Its almost Mothers day and I can’t believe that we just celebrated one not too long ago last year. In my last mothers day post, I wrote about 6 things I have learned in my motherhood Journey. This Mothers day I want to write about the Mom who is struggling financially, to the mom who daily struggles to make ends meet, I see you, this one is for you.
It is for the mom who is struggling financially trying to balance both keeping the home and making a living. You may work outside your home or perhaps you work within your home, It’s to you I dedicate this post too. I am writing here to say I see you and I got your back. Here are 4 things that I feel will help you get your perspective in other to win in your race to become a great mom and to also build a legacy.
If you are in that place where you feel harassed, disorganized and you feel like things are spiraling out of control especially with your finances. The first thing you need to do is to pray, this is because when you pray you are connecting to someone who is bigger than you which is our Lord Jesus, you are connecting to him because he knows answers which you do not know.
Going to him in prayer about what you are going through is a good way to begin to source for the solutions to what you are going through. It doesn’t matter that it may not have been what you planned for or that you made a mistake, what matters is that you are reaching out to him in prayers and seeking out answers to questions that are bordering you. To know how to deal with difficult times, read my post on 3 things to do in difficult times.
If you have prayed well on your issues, you will get answers from the Lord, sometimes the answers may drop as a thought into your mind, and from that thought, ideas begin to form. Begin to plan with those ideas and thoughts that are coming into your mind.
Some of those thoughts may have to do with cutting down on expenses that are needless and are sucking finances or perhaps renegotiating a loan that you took that is choking your finances that won’t let you plan ahead. It can even be a new way of making money that will increase your financial sources and hence enable you to get out of debt. Whatever that thought is, write it down and begin to plan how you will implement it.
All the plans in the whole world without any action to back it up will be useless, begin immediately to take action. Plug that financial hole that is draining your finances, say no to that new shiny loan that will purportedly help you to get out of debt and plug you into a deeper one.
Cut down on what you do need and do away with what you do not need by selling off those excess properties and plugging the cash into your debt to reduce it.
Ensure that you are doing all in your power to stop the excesses that led to your indebtedness. Begin to implement new ways of increasing your income, it could be via a second job or perhaps a home business or even simply adding money-making options to what you are already doing. You will notice that as you take these actions, it will take you out of the rut of helplessness to a place of hope.
Be thankful for the progress you have made:
The little differences that your actions make in your finances, no matter how little it is, celebrate them and repeat them again. It is a baby step, yes but you will keep walking until you walk out of debt. Be thankful for where you are in life and believe God that he is leading you out of financial struggles into financial abundance. Do not fret about the things that may not be working now but work consistently to improve on it until you get better at it.
This post is not a typical mothers day post but I feel led in my Spirit that there is someone who needs what I have written today if that person is you, then Happy am I that I have touched your life today and if you want to be continuously encouraged, join me on Elizabeth Uchealors show and get more of your encouragement dose to help you win.
If you are a follower of my blog you will know by now that I am someone who is passionate about starting home businesses from the comfort of your home. In my older posts, I have explored different ways you can give expression to the Idea of starting a home business. You can check my post on Drop-shipping if you are interested in reading more or my post on how to start an Etsy shop.
While I have always recommended starting a shop, nothing beats the flexibility of online marketplace. It gives you the opportunity to stay at home and showcase and sell your products to the whole world. I have delved into the individual online marketplace like Bonanza and Etsy but today I am going to be exploring the 10 different online marketplace you can sell on in other to have a thriving and successful home business.
I know that many people know the online marketplace giants like Amazon, Ebay and Etsy I will leave it and go to the less known but also popular and unique online market places this will make it easy for you to make a decision as to which one you would like to start with. As you read through, you will be able to make a decision based on the online marketplace you like most.
Rubylane is an online marketplace where you can sell Vintage, Handmade , Antique, Artisan or Upcylced items. They feature different categories like Jewelry,Dolls, Fine art,Furniture and lighting, Glass decors,Porcelain and Pottery, Vintage fashion. Etc.
If you are someone who loves to hunt for vintage and antiques that you will like to resell, then this may be the ideal place to open your online store and sell such items. When you open the online marketplace you will notice that their items are quite pricey, of course it denotes the quality of what they have to offer so you can judge how to position your shop. It costs about a 100 dollar for the first time set up fee, they also charge various fees for the different categories of items. Click here for further details.
