10 Weebly Alternatives

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weebly alternatives

I like Weebly (see our review).

There, I said it.

Weebly isn’t the most exciting or buzz-worthy website builder around, and it is generally not the choice of web designers who design high-end websites for their clientele. However, Weebly occupies a special place — in my heart, at least — for its supreme familiarity and ease-of-use. There isn’t a service out there that makes the website building process easier. Throw in the 300+ feature add-ons available through the Weebly App Center and you’ve got yourself quite a handsome little package.

However, there are plenty of reasons you might want to go with a different website builder. Maybe Weebly’s just too basic for you. Maybe its templates just don’t do it for you. Regardless of the reason, there are plenty of alternatives to Weebly out there just begging for your attention and money. Let’s explore 10 of them!

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wix pricing

Wix (see our review) is undeniably the colossus of the website builder industry. A publicly-traded company with 110 million users in 190 countries, Wix is one of the few website builders with the resources to be able to advertise on the radio, on the sides of buses, and at the Super Bowl.

Like Weebly, Wix offers a limited free plan — one that, of course, requires users to use Wix advertising and a Wix-branded URL — while paid plans run from $5 to $25 per month.

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Wix’s website editor is more advanced than that of Weebly, allowing for greater precision in designing your pages. However, if you want an editor that guides you along and holds your hand the way Weebly’s does, just use Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) — Wix will take your content and color/font choices and create a website for you, which you can then edit using a simplified Weebly-like editor. Essentially, Wix is two website builders in one.

Wix’s App Market is an expansive repository of in-house and third-party add-ons that rivals that of Weebly, and its eCommerce system — more advanced than Wix’s — doesn’t take a platform transaction fee from your sales.

There’s a reason why Wix is the world’s most popular website builder, and it’s not just marketing!

squarespace

Squarespace (see our review) is the fancypants of the website builder industry, technically-speaking. Their templates are widely regarded as being the class of the field. It can’t compete with Wix or Weebly in terms of sheer number of users, but that’s due to the fact that Squarespace has no free plan (though you can try it for free for 14 days). Squarespace’s subscription plans are a bit more expensive than those of most of the competition, with plans ranging from $12 to $40/month.

photography websites

Squarespace’s emphasis on style means that people might assume your DIY site is the work of a professional web designer. And with Squarespace’s excellent eCommerce and blogging capabilities, you get a lot for your money. You’ll have to spring for one of the two pricier plans if you want eCommerce without a 3% Squarespace transaction fee, though.

duda

I enjoy Duda (see our review), and not just because Duda’s creators named their company after The Dude from The Big Lebowski (true story).

Duda’s free subscription plan includes a 10-item online store, and I’m always partial to website builders that offer some degree of eCommerce for free. Their two paid plans go for $14.25 and $22.50 per month, respectively.

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Duda’s photography templates are particularly appealing and make Duda a great choice if you’re looking to set up a photography portfolio or blog. But what really sets Duda apart is their use of what they call “personalization rules.” These rules allow you to create elements which appear only when certain conditions are met. You could create a message that displays only to repeat visitors to your site. You could set up a contact page that displays different contact info depending on the time of day — a “click-to-call” button could appear during business hours while a contact form displays during non-business hours. It’s a versatile and innovative feature — one that makes Duda worth looking into for any small business.

From the Russian & Ukranian makers of the old-school code-based website builder uCoz, uKit (see our review) is a website builder that really punches above its weight in terms of quality vs. the amount of attention it gets.

ukit

Sadly, uKit doesn’t offer a free plan. Their four subscription plans start at $4/month and go to $12/month.

uKit’s editor is fantastic, combining depth with supreme ease-of-use. You can build your website piece-by-piece, or you can stack and re-arrange preformatted content blocks. Their template selection is both vast (over 250 at last count) and high-quality. Their blogging tool is top-notch, and they are fully integrated with Ecwid’s online store. All in all, uKit might be the most underrated website builder out there.

Webflow (see our review) is a unique website builder. While Weebly and Wix focus on making website building as accessible as possible, Webflow is a precision web design tool geared towards professional web designers who build websites for their clients. The platform certainly isn’t restricted to web designers, though — just don’t expect a simplified experience!

Remarkably for such a sophisticated site builder, Webflow has a free subscription plan. Their paid plans are categorized into “hosting” plans and “designer” plans, with “team” plans available for teams of designers working on projects together.webflowWebflow’s blogging system is backed by the full weight of a CMS, thus making Webflow a possible alternative to WordPress for bloggers. The one major feature Webflow lacks is built-in eCommerce.

strikinglyThere has recently been a spate of new website builders dedicated to creating single-page websites designed for easy scrolling on mobile devices, and Strikingly (see our review) is probably the best of the bunch. Forbes even put out an article that described the company’s creation.

strikingly

Strikingly offers a free plan that includes eCommerce, though you’re limited to selling one solitary item. Their two paid plans go for $8 and $16 per month respectively.

As I said, Strikingly’s specialty is single-page websites. Businesses whose customers find them largely through mobile devices may find this kind of website appealing — people surfing the web via smartphones often just scroll through a business’s homepage without clicking on any other pages. And with blogging, eCommerce (with a Pro subscription), and a third-party app store, and you’ve got an impressive package for the right kind of business.

pixpa

Pixpa (see our review) is a stylish, attractive website builder with a singular focus: the creation of photography portfolio websites.

Unfortunately, Pixpa has no free plan. Their four free plans run from $5 to $20/month.

What’s cool about Pixpa is that not only are their photo galleries an ideal way to showcase your work, but you’re also given the tools to monetize your images.photography websites

Pixpa’s integration with Fotomoto (an eCommerce service through which you can sell your images as prints or downloads) means that you can take those pictures that are just sitting there uselessly on your SIM card and turn them into cash.

I approve.

zoho sites

Zoho Sites (see our review) has some unique advantages as a website builder. It isn’t the most visually spectacular builder and the templates aren’t the freshest, but since the Zoho Corporation (sounds like a villainous outfit from a comic book) puts out a wide array of highly-rated SaaS business packages, you get a lot of top-notch features lacking in much of the competition.

Zoho Sites has a free plan, but it lacks many of the features that make Zoho Sites the cool product it is. Their three paid plans cost $5, $10 and $15 per month.

The main thing Zoho Sites brings to the table is integration with their advanced business services. Their form builder is so formidable that it could easily stand alone as a piece of software. It’s the most advanced form builder in a website builder I’ve come across.

zohosites

One feature that businesses that handle large amounts of data will benefit from is Dynamic Content. With this feature, you can link to a Zoho Creator database where you can edit your content, which then automatically updates to your Zoho website (along with any other Zoho SaaS product you have linked).

There aren’t many website builders that cater to data-heavy businesses, so Zoho Sites has this niche nearly all to themselves.

jimdo

Jimdo (see our review) was once considered one of the top website builders out there, and while they may have lost a step, they still boast a formidable user base of 15 million. Let’s explore further.

You can use Jimdo for free and get the basic features, but if you want more — like the eCommerce — you’ll have to spring for one of the two paid plans ($7.50 and $20/month).

ecommerce

Jimdo doesn’t really stand out in any particular way, but everything they do, they do well. With solid blogging, eCommerce, and a nifty mobile editor (more website builders need to allow for editing from a mobile device — it’s 2018, folks!), Jimdo is a good, steady choice for individuals and small business owners.

xprs

From the makers of IM Creator, XPRS (see our review) is a nifty mobile-responsive website builder that gets less attention than it should.

XPRS has three subscription plans: a free plan, a Premium plan ($7.95/month), and a plan that allows you, for $350 a year, to white-label the website builder. That means that a web designer can build sites for their clients and then let their clients edit their sites on their own using XPRS.

XPRS’s templates lend themselves very well to mobile devices, though they look slightly underwhelming on a desktop. The editor itself is incredibly easy to use. Every bit as easy as Weebly, in fact. Blocks of content are referred to as stripes. Adding, mixing, and rearranging your stripes couldn’t be more intuitive.

xprs

XPRS’s blogging system is rather lacking, but their eCommerce system — an integration with Shoprocket — is top notch, though the fees are a bit much. All in all, XPRS is a solid website builder that, judging by user feedback on Trustpilot, is well-received by users.

Final Thoughts

If Weebly has treated you well over the years but you find yourself looking for alternatives, there’s a world of website builder options out there for you, of which these 10 are but a few. The right choice for you, of course, depends on the nature of your business or pursuit.

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Jason Vissers is a writer, cereal chef and Netflix aficionado from San Diego. A native Californian who enjoys the beach, Jason nonetheless prefers to do his surfing on the World Wide Web, the raddest wave of them all. Jason can’t eat raisins.

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The Complete Guide To Card Brand Fees For Merchant Accounts

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In this guide, we’re tackling a surprisingly tricky and supremely detail-oriented topic in the world of card payment processing: card brand fees. Navigating these fees on your merchant account statement can feel like you’re on a scavenger hunt you didn’t sign up for — and not the fun kind. There’s no avoiding the fact that the devil’s in the details when it comes to card brand fees, but too many merchants overlook or misunderstand them at their own peril. Fortunately, Merchant Maverick is here to help you:

  • Understand card brand fees and how they apply to your specific merchant account.
  • Identify these fees on your statement with our reference list of commonly-charged card brand fees.
  • Discern if your card processor is ripping you off by messing with these fees.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Card Brand Fees VS Interchange Fees

Wait, aren’t these the same thing? If you thought so, you’re not the only one. Many merchants are surprised to learn that interchange fees and card brand fees are two completely separate types of fees. If this includes you, then you are about to join the elite class of merchants who understand the difference!

The common conflation of these two fee types stems from the fact that both are considered part of the “wholesale” cost of card processing, as opposed to the “markup.” In processing lingo, “wholesale” simply means that your processor must pay these fees to a separate entity in the processing chain instead of keeping the money for its own use.

The key distinction between these two sub-categories of wholesale fees, therefore, is which link in the chain is owed each fee. Here’s the difference: An interchange fee goes to to the customer’s card-issuing bank, while card brand fees are ultimately paid to the actual card brands themselves (e.g., Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express).

For both of these wholesale costs, card processors and the merchant services providers (MSPs) who manage your accounts are faced with a choice. Do they itemize and “pass-through” these wholesale fees directly to the merchant? Or, do they absorb the wholesale cost into the pricing structure in other ways, perhaps by charging a higher processing rate or monthly fee? Or, do they use some solution in between?

As a merchant, you’re tasked with knowing how your own MSP handles wholesale fees — both interchange and card brand. We’re only addressing card brand fees in this article. For more on interchange fees and how the different pricing models (such as interchange-plus) incorporate them, see our complete guide to rates and fees.

Card brand fees are typically either a percentage of volume charge or a flat amount per instance. Some apply to all your transactions, while others only apply in very specific situations, such as when an authorization is abnormal in some way. We’ll cover these individual fees and their circumstances in the itemized list at the end of this article.

The good news is that card brand fees have set, established amounts across the industry. Like interchange fees, they’re considered non-negotiable, and the processor has no control over the amounts. The bad news is that finding the true wholesale amounts for card brand fees is generally more difficult than looking up interchange rates.

Before we delve into why these fees are so pesky, note that they’re also called card network fees, card association fees, or assessments (although, as you’ll see, an “assessment” is technically a specific sub-category of card brand fee).

Card Brand Fees Are Especially Tricky

Due to several regrettable quirks of the processing industry, card brand fees are particularly complicated and opaque. Here are the primary reasons:

  • They’re not displayed on the card brand websites. By contrast, interchange tables are readily available at the Visa and MasterCard websites.
  • You can’t call the card brands and ask about the fees. You’ll be redirected right back to your own MSP to answer any questions. It’s incredibly frustrating that we can’t rely on the card brands to disclose these base costs, and instead must rely on processors and MSPs to be honest when they pass the fees through.
  • Multiple fees may apply to the same authorization or transaction. For example, transactions paid with a foreign-issued card incur separate international surcharges on top of the regular assessment that’s applied to all your transactions.
  • The fees change (usually increase) over time. And not all at once. While they’re rarely decreased, sometimes particular fees are eliminated and/or replaced with others. Occasionally, a completely new fee is instituted, to which the only fitting response is…

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  • Many of the fees are known by multiple names and abbreviations, and it’s often difficult to match the names on your own statement with any established names.
  • Two or more fees may be combined into one on your statement, making them hard to identify and verify.
  • The fees can be spread throughout multiple sections of your statement — not grouped all together or even labeled properly — just in case you weren’t already driven bonkers by this stuff. Often, I’ve seen them buried inside “interchange” or “authorization” sections.
  • Brazen processors or MSPs may add their own markups to card brand fees without telling you. Or, they may invent fees and give them card-brand-sounding names. Yuck, right?
  • Most of the fees are small, so can be overlooked as inconsequential. They can still add up quite quickly, but the real issue at stake is the overall honesty and transparency of your provider. Regardless of whether an extra fee or markup here and there isn’t costing you that much, wouldn’t you still rather know about it?

