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Shopify Review: How To Start Your Online Business In 1 Day


By | source: Aug 31st, 2020

Technological advancements have brought on a new era of business ownership – the online business owner. Having an online business means that you get to save money on traditional business costs, like rent for a warehouse or utilities. 

So, let’s say you decide that you want to set up your online store. How easy, or difficult, is it really to start an online business? Can you go from 0-100 in just one day? You can, if you use an online store hosting platform like Shopify. Keep reading to find out how you can start an online business in just one day. 

What is Shopify?

home page of shopify website

Shopify is an eCommerce subscription platform where business owners create their website using the site’s servers. This means that you can build and manage your online store, without the hassle of maintaining your own domain. No need to upgrade servers or update software – Shopify is globally supervised, so the site is monitored 24/7. 

Shopify has over one million users in 175 different countries. And these users aren’t just small-time business owners. There are dozens of big-name companies, like Heinz, Red Bull, Harper Collins, Nestle, and Hasbro that have websites hosted through Shopify. Even these major brands understand the benefit of outsourcing website management responsibilities. 

How does it work? 

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Using Shopify is relatively simple. If you already have a domain name, you can connect your existing domain to Shopify using two methods. This is possible whether your website is fully operational or still in the developmental phases.

  1. Transfer your domain

A domain transferral gives Shopify full management of your site. Once transferred, you will pay for and renew your domain through Shopify, and not the previous host site. You also will be able to adjust your domain settings directly from your Shopify admin account.

  1. Connect your domain

If you prefer to keep your domain hosted elsewhere, you can simply connect it to Shopify without the need for a full transferral. The payment for your domain, its renewal, and settings will continue to be facilitated through the third-party.

If you have not already purchased a domain for your business, you can purchase one through Shopify. Your domain will be registered for one year and can be renewed yearly until you move hosting from Shopify or delete the domain. The domain is yours to keep, even if you decide to cancel your account.

How to set up your Shopify account in one day

red and white old-fashioned clock sitting on a wooden table

There are various ways to use Shopify, so it can be a bit difficult to determine which use is best for you. To decide how to utilize the site to its full potential, you can ask yourself a few questions:

  • What type of products or services am I selling?
  • Do I plan to sell only on my site or also in person, an online marketplace, and/or social media?
  • Will I be selling my own products or dropshipping?
  • What payment providers are available in my country?
  • Will I package and ship my items myself?
  • What is my budget for a monthly pricing plan?
  • How many staff members do/will I have?

Once you have these base questions answered, you can choose the Shopify pricing plan that both suits your budget and your needs. But – let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Follow the four steps below to kickstart your journey to a fully functioning online store.

Getting started

Step One: Signup for a free trial

signup form for shopify free trial

Shopify starts off every user with an automatic 14-day free trial. This means your first two weeks will be commitment-free! All you have to do is head to the Shopify homepage and click the Start free trial button in the top right corner. 

You’ll be directed to enter your name and email address and sent an email confirmation. Confirming your email will open a separate window where you’ll have to answer a few questions to help Shopify customize your store.

Step Two: Answer basic store queries

shopify's 'about your business' questionnaire

This section is critical for your store, so take your time as you answer each question. Shopify will ask you questions such as ‘Are you already selling?’, ‘What is your current revenue?’, and ‘Which industry will you be operating in?’

Some answers will cause additional options to pop up, some of them about your logo, brainstorming names for your business, and signing up for business webinars. If you are interested in any of the additional options, you can click to select them and move on to the next question. 

Step Three: Add your address

shopify address questionnaire

The next page is where you’ll need to enter your address. Even if you only plan to work online, without entering your address you can’t be paid. So this part is important! If your business is already registered, you can click the box in the lower-left corner to indicate this.

Step Four: Explore your admin page

admin page of a sample shopify store, Jane's Flower Shop

After you’ve entered your address, your administration page will load and appear. This page is directly reflective of the way you answered the questions in the first step. You’ll see prompts offering to help you complete actions such as finding products, customizing your store’s theme, setting up local delivery, and adding online tipping. 

You’ll also have access to Shopify Compass, a free training offered (one-on-one!) to help you set up your store. Using Shopify Compass will help speed up the learning process and make your one-day setup goal all that much easier.  

Customizing your store

free customizing theme options for a shopify store

Once you’ve made it to the admin page, you’re well on your way to finalizing your store. Shopify will automatically create a domain name for you that will look something like your-store-name.myshopify.com. Your next big step will be to add a customizing theme to your online store. 

Shopify has 70+ beautifully designed themes in its Theme Store to choose from, each of which is fully customizable. If you’re tech-savvy and feeling a bit creative, you can even edit your theme using HTML and CSS codes. All you need to do is choose a template, add some unique personal touches, and then you’re ready to launch! 

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about your store’s inventory. Adding your products and services is the next step.

Adding your inventory

shopify product addition page

After you’ve designed your store to your liking, you’ll need to add your products. This process may be the most time-consuming, so block out a few hours – just in case.  

First, you’ll need to upload your product images. Thankfully, many of the nitty-gritty’s of this section (like resizing product photos) are automated for your convenience. After upload, fill out the item’s detailed description, like its title, price(s) and available size(s), and color(s). You can even import your inventory in bulk from eBay, Magento, and/or an Excel or CSV file.

