Top 10 Cities to Live in and Run an Online Business From

Ah, the glory of online business. You can sit at home and run an ecommerce shop from Chicago, while accepting orders from places like Bangladesh, London and Los Angeles. Heck, you can even run a whole dropshipping business from the comfort of your parents’ basement if you want, since dropshipping allows you to partner with a wholesaler, carry no inventory and watch as your sales are fulfilled and delivered by the wholesalers or manufacturers.

An ecommerce business is not easy, but it’s certainly one of the most flexible jobs you can have in terms of location. That’s not to say that all locations are created equal. In fact, you might be surprised to find out that one city has more resources and profit potential than another. Why is this the case? Some of it has to do with being close to customers and suppliers, while other factors tie into the equation such as rent expenses, cost of living and quality of life.

Regardless of how easy it is to setup an online shop, it’s wise to think about where you live, or where your office is, before committing to anything. So, what are the ideal cities to live in when trying to run an online business?

Luckily, we’ve put together a nice infographic consolidating the top options.

What parameters are outlined in this infographic?

  • Quality of life
  • Cost of living
  • Meal expenses
  • Monthly transportation
  • Basic utilities
  • Internet
  • Apartment rent

Take a look at the infographic for the whole list, but some of the top places to live in and run an online business include Sydney, Berlin, Oslo, Vancouver, Tokyo, and Amsterdam. Good luck finding your next homebase!


Originally published at ecommerce-platforms.com on September 21, 2015.

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