How To Stay On Top Of Card Brand Fees

It’s a shame that merchants can’t rely on Gandalf’s wizardry for this quest. Instead, we suggest you follow our tips for navigating these fees:

  • Be aware that you may be charged only some, or even none, of these fees. This depends on several factors, including 1) your pricing model, 2) what your MSP decides to pass through versus absorb, and 3) what happens with your transactions and authorizations in a given month. With many blended, tiered or flat-rate plans, all or most of the card brand fees are absorbed into the overall cost of your account instead of itemized and passed through to you. There are no guarantees with any pricing model, however, so check your statements anyway!
  • Obtain a list of card brand fees from your merchant account provider. If they’re passing these fees through to you, they should provide a detailed list with the specific names and abbreviations they’re using.
  • Use a secondary, neutral source to confirm fee amounts. Our list below is a great place to start.
  • Keep a running list of the card brand fees you’ve seen on your own statements, along with the amounts. Reference lists are handy, but a personalized list is easier to use and track over time than a litany of every possible fee for every possible circumstance.
  • Processors shouldn’t mark up these fees without clearly informing you. And really, they should leave these fees alone completely. If the fee is charged at all, it should be passed through at cost.
  • Trust the amount more than the name. Identifying a fee on your statement is often more about looking at the rate or amount charged, as well as the specific number/volume/type of transactions to which it was applied. The process of elimination can be very effective here.
  • Definitely be suspicious if you spot extra fees that aren’t on the reference list, any that seem like duplicates or that can’t be matched with established values, or those that look too high. Don’t worry too much if a fee seems too low; it’s possible your processor is just absorbing or redistributing some of the cost.
  • Be on the lookout for fee change notifications. October and April are common transition points, but the fees can change at any time. Good processors will notify you (sometimes on the statement itself) when a card brand fee is set to increase or change. If your processor doesn’t fall in this camp, it’s all the more important that you bookmark this article.
  • Ask before you sign. If you’re just signing up for an MSP or changing providers, ask how it handles card brand fees in addition to interchange costs. Be very clear that you know the difference and want the specifics. Remember, not all customer service reps are created equal in their knowledge of this topic. Ask to be transferred up the chain if you’re not satisfied.

Final Thoughts (Let’s Crowdsource This!)

As merchants, you are on the front lines for tracking card brand fees. We believe your input will be key in keeping our reference list up to date. Some of you have processors who actually do a good job organizing and displaying card brand fees on statements, as well as notifying you of any upcoming changes. Is a fee on our list is no longer accurate? Are we missing a new, legitimate fee? Together, we can also help other merchants whose processors are abysmal at communicating fees, or even cheating business owners. Let’s all team up on this — leave a comment below!
International Service Assessment (ISA)

  • Surcharge owed on transactions that are processed in the US on a card issued outside the US.
  • 1.20% – International Service Assessment (ISA) – Non-US currency
    • Same fee as above, but incurs this higher rate when the transaction is settled in the cardholder’s local currency.
    • 0.45% – International Acquirer Fee (IAF)
      • Applies in same circumstance as the International Assessment above.

    Per-Item:

    • $0.0195 – Acquirer Processing Fee (APF): Credit
      • Owed on all credit transactions for US-based businesses, irrespective of where cardholder/issuer is located.
    • $0.0155 – Acquirer Processing Fee (APF): Debit
      • Owed on all debit transactions for US-acquired businesses, irrespective of where the cardholder/issuer is located.
    • $0.0195 – Credit Voucher Fee (Credit)
      • Owed on all refunds issued in the US via credit card.
    • $0.0155 – Credit Voucher Fee (Debit)
      • Owed on all refunds issued in the US via debit card.
    • $0.0018 – System File Transmission Fee / Base II Fee
      • Owed on all authorized transactions submitted for settlement (in addition to the above transaction fees). Base II refers to Visa’s settlement network.
      • Outdated Visa settlement fees:
        • $0.0025 – Settlement Network Access Fee. Base II fee may still be called by this name but should be $0.0018.
        • $0.0047 – Kilobyte (KB) Access Fee. Should not be charged in addition to the above.
    • $0.10 – Transaction Integrity Fee (TIF)
      • Owed on a debit or prepaid Visa transaction that fails to meet CPS requirements (e.g., not settled in 24 hours, no AVS submitted on a keyed transaction).
    • $0.09 – Misuse of Authorization Fee
      • Owed when a transaction is authorized, but not followed by a matching cleared transaction, or when a canceled or timed-out authorization is improperly reversed.
    • $0.20 – Zero Floor Limit Fee
      • Owed when the merchant submits a settlement transaction without an authorization.
    • $0.025 – Zero Dollar Verification Fee
      • Owed when the merchant verifies a cardholder’s information (e.g., AVS, CVC2) without authorizing a transaction.

    Other:

    • Varies – Fixed Acquirer Network Fee (FANF)
      • A flat fee based on your volume per month, type of business (Merchant Category Code or MCC), number of locations, etc. Typically charged quarterly or monthly. Learn more about the FANF here.

    MasterCard Network Fees

    Volume-Based:

    • 0.12% – Assessment / Acquirer Brand Volume Fee – Transactions <$1,000 and all Signature Debit
      • Owed on gross commercial and consumer credit transactions less than $1,000, as well as all signature debit.
    • 0.14% – Assessment / Acquirer Brand Volume Fee – Transactions >$1,000)
      • Owed on gross commercial and consumer credit transactions exceeding $1,000; excludes signature debit. Note: May be listed as 0.02% surcharge over the above assessment.
    • 0.0075% – Acquirer License Fee (ALF) / License Volume Fee 
      • Owed on gross transaction volume. Increased from 0.0045% Oct. 2017. Note: sometimes combined with the above assessments, bringing the totals to 0.1275% and 0.1475%, respectively.
    • 0.60% – International / Cross-Border Assessment Fee (Domestic)
      • Surcharge owed by US-based merchants on transactions on a card issued outside the U.S. settled in USD. (Similar to Visa’s ISA.)
    • 1.00% – International / Cross-Border Assessment Fee (Foreign)
      • Same fee as above, but incurs this higher rate when the transaction is settled in the cardholder’s local currency. (Similar to Visa’s ISA.)
    • 0.85% – International Acquirer Program Support Fee
      • Applies in same circumstance as the Cross-Border Assessment above. (Similar to Visa’s IAF.)
    • 0.01% – Digital Enablement Fee
      • Owed on all card-not-present transactions for signature debit, consumer credit, and commercial credit cards.
    • 1.57%Global Wholesale Travel Transaction B2B
      • Owed instead of regular assessments, international surcharges, and NABU fees when the MasterCard B2B (MSB) card product has been used. Applies to a specific set of Merchant Category Codes (MCCs) in the travel and entertainment sector.

    Per-Item:

    • $0.0195 – Network Access and Brand Usage Fee (NABU Fee)
      • Owed on all US-based authorizations, regardless if settled. (Similar to Visa’s APF, Discover’s Data Usage Fee.)
    • $0.0044 – Kilobyte (KB) Access Fee
      • Owed on each authorized transaction submitted for settlement. Note: we’re in the process of checking to see if it’s still charged.
    • $0.01 – AVS Fee (Card-Not-Present)
      • Owed on card-not-present transactions processed using Address Verification Service (AVS). Often shows up on a statement under “Authorizations.”
    • $0.005 – AVS Fee (Card-Present)
      • Owed on Card-Present transactions processed using AVS. Often shows up under “Authorizations.”
    • $0.0025 – Card Validation Code Fee
      • Owed on all transactions involving CVC2 authorization.
    • $0.025 – Account Status Inquiry Fee
      • Owed when a merchant verifies AVS or CVC2 without authorizing a transaction.
    • $0.03 – SecureCode Transaction Fee
      • Owed on all MC SecureCode verification attempts (SecureCode service requires merchant signup).
    • $0.055 – Processing Integrity Fee
      • Owed for transactions that do not comply with best practices for transactions (i.e., not properly cleared/settled/reversed within MasterCard’s time frames for the type of transaction). Below are similar fees for other types of authorization integrity issues:
        • $0.045 – Processing Integrity Fee, Pre-Authorization
        • $0.045 – Processing Integrity Fee, Undefined Authorization
        • $0.040 minimum, or 0.25% – Processing Integrity Fee: Final Authorization
    • $0.012 – Processing Integrity Fee Detail Reporting
      • Owed on any authorization that generates a processing integrity fee for pre-authorization, undefined authorization, or final authorization.

    Other:

    • $1.25/mo. ($15 per year) – Merchant Location Fee
      • $15 annually for each location with traditional MSPs/processors ($3 annually for payment facilitators like Square). Not applicable to merchants processing under $200/month, nor to charitable or religious organizations.
    • $500 – Yearly Registration Fee
      • For online e-cigarettes/vaping businesses.

     Discover Network Fees

    Volume-Based:

    • 0.13% – Assessment
      • Owed on gross transaction volume.
    • 0.55% – International Processing Fee
      • Owed on US-based transactions processed with a card issued outside the U.S.
    • 0.80% – International Service Fee
      • Applies in same circumstance as the International Processing Fee above.

    Per-Item:

    • $0.0195 – Data Usage Fee
      • Owed on all authorized transactions. (Similar to Visa’s APF and MasterCard’s NABU Fees.)
    • $0.0025 – Network Authorization Fee
      • Owed on all authorized transactions. Replaced the Data Transmission Fee in 2013, which only applied to settled transactions.

    American Express OptBlue Network Fees

    American Express OptBlue

    Volume-Based:

    • 0.15% – Assessment
      • Owed on gross transaction volume.
    • 0.40% – International Assessment / Inbound Fee
      • Surcharge owed on transactions involving a card issued outside the US.
    • 0.30% – Card-Not-Present Surcharge
      • Surcharge owed on any transactions considered CNP, including keyed and ecommerce transactions.
    • 0.75%Technical Specification Non-Compliance
      • Owed on transactions that do not meet Amex standards, such as an authorization not obtained at the same time as a sale. Much rarer than Visa and MasterCard fees for transaction integrity problems.

    Per-Item:

    Rose Holman

    Rose’s eclectic professional background includes teaching, research, retail, non-profits and music. Upon returning to her Pacific Northwest roots following a four year stint in the tiny country of Luxembourg, she immediately applied her innate curiosity and lifelong love of explaining stuff to the world of merchant accounts. Her hobbies include devouring podcasts, practicing minimalism, and singing four-part harmony with her husband and two kids.

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    How Does Shopify Shipping Work?

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    If you operate an online store, you’re familiar with the everyday challenge of printing postage and shipping your packages on time. Because managing logistics is needlessly complicated, I often advise merchants to integrate full shipping software into their shopping cart system. Using a shipping software can help streamline your fulfillment process and prevent headaches caused by incorrect postage.

    In the past, Shopify customers had to look elsewhere for shipping support, but Shopify recently made significant improvements to their shipping features. In fact, Shopify has rolled out an entirely new shipping system, Shopify Shipping, to help you simplify fulfillment.

    Shopify Shipping is a built-in shipping suite that gives merchants access to calculated rates through USPS, UPS, and DHL. With Shopify Shipping, you can process orders and print shipping labels in bulk without worrying about a third-party integration. What’s more, Shopify has made arrangements with major shipping carriers that allow you to save on shipping costs.

    Unfortunately, there are a few bugs in the works. Most importantly, while you (the merchant) can view real-time shipping rates, your customers cannot. In order to let customers view real-time rates, you’ll have to pay for an add-on or subscribe to Shopify’s Advanced plan.

    Nevertheless, Shopify Shipping is worth considering. Keep reading to learn more about Shopify Shipping and how you can implement it in your business.

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    Setting Up Shopify Shipping

    Because shipping features are now included in every Shopify platform, implementing Shopify Shipping is a breeze.

    You can find Shopify shipping options in your admin by navigating to “Settings” and then clicking “Shipping.” Or, to make things simpler, you can click this link to your Shopify admin.

    This page allows you to connect with shipping carriers, set up shipping zones, and add dropshipping services.

    In order for Shopify Shipping to really work for your business, you’ll have to make sure you have listed dimensions and weights for all of your products and product variations.

    Once you have set up your carriers and double checked your products, you can start fulfilling orders. Here’s what your order fulfillment page will look like:

    You’ll notice several shipping options listed below the product information. You can choose to leave your customers’ selected shipping speed or upgrade them to a faster or cheaper service.