The good thing about this online marketplace is that they enforce MAP(minimum advertised price), this means there is a threshold to which you can price your products, this prevents unnecessary price wars and helps ensure that every one has a good price fro their products.
Wanelo is like your average shopping mall,you know the Macy’s of this world, only that it is online. It is an online marketplace where people can apply to sell their goods, it features basically fashion items and has about 350,000 stores on it.
The good thing about Wanelo is that you have independent sellers and also Fashion brands who open stores on their platform. Wanelo was opened in 2012 and has listed about 30 million products. Millions of shoppers use Wanelo as their place to shop for items they love without having to set foot in a brick and mortar shopping mall. They can shop from their different brands and combine all into one shopping cart. Kind of like your regular Polyvore without having to visit each shop independently.
You can apply to sell on Wanelo by installing their sales channel, this costs you nothing. Your shop is then sent in for approval, once approved you can begin to upload pictures of products you wish to sell. The Wanelo systems charges you 15% commission for every order fulfilled and will also help you sync your products from your shopify store in case you already have one before you went to sell on their online marketplace.
Zibbet is an online marketplace that features basically handmade items, it is like an alternative to Etsy if that suits you. They have different categories like Jewelry, vintage items, soft furnishings, supplies, home and living, kids, photography, Fine art. Zibbet online market place is unique for the following reasons
-zero listing and sales fees
-standalone shop front
-Easy set up and seamless integration
-Offer promotional tools and also have effortless and seamless order fulfillment options
-They offer advanced tracking analytic and can also import your Etsy listed items
-You can have your own custom domain name and they also offer multi currency support.
If you are a stay at home mom who love handmade and crafted goods, you may consider this as an answer to your prayer of getting your goods out there for others to buy. They offer you the easiest way out with listing of unlimited items for no fees. Its something one should consider. It’s a good alternative to Etsy if you feel that Etsy is so big that your items will not be noticed if posted there.
Zibbet has about 54,000 online stores currently on its online marketplace.
I know when you think of sears you are seeing a brick and mortar shopping mall, scratch that sears is online and is currently offering individuals who want to sell an online marketplace where they could sell their products just like Amazon does. It also offers fulfilled by sears, just like you have Amazon currently doing.
All you have to do is sign up in their online marketplace and you are good to go. Sears takes its payment after you have made a sale. You can read up on this on their page, if it interests you.
Artfire is an online marketplace where crafters and sellers of handmade goods can showcase and sell their goods just like you would on Etsy. It features different categories of items like Jewelry, kids, wedding, home and living , clothing and accessories and also entertainment. It’s a great alternative if you seek to showcase your goods on a smaller platform where you feel your goods will gain more buyer attention. One of the good thing about this platform is that it has no listing or selling fees, it also features a well developed online community forums, because people who visit Artfire are looking for specialty items, they are more likely to buy from the shops on the platform.
Flipkart is an online marketplace that is founded by Indians and available for all to sell on. Gist has it that the founder was refused an immigrant visa in the US after schooling there hence he went back to his home country and founded Flipkart. It’s a billion dollar eCommerce giant much like Aliexpress and Amazon. It helps people who want to showcase and sell their products especially to emerging markets like India to do so.
Jet.com is a new online marketplace as compared to others that are listed above but it is making waves especially since Walmart said it will acquire it. So if you want to tap into a market place that will have the backing of Walmart retail giant, then now is the time to open your online store on jet.com.
It features different categories like Grocery, appliances, home decor, furniture and lots of other features which you can find on their online marketplace. Just picture your average Walmart store and you won’t be far from the truth.
You can start your online shop on this platform by applying and once your application is approved you will be allowed to set up your retail portal on their platform.
Benefits of this platform is that its that they help you manage your competitiveness and profitability via their search engine optimization.
This is an online market place which is a bit new but has the opportunity to list your items for free and pay a commission after you make a sale. The commission is usually about 10% of your total sale.
