Product Sourcing

What do you need an eBay shop for anyway?

What do you need an eBay shop for anyway?

In the wake of the latest eBay UK Spring Seller Release, should you be opening an eBay shop, or can you get by without one? There’s been a lot of chat online recently about eBay shops, following the announcement in the eBay UK Spring Seller Release that from May 2018 you will no longer be […]...

Importing products? You need to know this!

Importing products? You need to know this!

Where you’ll find the ‘factory of the world’ and how you can use it How many times have you looked at the packaging on a product and discovered it was ‘made in China’? Sometimes it does feel like absolutely everything is made there and whilst that is not quite true, China is a huge success […]...

8 reasons why unbranded products are best for you and your business

8 reasons why unbranded products are best for you and your business

“Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box.” If you are a long term subscriber of mine, you’ll know by now that product sourcing is my thing! It’s a task that I generally fit into my schedule most days, because I know from more than 12 years of experience that you can […]...

This one thing frightens online sellers the most!

This one thing frightens online sellers the most!

Don’t run away from high MOQ’s – use these 3 tactics to get what you want! Minimum Order Quantities, otherwise known as MOQ’s, have the power to strike fear into any newbie seller or product sourcer! It can be pretty terrifying and frustrating to see huge MOQ’s, particularly when the figures quoted are in the […]...

How to start an online business with just £50

How to start an online business with just £50

“I can’t start a business because I just don’t have any capital.” Is this you? This is a very frequent, and perfectly valid, worry for many people, and I have heard it said many, many times. Whilst a huge proportion of people harbour dreams of starting their own business, in the real world, very few […]...

How to start an online business with just £50

How to start an online business with just £50

“I can’t start a business because I just don’t have any capital.” Is this you? This is a very frequent, and perfectly valid, worry for many people, and I have heard it said many, many times. Whilst a huge proportion of people harbour dreams of starting their own business, in the real world, very few […]...

There’s a long way and a short way to do this vital task

There’s a long way and a short way to do this vital task

Did you know that your product descriptions are vital to your success? My inbox is a pretty lively place as you can imagine! I receive many requests for help and advice on a daily basis and strangely, the topics I’m asked to help with often appear to follow a bit of a theme. For example, […]...

How to write to a new supplier!

How to write to a new supplier!

Last week I promised I’d give you some helpful tips today regarding the procedure with suppliers once you’ve received an initial response. First though, I’ve had a few subscribers email me asking for an example of what to actually write in an email to a new supplier when requesting a trade account or product prices, […]...

Is this dilemma familiar to you?

Is this dilemma familiar to you?

So, you’ve done your research really thoroughly and you’re pretty sure you’ve uncovered a hot product. What next? Well, now you need to start sourcing, and that means talking with suppliers! “What…actually speak to suppliers…in person…. or on the phone? Crikey, that’s a bit terrifying! How on earth do I do that?” If this is […]...

Why it’s important to separate the ‘hot’ from the ‘not’

Why it’s important to separate the ‘hot’ from the ‘not’

There are 3 very basic, but very important rules you must remember if you are to source hot selling products Ok, let’s get one thing crystal clear when it comes to sourcing products for your online business. You cannot and should not simply walk into a wholesale premises and leave with an armful of random […]...

Your amazing product has a life span

Your amazing product has a life span

Products have life cycles. Yes, they live, breathe and sometimes they die, so it’s vital that you, as an online seller, are able to continually spot trends. No matter what niche you sell within, this is the key to knowing what consumers will be purchasing in three, six or 12 months’ time. Trends actually give […]...

Your 3 essential product sourcing ‘must do’s’

Your 3 essential product sourcing ‘must do’s’

In last weeks eletter, I talked about going back to basics, particularly when it comes to product sourcing. As I explained, product sourcing is the cornerstone of a successful ecommerce seller’s business, so this week I’d like to take the opportunity to outline three of my most essential product sourcing ‘must do’s’ to help you […]...

This is the most basic piece of knowledge you’ll need in ecommerce

This is the most basic piece of knowledge you’ll need in ecommerce

Happy New Year to you! I can’t believe it’s 13 years since my lightbulb moment on New Years Day 2005. The day I took action and started planning my very first ecommerce enterprise. There’s been a whole lot of water under the bridge since then for me, and in fact 13 years’ worth of learning, […]...

Here’s to 2018!

Here’s to 2018!

I hope you have had a wonderful, relaxed Christmas! So, once again here we are, on the cusp of a brand new year and so I just wanted to remind you that the arrival of a New Year is like a brand new page for so many people. A time to start as you mean […]...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Well, it’s almost here. Just three more sleeps to go until the big day and I do hope you’re ready for the festivities and will get a chance to spend time with your family and friends. Over Christmas I’ll be recharging my batteries and looking forward to new beginnings in 2018. As 2017 has progressed, […]...