    You should note that while you are able to select from a wide range of shipping speeds, your customers will not be presented with these options. Rather, customers will see only the flat or calculated shipping rates that you manually set up in your Shopify admin. In order to display real-time calculated rates, you’ll either have to pay for the Advanced Shopify plan or purchase an add-on for $20/month.

    Basic Features

    Shopify Shipping doesn’t offer the most robust shipping features. However, their shipping suite should fit the needs of most small businesses.

    Here are a few of the features you can find already built in:

    • Integrations With Major Carriers: Get real-time shipping rates from DHL, USPS, and UPS.
    • Bulk Order Fulfillment: Set up shipping rules to process your orders in batches. Purchase shipping labels right in your admin.
    • Bulk Label Printing: Print multiple shipping labels at a time. You can use a thermal printer or a regular desktop printer for these labels.
    • Shipping Insurance: Insure your packages so if something goes wrong, you’ll be covered.
    • Flat Rate Or Calculated Shipping Options: You can choose to set flat shipping rates or calculate rates based on weight and dimensions.
    • Better Customer Service Features: Provide customers with real-time updates and tracking information.
    • International Features: Shopify Shipping will identify your international orders and create customs information.
    • Review & Update Shipping Selections: Review your customers’ shipping preferences. Upgrade customers to cheaper or faster services in your admin.

    Considering the rate at which Shopify has built this shipping system, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more features continually added on in the coming year.

    Reduced Shipping Rates

    One of the main reasons to consider Shopify Shipping is the reduced shipping rates they offer through USPS, UPS, and DHL. All Shopify customers can benefit from this discount, but merchants on higher plans will save more on shipping.

    Discounts are available on select services. You can look at Shopify Shipping’s full knowledgebase for in-depth information and example rates, or you can view a brief list of services below.

    USPS

    The USPS is an online seller’s best friend when it comes to shipping small, lightweight products. Their partnership with Shopify Shipping will let you save up to 46% on your shipments. View Shopify’s example rates for a more detailed breakdown.

    Here are the USPS services you can access with Shopify Shipping:

    • Domestic rates
      • Priority mail
      • Priority express mail
      • First class package service
    • International rates
      • First class package international rates
      • Priority mail international rates

    UPS

    Specializing in fast shipments and guaranteed delivery, UPS is often the best option for time-sensitive shipments. You can save up to 52% on UPS rates, depending on your Shopify plan. View the details in Shopify’s knowledge base.

    Here are the UPS services you’ll have access to:

    • Domestic rates
      • UPS Next Day Air
      • UPS Next Day Air Saver
      • UPS Second Day Air
      • UPS 3 Day Select
      • UPS Ground Rates
    • International rates
      • UPS Worldwide Express Rates
      • UPS Worldwide Saver rates
      • UPS World Expedited rates
      • UPS Standard to Canada rates

    DHL

    If you ship internationally, you should consider DHL for your fulfillment. Global logistics is what they do best. While I couldn’t find a percentage stating DHL’s discount, Shopify does say that DHL offers “Special DHL Express rates, exclusive to Shopify.” You can view a few examples of those special rates in that knowledge base I keep mentioning.

    A Few Limitations

    While Shopify Shipping supports most packages, it does not support all. Here’s a brief list of unsupported shipment types:

    • Letter
      • Flat envelope thinner than ¼ inch
    • Large package
      • Total dimensions (total of the package’s length, width, and height) greater than 84 inches
    • Irregular package
      • Non-rectangular package

    Final Thoughts

    As you set up your online store, be sure to tour Shopify Shipping. You may find it fits all your needs, or you may discover you need a couple of add-ons to fill things out.

    Either way, we’re happy to see Shopify make this improvement, and we hope to see continued progress in the future. In particular, we’d like real-time calculated rates to be available for every storefront. We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for this feature!

    Take a closer look at Shopify Shipping on their page or navigate to our full review of Shopify to learn more about the platform as a whole.

    Liz Hull

    Liz is a recent college graduate living in Washington state. As of late, she can often be found haunting eCommerce forums and waiting on hold with customer service representatives. When she’s free, Liz loves to rock climb, watch Spanish dramas, and read poorly-written young adult novels.

    Liz Hull

    “”

    Shopify Payments Review: What Are The Pros And Cons Of Shopify’s Integrated Payment Processor?

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    If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that Shopify (read our review) is one of our favorite shopping cart solutions, primarily because they provide an all-inclusive solution to a wide range of merchants. One monthly rate gives you access to Shopify’s hosting, security, administrative abilities, customer service features, inventory management features, web design tools, and more.

    With the addition of Shopify Payments, an integrated payment processor, you can even access built-in payment processing features. Shopify Payments allows you to quickly begin accepting orders on your online store. You won’t have to worry about integrating a third-party processor, and Shopify will waive their shopping cart transaction fees.

    However, despite its convenience, Shopify Payments is not a perfect solution. Customers often complain that they do not qualify to use the service. Others say that Shopify Payments has frozen their account or is holding payments.

    Keep reading to learn if you qualify for Shopify Payments and if it’s right for your business.

    In this article, we’ll be discussing payment service providers (PSPs). If you’re new to the world of payment processing, we’d love to help get you oriented. Download our free ebook, The Beginner’s Guide to Payment Processing, to get started.

    Table of Contents

    What Is Shopify Payments?

    Shopify Payments is a payment processor that allows you to accept customers’ money securely on your account. Shopify is responsible for these transactions, although they are effectively processed through Stripe and Wells Fargo.

    Shopify Payments is already integrated into your Shopify account, so it requires very little setup. There is no need to integrate a third-party processor or coordinate payments with a separate company. All you have to do is select Shopify Payments in your admin and add your banking information. Read Shopify’s setup instructions.

    What’s more, Shopify Payments comes with a few additional features, including chargeback management and fraud prevention.

    When you use Shopify Payments, Shopify will waive their usual shopping cart transaction fees. The only transaction fees you’ll need to pay are those associated with payment processing.

    What Are The Rates?

    Every PSP comes with its own processing rates and fees. Shopify Payments bases their rates on users’ subscription level. Users on higher Shopify plans benefit from lower rates. Take a look at the screenshot below for a breakdown of those rates.

    Shopify states that they do not charge any monthly fees, hidden fees, or setup fees on their payments service.

    Who Can Use Shopify Payments?

    Perhaps the most obvious requirement is that you must be a Shopify customer to use Shopify Payments.

    Shopify Payments is only available to merchants in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore. Shopify Payments is not available to US territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.

    You must follow Shopify’s Acceptable Use Policy. Take a look at the extensive list of products and services Shopify does not support below:

    If you do not comply with Shopify Payments’ Terms of Service, you will not be approved or the service may be revoked.

    When Do I Get Paid?

    Payday is on everyone’s mind. One of the most frequently-asked questions regarding Shopify Payments is how long you’ll have to wait to receive your customers’ payments.

    This period — the time between when a customer places an order and when those funds are sent to your bank account — is called a pay period. You should keep in mind that this pay period does not include the amount of time it takes for your bank to process that deposit after it’s sent (typically between 24-72 hours).

    Your pay period with Shopify Payments will depend on the country in which your company is based. You can view the full breakdown of pay periods in Shopify’s knowledgebase, or you can see my summary below:

    • US: 2 business days. Funds from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are grouped and sent together as one payment.
    • Canada: 3 business days. Funds from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are grouped and sent together as one payment.
    • Australia: 3 business days. Funds from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are grouped and sent together as one payment.
    • New Zealand: 3 business days. Funds from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are grouped and sent together as one payment.
    • UK & Ireland: 4 business days. Funds from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are grouped and sent together as one payment.

    Make sure you keep in mind this delay in payments as you plan your business. It might be worth setting up a business credit card so you always have funds on hand.

    Pros & Positive Reviews

    Customers choose Shopify Payments for a number of reasons. Here are the primary benefits of using Shopify Payments:

    • No Shopify Transaction Fees: While there will always be processing fees, when you use Shopify Payments, you’ll no longer have to pay that 1%-2% transaction fee associated with your Shopify plan. I assume Shopify instead takes their money from your payment processing. Either way, it’s savings for you.
    • Potentially Lower Processing Fees: As I’ve said before, higher-level Shopify merchants benefit from lower rates. You may find that Shopify’s rates are competitive with those of other major processors.
    • Already Integrated: You won’t need any developers to connect with Shopify Payments.
    • Integrated Fraud Prevention: Shopify Payments helps you reduce fraudulent transactions. You can choose to enable an address verification system and a card verification value upon checkout to ensure customers are real cardholders. Read more about fraud analysis.

    Shopify Payments is a great solution if you meet the requirements and are looking for a processor that’s easy to integrate.

    Cons & Complaints

    While Shopify Payments is great for convenience, I’ve seen numerous reports blaming the service for being unreliable and difficult to contact. Here are a few of the most common complaints and disadvantages of using Shopify Payments:

    • Ineligibility: Shopify users often complain that they are not eligible for Shopify Payments. For some, this is because Shopify Payments is not available in their country. In some cases, Shopify has actually revoked payment services because, for one reason or another, their business was deemed “high-risk.” Shopify’s Terms of Service states: “We reserve the right to modify or terminate the Service for any reason, without notice at any time.”
    • Shopify Holds Funds: Merchants frequently complain of their funds being withheld for an extended period of time. Here’s what Shopify Payments’ Terms Of Service says about that: “Stripe, on behalf of Shopify and/or Wells Fargo reserves the right to change the Payout Schedule or suspend payouts to your Bank Account should we determine it is necessary due to pending disputes, excessive Chargebacks or refunds, or other suspicious activity associated with your use of the Service or it required by law or court order.”
    • Difficulties With Chargebacks: Chargebacks are an unfortunate and inevitable part of running an online business. If customers file too many chargebacks against you, Shopify may withhold your funds, further complicating the issue.

    Make sure you read the Terms of Service for every solution you sign up with, including Shopify and Shopify Payments. It could save you a world of pain.

    Final Thoughts

    I’ve seen enough negative reports about Shopify Payments to be skeptical of the service. Many merchants have been denied payments or had the service revoked entirely.

    However, without the specifics, it’s difficult to determine whether Shopify was justified or not in these actions. If merchants were not complying with Shopify Payments’ Terms of Service, Shopify was within their rights to cancel the service.

    As you make your decision, read every word of Shopify Payments’ Terms of Service to ensure your business qualifies. There are some great benefits to integrated payments, and if your store follows all the rules, Shopify Payments could be the best choice for your store.

    But, don’t stop your research there. Take a look at our complete review of Shopify (and the real customer comments below) to learn more about the software, and be sure to read up on Shopify Payments in their knowledgebase. Best of luck!

    Liz Hull

    Liz is a recent college graduate living in Washington state. As of late, she can often be found haunting eCommerce forums and waiting on hold with customer service representatives. When she’s free, Liz loves to rock climb, watch Spanish dramas, and read poorly-written young adult novels.

    Liz Hull

    “”

    Shopify vs. Squarespace: Online Store Options Compared

    Shopify vs. Squarespace – they are two of the most well-known brands in the online store / website builder industry. I’ve written a Shopify review here and Squarespace review here. But how do they compare directly to each other?

    First, a bit of background. Over the past few years, online store software costs have plummeted, and the technology to get a website from idea to reality has blossomed.

    Whether you’re using a text editor and uploading to the Amazon cloud, hosting your own site powered by WordPress + WooCommerce or using a drag and drop website builder, there’s never been an easier time to create an online store. It’s no longer 2002 where every storeowner had to know PHP, HTML, CSS and a bit of Javascript.

    All-inclusive ecommerce builders have been particularly interesting. Companies like Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, Shopify, and BigCommerce – not to mention platforms like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon – have brought ecommerce to everyone regardless of their coding skills.

    On the wide spectrum of ecommerce store building solutions, they all live on the end that is all-inclusive and provides everything you need to get started and grow your website.

    That is in contrast to solutions where you buy, install, and manage all the “pieces” of your website separately. That’s not a good or bad thing. But it is something to be aware of when you’re choosing one of them as a solution since it affects your website both long and short term.

    In the long-term, it affects your versatility, functionality, and, of course, your brand. In the short term, it can certainly add/take away a lot of headaches. That said, just like choosing a physical house or office, there is no such thing as an absolute “best” or “top” choice. There’s only the right choice relative to your goals, experience, and circumstances.

    Using an online store builder is like leasing and customizing an apartment in a really classy development instead of buying and owning your own house. You’re still in control of decor, cleaning, and everything living-wise – but you leave the construction, plumbing, security, and infrastructure to the property owner. That point is key because there’s usually a direct tradeoff between convenience and control.