Tripleclicks.com is an online marketplace that operates much like ebay because you can sell there, and also bid for items if you are a buyer. The fun part is that you can also play games and win prices on the platform. The listing fee is free and you can sell unlimited number of items
This is an online marketplace where you can sell things for free, there is no listing fee and they have the advantage of featuring your items on Bing shopping, Google shopping , Thefind and Shopwiki. Your products also gain exposure through their RSS feed and other social media button options that they provide to make sure that millions of shoppers find your products.
Do you have an idea of any other Online Marketplace where you can sell, please leave a comment below
When I set out to start this Blog, I was determined that I will make impact in the life of every stay at home mom who wants to launch a Business. I have been doing that for a while, it has not been easy but I will stick with it because it’s all about making taking people from where they are to where they want to be. A stay at home mom that has sufficient income to meet her needs and still take care of her little ones.
I strongly believe that the impact of mom on her kids surpasses what money can buy, and the time to make that impact is now because once they have grown the chance will not be there anymore. Therefore if you have been thinking of running a home business to support your lifestyle, you are in the right place.
Running a home business is an exciting venture. It can be a little scary, too. There are so many things to learn and to coordinate. You have to figure out a daily routine, keep improving your skills, and take care of lots of paperwork. The helpful tips in this article can make these tasks and many others a lot easier for you.
Talk about it: You should be able to talk about your business plan and goals in a few sentences. If you’re able to tell others what your business is about in a couple of sentences, you can impress people when you’re speaking with them. Cover the areas that your business can improve to build credibility with customers.
Get a Website: If you are running a home based business, you need to have a domain name and a website. Even the best websites will still look unprofessional if they are hosted on a free web-building site, so here is cheap domain hosting service that is easy to use and costs a little monthly payment. click here to secure a self hosted website : Sign up now for hosting! .Domain names are relatively cheap. Pick one that’s related to your business and you will undoubtedly see an increase in sales.
Act The Part: Running a home business can be a difficult task if you do not take it seriously. In order to succeed at working from home you should act the part, have a space dedicated for work and work only, and have a set schedule. This ensures that business actually takes place when you are at home.
BRAND IT:Use an online service or software to design a matching set of postcards, fliers and brochures to send out to customers and prospects. Look online for printer suppliers that offer an interface that allows you to add text to one of their existing designs, or upload your own. Choose a design as your “brand,” the look and feel you want people to identify with your business.
Give it time don’t chicken out soon: All young businesses take quite a bit of time to really get up and running. Because of this you should ensure that you have a secondary source of income until the home business is able to sustain itself as well as your household. This can come from a spouse, savings, or a part-time job.
Safety Matters: Make sure you have a safe workplace. This includes having a smoke detector and fire extinguisher in your work area. You should also find an efficient solution to backup all your data. The right type of fire protection helps you lower your business insurance costs, and an ergonomic keyboard helps protect your hands.
Be consistent, don’t dither: Examine all of the ways your home business appears in the marketplace and be sure you have a consistent message and presentation. Whether it is your business cards, web site or social media business page, keeping your messaging professional and synchronized helps you promote your business appropriately and clearly across multiple channels.
It will always be challenging trying to run your business from your home. However, many people do it and make a success of it every day. You can make a go of it, too, if you learn the tricks that help things run more smoothly. Start applying the pointers provided in this article today, and make your home business experience an enjoyable one.
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Drop-shipping is a form of business that allows you to list products that you don’t have but know where to find, you are kind of like the middleman who knows how to source for products and knows how to deliver it to the person who needs it, while you make a nice profit after your cost of sales.
In the product industry you have the following as the supply chain from: Product manufacture———–Wholesaler ————-Retailer ——–Consumer
Drop-shipping does not appear here because it’s a service, not a role, a drop-shipper can also be the manufacturer of a product, meaning that when you manufacture your own products and sell to the final consumer you are also drop shipping for your own products. A drop shipping merchant is that person that acts as a go-between, between the Manufacturer or Wholesaler and the final consumer.
A drop-shipping merchant, in this case, is responsible for finding the products, listing it on his site and selling to the final consumer. The manufacturer or wholesaler then ships it to the person who bought it.
HOW DROP SHIPPING WORKS
-Mr. Bon wants to purchase a new battery for his phone, he goes to Mr. Dav’s Ecommerce shop and places an order and makes a payment.
-Mr. Dav receives the order and payment and then, in turn, places an order with his suppliers which could either be the manufacturer or a wholesaler.