Indicate in the shipping section whether your product is physical and if so, its size and weight (if you know it). This section is also where you’ll need to state if you plan to ship your items yourself or use a fulfillment center. 

If you need to add a dropshipping option to your site, you can do so now using the Shopify App Store. There are over 200 dropshipping apps and services available! Just create an account on the dropshipping platform of your choice and head back over to Shopify to integrate the platform’s app. 

Setting up your payment processing

shopify payment provider explore page

You’ll need to add a payment provider to your site so you can receive customer payments. The way to do this is to enable the payment providers you wish to accept. Shopify Payments is a payment system that removes the need for adding a third-party provider. If you’d like to use Shopify Payments, you can create an account with your business details and banking information.

Since PayPal is one of the most trusted global payment providers, Shopify has made it default for each store. Another perk to setting up Shopify Payments? If you have a Shopify Payment account, you won’t be charged any additional fees when transacting through PayPal. 

Not interested in using Shopify Payment? You can deactivate this feature and accept credit card payments from over 100 credit card providers. If you decide to do this, just note that this may decrease your customer base, since credit card use is limited in some parts of the world.

Managing your domain

two woman seated and pointing at laptop screen

A vital part of your business lies in establishing a domain for your site. Although Shopify generates a generic URL when your site is created, you’ll want to get a little more personal. Having a personalized domain also assures customers that your business is trustworthy and credible. 

shopify domain explore page 

As mentioned previously, you can buy a domain through Shopify or connect or transfer an established domain. If you have a subdomain, you also add this to your site. A subdomain is essentially a part of your primary domain and can direct your customers to your website’s store. 

Rather than directing to a page on your primary domain, a subdomain allows you to create an entirely new website subsection for your store. An example of this is store.yourwebsite.com – the ‘store’ portion is the name of the subdomain, hosted on the ‘yourwebsite’ section. 

Editing your site’s Content Management System (CMS) 

shopify 'add page' section

The ‘About Me’, ‘Contact’, and ‘Home’ pages of your site shouldn’t be overlooked. You can get creative with the way you title these sections of your site. Instead of an ‘About Us’ page, you can have a ‘Getting to Know Us’ or ‘What We’re All About’ page. 

These small changes can help set your site apart from your competitors, in originality alone. You should add descriptive text and links and visually appealing photos and videos to these pages to aid your customers in understanding your brand. 

Setting up shipping details 

shipping and delivery options with shopify

How you set up your shipping will depend on where your store’s items are shipping from. If you are in the US or Canada, you have access to Shopify Shipping. Shopify Shipping can be managed from within your admin and provides you with predetermined rates and shipping labels for your items. With Shopify, you don’t have to worry about managing shipping once your business grows. You can ship items from up to 20 different locations!

If you are outside of the US or Canada, you can add your local shipping option instead. Just head to the Shopify App Store to find shipping providers in your country that meet your criteria. Remember to create shipping zones only for locations you are willing to ship to. Want to attract more customers to purchase items? Consider using basic shipping strategies, like free shipping over $100, to encourage customers and help finalize sales. 

Understanding taxes and billing

black calculator and pen resting on paper with numbers and calculations

As an online business owner, you are responsible for maintaining your own tax information. You may be new to handling your own taxes, but the Shopify Compass portal can help guide you in the right direction. Shopify helps to automatically calculate these taxes by using default tax rates from around the world. 

You’ll do well to check with your local tax authority or an accountant to ensure that you are complying with your country’s tax laws. Making a mistake on your taxes can cost you greatly in the long-run, so be sure you are well-informed about the payments required of you.

Launching your store!

woman standing next to shelving on homepage of shopify store

When you have finally made it through the last stages of site planning, you are ready to launch your site! Shopify has a “test order” option where you can simulate a real order to ensure that all your features are functioning. You’ll need to activate a paid Shopify plan to actually do the test order, so now is the time to choose one. We’ll talk about the options for plans in the Pricing section of this article a little later. For now, let’s cover the launch essentials. 

There are three ways to create your test order: using Shopify as a ‘bogus gateway’, using an actual payment provider, or using Shopify Payments. You’ll get further guidance for this test order when you get towards the end of the Shopify Compass video guides.

When you’ve done your checks and balances and your store is ready for launch, the process is swift and easy. Your site is automatically password-protected so that it can’t be accessed by customers while you’re still constructing it. To remove the password protection, head to Online Store, Preferences, and then Password protection. Click the check next to Enable password to turn off the feature and save the changes to complete the action. 

And, just like that, your new Shopify site is officially launched and live to customers! You can keep updating and editing your site as needed, but customers can now browse your site and place orders while you continue your site’s evolution. 

Five reasons why eCommerce shop owners use Shopify

numbers one, two, three, four, and five on a red background sitting above legos

#1 – You don’t have to worry about choosing the ‘perfect’ server – Whether you choose to transfer your domain or buy it through Shopify, your hunt for the ‘perfect’ server is over. Unlike with many third-party servers, Shopify is designed to be the optimal online store hosting platform. Shopify has features for every site detail you can imagine – you’re guaranteed to have the best server possible for your online business.

#2 – The Shopify App Store connects you with 1,200+ useful app integrations – The Shopify App Store is utilized by over 80% of Shopify users to integrate different applications to their stores. These apps often make managing your store much easier, and help you focus on growing and building your business. 