    Ecommerce Real Estate Tradeoffs

    Shopify, Squarespace and other options like BigCommerce and Weebly as a group compete with options like WordPress (which provides the free software to build a website that you own & control – see my WordPress setup guide here) all the way to options like typing actual HTML code into a text file.

    The last preface I’ll mention is that Squarespace is an all-around website builder with ecommerce capability.

    Shopify, in contrast, is strictly an ecommerce platform.

    This focus puts Squarespace behind as an advanced ecommerce tool and Shopify behind as a general website builder tool. With their respective free trials, you can quickly see the differences.

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    Make sense? Awesome – let’s dive into the comparison.

    Side note – if you want this comparison in a BuzzFeed-style quiz, you can take my online store builder quiz here…

    You can also look at my posts on –

    Otherwise, we’ll look specifically at pricing, onboarding/user experience, design features, technical features, ecommerce features, marketing features, and customer support.

    Disclosure – I receive referral fees from all the companies mentioned in this post. My opinions & research are based on my professional experiences as either a paying customer or consultant to a paying customer.

    Pricing

    Comparing pricing between Shopify and Squarespace is fairly straightforward if you have a clear idea of your needs. This comes from the fact that Shopify focuses on *only* online store owners whereas Squarespace markets to everyone.

    The short version is that Shopify is more expensive. But there’s a few caveats to look at.

    Shopify Pricing

    Squarespace Ecommerce Pricing

    The first caveat is credit card fees.

    Squarespace syncs with Stripe and PayPal. Their fees are 2.9% + $.30 per transaction.

    Shopify has their own payments gateway that charges lower per transaction fees. But – if you use a non-Shopify gateway, Shopify charges an additional transaction fee that Squarespace does not have.

    So why is this important? If you already have a gateway (ie, Authorize.net for your physical pop-up shop) and you want to use them with Shopify – then Shopify’s transaction fee kicks in. But – if you want to use Shopify Payment’s for your online store – you can save a bit of money on transaction fees. Those fees add up. If you have revenues of $100000 – a 0.4% reduction in fees could equal $500 per month.

    The second caveat is value pricing.

    On front-end features alone – Squarespace is significantly cheaper than Shopify, especially on their Advanced plan, which compares almost directly with Shopify’s Standard plan.

    See Shopify’s Plans here.

    See Squarespace’s Plans here.

    But – like I mentioned in the introduction, it’s hard to compare their pricing tables directly since they are really different products for different audiences.

    It’s a bit like comparing the pricing of a motorcycle vs. an SUV.

    Sure, the motorcycle is much cheaper and it gets you from A to B. It has wheels, an engine, and it drives on the road just fine. But it’s also meant for a certain type of driving.

    It all really comes down to what you need for you project – two wheels that will get you where you need to go or a vehicle that has plenty of room along with lots of features. So let’s look at other differences.

    Aside – if you’re curious, Shopify’s $9/mo Lite plan isn’t applicable since it’s more of an inventory/payments software than an online store builder software. You can upload products, manage them, and accept payments, but you can only sell them via other platforms such as a Facebook plugin or a button on an existing website. Same goes with Squarespace’s Business Plan. It’s meant to do a website that happens to have a couple things for sale – not really a full online store solution. I’ll set both those options to the side for the moment.

    Onboarding & User Experience

    No matter how intuitive and simple a piece of technology is, there’s always that moment of “what am I looking at and what do I do now?”

    Onboarding is the process of guiding you past that point. In theory, a huge selling point of online website / store builders is that they have a near-zero learning curve. They have a straightforward process from website concept to website reality.

    On this point, Squarespace and Shopify both do alright but in different ways.

    Shopify has a quick path from free trial signup to site launch. They have guided tours and a very straightforward setup. They also have customer support outreach focused on getting you up and running quickly.

    Shopify Backend

    However, Shopify also has many more features, apps, and technical options available that can present a challenge. The most daunting hurdle is linking your domain name to your store. It’s not difficult but is daunting at the mention of “setting your CNAME” (in fairness, you don’t have to direct your domain if you purchase via Shopify for a bit more per year than via a 3rd party).

    Since Shopify functions as a platform for payments, offline inventory and more – their website store setup is actually on the second menu of their main dashboard rather than front and center.

    Squarespace has a ridiculously fast sign up to live site process. Their backend is fairly intuitive for basic websites. However, they to have a “Squarespace jargon” to get used to. They like to appeal to developers and freelance designers – so there are advanced tools that can clutter simply launching a site.

    SquareSpace Onboarding

    Their support emails and tours are structured well. But since their software is made for all types of websites, the ecommerce features are a bit buried (and limited) from the perspective of an online store owner.

    I would not rule either provider out on onboarding/user experience. But their differences are sort of like a restaurant with a waiter (Shopify) vs. a fast casual restaurant with a menu above the cashier (Squarespace).

    If you want more help and more customization, then Shopify is your choice. If you want to quickly see and order from the features, then Squarespace is less daunting.

    Design Features

    Part of the overall value of website builders is simple, straightforward design – no web designers necessary.

    But good design is hard. And it matters – a lot. A lot of people can spot a good looking website but have a harder time figuring out how to get there. Using a template for a foundation and then customizing it is a good way to get the site you want without paying for a custom design.

    Both Shopify and Squarespace use templates (aka “themes”) for design. But they are very different in customization options.

    Shopify has a solid drag and drop design feature. You can create any layout element you’d like and drag it into place. You can click and edit any portion of any web page – including both content and design.

    But – Shopify does not combine design and content. You have to get your design right – and then add content in a separate area (ie, it’s a template).

    Since you can edit HTML/CSS with Shopify, you can build any design possible. There are few, if any, limits to any design that you see on the Internet. Additionally, Shopify has a drag and drop template editor.

    Shopify Drag Drop

    Squarespace has a hybrid approach. They famously have beautiful pre-built designs.

    Squarespace Designs

    They also have drag and drop – and pretty intuitive editing.

    But – they also combine design and content with their editor. This approach has tradeoffs. On one hand, you can edit the design for specific pages. On the other hand, your design can go “off-base” pretty quickly – especially with content for hundreds of products.

    The other drawback with Squarespace is that their off-the-shelf themes require *a lot* of really good imagery. If you don’t have access to high-quality photography, their themes are not going to work well. Many of Shopify’s designs are fine and functional regardless of product imagery.

    They both have large marketplaces for premium designs (in addition to professional designers).

    If you are a fan of raw functionality – then you’ll appreciate Shopify’s approach to design. If you want your site to look amazing off the shelf, love to edit details, and have access to good imagery – then you’ll appreciate Squarespace.

    Ecommerce Features

    The absolute core features of an ecommerce store are a –

    • product database
    • shopping cart
    • checkout page
    • payment processor
    • order database

    That is it.

    But, especially in 2017 (and 2018 and beyond), there is a *lot* more than can (and should) go into an ecommerce store. There’s everything from selling via Facebook Messenger to syncing with Amazon FBA to integrating with eBay – not to mention features for executing on marketing fundamentals.

    Even for advertising products, there’s selling via Buyable Pins, Google Merchant, Twitter cards, and more. There’s remarketing and coupon codes. There’s A/B testing. There’s inventory synchronization with vendors like AliExpress. And there’s order synchronization with shippers like UPS and USPS.

    And that’s all a drop in the bucket.

    Obviously, not every store needs every feature. If you are trying to sell a couple T-shirts or a couple specialty products – you certainly don’t need them all. But if you want to grow and expand, you’ll need your options open.

    For ecommerce features, Shopify wins hands down, though Squarespace does make it simple to sell your product. Squarespace has a few advanced features (like abandoned cart recovery), but it’s nothing like Shopify.

    Shopify not only has more features directly integrated into their platform, but they also have a well-established app store that includes free and paid apps to extend your store with every feature you could possibly need.

    Shopify Integrations

    That said, this section is a bit unfair to Squarespace, because, again, they are a general website builder that includes ecommerce. Shopify is strictly an ecommerce platform.

    If Shopify didn’t “win” on ecommerce features it would be a surprise. Technically, Squarespace competes more with the likes of Weebly and Wix or WordPress who are also website builders that provide core ecommerce features.

    In short – if you need core ecommerce features integrated in a simple, straightforward way, then Squarespace is fine. If you actually need a full suite of ecommerce features to grow, then Shopify is hands-down better.

    Technical Features

    Technical features are all the web development best practices that don’t really “matter”…until they matter a lot. I’m talking about generating clean URLs, editable metadata, allowing page-level redirects, etc.

    On this point, Shopify does very well – and not just compared to Squarespace, but compared to any hosted platform.

    Traditionally, hosted platforms presented a risk for web designers, developers, and marketers who wanted to work on the technical aspects of the site.

    I know that I flinch anytime a prospective client tells me they are on a hosted platform of any kind.

    But Shopify and Squarespace perform well in general. Many skeptics of hosted platforms note that they actually take care of the technical features well. You still don’t have FTP access to your server, but you do have access to change things via their Liquid editor (Shopify) or Developer Mode (Squarespace).

    Where they differ (especially for me) is in their potential for technical features. And again, here, Shopify’s app store is their “killer” feature. Even if a feature is not native to Shopify, a non-developer can usually add it.

    On the flip side, Squarespace has a lot of native features that simply “work” – and a process of continually adding & revising existing features.

    Both Squarespace and Shopify have inherent limitations as hosted platforms (ie, when you leave, you a lot of your data), but Shopify does a bit more to eliminate the weaknesses and capitalize on strengths as a hosted platform.

    Marketing Features

    In Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character says “if you build it, they will come.” Sadly, that is not true about websites. Like any business, you have to actively promote and market your online store for anyone to show up.

    Marketing features like custom metadata, open graph information, Schema markups, email signups, share buttons, landing pages, etc all make marketing your site a lot easier.

    For marketing features, both Shopify and Squarespace both do really well. They support header scripts. They integrate with many products. They add meta data, product schema and open graph tags automatically.

    But like design & ecommerce features, there’s the same catch. For an ecommerce store owner, Shopify has many more (and higher quality) built-in features plus a better, more developed app store.

    Squarespace has core marketing features built-in, but with more limits.

    Support & Service

    Customer support and service are difficult to judge. Like I’ve said in most of my reviews, a single customer can never really know if they happened upon a disgruntled rookie or if the company is really that bad.

    That said, there are ways to look at a company’s investment in both customer services and support.

    For Shopify vs. Squarespace, I think the clear “winner” is Shopify. Shopify not only provides more channels for customer service (phone, chat, email, forums, social media, etc), they also have an incredibly extensive help center.

    The help center not only tackles technical issues, it also tackles customer success issues (aka problems with making money).

    Squarespace has email support, and limited chat support – but no phone. Their knowledgebase does not have the attention or the depth that Shopify has.

    Comparison Conclusion

    So Shopify vs. Squarespace – which one is a better fit for your project?

    If you plan on running a growing online store and want all the features possible, then you should go try Shopify.

    Go try Shopify for free here.

    If you want a simple store – or a general site with a beautiful look, then Squarespace might be a good fit for you.

    Also – bookmark my post on creating an ecommerce marketing strategy here.

    Good luck!

    “”

    Small Business Sales Tax Guide

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    Before you started your small business, you probably only thought of sales tax as a pesky total on the bottom of your receipts—the thing that changed your nice round price into something bizarre. (The Dollar Store doesn’t really work when it’s the $1.07 Store.) But now that you’re a small business owner, understanding sales tax is necessarily a lot more complicated.

    In this article, we’ll explain the basics of small business sales tax and what you need to do to get your company legally set up to collect sales tax. By using this article as a starting point, you’ll understand the confusing concept of small business sales tax in no time.

    Table of Contents

    Understanding The Basics

    Before we discuss how to set your company up to collect sales tax legally, we wanted to cover a couple of important basics and some common FAQs about sales tax. If you’ve ever had questions about sales tax, you’ve come to the right place.

    What Is Sales Tax?

    Sales tax is a government tax on the sale of goods and services.

    In Which State(s) Do I Have to Collect Sales Tax?

    You must collect a sales tax in any state where you have a nexus.

    What Is A Nexus?

    We’re glad you asked. In the original sense of the word, a nexus is a connection. When talking about sales tax, a nexus is a legal term that means you’ve created a sufficient physical presence in a state. Once a nexus is established, you are required to pay sales tax on any items sold in or shipped to that state (with the exception of Oregon, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, and New Hampshire, which do not impose a sales tax).

    How Is A Nexus Created?

    You may have a sales tax nexus in states where:

    • You have an office or other property
    • You have a storefront
    • You have employees (including salespeople and remote workers)
    • You have a warehouse
    • You attend a tradeshow (or other events)
    • You use drop shipping

    For example, let’s say my company is headquartered in California, but I also have an inventory warehouse in Washington. That means I would have a nexus in both California and Washington and must collect and pay sales tax in both states.

