With some deep breathing exercises, the pain in my chest subsides and the heat of my anger starts to cool. I look at a curious email that just by happenstance pings into my inbox. It’s from Shopify Partners, and reads, “Congratulations! ByteStand App has been selected to be highlighted on the front page of the Shopify App Store.”
Whatever anger and anxiety I had releases from around my chest and hits the office floor with a thud. I’m now filled with bright light and airy goodness. Ahh yes, I remember now. I haven’t experienced this roller coaster in quite some time, and to this extreme. But I do remember the heart stopping highs and lows of trying to get something, ANYTHING working and making enough money to pay the bills. Its called running your own business, and man is it a heart squishing ride of highs and lows.
I hate the lows, but the highs are so good that I keep coming back for more. If it sounds like a drug, I think it might be. There is instant feedback on your decisions, a risk of soaring or completely falling on your face. Temptations to take immoral shortcuts, as well as opportunities to take the righteous high-road. Money, notoriety and opportunity for success and abject failure. Arrogance and self-loathing. None of the things available in the bland, comfortable, cozy womb of corporate America, of which I have been a part. Nope, to me this is living well. Experiencing an adventure where every day has the potential for a big win or a crushing loss. It is addictive.
Thankfully there is no Entrepreneur’s Anonymous, because if there was I would be one of the first to stand up and say, “Hi, my name is Todd and I am addicted to running my own business.”
See our latest app, FBA Shipping, in the app store now.
If your vision for your ecommerce business involves getting bought up, you’re in luck. As we covered in a recent post, groups of ecommerce investors known as “Amazon aggregators” are acquiring profitable ecommerce operations and scaling them into digital superstores.
Starting January 1, 2023, stores on the Shopify Starter and Basic plans will no longer be able to request access to the Carrier Service API (Carrier Calculated Shipping).
This removes the option to request access by:
Transitioning to annual billing
Paying an additional monthly fee
There’s a HUGE learning curve when you’re first setting up an online store. You can spend 38 million hours Googling this stuff. Or you can ask a magical genie to help you get setup.
Most ecommerce businesses fail because they can’t get enough traffic to their stores. They focus on having the coolest products, forgetting the most important part – the buyers!
This week’s ByteStand Success interview features Enerskin, a high tech company featured in Runner’s World and Vogue for their patented compression gear made for elite athletes and sports enthusiasts.
At least a couple of times a week, I turn into a huge dork who gets super excited about explaining the multitude of ways that our app is better than Shopify’s built-in Fulfillment by Amazon integration.