Install apps for everything from social media marketing, to dropshipping, to inventory management. Apps are both paid premium and free, so you can choose which options fit both your budget and your needs.

#3 – Server security and reliability are almost guaranteed – When you manage your own site, its reliability is completely up to you. Many business owners know nothing about website management, and have to hire costly web developers to handle the more tricky, technical aspects. Security updates, software upgrades, and data analytics are all handled with Shopify – which leaves you free to manage your business.

#4 – The size of your online store isn’t a factor – You don’t need to have 100,000+ site visitors or hundreds of inventory items to have a successful online store. Shopify gives you all the tools you need to thrive as a business owner, even with a smaller-size store. You may only be selling three or four products and you’ll still have access to all the same amazing features, and benefits as larger stores. 

 #5 – Shopify’s interface is user-friendly and easy to navigate – Your customers need a website that isn’t overly complicated. No matter how great your product is, if your customers have a hard time navigating your site, they’ll likely never make it to the ‘submit payment’ stage. Shopify stores are all optimized for mobile use, so customers can comfortably shop from any of their devices.   

Shopify pricing vs Competitor pricing

woman counting money in her hand while sitting at a black table with a notebook and pen

Before you decide to put all that effort into setting up your Shopify account, let’s compare its pricing plans to those of its competitors.

So, who are some of Shopify’s major competitions? There are quite a few, but we’ll be focusing on the top three most popular options: Wix, BigCommerce, and Squarespace. 

Here’s a quick table breaking down the three main tiers of pricing at each platform (in USD). 

 

Shopify Wix BigCommerce Squarespace
Basic $29 $17 $29.95 $26/annual

$30/month

Standard $79 $25 $71.95/annual

$79.95/month

Premium $299 $35 $269.96/annual

$299.95/month

$40/annual

$46/month

 

As you can see, the Shopify and BigCommerce plans are comparable in cost, while Wix and Squarespace have similar pricing. This is likely due to the fact that both Shopify and BigCommerce cater to customers interested in scaling their businesses. 

Online store owners who intend to increase their revenue without increasing costs (which is what ‘scaling’ entails) need specialized support and features to do so.

Wix and Squarespace

Both Wix and Squarespace are website hosting platforms that allow an online business website, but neither is directly designed for eCommerce. Their pricing is much lower than Shopify or BigCommerce to reflect less advanced features. A less complicated interface is certainly a positive for beginners, which is why both platforms are still solid Shopify competitors.

A significant downside? Both platforms offer less backend control than Shopify. This means that while your site may be easier to create, you have decreased flexibility in terms of your site’s functionality. 

BigCommerce

BigCommerce has a complex interface that both attracts and deters users, depending on how tech-savvy they may be. As an eCommerce platform, BigCommerce is formatted for online business owners that want a more streamlined start-to-finish service. In contrast to Shopify, BigCommerce is a fully integrated platform – removing the dependence on apps.

Although it sells itself on integration, BigCommerce has a complex interface that isn’t suited for beginners. The learning curve is a bit steep, but if you are more advanced or willing to put in the effort, it can be worth your while. 

Are there cons to using Shopify?

frustrated woman sitting in front of laptop while throwing her hands up

No platform is without downsides.  Shopify is no exception to this rule. If you are looking for a cheap online store-building option, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Shopify also can be a little complicated to navigate without the help of its many tutorials and guides. Other platforms may offer more design themes than Shopify, which are easier for you to customize and add your own personal flair. 

Here’s a shortlist of some of the main points of contention that users have expressed about Shopify:

  • Shopify Payments is only available when selling from certain countries
  • Transaction fees are unavoidable when using third-party payment providers
  • Only nine of Shopify’s 70+ design themes are free – the rest require a one-time payment of $180 for use
  • The apps in the Shopify App Store often come with their own associated fees
  • No free version available, only a 14-day free trial
  • 24/7 tech support is available through live chat and email, but some users find these services slow and have to rely on community forums 
  • Changing your store’s theme requires you to reformat your site since many of your formatting is not automatically integrated

So, is Shopify the right hosting platform for you? 

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In the grand scheme of things, the downsides of Shopify are minor when compared to its benefits. You’ll need to be comfortable investing more money into your company than the average eCommerce platform might require, but the payoff is a powerful platform at your fingertips. 

Do you need to start an online business in just one day? Then Shopify is the easy, hassle-free, user-friendly eCommerce platform for you. There are plenty of other online business hosting platforms, but Shopify wins in the areas that matter. It continues to outperform its competitors in design flexibility, help and support, sales features, and customer satisfaction.

Your online business deserves the best backend and frontend development possible. Shopify offers you amazing, state-of-the-art web development services, perfect for setting up, launching, and growing your online store. 

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How To Get Rid of Phone Addiction With 9 Easy Steps


By | source: Nov 23rd, 2021

Smartphones have become an integral part of our everyday life. Of course, they have a lot of benefits that make our life better. However, the excessive use of phones may result in huge problems with health.

The first thing to do is to have more free time spent without a smartphone. If you lack free time, you can try to write my paper with the help PaperWriter service. Furthermore, look through the list of working techniques to get rid of phone addiction and change your life for the better.

woman standing while using phone

Why is Phone Addiction a Serious Problem?