    Each state has slightly different rules about what constitutes a sales tax nexus, so be sure to contact a state’s sales tax authority directly if you think you may have a nexus there.

    If you’re still confused about what constitutes a nexus, you can read about it in more detail in the Tackling Taxes section of our Beginner’s Guide to Starting an Online Store ebook.

    How Do I Determine Which Sales Tax Rate To Charge My Customers?

    Sales tax rates vary by state, county, and even city. And some states—Oregon, Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Montana—don’t even have sales tax. So how do you know which rate to use?

    First, you have to determine the address on which to base the sales tax rate.

    If you are selling items from a storefront, your sales tax rate will be based on your store’s address. If you are shipping items, the sales tax rate will be based on the address you’re shipping the items to (not the address you ship goods from).

    As we mentioned above, you only have to charge sales to customers when you are selling items in or shipping items to a state where you have a sales tax nexus. So if you are shipping items to a state where you don’t have a sales tax nexus, then you don’t have to worry about sales tax.

    Once you’ve determined the proper address to use, all you need to do is consult the state’s sales tax agency to find the sales tax rate for that state, county, and city. (Most states offer a tool that allows you to look up sales tax rate by address online.)

    Here is a list of all 50 states’ tax agencies. For most states, the appropriate tax agency will be the Department of Revenue. If you operate out of California, you’ll want to go to the Board of Equalization.

    How Much Sales Tax Should I Charge My Customers?

    Once you’ve determined the proper sales tax rate (as explained in the section above), you can use this formula to calculate your actual sales tax:

    Total Cost x Sales Tax Rate = Sales Tax Total

    Let’s do an example. My customer spent $49.95 at my store in California. The sales tax rate is 7.5%. How much sales tax do I charge?

    I’ll put the total cost and sales tax rate into our formula.

    $49.95 x 7.5% = ?

    Since we’re working with a percentage, we have to move the decimal to the left two spaces. So we’re calculating:

    $49.95 x .075 = ?

    Multiply.

    $49.95 x .075 = $3.746

    Round to the nearest ten. Now you should have $3.75 as your sales tax amount. Simply add this amount to your total cost (in this case $49.95) and voila! You have the correct price to charge your customer.

    $49.95 + $3.75 = $53.70

    Luckily for you, you don’t need to manually calculate sales tax. While knowing the principles of sales tax calculation is important, almost all POS and accounting programs do the math for you, and there are plenty of tax software options that can help too. We’ll cover these in more detail later.

    What If I Sell Products Online?

    Things get trickier when it comes to online sales tax. The sales tax laws for each state were originally created with the brick and mortar store in mind, so figuring out the correct procedures for online sales tax can be a bit difficult.

    Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to make this easier. In our eBook The Beginner’s Guide to Starting an Online Store, we devoted a whole section to the basics of eCommerce sales tax. We also recommend TaxJar’s complete Sales Tax Guide for eCommerce Sellers to online sellers who want to learn the nitty-gritty details of online sales tax.

    Preparing Your Company To Collect Sales Tax

    A lot more goes into charging sales tax than just figuring out the appropriate sales tax rate. You’ll need to take the proper legal measures to ensure your small business is set up to collect and pay sales tax.

    Here are four simple steps you’ll need to follow before you can legally charge sales tax:

    Step 1: Learn Your State’s Sales Tax Rules

    Above all else, be sure to learn the sales tax rules of every state in which you have a nexus. Each state has different laws, which makes this research imperative. Go directly to your state’s official sales tax agency for the most accurate information.

    Again, here is a list of all 50 states’ tax agencies. As I mentioned above, for most states, the appropriate tax agency will be the Department of Revenue. If you operate out of California, you’ll want to go to the Board of Equalization.

    Take note of the state sales tax rate, county sales tax rates, city sales tax rates, and sales tax exemptions. Check and see if your state offers an online “lookup sales tax by address” tool. And don’t forget to make sure you’re up-to-date on your state’s specific sales tax laws.

    Many of these cites will also have small business learning resources about sales tax. Be sure to take advantage of the resources offered by each state.

    Step 2: Register For A Sales Tax Permit

    You’ll need to register for a sales tax permit everywhere you have a business nexus. To register for a sales tax permit, go to the appropriate tax agency.

    Some states may charge a fee for a sales tax permit. Read this post, Which States Charge A Fee to Register for a Sales Tax Permit?, to get an idea of how much you’ll be expected to pay.

    If you need additional help, TaxJar has a comprehensive How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit post where they break down the registration process state by state. The post covers how to apply, the information you’ll need to apply, the cost of the application, the state’s sales tax permit renewal policy, and more.

    Step 3: Collect & Record Sales Tax

    Once you’re officially registered to collect sales tax in a state, you can start collecting and recording sales tax. We recommend talking to your accountant about using accounting software to keep track of your sales tax records.

    Accounting software can help you:

    • Keep good records
    • Charge sales tax to customers
    • Automatically calculate sales tax totals on invoices
    • Provide important sales tax reports

    Many accounting software programs also integrate with key tax software players like Avalara and TaxJar.

    If you need help deciding on an accounting software, check out the top-rated accounting software programs in our accounting comparison chart or visit our comprehensive accounting software reviews for more details.

    Step 4: Pay Your Sales Tax

    Depending on the state(s) in which you’re registered to collect sales tax, you may be paying your sales tax monthly, quarterly, or yearly. After you complete your Sales Tax Permit registration, you should receive information about when sales tax payments are due and where to go to make these payments.

    If you are unsure, contact your state’s sales tax agency directly.

    Final Thoughts

    We know that was a lot of information, but sales tax is one topic you don’t want to play fast and loose with. That’s why, when it comes to sales tax, we recommend that you consult your accountant.

    While online resources and accounting programs can help point you in the right direction, your professional accountant is the ultimate authority on sales tax. Your accountant knows how to properly prepare your small business to collect sales tax and will ensure that you’re charging the appropriate rate.

    We hope this overview gives you a basic understanding of sales tax and a clear idea of how to get started collecting it. Best of luck and happy selling!

    Chelsea Krause

    Chelsea Krause is a writer, avid reader, and researcher. In addition to loving writing, she became interested in accounting software because of her constant desire to learn something new and understand how things work. When she’s not working or daydreaming about her newest story, she can be found drinking obscene amounts of coffee, reading anything written by C.S. Lewis or Ray Bradbury, kayaking and hiking, or watching The X-Files with her husband.

    Chelsea Krause

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    Homepage Best Practices, Ideas, & Examples

    Ah, the homepage. If you’re like most website owners, you’ve put massive thought into making your front page look amazing.

    But there’s a rhyme and reason behind homepage design… at least, there should be. Your homepage likely attracts the most visitors of any page on your site. It’s the front door to the rest of your content — and the rest of your business online.

    Think about your own browsing habits. What happens when you have a bad homepage experience on someone’s website? You likely hit the back button ASAP.

    So let’s talk about getting your homepage where it needs to be. Here are five homepage best practices you should follow, from how your copy should be written to how to give visitors next steps (with examples)!

    Your homepage should…

    Highlight Who You Are and What You Do

    For many (but certainly not most) visitors, your homepage is their very first interaction with you. This means it needs to answer these two questions immediately: Who are you and what do you do?

    There should be no doubt in a visitor’s mind that they’re in the right place when they hit your homepage. If they can’t identify who you are and what you have to offer in a matter of seconds, they’re going to bounce (and probably head to your competitors).

    Dropbox

    Who does it well: Dropbox

    Vibe with Your Audience

    There’s no point in dropping tons of bucks to design a homepage if it doesn’t resonate with your target audience — no matter how beautiful it is.

    Your homepage should be all about your users, which means it needs to read the way they speak and have a design that gives off the right perceptions about your brand.

    Keep your copy clean, straightforward, and rid of jargon that could confuse your audience. You’ll also want to make sure your design is clean, offers a great user experience, and gives off the emotions you want associated with your business.

    For example, a bank may want to have a more professional feel and use colors that portray trust and reliability (like blue). In contrast, a doggy daycare may want to be more playful and fun and use bright colors, creative fonts, and animations.

    Ellevest

    Who does it well: Ellevest

    Help Users Find What They’re Looking For

    While your homepage is a huge source of new traffic, most of the time your homepage visitors come to your site knowing what they’re looking for. Why not give it to them in as simple a way as possible?

    Your website’s navigation should be clearly visible at the top of your homepage and have logical paths to guide users to the next step. You can also include a website search, which gives users direct access to exactly what they’re looking for without having to click through multiple pages (this can be especially handy for ecommerce businesses who have tons of products).

    Au Lit Fine Linens

    Who does it well: Au Lit Fine Linens

    Be Responsive

    It’s not enough to have a homepage that looks great on a desktop. In today’s day and age, your website must be optimized for every type of device. A 2016 study by Hitwise saw mobile search made up approximately 58% of search queries — which means a significant portion of your traffic is coming from mobile devices.

    But optimizing your homepage for mobile means more than just making sure your design fits the screen dimensions — it means the entire experience needs to be user-friendly for mobile users.

    Your mobile homepage should be rid of anything that makes it cumbersome to navigate and use your site (like annoying pop-ups that are hard to close on a small screen). It should also load quickly and feature clear and simple navigation.

    Kong

    Who does it well: Kong Company

    Tell People What to Do Next

    If users get stuck on your homepage, it’s not doing its job. The page should be logical — which means it should have primary and secondary calls-to-action (CTAs) that help your users take the best next step depending on what they came to do.

    Your primary CTA (the main action you want users to take) should be “above the fold”, which is designer jargon for “above where the page cuts off and a user has to scroll down”. Your secondary CTAs can sit lower on the page.

    Keep in mind that while you don’t want users hanging out on your homepage forever, that doesn’t mean you should go into CTA overload. Stick to a few actions that your audience may want to take and make sure you cover all stages of someone’s “journey” with you (i.e. have an action for those who are ready to convert, and one for those who are simply looking to learn more about you).

    HupSpot

    HubSpot2

    Who does it well: HubSpot

    Need extra inspiration? Here are three more examples of homepages that hit it out of the park:

    Design and User Experience

    Milwaukee Ballet

    The Milwaukee Ballet homepage immediately catches the eye with a beautiful video of dancers performing. The entire homepage hero slideshow is video, but it doesn’t overwhelm. In fact, it hits just the right vibe a ballet-lover would love: elegant, sophisticated, and fluid.

    But perhaps the best part of this homepage is that the user experience doesn’t take a backseat to the design. The navigation is easy to find and use (search bar included), and the CTAs over the video slideshow are logical and clear.

    Clear Value Proposition

    KIND Snacks

    KIND Snacks gets full marks for its amazing tagline and value proposition. A visitor immediately understands what sets KIND apart as soon as they land on the homepage. Plus, the use of contrasting colors makes the whole page pop and immediately draws your eye to the product photo and tagline. Speaking of product photos… the KIND bar photo and secondary CTA photos are the level of quality homepage designers should be looking for. They do a great job of making the snacks look ultra-appealing.

    Less is More

    Lululemon

    Remember that your homepage doesn’t need to be all things for your website. In fact, it needs to be one thing — the gateway to the rest of your site. Sometimes this means less is more, as is the case with Lululemon.

    This minimalist homepage balances bold photos and colors with a clean design and straightforward navigation. There’s no doubt about what actions a user with a specific goal should take. Lululemon covers everything from trends, to different clothing categories, to gifts. They also do a great job of throwing in a value proposition at the top of their site to help reassure uncertain buyers: free shipping and free returns.

    A great homepage draws in visitors and then keeps them on your site. This means the focus of your homepage shouldn’t be just a cool design — it should be on clearly communicating your value and next steps to your audience.

    But keep in mind your homepage isn’t set in stone. In fact, it shouldn’t be! Your homepage should always be fresh to keep users engaged.

    To be sure your homepage is delivering, keep an eye on how your it performs in Analytics. Look especially at the Bounce Rate to determine if people are leaving immediately after landing there. If the bounce rate is high, it could mean visitors can’t find what they’re looking for, or you haven’t sold them on your value proposition.

    Most importantly, be flexible! If you think something isn’t working, hop in there and fix it. In fact, try that now. Head over to your homepage and identify one thing you could change, and do it.

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    USPS, UPS, or FedEx: Which Shipping Carrier Is Best?

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    With the holidays quickly approaching, online sellers and postal workers alike are bracing for the sudden rush of packages from the holiday buying frenzy.

    USPS, UPS, and FedEx workers everywhere are pulling out their gloves and strapping on their lumbar support. Winter is coming, and they are prepared!

    Merchants, on the other hand, may feel a little less ready for the holiday rush. Not only do they have to maintain inventory and process orders, but they have to navigate the complex role of fulfillment.

