Struggling to find the best ecommerce platform that best suits you? We’ve compiled a list of five different ecommerce platforms, and broken them down so that you determine for yourself which platform can help you to best achieve a complete, end-to-end, omni-channel ecommerce solution for your operation.

Here are the five platforms:

  • Magento
  • Neto
  • BigCommerce
  • WooCommerce
  • Shopify

We summarise look at each platform’s pros and cons and what type of business suits each platform based on the following criteria:

We consider business sizes to be:

  • Medium-sized business: $6–12 million+ annual turnover
  • Enterprise level business: $15 million+ annual turnover
A quick showcase of the best ecommerce platform for you based on your annual turnover, and how much capacity for customisation you need for your platform.

Magento

Pros

  • Fully customisable…

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What if it is a flop? And everyone sees that I am a failure?

Creating is not the hardest thing to do. Publishing it for the whole world to see is.

There must be so much created out in the world and not shared or seen by the world, because it is such a scary thing to do. To bare yourself open for judgement, internet trolls, or published official failure.

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FRIDAY

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credit: Mike

Mike: I want to start my own terrarium business.

Ok, here we go. This needs an intervention.

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I was hoping to burst his bubble…


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“What if you fail?”

What if?

  • I stay at work
  • I feel unfulfilled
  • I do not create positive impact
  • I do not grow to my full potential
  • I work in an environment that is misaligned with my values
  • I get made redundant
  • I feel stale and uninspired everyday for the next 40+ years of my professional life

What if?

  • I fail
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  • I learn new skills
  • I grow my network
  • I see the world differently
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Emily de la Peña

Inspiring tomorrow’s creators & innovators | Helping small business owners thrive | @EmilyFdelaPena | www.emilydelapena.com

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