Smartphone addiction is a serious problem because it has a lot of negative effects on both physical and mental health:

  • Aggravating short-time memory;
  • Less emotional recovery;
  • Increased feeling of loneliness and depression;
  • Poor quality of conversation;
  • Adverse impact on the quality of sleep;
  • Increasing obesity;
  • Relationships problems;
  • Increased anxiety;
  • Problems with studying;
  • Poor academic performance;
  • Problems with eyes;
  • Frequent headaches.

This list of the most frequent outcomes of phone addiction shows that the problem affects health and quality of life. That’s why it is crucial to find the best solutions to overcome phone addiction and improve your wellness.

Simple Tips For Getting Rid of Phone Addiction

Getting rid of phone addiction is a chance to change your life for the better. After trying these simple tips, you will see that you get a lot of free time, improve the learning process, and have a good mood.

Customize the Notifications

The first step to solve the problem of phone addiction is to customize the notifications. Thus, the surveys show that people cannot ignore notifications that result in the excessive use of smartphones.

You need to limit the notifications, especially when you are at college or busy. This way, you won’t have an additional reason to turn on your smartphone and look through the messages. After some time, you will feel less stressed because nothing will disturb you from important things.

Delete All Unnecessary Apps

The next important thing is to delete all unnecessary apps. For example, if you need to study a lot, social media apps will be the main reason to be distracted. Thus, try to delete them for some time, and you will see how much free time you get.

Also, look through all the apps installed on your smartphone. Maybe, you will find a lot of unnecessary apps you will never use. Delete them, as they can send notifications that are too disturbing.

Create a Plan to Use a Smartphone

One more good idea is to create a plan for your smartphone usage. If you feel that you are too addicted to smartphones, you need to write down how many apps you use during the day and for what purpose. It will help understand why smartphone addiction is a great problem.

With the new plan, you will start to control the usage of smartphones. Also, you will have a detailed schedule for the day. Undoubtedly, it will make your college life easier and well-organized.

Take a Holiday

Specialists recommend taking holidays without any gadgets. It is a nice way to detox your mind from social media and tons of information. For example, you can go on a trip or camping for the weekend. Spending time close to nature has a lot of benefits, such as a good mood. Furthermore, such a holiday will also be useful for both mental and physical health.

If you think your relatives and friends will worry about your long absence online, notify them about your short holiday.

Do Not Use Smartphone Before Going to Bed

The next working suggestion is not to use smartphones before going to bed. Thus, the specialists have already found out that the blue light of the display negatively affects the quality of sleep.

Furthermore, people often do not control how much time they spend with smartphones in bed. It starts with several minutes and ends with almost half of the night scrolling through Instagram or Facebook. So, if you want to sleep well and feel good in the morning, get rid of your phone for 3-4 hours before bed.

man using his phone to watch YouTube videos

 

Use Apps to Limit Phone Usage

 

We talked about the negative effects of unnecessary apps at the beginning of the article. But there are also useful apps that help limit phone usage during the day. If you want to stay healthy and have a lot of free time, try this effective way to get rid of smartphone addiction.

Such apps as Rescue Time or AppDetox will become your best friends during the day. The main advantage of these programs is in controlling the time period you spend on a phone.

Try to Use a Feature Phone for Some Time

In case of serious phone addiction, it is recommended to use a feature phone for some time. The main benefit of this phone is the absence of social media apps. Thus, you will use it only for its direct purpose—to call someone if necessary.

After several weeks of this experiment, you can get back to your smartphone. If you see that you can control the time spent on social media, you will overcome your addiction.

Replace the Bad Habit

Experts recommend trying to replace the bad habit with the good one. In case of phone addiction, you can search for a new hobby to overcome this problem. Try to read books before going to sleep instead of surfing the Internet. This way, you will spend time with pleasure and get new knowledge.

Change Thinking

Finally, you need to change your thinking to overcome the addiction. Try to analyze your life to find out the main reason for excessive use of the smartphone. Maybe, the main cause for it is feelings of loneliness, depression, or some life problems. After you realize it, you will solve this issue faster.

girl checking her social media on the phone

Key Takeaway

To conclude, it is vital to find working solutions to overcome the problem of phone addiction. If you feel that you spend too much time on the phone, it is the right time to try at least one of the tips from this list. Always remember that a smartphone is a tool but not the thing that can control your life.

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10 Ways How to Improve Writing Skills On Your Own


By | source: Nov 20th, 2021

If you keep a daily journal,  you can benefit from it a lot by just adding a few new pages on a regular basis. This routine helps you to understand yourself better and watch your personal evolution. You might notice how you change and grow. It’s actually a very therapeutic habit that helps to connect with your true self.

By the way, have you ever thought that writing makes your thinking better? In order to write, you must first have an idea of what you want to say. Hence, you need to order your thoughts and put them into a logical chain. While producing ideas and arranging them into a well-ordered sequence, your thinking clarity improves. What’s more, writing requires you to do proper research on the topic. By reading different sources, you become smarter.