    With three major shipping carriers to choose from, it can be difficult to know which service you should use for your shipments.

    Never fear! We’ve researched the advantages and disadvantages of each of the three major shipping services, and we’ve asked merchants to tell us their own experiences with each carrier. Keep reading to learn what each shipping carrier does well and where they can improve. We hope you’ll keep this information in mind as you explore your fulfillment options.

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    USPS

    The United States Postal Service is a public shipping carrier, subsidized by taxpayers. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” will keep the postal service from delivering letters and packages to Americans’ mailboxes (though in my experience, freezing rain does the trick).

    The USPS is the #1 shipping option for many merchants, especially those who ship small and light products. However, USPS is not perfect by any means. Here’s what you should keep in mind as you consider USPS for your business:

    Pros

    There are a lot of praises to sing about USPS. Here’s what merchants love most about the postal service:

    It’s The Most Inexpensive Option For Small Packages

    The USPS is, hands down, the most affordable option for merchants who ship small items. Because taxpayers subsidize much of USPS’s expenses, it is able to ship small objects (letters and bubble mailers) for incredibly low rates.

    The USPS provides the cheapest shipping for many packages under two pounds, and USPS simply can’t be beat for packages under 13 ounces. Let me state it clearly:

    If you’re shipping products under 13 ounces, you should use USPS.

    In addition, many merchants benefit from USPS’s flat rate options through Priority Mail. For one price, you can ship products of any weight across any distance; it just has to fit into USPS’s box.

    Merchants also save by utilizing USPS’s free packaging material. Priority Mail boxes are available for free, and you can even arrange to have them delivered to your place of business.

    If you’re trying to cut costs, USPS may be the way to go.

    It’s More Reliable Than In The Past

    While in the past, USPS was infamous for misplacing packages or delaying shipments, in recent years, they have greatly improved their reliability. Here’s what Allen Walton of SpyGuy.com had to say about the USPS’s improved delivery rates:

    Deliverability is pretty solid. We very rarely have lost packages. Occasionally there are hiccups in their system that make it seem like a package hasn’t moved in days, and that can sometimes cause annoying issues, but getting better tracking means way more money using UPS or FedEx, and those guys have their own tracking issues.

    Dr. Eugene Emmer from RehaDesign uses USPS to ship from his store in Europe into the United States. He reports:

    In 10 years, only 2 parcels have been lost. Both times, all costs were fully refunded.

    If your concern is lost packages, it seems that concern is now unfounded. Merchants often state that their savings from using USPS more than covers the very few packages that go missing.

    It Delivers To Mailboxes and PO Boxes

    The USPS has a monopoly on mailboxes and PO boxes. They’re the only shipping service that does not have to drop off packages at customers’ doorsteps.

    Zondra Wilson of Blu Skin Care lists these perks well. She says:

    By far the best option when it comes to price, USPS also offers insures overnight delivery. USPS also delivers to most locations such as post office boxes, has pick-up options, a wide array of packaging (some free), and offers insurance for Priority Express mail and Priority Mail as well as tracking for various services.

    Because the USPS routinely delivers across the country, it excels in getting packages to out-of-the-way destinations. According to Jim Milan of Auto Accessories Garage:

    They’re definitely the king of the lightweight package, and since they try to prioritize every address equally, they’ll occasionally surprise us with how quickly they can ship something to “the middle of nowhere,” so to speak.

    If you’re looking for a service that will allow you to deliver your packages along with customers’ daily mail, USPS is the only way to go.

    Cons

    While USPS is great for many purposes, it is by no means a perfect solution. Here are a few of the downfalls you’ll have to look out for:

    There’s No Guaranteed Delivery

    It’s common wisdom that if a service is cheap and good, it cannot also be fast. This holds true for USPS.

    The USPS will not guarantee delivery for express shipping. Kristin Anthony, CEO of Anthony’s Ladies Apparel, shared her experience with me:

    We do use UPS for all of our express packages (Next Day, 2-Day or 3-Day shipping options) because UPS guarantees delivery within those time frames and USPS will not guarantee it.

    If you absolutely need a package to arrive within a brief window, you’re better off going with UPS or FedEx.

    Tracking Is Not Great

    While USPS has improved their reliability in recent years, packages still go missing from time to time. The USPS’s less-than-perfect tracking system does not help matters when deliveries are delayed or lost.

    Although Milan from the Auto Accessories Garage emphasized that pricing is an important consideration for his company, he still has a few complaints regarding the USPS’s tracking methods:

    …while USPS may often be the cheapest choice, they can never guarantee a delivery date, and rarely if ever provide accurate tracking. This can be very frustrating to our customers, and frustrating for us when we can’t provide more information about a shipment.

    For better tracking capabilities, you’ll have to look into more expensive alternatives.

    Poor Customer Service

    Merchants report that when packages do inevitably go missing, it can be difficult to have them located and to get the refund you’ve been assured. Here’s what SpyGuy.com’s Walton has to say to that:

    Their customer service is garbage. Impossible to find lost packages, and they don’t make it easy for the customer to do the legwork themselves – it’s always on the business that shipped it out. When they put you on hold, it’s just a dead silence for like 30 minutes and you never know if someone will get on the line….Getting refunds is not easy. Sometimes they don’t deliver on time and the process for requesting refunds is antiquated. Really wish they would make it easy.

    In order to get the affordable shipping rates USPS offers, it appears you’ll have to sacrifice a bit in terms of customer service.

    The Low-Down

    While the USPS is not the ideal option for every merchant (or every shipment!), it still is well worth considering as a part of your fulfillment strategy. Those super low rates for light shipments are impossible to beat.

    UPS

    UPS is a private shipping carrier specializing in secure, speedy delivery. eCommerce merchants love UPS for its reliability and comprehensive tracking system. However, UPS’s services tend to come at a higher price. Here are the top pros and cons of the brown van shipping service:

    Pros

    There’s a lot to love about this service, but here are the primary reasons online sellers choose UPS:

    It Offers Guaranteed Express Shipping

    If you need a package delivered ASAP, UPS is the way to go. UPS provides services like same-day delivery and next-day delivery.

    Guaranteed delivery gives you the peace of mind that your packages will arrive on time, keeping your customers happy and your business moving.

    It’s Affordably Priced (At Times) For Heavy Shipments

    While the USPS is the cheapest option for light shipments, pricing increases dramatically for heavier shipments. If you’re shipping packages heavier than two pounds, you should take a look at UPS’s shipping rates. They may be able to deliver your packages more quickly (and securely) at a lower price.

    What’s more, if you ship large volumes through UPS, you should be able to lower your rates through negotiation. You’ll have to have proof of your previous shipments, but the discounts are worth the effort.

    It Provides Unbeatable Tracking

    UPS offers comprehensive tracking services. Customers will be able to see where their packages are from start to finish. UPS’s detailed tracking gives your customers a sense of security, and it’s also great for you! The UPS will be able to tell you at any point exactly where packages are. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll lose a package while shipping through UPS.

    Cons

    While UPS is a great service in many ways, it isn’t perfect. Here are a few areas in which you’ll have to sacrifice if you ship with UPS:

    It’s More Expensive

    While this is not true in every case, UPS’s services can cost a bit more.  There are a few reasons for this, but two of the main culprits are the fees and surcharges that UPS adds to their base rates. These include residential surcharges, extended area surcharges, and more.

    You’ll want to consider these surcharges, especially if you’re shipping internationally. as they can be rather steep.

    There’s No Free Package Pickup Service

    Although the USPS offers scheduled pickups free of charge, you’ll have to pay a flat rate for the same service from UPS.

    One of our contributing merchants, Mark Aselstine from Uncorked Ventures, explains how this affects his business:

    …our packages are pretty heavy-a standard 2 bottle shipment of wine runs about 7 pounds. Since we often have dozens to ship, we prefer to have them picked up. Fedex charges some extra amount per pound for a pickup in our area whereas UPS charges a flat fee.

    In this case, UPS is actually the best option as it offers the lower pickup fee when compared to FedEx. It’s just a bummer that UPS doesn’t offer this service for free like USPS.

    There Is No Free Saturday Delivery

    UPS is the only carrier on this list to not offer Saturday delivery as a part of their basic services. This can slow down your shipments by up to two days. Instead, Saturday delivery is offered as a “value-added service.” You’ll have to use qualifying shipping services and pay extra to extend your delivery window one more day.

    The Low-Down

    UPS is a great carrier for larger shipments. While it isn’t as inexpensive as USPS, UPS tends to be a bit faster and its tracking capabilities are much better.

    FedEx

    I’m going to be honest: From what I’ve seen and heard from online sellers, FedEx isn’t too different from UPS. I know I’m going to get loads of protests about this in the comment section below, but in my opinion, the two are pretty similar.

    Merchants often cite location as their main reason for choosing FedEx over UPS. However, your experience may prove quite different. Regardless, here’s our list of what FedEx does well and where it could improve:

    Pros

    As a private shipping carrier, FedEx has many of the same advantages that UPS does, including a great tracking system and speedier delivery. Here’s what you can expect from FedEx:

    A Precise Tracking System

    FedEx offers customers a robust tracking system. You can view your shipment’s progress every step of the way. You can also use FedEx’s delivery manager to hold packages at a FedEx office or schedule delivery for a specific time. Watch FedEx’s Ways to Track video to learn more.

    Saturday Delivery

    Unlike UPS, FedEx offers Saturday delivery as a part of their basic shipping packages. Mark Tyrol, president of Battic Door Energy Conservation Products, names Saturday delivery as one of the reasons he chooses FedEx for shipments:

    For most other orders we use FedEx. FedEx delivers on Saturdays so some items shipped mid-week that would arrive on Mondays via UPS arrive the Saturday before via FedEx. So we use FedEx for these shipments.

    Delivering products just two days earlier through FedEx can make a huge impact on customer satisfaction.

    Negotiable Pricing

    If you’re shipping large volumes of packages through FedEx, you may be able to negotiate for lower shipping rates. You may find that FedEx offers competitive rates for packages up to 50 pounds.

    Cons

    Of course, as you consider FedEx, you’ll have to also keep in mind its downsides. Here are a few of the most notable:

    Higher Shipping Rates

    Due to the highly variable nature of shipping costs, it’s impossible to label one carrier as definitely more expensive than another. However, from what I’ve seen with sample calculations, it appears that FedEx often charges more than its competitors. Of course, this won’t be true in every case (especially for merchants who negotiate their rates), but it does appear to be a trend.

    No Free Package Pickup Service

    Like UPS, FedEx does not offer a free package pickup service. That does not mean, however, that you cannot schedule a package pickup. You’ll just have to pay a fee.

    Fewer Offices

    There are over 1,900 FedEx Offices worldwide. In comparison, UPS provides over 5,000 UPS Stores. Merchants should be able to find a FedEx Office nearby; however, it’s probable that office won’t be quite as convenient as UPS.

    The Low-Down

    FedEx is an excellent option for merchants who are looking for fast, dependable shipping. As always, you should compare shipping rates with UPS and USPS to make sure you’re getting the best service for your money.

    Finding The Perfect Balance

    As you choose shipping carriers for you business, it’s important that you don’t limit yourself to just one shipping provider. Most merchants use a mix of two or even three services to offer customers the fastest, cheapest shipping every time.

    You may, for example, choose to ship light packages with the USPS and heavy packages with UPS. Or you may ship everything through the USPS, with the exception of expedited shipments, which you send through FedEx. It all depends on your business model, your average order weight, and your shipping destinations.

    Are you already successfully shipping with one or more of these carriers? Let us know in the comments which carriers you prefer and why. We love to hear from you!

    Liz Hull

    Liz is a recent college graduate living in Washington state. As of late, she can often be found haunting eCommerce forums and waiting on hold with customer service representatives. When she’s free, Liz loves to rock climb, watch Spanish dramas, and read poorly-written young adult novels.

    Liz Hull

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    Using Amazon . com and eBay Integrations With Shopify

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    Omnichannel and multichannel are two greatest words in eCommerce. Even though I frequently roll my eyes at these buzzwords, I must admit that multichannel selling is indeed a, lucrative trend.

    Research has shown that adding a sales funnel for your online shop can considerably increase revenue. Actually, stores that sell on only one marketplace additionally for their online shop notice a 38% rise in revenue. And retailers who sell on two marketplaces generate 120% greater than individuals without any marketplaces.

    Shopify is among the dominant platforms for online sellers, and they’ve lately introduced new methods for retailers to include marketplaces for their system. The Shopify Application collection now includes integrations with Amazon . com, eBay, Facebook, Pinterest, and Messenger. With the addition of these integrations, sellers can manage their marketplace and website sales within the Shopify dashboard.

