commerce sales, not affiliates or anything) Are there any dangers to watch out for when adding other relevant products to a niche website? i.e imagine a site called hottubs.com who then add garden furniture to their...
  12. SparksCW

    Taking The Week Off To Work Smarter

    As a Fastlaner in training we're all bombarded with content, videos and posts about working hard from various people we no doubt follow on YouTube & Facebook etc. Doing what others won't so we can live like others don't etc. We work all day, and all evening, sometimes into the early hours. We...
  13. SparksCW

    WEB/DIGITAL Scraping Supplier Product Details & Images

    I have a new supplier and I want to list all of their products, there is 3334 items in total + variations. They can't offer a feed or export so it'll be a case of manually adding them. However their site is quite well laid out with: Title SKU Short Description Long Description Images Some of...
  14. SparksCW

    No Longer Employed

    As of today I am no longer employed. I don't have to answer to anyone (except for customers and the missus!) I am free to work on my own ventures, make my own decisions and take my own risks. Fortunately I've already hustled my way to a sideline that's already making good sales and just needs...
  15. SparksCW

    How To Turn A "Want" into a "Need"? Luxury Goods

    My business revolves around selling products that are "wants".. you don't need them, you can live without them and there are cheaper options out there. Think along the lines of a kitchen hot tap for instant hot water, you can "make do" with a kettle or you can spend a few hundred extra on a...
  16. SparksCW

    Book Advice On Marketing

    I've identified that my core weakness is in marketing, probably the most important aspect of any business! I have two businesses and work a full time job for the family business, each has good products and services but is simply let down by not affecting enough people to get to where I want to...
  17. SparksCW

    WEB/DIGITAL Increasing Amazon Sales Advice Please

    I never used to like Amazon if I'm honest. But I must admit it's generating quite a few sales with the limited stock we have on there, they are generally problem free too. So we're looking at increasing sales in general and third party is definitely a big area for us as most of our sales come...
  18. SparksCW

    Creating A New Product With An Existing Manufacturer - Licensing?

    My business deals in a certain electronic product. I sell these products from a few key brands. I can make the product better by combining the best features of all the current manufacturers and adding 1 new unique, problem solving feature which will open up more customers to a product they...
  19. SparksCW

    EXECUTION $5000 to $30,000 per month - eCommerce Progress

    I'm from England and I have a part time e-commerce business which has grown from a bedroom operation to what it is now in a short space of time. I also have another monthly subscription business start up and I work full time for the family businesses (for now) I do okay. But the family business...
  20. SparksCW

    WEB/DIGITAL ECommerce - Tell Me Everything 2016

    I have three online retail shops, two are in a niche, one is a bit broader. Obviously the two niche stores are doing best. But I am by no means where I need/want to be. I have recently joined this forum and I've seen a lot of posts on eCommerce but haven't come across everything I need to know...
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