As you can see, writing is very beneficial. However, we usually avoid writing activities if they are not related to our work or studies. Typically, writing is a kind of professional or learning obligation. And it requires mastery. But what to do if you are not really good at it? Let’s find it out!

young girl sitting on the sofe and working woth book and on her laptop

1. Use a Professional Web Editor

You might have noticed that most text editors have a built-in proofing tool that corrects basic spelling and grammar. But the problem is that such free tools miss a lot of errors and don’t teach you about the mistakes you’ve made. Hence, you should focus on professional online editors like Grammarly and Hemingway instead. These tools do not only help you identify your errors but also explain how to correct them.

2. Read Classic Literature

It’s not a secret that the best writers are keen readers. In fact, regular reading is a great way to enhance your writing skills. But if it’s not about blog posts on the web. To become a better writer, you should choose more challenging material. Additionally, you need to pay special attention to sentence structure, word choice, and how the content flows.

3. Practice every single day

When it comes to refining any type of skills, you must be disciplined. Practice writing on a daily basis and make it a habit. There is no need to create something complicated, easy-to-read blog posts and short articles would be enough. You can also commit to Morning Pages, writing down a stream of your consciousness by hand.

4. Start Writing Essays to Improve Your Writing

Another great way to boost your writing skills is essay writing. If you don’t know what to begin with, then choose a topic you are interested in and create a series of essays about it. Most importantly, pick a subject you are really passionate about, so you will enjoy this activity. By the way, in case you want to get feedback on your work, you can go to https://gradesfixer.com/fix-my-essay/ and ask experts to fix your essay. This way, you will see your mistakes and learn about your areas of improvement.

man sitting at the table with his laptop

5. Read Your Texts Out Loud

A good final test for your content is reading it out loud. Even though you have written everything absolutely grammatically correct, your text might sound unnatural. If any part of your writing is difficult to say out loud, you should improve it for better clarity.

6. Visit a Workshop

Joining a writing workshop can be very exciting. But apart from having fun, you will definitely learn new things there. To attend such events, you don’t need to have an unfinished novel. There are a lot of content marketing meet-ups nowadays, so you can benefit from them as well.

7. Imitate your favorite writers

Imitation doesn’t mean that you should plagiarize someone. It can have bad consequences for you, so never rip off anyone’s work. But you can identify what you enjoy about others’ work and use it in your own writing.

8. Don’t Make Edits while Writing

Don’t even try to make your text perfect at once. Editing while writing is a huge mistake as being obsessed about spelling, word order and outcome can ruin your creativity. The only thing you should focus on is getting your thoughts out on paper. However, if you can’t stop correcting the mistakes, use some dictation software.

9. Create a Set of Templates

If you are writing for commercial purposes and your content always has a similar structure, create templates for it. They are not only timesavers but also very effective tools that can boost your productivity. Besides, your text will look perfectly organized.

woman working on a laptop

10. Find a Writing Buddy

As human beings, we all need support in everything we do to achieve extraordinary results. Although writing is usually thought of as a solitary activity, it’s better done in a team. Find somebody who also wants to hone their skills and help each other. You can ask your partner to set interesting tasks for you and give comments on your work. This will provide you with a fresh view, which is a must for self-development.

Blog Posted In Holiday, Retail

Restock Your Kitchen with Satisfying Storage Ideas for Black Friday 2021


By | source: Nov 17th, 2021

An organized kitchen can be the most appealing and satisfying thing. Sales are around the corner and there is an extensive list to buy. If you are waiting for a long time to have all that you want then the right time is approaching. You’ll find this storage wishlist to be useful as you will find all that you need.

I find organized storage to be oddly satisfying. The beautiful arrangement of colors and best utilization of spaces to be calming. But to make my storage essential purchases budget-friendly I wait for this time at the year-end to restock all the necessary storage items from the best Homestore through Ashley Furniture Promo Code.

When it comes to home essentials I completely trust Ashley as they provide premium quality material at their best price.

When we step into the kitchen we feel like entering into a whole world of colors and objects. To arrange them you need a diverse as well as an extensive range of containers to store them.

Fridge Organizers

You will find a wide variety of fridge organizers to store different products. The most amazing one which I like the most is the beverage organizer as you can easily grab your drink without disturbing or dislocating items from your fridge.

  • Storage Baskets
  • Plastic boxes
  • Eggs holder
  • Vegetable and fruits baskets
  • Milk container
  • Silicon lid covers

By making an arrangement that is clean and appealing not only relaxes your mind while the advance of technology makes the food stay longer as the containers help to slow down the ripening process and you get greater utility in consuming them as food stays fresh for a longer period.

Currently because of technical advancement companies have also made improvements and made fridges that keep food fresh for longer and have built-in storage containers to give the customer complete ease. But if you don’t have such a fridge, you can also get the best containers in the black Friday sale!

fridge storage

Kitchen table with Storage

The most useful amazing thing that I have found on the internet in 2021 is this kitchen table that has storage along with it. I get stressed out while stocking drinks and beer bottles on the shelf as they easily get broken while taking them out. By having this table they can keep glasses, drinks, bottles, and any other thing I desire to have while having any meal. Easy, quick, and handy!

In my friend’s opinion, it’s the best thing while partying as anyone can make the drinks at ease. The crockery below it provides the comfort of not getting interrupted while having food with the family.

kitchen table with storage

Wooden Storage box

Keeping the environment in concern and switching towards eco-friendly products is the need of the hour. If we want our future generation to get all the resources and facilities we have today, then we need to adopt eco-friendly products so that our generation can enjoy the life we are enjoying.