    In the following paragraphs, we’ll be discussing two most lately integrated marketplaces: Amazon . com and eBay. We’ll discuss how these integrations work, discuss their merits and flaws, and assess how you can (or might not) assist you to sell more.

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    Shopify & Amazon . com

    Amazon . com is definitely an apparent first-step with regards to marketplace selling. Boasting over 95 million unique visitors each month, Amazon . com offers retailers huge possibility of expanding their customer bases.

    In The month of january of the year, Shopify introduced their house-grown Amazon . com integration. Retailers are now able to connect Shopify accounts to Amazon . com with only a couple of clicks. This connection gives retailers the opportunity to monitor inventory, sales, and customer interactions in one comprehensive dashboard.

    Exactly What Does It Decide To Try Integrate?

    To be able to integrate Amazon . com together with your Shopify account, you simply need a couple of things:

    • A Shopify Account
    • An Amazon . com Sellers Account ($39.99/ month + additional selling charges)

    Making the bond between Amazon . com and Shopify is simple. Once you’ve subscribed to your Amazon . com Sellers Account, you are able to sign in to your Shopify account, visit the “Sales Channels” panel, and click on to set up the combination. Then you’ll need to consume a couple of prompts to permit the bond to talk about information across platforms and ensure developer access for Shopify.

    Once that’s accomplished, you can sync your product or service and inventory across both platforms. Having a built-in integration such as this, it simply doesn’t take much for connecting your Shopify and Amazon . com accounts.

    So How Exactly Does This Integration Work?

    Not every integrations work exactly the same way. Some only sync inventory or relay order information others do a lot more. Here’s exactly what a Shopify-Amazon . com integration will help you to do:

    • Create New Amazon . com Listings In Shopify’s Dashboard: This selection presently is only for select groups. These groups are:
      • Clothing, Footwear & Jewellery
      • Health insurance and Household
      • Beauty and private Care
      • Home and Kitchen
      • Patio and Garden
      • Sewing, Arts, and Crafts
      • Sports and out of doors
      • Games and toys
    • Incorperate Your Shopify Products To Existing Amazon . com Listings: In case your goods are already on Amazon . com, it is simple to incorperate your own purports to the listings. This works best for all groups.
    • Sync Product Information: Send your products details, variants, and pictures from Shopify to Amazon . com.
    • Set Cost And Inventory For Amazon . com: Try listing unique prices for items that show up on Amazon . com. Which means that marketing exactly the same product for $15 in your site and $20 on Amazon . com. You may also keep the inventory separate in situation you fulfill individuals orders using different ways.
    • View Revenue In Shopify Reports: Use Shopify’s reporting features to trace selling on Amazon . com.
    • Sync Inventory To Your Shopify Dashboard: Shopify could keep a tally of all of the products you sell on channels.
    • Fulfill Amazon . com Orders From Shopify: Have your orders import to your Shopify dashboard.
    • Receive Notifications In Shopify About Amazon . com Orders: Manage customer interactions on Shopify’s platform.

    User Response

    Within my initial research from the Shopify-Amazon . com integration, I had been hopeful that this is an easy solution for a lot of retailers. However, when i investigated current reading user reviews, I began to feel more reluctant.

    The Amazon . com integration, because it is indexed by the Shopify Application Marketplace, has received 77 reviews in the last year by having an average rating of twoOr5 stars. To be able to comprehend the causes of that relatively low overall rating, I just read a number of of individuals 77 reviews. Generally, here’s what users are saying concerning the integration:

    • Tiresome To Produce Listings By hand: Customers say that it requires a lot of time to upload products to Amazon . com and enter details.
    • Poor Customer Support: I have seen numerous complaints regarding customer support, although it is unclear whether clients are complaining about Amazon . com or Shopify.
    • Doesn’t Work: I have seen plenty of reviews proclaiming that the combination simply doesn’t work. They are saying the systems don’t sync correctly, and also the application appears like it’s still in beta testing.
    • Useful After Setup: Some state that after you’ve set everything up (and become beyond the initial learning curve), the combination could be a helpful tool. You are able to eventually utilize it to simplify day-to-day operations.

    Even if I checked out the couple of five-star reviews, there have been indications of trouble. One positive review stated the integration might seem to be damaged because changes may take a complete 24 hrs to update. Good golly! In my experience, this type of lengthy update time is the effect of a damaged integration.

    In A Nutshell

    I believe, these overwhelmingly negative reviews hold lots of weight. It’s disheartening to determine that so couple of have experienced success using the platform. However, basically would sell on Amazon . com and Shopify, I’d consider this integration a choice. It’s not even close to ideal but still in need of assistance of a lot work, however it may solve a couple of problems a minimum of. Here’s wishing Shopify revisits the combination soon and resolves these problems.

    Shopify & eBay

    Amazon . com is clearly probably the most popular marketplaces for all of us-based retailers, however it isn’t the best platform for everybody. Retailers who sell used or collectible products would possibly benefit more from your integration with eBay. Using more than 169 million active eBay buyers, eBay comes complete with possibility of expansion.

    Fortunately, Shopify and eBay have sellers’ backs. Just recently, eBay released their new, built-in integration for Shopify with the objective of simplifying the mix-funnel selling experience.

    By using this integration, you can sync inventory information and process orders on a single platform. Keep studying to uncover much more about this application and discover if you’re able to make money from it.

    Exactly What Does It Decide To Try Integrate?

    It doesn’t take much to integrate eBay and Shopify. Unsurprisingly, you’ll need:

    • A Shopify Account
    • An eBay Account
      • Dues from $24.95/month to $349.95/month

    Once more, if you have these two accounts setup, making the bond is straightforward. You just need to add some marketplace beneath your “Sales Channels” tab after which select “Add sales channel” around the following page. You will subsequently be in a position to click on the “Connect” button, that will redirect you to definitely your eBay account where one can complete the bond.

    So How Exactly Does This Integration Work?

    eBay’s integration is comparable to Amazon’s in lots of ways, although it appears eBay’s application includes less features. Here’s the things they promote concerning the connection:

    • Immediately Sync Inventory Information: Send information like product title, description, item specifics, cost, and quantity from Shopify to eBay.
    • Import eBay Orders To Shopify: Process all of your orders on Shopify’s dashboard.
    • View eBay Messages From Shopify: Manage customer interactions out of your Shopify workspace.

    User Response

    Since its release in October, eBay’s integration has gotten 39 reading user reviews in Shopify’s marketplace. A lot of individuals comments are negative, producing a 2.5/five star average.

    Confusingly, these reviews incorporate a healthy mixture of both 5-star reviews and 1-star reviews. It’s baffling the way the users list is really so divided about this one application. Listed here are a couple of from the comments I have seen recur in individuals reviews:

    • Plenty Of Bugs And Kinks: Users report glitches and hiccups within the integration. It seems that one was launched just a little prematurely.
    • Easy To Setup: In comparison, plenty of users are absolutely loving how easy it’s to set up the applying.
    • Mixed Overview Of Support: Customer care seems to become a mixed bag. Quite a few users have experienced positive encounters with eBay support representatives (especially, it appears, one repetition named Matt), yet others have experienced difficulty contacting anybody.

    In A Nutshell

    The eBay-Shopify integration isn’t perfect. I truly really wish i could say otherwise, however it appears that Shopify must put more work to their marketplace integrations. However, once more, if you want to connect eBay and Shopify, it may be worth a go. An undesirable connection is preferable to no connection, right?

    Final Ideas

    Shopify has excellent intentions in connecting marketplaces for their platform. Regrettably, execution of the goal continues to be somewhat missing to date.

    We’re likely to keep our eyes on these integrations within the coming several weeks. Hopefully Shopify as well as their partners continuously enhance the functionality and dependability of those connections.

    Have you ever used a Shopify marketplace integration? Tell us about this within the comments below.

    Liz Hull

    Liz is really a recent college graduate residing in Washington condition. As recently, she will frequently be located haunting eCommerce forums and securing with customer support representatives. When she’s free, Liz likes to rock climb, watch Spanish dramas, and browse poorly-written youthful adult novels.

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    2017 Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Holiday Deals for Small Company Proprietors

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    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    I’ve never understood why, at the time as we meditate on being grateful and quite happy with what we should have, we hurry towards the store and proceed throngs of people to purchase the following best factor. So far, that’s.

    With regards to your online business, you need to make the most of every deal open to you. Fortunately, this season there are many to select from. We spent hrs digging to find the best Black Friday, Cyber Monday, along with other holiday deals so you do not have to. Whether you’re looking for a brand new POS system, a good deal on a credit card merchant account, or some seriously discounted accounting software, there’s something for everybody this holidays.

    Note: We’ll be updating this publish regularly to create the most up-to-date offers and discounts. Be on the lookout for additional bargains in the future!

    Table of Contents

    Merchant Services

    If you are searching to simply accept card payments out of your customers, you’ll need a credit card merchant account. Most merchant services charge a particular rate per transaction, but there’s a couple subscription-based mixers are providing discounts on their own monthly rates along with a couple of which are offering deals on hardware.

    Fattmerchant

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    Fattmerchant hasn’t released their Cyber Monday deal yet, but it’s not far off. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    Fattmerchant is really a subscription-based credit card merchant account that works with most major shopping carts. The organization offer 24/7 free support and receive 5/5 stars on our websiteTo understand more about this credit card merchant account, visit our comprehensive Fattmerchant review.

    PaySimple

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    PaySimple is providing 50% from the first 3 several weeks and services information.

    This promotion is perfect for new clients you have to complete the enrollment form by 11:59 pm EST on November 30th to obtain this discount (discount doesn’t affect individual transaction charges). Use coupon code CYBER.Offers are not valid with every other promotions. Contact PaySimple for more information.

    PaySimple is yet another subscription-based credit card merchant account that meets its name. The credit card merchant account is straightforward, simple to use, and it has great customer support. To understand more about this credit card merchant account, read our comprehensive PaySimple review.

    Cayan

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Cayan is providing $150 in free software and hardware.

    Cayan is providing a vacation Bundle to new users who join a Cayan account. The bundle includes $100 in instant credit, a totally free EMV-enable card swiper, and free eCommerce setup (often a $150 value as a whole). Contact Cayan directly for more information or join the vacation bundle here.

    Cayan has developed in the credit card merchant account game since 1998 and it has an excellent status. The program is fairly priced while offering wonderful features. To understand more about this credit card merchant account option, read our full Cayan review.

    Mobile Payments

    If you were to Nederlander Bros, you realize about Mobile Reason for Purchase (mPOS) apps. Accepting payments on the go with simply a tablet and/or smartphone is essential for many companies. Which screaming holiday deals might help your organization just do that.

    Square

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Square is providing $10 off a Contactless + Nick readers.

    When you join a Square account, you will see a promo for $10 a Contactless + Nick Readers (ordinarily a $49 value). The discount is restricted to 1 per account. Contact Square to learn more.

    Square is a huge name in mobile payments processing–and for a good reason. With ample features along with a flat swipe rate, it’s easy to understand why. On this 4.5/five star software within our comprehensive Square review.

    Intuit GoPayment

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    Intuit hasn’t released their Black Friday promo yet, but it’s not far off. The deals will likely be announced on Monday. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    While Intuit is much more noted for its QuickBooks accounting software, Intuit also provides a mPOS known as Intuit Go Payment (formerly referred to as Intuit Payment Solutions). Intuit GoPayment offers competitive rates along with a seamless Quickbooks integration. To understand more about this method, read our comprehensive Intuit GoPayment review.

    POS Software

    Reason for Purchase (POS) solutions really are a huge element of retail and restaurant companies. If you are looking for a great POS system, there’s seriously no better time for you to purchase. Miracle traffic bot category has got the most holiday promotions undoubtedly, so you have several options.

    Toast POS

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Toast POS is providing up $6,000 in hardware to new clients.

    If you’re a new Toast POS customer transitioning from Aloha or Micros, you are able to qualify for approximately $6,000 in hardware.

    This deal is essentially a hardware swap. For instance, for those who have an Aloha or Micro terminal, you are able to swap it for any free Toast POS terminal (as much as $6,000). Toast is just matching existing hardware, so any other purchases is going to be priced normally. This deal applies its November. Find out more about this deal and Contact Toast POS directly to find out if you qualify.

    Toast POS is a perfect restaurant POS that provides ample features, a loyalty rewards program, and gift certificate abilities. Discover what else Toast POS provides within our comprehensive 5/five star Toast POS review.

    Revel Systems

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    Revel Systems hasn’t released their promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    Revel Systems is among the top iPad POS systems, boasting 25,000 terminals being used and powerful features. To understand more about Revel Systems, read our comprehensive Revel Systems review.