-When the supplier receives the order, he processes and fulfills and ships to the buyer. He then gives a tracking number to the Drop shipping Merchant who owns the eCommerce store
-The Drop-shipping merchant then informs the buyer that his order is on the way.
-When the buyer receives the goods, it’s only the logo of the drop shipping merchant he is aware of, the manufacturers or wholesaler, in this case, is invisible to him.
Are you a mom that seeks to work from home? you agonize over leaving your little ones when going to work, or you wish you could be there for them as you see the years go by and you know they will soon leave home. You want to be there for the things that matter to them, then it’s time to make that decision of starting a Home Business.
At some point or another, you may have considered starting your own home business. Who among us wouldn’t love to be their own boss, set their own hours, and work out of the comfort of their own home? The next question is
How Lucrative is working from Home?
Working from home as a mother can be very lucrative. There are many advantages to starting a home-based business. Maybe you’ve thought of some of them already. You may already realize all the different ways you can experience freedom as a work at home mom (WAHM). Here are reasons why you should take that leap.
Advantages of starting a Home Business.
Time Freedom – You make your own hours when you work for yourself. Even if you choose a work at home job you are usually able to set your schedule around your family’s schedule.
Place Freedom –You get to work where you want to. Whether it’s in the yard, your home office or at the kitchen table (or your client’s location) you only have to do the work you love.
Stress Freedom – You can eliminate a lot of stress when you have more balance in your life. If you choose a work from home business model that works best for your family you won’t be as stressed as when you’re trying to work around other people’s schedules.
Money Freedom – When you work for yourself on your own terms you can literally earn unlimited amounts of money. Many work at home moms earn six figures and even more than that. Pick the right path and you can be there too.
Before you decide to set out, here are some points you should put into consideration.
A)Explore the business type that appeals to you: Explore the type of business which would appeal to you most. Assess your goals, interests, and capabilities. The most important aspect is that you must enjoy what you are doing day in and day out. Successful entrepreneurs are the ones who feel passionate about the business they own. An entrepreneur cannot feel passionate and driven to success if they do not enjoy what they do.
B) Have a Marketing Strategy: No matter what type of home business you start, you must have a marketing plan ready to put into action. Almost every business today requires a relationship with the internet, and there are many marketing packages available on the internet as well as through local and national media. A successful business is never without a successful marketing strategy. Here are some tips for marketing your business.
Tips for Marketing your Home Business
Have a Website: For any type of business these day’s, a web presence is a must, how else will people know where to get your products easily. It may be a simple blog where you showcase your products and services. You can’t miss it by doing so. If you must have a blog then consider hosting with Jvzoo host, they charge you little for hosting per month and do not require you to pay yearly subscription upfront. Here is there link: Sign up now for hosting!
Build an Email List: Write your way to a home-based business. If you enjoy writing and have plenty to say concerning your product consider building an email list where you communicate with your customers daily. As you consistently communicate with them through writing you build loyalty and trust which culminates into a repeated purchase.
Your Signature Line: Take advantage of the signature line in your email program and make sure it includes the link to your website. This simple act can generate numerous sales. All email correspondence with customers should include this link so that they can easily find their way back to your website to purchase more product.
Friends and Family First: Just starting your home business? make contact with your friends and family to let them know what you are doing. Word of mouth can be very powerful, so simply letting them know of your plans is helpful. Consider offering them a discount on your product to get them motivated to purchase something.
Join an online Forum for your Business: Gather information on running a home business by joining an online forum on the topic. This way, you can connect with other home business owners and converse about your situations. Many people who work from home will have the same issues and problems as you, so you can share solutions.
Free Samples: Promote your home business by offering a coupon for a free sample or a discount for your services. People are attracted to free offers, so this is a good way to bring in new customers. People are more willing to try a new business if they do not have to risk their own money to try it.
Social Media is a Must: Utilize social networking to the best of your abilities especially for a home based business where you hardly have time to go out and market your products. If you aren’t using social networking within your home business, you are losing out on a great communication method that is used by countless businesses today to gain customers. Social networking improves your communication, visibility, and even your reputation within the target group you have chosen.
With these few tips, you already have the information you need to start that home-based business, so go ahead, Take action.