Wooden storage boxes look very attractive and are safe to use. According to a survey natural cedar, teak wood and redwood containers are safer to use in comparison with other container materials.

wooden storage box

Storage Ottoman

Ottoman storage can be the most modern yet antique way of storing things as they can be utilized for seating purposes as well as storage purposes at the same time. They look so beautiful in the living lounge and easily fit in any part of the house. You can pick them in a plain solid color or beautiful abstracts or traditional ottoman prints. I usually keep kids’ toys and playing items in the ottoman so that they can easily play with them and wind it up once done.

storage ottoman

Lockable storage box

There are many things that we desire to keep in the lock. It can be anything. Most of the time we try to save our shoes when we are traveling as being barefooted is the most troublesome. Coming summer I am planning to travel abroad and I badly need to have lockable storage boxes as they are multipurpose. I can keep shoes in these, I can keep my makeup in them so that my expensive makeup might not get ruined. Moreover, I can keep liquid bottles such as contact solutions, shampoo, oiling bottles, makeup remover, and toner, or any other thing that might be prone to leak. I have found it to be most useful for many aspects.

Mini Fridge storage cabinet

The most useful and amazing thing that I found at my mate place you a mini fridge storage cabinet. The feature that I liked the most is that I can keep my food stock just along with the fridge so that I can keep a check when my supplies are running out. I can have what I want whether a chilled beverage or at room temperature. You can keep a microwave oven or toaster at the top. You can even make it a cutting place where you can easily chop your veggies by standing up straight.

Other than that you can store cereals, snacks, munchies, crackers, and all that you want. I have short-listed some of the places from where I will surely get a mini fridge storage cabinet for myself.

 Spices Mason Jars

Women find spices to be the most interesting as well as difficult thing to differentiate. Spices have their unique texture and aroma that is needed to be preserved so that whenever needed we can get the spices fresh and ready to use to make the meal delicious. Storing them in mason jars is the new thing and labeling them can make your daily cooking quick and convenient.

These were some of the items that I am surely going to buy this Black Friday Sale. If you are planning to create your wish list you can also add these useful and handy items to help you carry-out you’re your daily routine activities.

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Flodesk Review: Pros and Cons


By | source: Oct 18th, 2021

Emailing your customers continues to be an important way to connect with them. Even though there are so many ways to get in touch, you’d be surprised at how many businesses still win using email. You can email updates, offers, and more to interest and keep your audience.

But to do that you’ll need a solid email marketing platform.

Let’s take a peek behind the curtain of one of the newer email platforms Flodesk.

 

Flodesk reviewWhat is Flodesk?

Flodesk launched as an email marketing platform built by creators, for creators. Its founders, Martha Bitars and Rebecca Shostak, designed Flodesk as an affordable alternative for small businesses and bloggers who prefer a “design-first” approach.

Readers will appreciate the eye-catching email templates and easy-to-use UI (user interface). Flodesk even offers automation sequences to keep your readers engaged, customizable form builder, and detailed analytics.

And best of all, you can get started in just minutes – no coding required!

 

Flodesk Review: Main Features 

As a newer platform, Flodesk is fairly light on features, instead focusing on the design elements of email marketing. That said, with upgrades rolling out every few months and a robust framework in place, it offers plenty of perks already.  

Built-in Email Templates 

Currently, Flodesk offers about 30 email templates for subscribers. While they’re simple and modern, they’re also sleek, relying on pictures and block formatting for a flow-down-the-page feel. 

Using the drag-and-drop editor, you can customize each template to focus on images or text as needed. Or you can layer both together to build something new and exciting using your own fonts and colors. 

But if Flodesk’s templates aren’t enough, the company frequently partners with content creators to design more. Plus, you can use their blank-slate editor to build your own from scratch!

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Automated Workflows

In this fast-moving world, software that completes repetitive (but essential) tasks can save you tons of time. Using Flodesk’s drag-and-drop editor, you can design workflows in seconds and shave hours off your week. And with four customizable templates to choose from, you can advertise, welcome, nurture, and convert with ease!

 

Flodesk Form Builder 

Eye-catching landing pages are an integral part of email marketing. And while Flodesk doesn’t provide designated landing pages, you can use their attractive form builder to create:

  • Website pop-ups
  • Embeddable forms
  • Forms packed with all manner of fonts, colors, pictures, and links
  • Your own call-to-action buttons

And all of this occurs in Flodesk’s minimalist, user-friendly interface. 

 

Simple – Yet Robust – Analytics

Flodesk also offers an analytics dashboard to tie the whole platform together. From here, you can look at an email campaign’s deliverability, opens, click-throughs, and bounce rate. Additionally, you can organize information by user device, check link performance, and resend unopened emails at the click of a button. 

 

Flodesk Pros

An email marketing platform is only as useful as its tools. While Flodesk is new, it’s also optimized for its target demographic: design-first entrepreneurs and small businesses. 

 

Clean, Code-Free UI

You can use Flodesk with ease whether you’re a computer expert or an email marketing newbie. And you won’t have to learn HTML or CSS to get started, removing a crucial barrier for many non-tech-savvy users. 

But just because you don’t have to code doesn’t mean Flodesk can’t produce a clean product – for you or your readers. Whether you focus on email creation, form building, or workflow design, Flodesk provides a slick interface packed with automations.

