How can eCommerce change your life for good
Why do people become e-merchants? I’ve spoken with a number of online entrepreneurs, and one thought came to my mind: every time I meet that kind of people, they always share nearly the same qualities. They are super confident, smart and risky to take hard decisions. They have lots of energy, ideas and they are…positive as one could be. They simply enjoy the life they lead and take maximum from it.
So the question stands: have they got the same qualities eventually or have they acquired them? The answer lies somewhere in the middle. It’s hidden in the personal stories I’ve found on the Internet and gathered in this article.
Freedom and Autonomy
When talking about their careers, e-merchants often mention freedom and dreams. I think that the pursuit of freedom is the main factor. I’m pretty much sure that many ecommerce entrepreneurs share his perspective. Here’s what Rebecca from Bex Creative says:
“Having my own eCommerce businesses have truly changed it for the better by giving me financial freedom, freedom over my time, I’ve learned new skills and it has helped me achieve my goals and set me on a path to achieve new dreams”.
Andrew Youderian, 33, a former investment banker, now running eCommerceFuel, a private community:
“I think freedom and autonomy are valued more today than in the past. They’re something people place a huge premium on.”
Courage and Determination
Starting off a new venture (especially, when you have no previous experience) requires a detailed planning. This is a no-go condition for many people who think about going eCommerce. They just don’t know where to start and what things to do in the first place. They may have all the enthusiasm in the world, but very often they end up not taking any action. So what happens to these people?
- They can’t decide what product they want to sell
- They are pretty much worried about possible failure
- They have an idea but are unaware what to do next
However, it’s not the general case. Andrew Youderian explains:
“In November of 2007, I quit. It’s both an exhilarating and slightly terrifying feeling to leave a good job to start your own business. After a solo cross-country road trip, I settled down to start building my future. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. I did, however, know the required characteristics I wanted my new venture to have”.
So we can add one more quality to the list — courage. Perhaps, it’s the must-have secret ingredient one should obtain to be successful. Here’s what Irwin Dominguez from San Diego may add to the topic:
“I literally just opened a Shopify account, created my store, added a few drop shipped products with Oberlo, and that’s it. I didn’t do a lot of reading or researching because I always try to learn by doing. Dropshipping eCommerce success requires very little capital and allows you to experiment a lot. This is what I love about it the most”.
Simple as that. The courage to simply start overcoming all the difficulties.
Dan Maisano of EasyWhey in an interview with Mark McDonald for Shopify’s blog adds:
“Two things really stand out. As a naturally shy person pushing past my comfort zone and getting myself out, there was a new experience. By doing so I learned that it really wasn’t that hard or uncomfortable as I imagined”.
Hard Work and Ability to Learn from Your Own Mistakes
On the other hand, have you heard the famous “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t”? In case you didn’t, Àlex Rodriguez Bacardit from MarsBased explains: “This means you will burn out, run out of money, lose friends, lose hair if you’re a man, work too much, sleep too little and other caveats. But all beginnings are hard, and very few people like to risk in order to achieve a better status in life. If you’re not ready to invest in your life, you can’t be an entrepreneur.”
A contradiction with the “courage” point? Not at all. Because there’s no way like your way. Your story is your own story, go for it.
Sometimes you have to lose to eventually win. The most important conclusion is that mistakes will happen. You will face challenges and problems will come up. That’s the gospel truth of the entrepreneurial life. And what matters the most is how you deal with those problems as they won’t disappear if you ignore them. The only way to succeed is to learn and keep moving forward.
Sunil from the Extra Money Blog speaks about his experience:
“Because of a variety of reasons, two of which were poor strategic planning and technology issues (I am NOT a techie at all), there were some hard lessons learned in this process as well, including tarnished reputation due to not being able to fulfill certain customer orders.I consider this business endeavor as an overall success, however. Not so much because of the chump change we made (my distribution partner and me), but more so because of the invaluable lessons learned in the process”.
Ivan Kreimer, a freelance content marketer, adds to the picture:
“At first, I failed miserably with Facebook Ads. It took me some weeks and a lot of trial and error to discover a great offer, a great audience, and a good ad structure. But after I did, I started making some sales”.
As commonly known, doing something new may be hard. Nevertheless, here at SumatoSoft, we want you to say: “Launching my e-commerce store was one of the best things I’ve ever done”. The most appropriate line to conclude all this is an ancient Chinese saying: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
P.S. Are you interested in going eCommerce? Do you need any technical assistance when building your store? Contact us and let’s start your journey into eCommerce in no time.