    Lightspeed

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    Lightspeed hasn’t released their promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We all do realize that both software and hardware is going to be discounted. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    Lightspeed offers multiple POS systems for particular industries. (Before the promo is released, we won’t know which version is going to be discounted.) Read our complete Lightspeed Retail, Lightspeed eCom, and Lightspeed Restaurant reviews to find out more.

    NCR Silver

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    NCR Silver is providing 1-2 free several weeks and services information for annual subscriptions.

    Although this isn’t always a Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase, we would have liked to show you from the promotion NCR Silver is presently running.

    If you buy single-year subscription, you’ll get a month of free service if you buy a couple-year subscription, you’ll receive two several weeks of free service. The offer pertains to brand new merchant, no matter location or quantity of terminals. Purchase ends on December 31. Contact NCR Silver for more information.

    NCR Silver is really a cloud-based POS well suited for medium-sized companies. It provides 24/7 support and integrates with leading accounting software. Read our complete NCR Silver review to find out more.

    LingaPOS

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Linga POS is providing 3 several weeks of free service.

    New users who begin a Linga account will get 3 several weeks of the free Linga POS license. Deal ends on December 15th. Contact Linga POS directly to benefit from this offer.

    Linga POS offers impressive features together with a strong inventory management system. The program is competitive in cost and is a superb option for food services. Read our complete LingaPOS review to find out more.

    Hike POS

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Hike is providing a 30% discount to customers.

    Hike is providing a 30% discount to customers. We are adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact Hike directly for details.

    Although Hike is really a relatively recent POS solution, it provides an attractive interface and lots of features. Hike is simple to use and versatile too. Read our comprehensive Hike review to understand more about this 4.5/five star software.

    Epos Now

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Epos Now’s offering $500 in savings.

    Epos Now’s offering their POS System including a 15″ touchscreen terminal, an invoice printer, along with a cash drawer for $1,299 (ordinarily a $1,799 value). Contact Epos Let’s focus on details or visit here to join up with this promotion.

    Epos Now’s a quick-growing POS system located in the United kingdom. The machine is simple to use, filled with features, and reliable enough for Disney Pictures and Universal for doing things (that’s enough to achieve my election if it is adequate for Disney it should be the most joyful POS system on the planet right?). Read our full Epos Now review to find out if you accept me and to understand more about the program on your own.

    Springboard Retail

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    Springboard Retail hasn’t released their November promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    Springboard Retail is really a POS system with limitless users and ample features. The POS system offers scalable prices plans and it is incredibly simple to use. To understand more about POS option, read our complete Springboard Retail review.

    GiftLogic POS

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    GiftLogic POS is providing a hardware looking for $.99 with acquisition of any initial software bundle.

    If you buy any GiftLogic POS software bundle, you’re qualified to purchase a hardware looking for a reduced cost of $.99. We is going to be adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact GiftLogic POS directly for details.

    GiftLogic POS is really a Home windows-based retail POS that is fantastic for clothes shops and gift shops. The program offers extensive features including reporting and inventory. To understand more about this POS contender, read our complete GiftLogicPOS review.

    Accounting Software

    The section you’ve all been awaiting! Okay, in order the mind accounting author at Merchant Maverick I’m just a little biased toward accounting software, but hey–that means I understand a great deal after i see one. I’m excited to talk about these steals along with you.

    Aplos

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Aplos is providing 50% off select annual subscriptions.

    Aplos is providing 50% from the newbie of the annual subscription for their Starter or Standard Accounting packages. Any new user can use with this promo and you will find no cancellation charges (should you aren’t satisfied, Aplos will refund you the rest of your unused subscription). Use coupon code SuperSale2017 to obtain this deal although it still lasts. Contact Aplos to learn more.

    Aplos is really a non-profit accounting solution with ample features and extremely positive testimonials. We even named the program among the Top 4 Accounting Programs for Nonprofits, so long should be good. Browse the publish on your own to find out if this nonprofit solution is a great fit for you personally.

    QuickBooks

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    Intuit QuickBooks hasn’t released their Black Friday promo yet, but it’s not far off. The deals will likely be announced on Monday. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    QuickBooks may be the big named in comprising grounds. With multiple desktop and cloud-based products, this accounting giant offers solutions for pretty much any sized business. Read our comprehensive reviews of Quickbooks Online, QuickBooks Desktop Pro, QuickBooks Desktop Mac, QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise, and QuickBooks Self-Employed, or read this handy comparison chart to determine what version fits your needs.

    Note: If you are offered on Quickbooks Desktop, look into the Black Friday deals at the local Best To Buy, Staples, along with other office supplies online stores. I will allow you to inside a little secret: The final time I visited Staples, QuickBooks Desktop Pro was $30 less expensive than the discounted form of the program on Intuit’s site.

    Shopping Cart Software Software

    This season, most eCommerce sellers are most likely considering how you can market their very own stores to bring in the vacation sales. But remember to take a few here we are at yourself and think about whether these shopping cart software discounts are suitable for your company.

    Zoey Commerce

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Zoey Commerce is providing a 5% – 10% discount on annual subscriptions.

    Zoey Commerce is providing a price reduction on annual subscriptions. New clients registering for the Strategic business plan will get a 5% discount using the coupon code THANKS5. New clients registering for the company Plus or Premier pan will get a tenPercent discount while using coupon code THANKS10.

    These discounts are additionally towards the existing 10% discount that Zoey offers for annual subscriptions. Monthly plans don’t apply. These codes is going to be active from Wednesday, November 22 to Thursday, November 30. When you produce a trial, you will see a place for any coupon code. If you want help getting this deal or want more details contact Zoey Commerce directly.

    Zoey Commerce is really a well-loved, fully-featured eCommerce platform. If you wish to determine what makes miracle traffic bot so excellent, read our complete 5/five star Zoey review.

    Shopify

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Shopify is providing $30 predetermined fee shipping with DHL Express.

    Shopify can also be offering holiday shipping with UPS.

    Although this isn’t always a Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase, we would have liked to show you from the promotion Shopify is presently running.

    This holidays, Shopify is partnering with DHL Express to bring Shopify customers a $30 flat-rate shipping option (before Holiday sales in my opinion). Packages should be between 1-3 pounds. Certain countries might not qualify and fuel surcharges may apply. Purchase ends December 31st. On this deal or contact Shopify for details.

    Shopify can also be offering holiday shipping rates with UPS. This integration brings Shopify customers guaranteed date shipping, discounted rates for heavier packages, and all sorts of peak surcharges on UPS Ground is going to be included in Shopify. Find out more about this deal or contact Shopify for deals.

    Shopify is among the big names in eCommerce and even for good reason. It provides good prices, strong features, and 24/7 customer care. To understand more about this 5/five star software, read our complete Shopify review.

    3dcart

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    3dcart hasn’t released their November promotion yet, but it’s not far off. The promotion should really launch on Wednesday. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    While 3dcart might be keeping us at nighttime on their own promotion for which appears like forever, it’s no mystery this company provides a great eCommerce platform. With ample features, affordable plans, and lots of design styles, 3dcart has something for virtually any merchant. Read our complete 3dcart review to learn more.

    WooCommerce

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    Woocommerce hasn’t released their promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    Woocommerce is definitely an free shopping cart software wordpress plugin that directly integrates with WordPress websites. The first software download is free of charge and also the eCommerce platform provides a apparently unbeatable quantity of integrations. On this shopping cart software option within our complete Woocommerce review.

    Website Builders

    Searching to construct a brand new small company website? It’s not necessary to become coding expert overnight. Rather, make use of a website builder.

    uKit

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    uKit hasn’t released their Cyber Monday promotion yet, but be on the lookout for that company’s announcement (it’ll be in this article). We’ve heard the offer will probably be pretty great. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    uKit is really a feature-wealthy, simple to use website builder that screams classy and professional. Read our full uKit review to understand more about what this rising website builder can provide.

    Inventory Software

    If monitoring your holiday inventory gets difficult, it might be time for you to consider a listing software. And just what better time for you to purchase than when you will find Cyber Monday promotions within the works?

    TradeGecko

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Promotion not far off.

    TradeGecko hasn’t released their Cyber Monday promotion yet, but it’s not far off. We’ll update this publish when we all know more, so make sure to return in.

    TradeGecko is really a cloud-based inventory software with strong worldwide business abilities. The program can also be noted for its robust set of features and simple to use interface. To understand more about this inventory option, read our complete TradeGecko review.

    inFlow

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    inFlow Cloud is providing per month of free service along with a free USB scanner.

    inFlow is providing per month of free service along with a free USB scanner to new clients who join inFlow Cloud. This Black Friday deal is going to be sent being an email promotion you must sign up for any free trial offer between November 24 and November 27. To be able to receive this deal, it’s important to spend the money for first month and services information next, the 2nd month is free of charge and you will find no cancellation charges. The bar code scanner is restricted to all of us addresses. Contact inFlow to learn more.

    InFlow offers both in your area-installed and cloud-based solutions. The program offers ample features and it is only suitable for Home windows computers. We presently have only overview of inFlow On-Premise, however, you can look it over to a minimum of learn bout inFlow like a company.

    Invoicing Software

    You probably know this: Creating invoices in Stand out just doesn’t work during christmas (or during any season, really). If you feel it’s time for you to manage profits having a full-fledged invoicing software, take a look at these deals.

    Harvest

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Harvest is providing $10 off and away to new users.

    Harvest is providing $10 from the first month and services information for brand new users who join Harvest during christmas. Use coupon code JUSTSAYINGTHANKS to reap the harvest of the deal before it’s far too late. Contact Harvest for more information.

    Harvest is a superb invoicing application with amazing time tracking abilities and much more amazing customer support. The program can use more invoice templates for me, however if you simply need time tracking and project management software, this really is certainly a high contender. Read our complete Harvest review to find out if miracle traffic bot fits your needs.

    Invoice Ninja

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    Invoice Ninja is providing 75% off.

    On Cyber Monday, Invoice Ninja is providing a 75% discount on invoicing plans. We is going to be adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact InvoiceNinja directly for details.

    Invoice Ninja is a straightforward-to-use invoice solution with great invoice templates along with a client portal. Invoice Ninja also provides over 35 payment gateways. to understand more about this invoicing option, read our complete Invoice Ninja review.

    E-mail Marketing

    Get the own Black Friday and holiday emails sent fast with the aid of e-mail marketing software. If you’ve never considered e-mail marketing before, this is the time.

    GetResponse

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    GetResponse is providing 15% business Enterprise plan.

    GetResponse is providing a 15% discount for GetResponse Enterprise. We are adding a lot of this promotion soon, until then, contact GetResponse directly for details.

    GetResponse is really a seasoned e-mail marketing veteran with experience along with a set of features to demonstrate it. The program is simple to use and cost-effective. Read our full GetResponse review to find out if this e-mail marketing tool suits your company.

    Project Management Software

    Project management software solutions offer from task management to workflow management to scheduling to budgeting and much more. But every one has one common denominator: they assist you keep an eye on work.

    ProofHub

    Best Black Friday Deals for Small Business Owners

    ProofHub is providing a 41% discount on their own software.

    Although this isn’t always a Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase, we would have liked to show you from the promotion ProofHub is presently running.

    ProofHub is providing a 41% discount on their own Ultimate Control plan (ordinarily a $150/mo value for $89/mo rather). Contact ProofHub directly for particular information regarding this promotion.

    ProofHub is really a superbly designed software with wonderful features like task and subtask management, reports, and file proofing. To understand more about this project management software option, read our complete ProofHub review.

    Time For You To Get Shopping!

    Before getting to transported away within the Black Friday mania, there exists a final suggestion: Seek information in advance.

    While these deals could be a good way for your online business to save cash, we implore you to definitely save time before you act. Don’t purchase it just since you can. Purchase it because it’s the best solution for your online business.

    Each one of the promotions above originates from items that we’ve researched extensively at Merchant Maverick. However, we don’t would like you to simply take our word these are wonderful products. Seek information. Make the most of our comprehensive reviews, investigate the organization you’re thinking about purchasing from, and look for the other users are saying before choosing.

    If you want help buying a solution, our Merchant Maverick blog provides extensive great sources and we’re always here for those who have questions.

    Friendly PSA over! Now you can shop ’til you drop and make the most of these bargains before they’re gone.

    Shall we be missing anything? If you’re a vendor having a Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or holiday purchase that people haven’t pointed out, please tell us within the comments below.

    Chelsea Krause

    Chelsea Krause is really a author, enthusiastic readers, and investigator. Additionally to loving writing, she grew to become thinking about accounting software due to her constant need to learn something totally new and know how things work. When she’s no longer working or daydreaming about her newest story, she are available consuming obscene levels of coffee, studying anything compiled by C.S. Lewis or Ray Bradbury, kayaking and hiking, or watching The X-Files together with her husband.

    Chelsea Krause

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