 

Gorgeous Templates

Flodesk prides itself on sleek, modern, conversion-driving emails. While its template library is limited, each is fully customizable with the drag-and-drop editor. 

And thanks to their image-focused block-style format, Flodesk emails draw your readers’ attention right where you want it. Rather than crowding out your emails with details, you can nurture leads with messages that are simple and gorgeous. 

 

The Flodesk Community

Flodesk provides plenty of assistance to guide entrepreneurs to success. 

To start, the Flodesk Help Center is jam-packed with information on setting up your account, creating workflows, email and form design, and more. If you have a question on a topic that’s not covered, you can submit a help ticket or peruse the Flodesk Insiders Facebook Group. 

But Flodesk doesn’t just want you to succeed at making attractive emails; they want you to succeed, period. That’s why they created Flodesk University, a community for professionals to share insights in short, information-packed videos. 

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Continual Feature Rollout

Because of its pared-down approach, some creators find that Flodesk doesn’t offer enough tools for their needs. And, as a newer platform, Flodesk is still missing some features that even minimalists find necessary for their email campaigns. 

That said, Bitars and Shostak roll out new features and upgrades frequently, meaning that Flodesk’s punch gets more powerful all the time. 

For example, Flodesk reports that landing page functionality is coming soon. Plus, their content partners regularly create new templates for their library. 

 

Unlimited Everything – Forever 

Flodesk only offers one pricing plan: $38 per month, or $418 per year. According to Flodesk, this price includes “Unlimited everything, forever.”  That means that you’ll never have to worry about price hikes due to new features or your growing email list. 

 

Flodesk Cons

New toys are shiny and fun – but in Flodesk’s case, some functions are still under development. And while Flodesk is rolling toward becoming a full-service email marketing service, some features remain sorely lacking.  

Steep Price Entry Point

We noted Flodesk’s one price for life policy above. While you won’t face sudden price hikes, $38 per month is steep for minimal features – especially for small email lists. 

Lack of Advanced Features 

Unfortunately, though Flodesk has some plans in the works, their newness means that they lack some advanced features. 

For instance, there’s no dedicated landing page builder; you have to use their generic form builder. And if you need more advanced workflows, increasingly segmented email lists, or in-depth analytics, you’re out of luck – at least for now.  

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Design Constraints

Flodesk offers nearly three dozen templates and a blank slate to design your own emails. But you’ll still have to work within the limitations of their platform, including their limited color palette, a mere handful of fonts, and maximum image sizes.  

Not Built for Mobile Use

Flodesk doesn’t offer a mobile app, which can prove prohibitive if you work primarily from a tablet. And though you can view your analytics on mobile, all new content must originate from a desktop device. 

 

Few Integrations 

Lastly, Flodesk only integrates with a handful of platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, Google, Slack, Shopify, and WordPress. And while you can link with Zapier, buying another membership can substantially increase your costs. 

 

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Flodesk: Is It Worth It?

Flodesk is an email marketing platform for those who value the look of their campaigns. Though it offers a minimal feature palate, the service’s robust automations, built-in templates and form builder, and regular feature upgrades and rollouts make it an attractive option for:

  • Design-first entrepreneurs
  • Small businesses with simple needs
  • Bloggers with a large email base who don’t want to pay for unneeded features

Flodesk costs $38 per month, or $418 per year (with one month free). But if you’re not sure whether Flodesk will suit your needs, they offer a one-month free trial – no credit card required! 

And though $38 per month is steep for smaller email lists, the company states that you get “unlimited everything, forever.” That means that as you grow, the platform’s features (but not their price) will grow with you.

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10 Essential Skills Every Digital Marketer Needs For A Successful Career


By | source: Aug 23rd, 2021

A digital marketer is a marketing specialist and professional that mostly uses digital channels to get to potential or current customers. They aid in building brand awareness as well as promoting products and services. Moreover, the job description of a digital marketer includes several skills. This, in layman’s language, means that digital marketers wear many hats.

One of their many responsibilities is to write and dispatch email marketing campaigns. A digital marketer also does the creation and uploading of the website of the company they work for. All marketing must also ensure that content is search engine optimized. Digital marketers also provide reports after accurate analysis when demonstrating the effective return of an investment. Read on to find out more about the 10 essential skills needed to become a successful digital marketer.

 

SEO and SEM

Search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) are crucial in digital marketing. Having SEO skills as a digital marketer helps you learn about traffic, enabling you to bring more traffic to your website. Notably, this skill also helps in getting better conversions from that traffic. Learning about optimizing your website can only be possible with this skill in the bag. Also, the incorporation of paid search advertising is another form of digital marketing that is available today.

Having SEM skills helps a digital marketer in designing ads for better targeting. This aids in brand recognition getting sites like Platin Casino UK to the top of searches. It also aids in bringing in targeted traffic to your website. Merging these two skills can prove to be very instrumental in ensuring that you become a good digital marketer.

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Data Analysis

Data analysis is very important to any digital marketing specialist. The importance of data in understanding the target audience can’t be ignored. Having good data analysis skills as a digital marketer is useful for understanding the concerns of your customers. Furthermore, you get to learn and understand consumer behavior and demographics. This information helps you to see trends allowing you to make data-driven predictions that aid you to make helpful and insightful decisions. For example, you are better placed for knowing when your product will be most in demand. It can also prove to be beneficial for getting higher returns. Thus, skills in analytics, as you can see, are very instrumental for a successful digital marketing career.

