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    boutiqueofbling
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    hi all so I literally have been feeling like I’m invisible…. lack of knowledge and research has probably gotten me here.
    I left my highly stressful full time job which involved travel , last year in August after having my 3rd child
    It was all too much and hubby started a new business which I support him a bit in.
    It’s the first time I have not worked / contributed financially and that has been very hard to come to terms with. For the last 12 months I’ve been trying to think of something I can do from home but just never get anywhere. Recently my friend told me about dropshipping… started looking it up online and came across a company selling ready made online businesses, so after looking into it I found one i wanted to buy.
    I was a bit clueless about what would be involved and after spending sooooo much time with suppliers , adding products, altering the website , images etc etc etc I feel I’m getting no where. Not one sale ! It’s been 3 weeks and I’ve been told it’s unrealistic to expect anything so soon. I am still adding items but I sometimes wonder what’s the point. I just need some advice on what to expect… such a newbie and so fearful of failing when I seem to hit wall after wall these last 12 months.
    And no offense but reading some posts on these forums I’m not hopeful this will succeed.
    I am failing at everything, being a stay at home mum, trying to keep my sanity, contributing financially and now a business I invested in that I borrowed money for… loving life

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    Rowan@quaotic
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    I think you need to step back and re-evaluate who you are. You are not your job and it is ok to to enjoy being a stay at home mum – that is a huge contribution to your family and your community as it is. Don’t try to be everything. I think you have forgotten to be you.

    I understand that you need to be busy to feel that you are important as it seems that your work has been so much of your life.

    Starting a work-at-home business is very difficult and takes a LONG time to get going, no matter what you try. You can be looking at months before getting your first customer as you are competing with so many other established online businesses. Are you sure that you can compete? that you are able to offer something different? Dropshipping seems easy but is not usually the way to compete with others who are doing the same thing.

    Is there any way you can do some of what you already know from your past work from home? Is there something from your old career that you really enjoyed that you can do from home? That might be somewhere to start – experience and knowledge is king.

    If you really want to have an online shop business then you have to think of a way to make yourself stand out and work on learning marketing strategies and marketing is EVERYTHING. It takes time so please don’t be impatient, it can take years to get a reasonable market share and become known.

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    boutiqueofbling
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    Thankyou for your reply, I understand what your saying and had no clue what to expect which was why I joined this forum. I need to stick at this as I’ve paid $4k for this so I need to make it work.
    I don’t want to do what I was doing before.
    Can I stand out? I hope so… I need to.
    When I bought this ready built website it came with a lot of resources I’m yet to read through all of them but I guess I just wanted to gauge what to expect so thankyou for your valuable response.

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    Hi,

    Firstly welcome to the forum :) I agree with Rowan on the fact that you need to understand that you ARE contributing to your family, it’s a huge job having kids, so put any negative thoughts on that part aside and now focus on the business.

    So you purchased a ready made website, with drop ship suppliers, not an established business – Correct?

    May I suggest you put your link to your site so we can see it and give you more specific feedback. Put it in the signature of your profile.

    Also, what marketing have you completed so far or have plans for in the future?

    PLEASE remember, it takes a while to establish an online business and the only way is traffic to your site and creating a demand through social media..

    QUESTIONS:

    How many people are visiting your site?
    Do you have a Facebook page – are you getting “likes” on that?
    What other social media platforms are you on?
    A big one – Is there a market for the products you are selling – IE do people want them?

    There are a few SEO guru’s on this forum who can give you assistance on where to go to help generate traffic and how to improve your SEO (That means Search Engine Optimization) :):)

    Take it one step at a time and I think the first one is giving us access to your site to give you some feedback.

    Cheers
    Mischelle :):)

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    PS: I also wanted to say that most of us have gone through times when we feel deflated and question our decisions (I have asked myself if I am totally insane at times) LOL But we stop for a few big breathes and plug away.

    We are here for you :)

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    Mischelle, post: 250888, member: 60404 wrote:
    PS: I also wanted to say that most of us have gone through times when we feel deflated and question our decisions (I have asked myself if I am totally insane at times) LOL But we stop for a few big breathes and plug away.

    We are here for you :)

    What a lovely post, Mischelle! So true what you say about taking a breath – it works for lots of things.

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    boutiqueofbling
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    Mischelle, post: 250887, member: 60404 wrote:
    Hi,

    Firstly welcome to the forum :) I agree with Rowan on the fact that you need to understand that you ARE contributing to your family, it’s a huge job having kids, so put any negative thoughts on that part aside and now focus on the business.

    So you purchased a ready made website, with drop ship suppliers, not an established business – Correct?

    May I suggest you put your link to your site so we can see it and give you more specific feedback. Put it in the signature of your profile.

    Also, what marketing have you completed so far or have plans for in the future?

    PLEASE remember, it takes a while to establish an online business and the only way is traffic to your site and creating a demand through social media..

