Over the years, I have examined and tried many tools and services. Some of which have already been reviewed on this blog while others have not. This is a list of tools and services provided by companies that I would personally recommend after having tried them. The list includes services ranging from business cards, E-commerce platform providers to dropshipping directories.
Over the years, I have examined and tried many online business tools and services. The following is a list of service providers that I would personally recommend after having tried them. These tools and services encompass all aspects of E-Commerce ranging from hosting services, business card providers to dropshipping directories.
E-Commerce Tools and Services
GoDaddy – Every website needs a domain name, just like every brick and mortar store has an address. GoDaddy is most popular domain registry and for good reason. Their interface is good, customer support excellent and prices very competitive. In fact, they don’t have any close competitor and you can’t really go wrong with registering your domain at GoDaddy.
Shopify & Volusion – These are two of the most popular E-Commerce platform solutions out there today. I thought long and hard on which one I would recommend but it was just too hard to decide so I had to include them both. For a detailed comparison of the two platforms, check out the article “_____”.
Vistaprint – If you are looking to get some business cards, look no further. It’s going to be extremely difficult to find another provider that can come close to matching their price. I’d recommend getting their premium business cards, rather than their regular papery cards.
Hostgator – If you are looking for a host for your blog or forum, check out Hostgator. They have exceptional customer support and very competitive prices. This blog is currently being hosted by Hostgator after I had it transferred from Sitepoint in 2012. (Siteground’s customer service is good too, but they are quite pricey.)
Custom Dropshipper – If you are looking make promotional products for your business like mousepads, T-shirts, stickers and hundreds of other products; Custom Dropshipper can do that.
HiretheWorld – Forget about hiring a logo company to make your logo, that’s outdated. Today there is crowd sourcing and that’s exactly what HiretheWorld does with graphic designers. So instead of getting only one design, you can get hundreds of designs and the best part is you only pay for one!
StudioPress – Usually I wouldn’t recommend paying for WordPress themes, because there are already so many free themes to pick. But Studiopress has really impressed me, so I decided to include them on the list. For one their themes are clean and very user friendly. Secondly, their genesis framework makes their themes one of the most featured packed out of the box and versatile that I have ever come across. They are quite pricey though, so I would only recommend investing money into a theme if you really committed to the blog, otherwise save yourself the money for something else.
Worldwide Brands – Worldwide Brands is the large compilation of dropshipping and wholesale companies. In fact, I believe they have the most extensive database of dropshippers. They even offer a full refund if you are unable to find the specific item you are looking sell.
Third Party marketplace
Ebay – Don’t think I need to say any more here. I mean it’s basically the largest online auction site worth well over 50 billions dollars right?
Amazon – Yes, if you didn’t know already you can sell things on Amazon’s website. Just make sure you’re prices are competitive or selling an item that’s not already offered on Amazon; otherwise you probably won’t sell very much.
Ebid.net – Quite possibly the second largest online auction site on the net, but being second to Ebay means you’re a lot smaller. Ebid.net is actually quite active on UK, and have very competitive seller fees; however again they receive significantly less traffic than Ebay. And when I say significantly that’s an understatement. But hey, if you have time on your hands it might be worth listing your items there, but don’t count on your sales coming even close to Ebay.
Bonanza – Another auction site… sorta. Bonanza is structured like a traditional online auction site but doesn’t really run auction format listings. You’ll find a lot of products relating to clothing, art, crafts, jewellery, and handmade product there and accordingly that’s the audience the site attracts. If this fits the description of what you are selling, you’ll definitely want to take check them out. Setting up a store is free and like Ebid.net, seller fees are competitive relative to Ebay.
Tophatter– The closest thing you’ll find to a live auction. With Tophatter, you’re guaranteed an audience once your item is listed. Like Ebay, seller fees are on the more expensive side, but reasonable given the live auction format they run. It’s also honestly the most fun you’ll have selling on a website.