What is Online Arbitrage? A Guide for Beginners on a Budget

Deep in the corner of the e-commerce ecosystem is online arbitrage. If you're not familiar with the concept, it basically is a way to source inventory online you intend to resale on marketplaces like eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, and dozens of other online sales channels. Or even in a retail store if you have one. Part of this challenge is finding low-cost items on one website, and selling them for a profit on one of these marketplace platforms. If you're starting with a low sourcing [...]

By | 2018-09-19T20:58:54+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Business Efficiency|1 Comment

11 Tips for Starting a Lifestyle Apparel Brand on a Budget

In this blog, I want to share a few successes and mistakes I encountered when starting my own lifestyle apparel brand. If you've got an idea for a clothing company but don't know where to start, this is for you. There are a few things I wish I had known when getting started that you will want to avoid or simply pay attention to. 1. First, figure out what will make your brand unique Before deciding on a name, or even a niche, it's [...]

By | 2018-03-26T20:55:59+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Business Efficiency|2 Comments

5 Key Steps to Convert a Spare Bedroom into a Home Office

Having a dedicated office space is critical to growing any small business, but how can you possibly get anything done in your home with all the distractions? Having a dedicated office space is a great option, but for small businesses on a budget, it may not be practical. In this blog, I'll cover 5 important steps to convert a spare bedroom into an awesome office space: Decide what kind of storage you need Depending on the type of business you are running, you may [...]

By | 2018-02-10T03:38:07+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Business Efficiency|0 Comments

Heat Press vs Screen Printing vs DTG: What’s Best for Your Budget?

If you're looking into printing t-shirts (or even hoodies) there are a lot of factors to consider that can save you a lot of money in the long run. Are you a business owner, or just need a few dozen shirts printed? In this blog, I'll share a few tips for comparing the heat transfer, screenprinting, and DTG printing methods and how to choose the one most cost effective for you. Before you decide between DTG, screen printing, or the heat press method, here is [...]

By | 2018-03-30T14:12:47+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Business Efficiency|2 Comments

How to Take Good eBay Pictures Under $100 – A Beginner’s Guide

Taking good pictures for eBay or any other e-commerce business can be the deciding factor for consumers considering a purchase. Do you have the most attractive angle? Can you read the fine print on an item? Are the colors accurate? There are many factors that can go into taking great pictures for eBay, Amazon, or your e-commerce store, with some solutions being alot more expensive than others. In this blog, I'll break down the basics for taking great pictures for your e-commerce business all [...]

By | 2018-09-19T20:59:29+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Business Efficiency|0 Comments

How to Organize Inventory for a Small Business on a Budget

If you find yourself running a small business out of an apartment, townhouse, or a single bedroom - inventory is eventually going to become a problem. For small business owners, storing your inventory might not be a problem - but finding it once orders start pouring in can be a challenge. I've had inventory lost, and believe me, it's not a fun experience for you or your buyer, and can jeopardize your entire business if it continues to happen. Whether you are selling on [...]

By | 2018-01-07T06:33:52+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Business Efficiency|0 Comments

Need a Cheap Thermal Printer for eBay or Amazon? 5 Models Under $200

If you find yourself like I did - in need of a way to print labels quicker for eBay, Amazon, or any other e-commerce business your are running, investing in a thermal printer is a must. Time is money, and while using a standard inket printer and some clear packing tape may work for smaller sellers, a thermal printer takes literally one second to print a label. Off with the backing, and straight on the package. There are dozens of models out there, but instead [...]

By | 2018-06-11T18:05:27+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Business Efficiency|1 Comment

Staples Hyken Chair vs Herman Miller Aeron – Budget Office Chair Review

Thinking about a good office chair for your small business? Today, I'm going to be reviewing a couple of desk chairs I sit in every single day. At work, there is the classic Aeron chair by Herman Miller. In my home office writing this blog, I'm currently sitting in the Hyken Model chair by Staples. First off, one thing to keep in mind is that these chairs differ greatly in their new purchase price. Expect to pay anywhere from around $500 to over $1,500 depending [...]

By | 2018-03-26T20:53:41+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Business Efficiency, Product Reviews|0 Comments

Building a Small Business? 8 Cost-Saving Tips for 2018

So you're trying to build up your small business, and thought you would consult Google. The results page is filled with so-called 'cost-saving' business tips, but many are just not relevant to most. Tips like obtaining a business license, setting up an LLC, hiring an accountant, and spending $10,000 on what's, well..just an idea at this point. Not to worry, many of these 8 cost-saving tips for building a small business can be applied with a couple hundred dollars, or no cost at all: 1. Leverage [...]

By | 2018-01-02T04:13:14+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Business Efficiency|0 Comments