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6 DIY Tools To Make Your Ecommerce Business As Easy As a Snap

26th Sep 2014
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Business is hard. Or so they say. A few aspects of starting, running, and managing a business will always be hard. Not all aspects of a business have to be that way. How, you ask?

Enter the world of DIY phenomenon – a new era of technology sophistication living off the web to solve complex problems with simple solutions. Most developers and designers regard DIY as a “quick fix” and relegate these tools to the scrap pile.

The DIY tools available today are extremely capable, efficient, and bring out superb results.

Try them to believe it.

There was a saying: “There’s an app for that” to herald the coming of apps. Now, there’s more; there’s a solution to every problem (at least there are workarounds for little problematic eels that slip away). Here are some DIY apps that can solve your problems, as easy as a snap. No coding needed. Sometimes, no people needed too:

ShopIntegrator: Build your own store

It’s a tedious job to build your own ecommerce store. But it doesn’t have to be. Use cool tools like ShopIntegrator which can convert any website into a fully loaded ecommerce store.

That transformation isn’t just skin-deep either: you get to build your store the way you want it (responsive design is a given). You can manage your store, plug into a choice of multiple payment gateways, give your store a fortress like security with PCI compliance, and even go mobile with mobile ecommerce enabled.

Canva: Develop your own Graphics and Visuals

We are cursed with short attention spans and the Internet just pampers us even more. Visual media is the way to go today for marketing your business. Tom More, founder of Sidely, writes on The Next Web about the importance of visuals as a medium to communicate. However, it could cost you plenty of time and money to find designers who understand “marketing”. How about avoiding designers altogether?

With Canva, you very well can avoid designers (maybe reserve them for ultra specific, custom jobs). You can create visuals for social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest); you can create graphics for your blog posts, and you can even whip up a business card, a poster, or a flyer. Just like that.

You don’t even have to rack your brains for the right sizes for each job, thanks to the ready-made “canvas” made available.

Go visual for your business. Now.

Piktochart: Create your own Infographics

What’s left for effective link building and SEO today? Guest posting and infographics -- for most of us who don’t have the resources to make super tools like Open Explorer the way does. Do you have to hire a designer for infographics now?

You don’t need to, if you use Piktochart. The tool comes loaded with pre-made templates that you can tweak to your heart’s content and come up with infographics that can wow your audience.

You can start for free but the goodness comes with paid packages starting from just $39 per month.

AppMachine: Build for your business

Who says you’d have to spend thousands of dollars to get native mobile apps developed? Say hello to AppMachine – a way to build your own app with tons of pre-made building blocks available, including ecommerce.

Drag and drop blocks for your app, tweak the design or use any of the templates, and add content to your app using AppMachine’s in-built CMS solution. AppMachine – for all that it makes available to you – helps you develop an app for less than $35 per month (starting package).

The folks at AppMachine even do the hard work necessary to take your app live to Apple’s App store and Google Play.

Xero: Be your own accountant

Accounting systems have a reputation to be overwhelming, clunky, and are blessed with a user interface that’s well, messy. Can an accounting system really be robust with an exhaustive list of features but still be ladled with simplicity enough for anyone to use?

Xero is a full-suite accounting app that can tempt you to obviate the use of an accountant (at least in the beginning until your book-keeping becomes a mandatory operation better trusted with an expert).

Xero has everything in it for you to run your business such as “smart lists” for tracking regular customers, receivables, invoicing, reminders, recurring invoicing. It also features reports that can give you a complete view of how your business is, financial health wise.

Did we mention that Xero has tons of integrations with other services such as eBay, just to start with?

Zapier: Integrate anything into your workflow

Marketing automation is big, and it’s big for a reason. Automation is a close call to the entrepreneurial dream of “a business functioning on its own”. Well, almost.

According to Paul Roetzer of Content Marketing Institute, IDC predicts that the overall marketing automation business stands at a little more than US $3.2 billion and is all set to grow to $4.8 billion in the year 2015.

But marketing automation systems are expensive and your bill could run into thousands of dollars. How about doing automation for the price of a latte?

Zapier is your call.  The app literally plugs into thousands of apps and it also helps you create your own automation flows – from one app to another. And no, you don’t need developers to help you at all.

You could pick from any of the “zaps” – as they call these integrations – or you could build one from scratch. Build a “zap” where you don’t see an existing one in minutes.

There are many more DIY tools in the mix to make your business and this is only a sample of the awesomeness out there.

Have you used any of these tools before? Are you of the opinion that DIY tools can make your business better? Have you used any of these tools before?

Tell us all about your experiences.


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By Wilges
03rd Apr 2018 10:19

nowadays if you don't make use of social media to run your business advertising, you're actually going to lose out on a very big piece of the pie in your industry! It's not just the side banners that you see in your social media page, but the search results that you see on the Google or Yahoo search engine. You're going to want to make sure that you at least have a couple of advertising dollars in online media to make sure that you capture a small portion of your target market that's going to be shopping online for your product!

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