    QUESTIONS:

    How many people are visiting your site?
    Do you have a Facebook page – are you getting “likes” on that?
    What other social media platforms are you on?
    A big one – Is there a market for the products you are selling – IE do people want them?

    There are a few SEO guru’s on this forum who can give you assistance on where to go to help generate traffic and how to improve your SEO (That means Search Engine Optimization) :):)

    Take it one step at a time and I think the first one is giving us access to your site to give you some feedback.

    Cheers
    Mischelle :):)
    Yes not an established business.
    Boutiqueofbling.com
    I’m a little insecure about it because I’m such a rookie I’m scared there is going to be heaps of comments on things I may already know but don’t want confirmed because this not working isn’t an option for me.
    I’ve just done a fb business page and instagram, I’ve put through for google via my cpanel links but nothing’s happened there yet. I am still to yet read through all the advertising resources that came with my website purchase. Oh and I’ve also added some items to an eBay store.

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    boutiqueofbling, post: 250899, member: 100228 wrote:
    Yes I
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    Mischelle, post: 250888, member: 60404 wrote:
    PS: I also wanted to say that most of us have gone through times when we feel deflated and question our decisions (I have asked myself if I am totally insane at times) LOL But we stop for a few big breathes and plug away.

    We are here for you :)
    Thankyou so so much

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    Rowan@quaotic
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    I wish I could tell you what you want to hear but I can’t. Your website looks nice but so many other websites and Ebay sellers are selling the same products at cheaper prices that it will be very difficult to compete without spending thousands on marketing to get your name out there, and it will take a lot of time, maybe years, to gain a reputation, which is hard with dropshipping because there is so much that can go wrong there.

    If you are going to pour more money into this business I would recommend that you try to source products that not many others are selling, or try a tight niche.
    Trying to be everything to everybody doesn’t work for inexperienced sellers. You will need to narrow down and find out exactly who you are selling to. Are you targeting Australians? then you need a .com.au, Are you marketing to high, middle or low budget customers? choose your products accordingly.

    I have been down the road you are trying with no success but maybe you will get lucky and it will work for you. Good luck.

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    boutiqueofbling
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    Thanks

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    boutiqueofbling
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    I will look into the .com.au

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    Hi Leanne,

    Your website look good, but I have one recommendation and that is you make sure to load more images for each product. When someone’s buying online they want to see more images from different angles. Ask your suppliers for more images.

    Also add more details in the description of some products, but I understand this is a work in progress :):)

    Unfortunately Rowan is correct, you are up against CrazySale, OzSales, MyDeal, Kogan etc which are the big ones.

    It’s great you have your eBay site running I also suggest importing it to your Facebook store (For help on that go to – https://www.facebook.com/business/help/846547442125798)

    As per Rowan suggestion maybe filter your products down to more of a niche range so you don’t have such strong competition with the big ones.

    BUT a Good thing – I randomly picked a few of your products are they were the cheapest on eBay Australia:

    https://www.ebay.com/b/Whitmor-Bamboo-Shoe-Organisers/43506/bn_73155235
    https://www.ebay.com/b/Whitmor-Garment-Racks/166325/bn_17361233
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/like/112209624735?chn=ps&dispItem=1

    But of course there are some that are more expensive, but that is retail for you :)

    Keep you chin up Leanne and give yourself more time to get your message out there and read the material you have got to help you.

    Cheers
    Mischelle

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    boutiqueofbling, post: 250879, member: 100228 wrote:
    started looking it up online and came across a company selling ready made online businesses, so after looking into it I found one i wanted to buy.

    Yep the internet is cluttered with people offering to sell ”ready made online business’s”, but do you seriously believe they are. the only ready made part to them is that they make the seller a truck load of money, and the purchaser is actually left to set up the business.

    The only difference between these and the Nigerian scams is that they are not located In Nigeria.

    Seriously and sorry to say if someone was selling a ready made business, why wasn’t it already turning a profit, and why wasn’t the seller running it.

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    Hi [USER=100228]@boutiqueofbling[/USER],

    1. A few weeks is nothing, don’t give up based on that.
    2. Pay an SEO specialist for a few hours work to make sure your site is indexed properly, and to connect Google Analytics. It could set you back months if you DIY and get it wrong (you may well be invisible). I can recommend someone if you like.
    3. Your product descriptions are direct copies of the same ones on many other sites. I would re-write each one in your own words, otherwise Google will never rank them highly.

    4. You likely won’t make a success of the business while you’re in such a panicked state. Get the SEO stuff done, then take a break from it for a week or 2 to focus on your home, family, relationship, sanity. Have a discussion with your partner about “this is going to take longer than I thought” and about what’s most important over the next 3 months because at present it sounds like your time is too stretched and everything is suffering a little.

    Good luck!
    Dave

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