 

Writing and Editing

Writing and editing are by far the most important skills you should develop to become a successful digital marketer. If you want to generate influential content like blog posts, you must have good writing skills. This skill is quite important in learning how to source and create top-quality content. You also need the editing skill to turn a piece into content that will create an impact. Good content is essential for effective digital marketing. For this reason, you should sharpen your skills in writing and editing to aid in this. This helps in generating good content for the targeted audience. As you do this, you get better results, and it will also help you improve your marketing career.

 

Email Marketing

Email marketing is a direct form of marketing channel employed in digital marketing. It is the use of email to promote products and services. This tool is often used to make customers aware of your latest products and services. For example, if you have offers, you can utilize this tool to propagate automated marketing efforts. Furthermore, as a digital marketer, having good email marketing skills is quite important in improving customer relations. In this way, you get the chance to have direct contact with customers, which in turn helps you build a good rapport with them and learn more about the customers’ needs. All in all, this skill can help a lot in converting potential customers into actual customers because you have the chance of reaching them effectively.

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Adaptability and Problem Solving

Adaptability is all about being able to handle change in an environment. As a digital marketer, you will know that your target market is constantly changing. What you might know now may not be relevant in the coming months because of changes in the target market. Thus, you have to adapt to remain relevant in this field. Possessing adaptability skills is, therefore, very important in digital marketing. In addition to adaptability, you should also strive to improve your problem-solving skills.

Reaching some target markets through digital marketing can be challenging, but good problem-solving skills enable you to work around any issues. When you develop these skills, you can be sure that you will remain relevant even with changing target audiences. So, these skills are essential in making sure that you can progress your digital marketing career effectively.

 

Social Media Skills

Moving forward, we live in a time where, most probably, almost everyone spends time on a social media platform daily. This is why every digital marketer targets social media marketing. Furthermore, there are a plethora of social media platforms available. Therefore, as a digital marketer, social media skills, such s creating relevant hashtags to generate leads, are both helpful and vital. These skills enable you to create a brand’s story, design effective adverts, and identify the right social media channel for your advertising. The most important outcome of these skills is that they enable you to increase brand awareness. Many people interacting with your posts make your brand recognizable. Hence, you get an opportunity to begin building your brand’s reputation.

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Advertising Skills

Advertising is the backbone of product promotion and marketing according to experts. It is almost impossible to think of marketing without this aspect coming into the picture. Having advertising skills as a digital marketer can boost your digital marketing career greatly. In short, having good advertising skills will aid you in identifying the best placement for different adverts. You will also understand which is the best advertisement to use for a specific audience. Having good advertising skills will assist you to tailor the specifics so that you can design an effective advertisement for the particular audience that you are dealing with.

 

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Creativity and Design Skills

People are always attracted to what is appealing to them. So, creativity helps in crafting better marketing strategies. The digital marketing field has many players. Due to this, you need to stand out from the crowd. By being creative, you will come up with better ideas for marketing. You can also tailor your marketing strategies to meet the needs of different groups. In addition to that, how you design your adverts and products can also play a big role in producing a successful marketing campaign. You should strive to acquire good design skills to help you deliver good content. Furthermore, in order to make your digital marketing campaign stand out, creativity and design skills are essential.

 

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Communication Skills

Marketing is all about sending your message across to customers and making sure that customers receive and understand your message. This emphasizes the importance of communication in digital marketing. However, it is not just communication, but good communication that is required when it comes to digital marketing. For instance, a company that communicates effectively will benefit from building up a loyal customer base. In the same way, digital marketers benefit from good communication skills. In fact, good communication skills lead to higher conversion rates. To add to that, you will develop a good rapport with your customers. As a result, those customers become more loyal, thereby making you a successful digital marketer. The bottom line is that you should always strive to sharpen your communication skills as it is an essential skill in the digital marketing industry.

 

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning involves forward-thinking. This is what is needed to grow a business. Basically, this skill can help you plan when to take specific actions to achieve your set objectives. Some strategic planning skills are essential in digital marketing in order to be able to adapt to the constantly changing markets. Making use of this skill will help you find out what actions are needed and when with the purpose of achieving your marketing goals. In addition, you will get a clearer understanding of the business environment. This enables you to make informed marketing decisions, helping you improve your marketing outcomes. Every project needs a good strategic plan for it to succeed. The same is true for digital marketing campaigns. Hence, this skill is one of the most important skills for a digital marketer.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, digital marketers need various skills to make their careers successful. One of the main skills is the ability to communicate effectively, so good creativity especially in relation to writing, editing, and design skills, is essential. Understanding SEO and SEM also contributes to successful communication. Several of the skills mentioned above are interlinked. Thus, it is important to be able to analyze data and combine this with good advertising, social media, and email marketing skills to target the right market through the right medium.

While having an overall strategic plan is important, being adaptable and able to solve problems is also key in the ever-changing digital marketing world. There are many factors that will play a key role in your marketing career, but acquiring and improving on the 10 essential skills mentioned above will help you become a successful digital marketer.

 

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