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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Shipping Supplies, Shop Promotion & Issues

I ordered and received most of the shipping supplies I will need in the coming months for shop promotions I want to start.

Supplies shown (above) include:

  • Flash drives for digital products
  • Cellophane Self-adhesive plastic bags for digital products
  • Tissue paper
  • Thermal shipping labels
  • Thermal sticky labels
  • Jewelry card holders & outer plastic bags
  • Small jewelry shipping boxes
  • Thank you bags for local business

My plan is to add new products to the shop and my Paypal social media listings.

I plan to promote new products on blogs and social media using my own photography and videos, however use product sourcing photography and videos on the WiredShops site. Wholesalers do a great job of providing digital content to help sellers promote products, however, I want to provide personal content on my blog showing my use of specific products.

This is where I am running into issues. I spent a Saturday morning trying to find the right lighting, makeup, and pose to shoot photos of one of my new knit tops, to only stop in frustration. I never changed my biking shorts & sandals to the pencil skirt & heels I wanted to use for the shots.

I cannot figure out if I need more lights, space, or just need to hire professionals. That said, this is only for blog promotion of shop products, so I will continue looking into this until I come up with a solution.

One good note, I did find closet space for the new shipping supplies.

Thursday, June 06, 2024

Canva vs Microsoft Productivity Tools

In November 2022, I received a brand new Tordorday Thermal Printer at no cost because I opted to open a Amazon Rewards Visa Signature account through Chase, received a $60 gift card, and had several other gift cards already in the account.

When the printer arrived, I tested it and installed the driver on most of my devices, however, other than printing a Costco return shipping label have done little else with the printer, until today.

Awhile back, I ordered 750 two-inch white round thermal stickers so I could print my shop logo and use the sticker to seal a package or envelope. Recently, I ordered colored stickers, so today I decided to create a Microsoft Word template to use with the printer.

I did a little research and noticed that most shop owners use Canva to create similar templates, however whenever possible I create products and templates using Microsoft Office Tools.

Why am I only now getting around to projects like this, since my shop has been online for awhile? I have many projects. Simply not a priority, however happy I have my template now- if I need it.

I have watched several shop owners demo Canva and understand it is a great online tool. I simply love my local versions of Microsoft Office Productivity Tools.

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

My New Dress

I have been looking into a number of business related issues, including the renewal of my Maryland business entity, QiSoftware, which is due to expire in September 2024.

A new Maryland law and the change of address for my business, made this a little more complicated than the renewal process five years ago. I think I have finally ironed out all of the problems.

My other business related projects of late? Working on my e-commerce shop, WiredShops. I have placed several orders to my wholesaler, including the fashion earrings shown below (now available) and sweaters and tops I want to add to the shop in late August.

The sweaters were ordered more to research the quality to ensure they were what I expected and I am very pleased.

In addition to the orders to my wholesaler, I also ordered the dress shown in the following images from Amazon.

Here again, very pleased with this purchase. Wish the photos showed more accurately the features of the dress.

Saturday, June 01, 2024

Multipurpose Home Office

Over the last several weeks I have ordered more inventory and supplies for my online e-commerce shop WiredShops.

The problem? Though I have most of the tools I need to run my online shop, the organization of the office space is not what I would hope for. The following is a short video without audio explanation of my home office.

I currently use the office for the following tasks:

  • Zoom meetings
  • Online Virtual Courses
  • All Printing & Faxing
  • Some Photography
  • Content Creation (Dubbing & Editing)
  • Setting My Hair

I actually do most of the daily work on my sites, software development/updates, and all other business and social media tasks from my bedroom on one of two mini PCs, a Samsung Android, and an iPad Mini. Shown one of the mini PCs setup on a breakfast tray sitting on my bed. The other mini PC (software development/update) sits on a bedside table in my bedroom- not shown.

Also not shown the shipping equipment (scales, thermal printers), labels, and packing material I began amassing when I first started my shop (November 2021).

Because I want to go after online sales in the form of digital products and shop inventory I really love (shown below), I have been preparing my e-commerce site and home office.

I purchased an inexpensive mirror from Lowes two weeks ago to help with inventory and affiliate marketing promotion.

Now, I want to install shelves and baskets to hold printers, packing material, and inventory. I have been researching several options, however feel the re-utilization of my home office could become more costly than I originally intended.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Decided to update things

I took care of several chores on Thursday, May 16, 2024 and decided to wear my new dress.

I did not take a photo with the dress on, however, did take a head shot showing hair and makeup. I think I am going to use more of the new red lipstick I recently purchased. I paired the dress with an old shirt that was almost a perfect match. I also wore the tan heels shown.

It was rather windy Thursday, so while out I picked up the headbands, also shown. In the photo I am wearing one.

That evening, I took several head shots trying to create new ads for the crystal earrings. The crystal earrings work (for me) with the style shown, however, none of the photos taken worked. The earrings I have on in the head shot (brass knots)- I do not sell in my shop.

My hair? Thinking about options, however, for now hoping the new headbands will help.

What else is going on? Software problems, site issues, creating new legal disclaimers for my online shop and brochures for new products. Also received the flash drives I need for the digital products I wish to make available.

Friday, September 01, 2023

Owning My Shop - Salad Spinner

When I first decided (September 2021) to go online with my own ecommerce shop WiredShops I was very excited about the prospect. The entry I posted as a new shop owner.

I had several limiting factors:

  • Website cost
    • Domain Registration Costs
    • Hosting
    • Custom Site Design
    • Listing Products
  • Inventory Costs
  • Time Available For This New Business Activity

I cannot say this online shop is a failure, because I love the fact I own it and my cost to own is/was very low.

The time it took to populate the shop was expensive and I use the API service offered by my drop shipper which is not as straight forward as I would like. I did not use a service like Shopify, which in most cases has an associated cost, whereas the API does not- other than my time. Coming up to speed on the OpenCart software was not as time consuming.

That said, I have only had one sale and that- because I asked a relative to ensure my cart/payment hookups were working. They are.

I also tested with the Paypal sandbox cart however, sometimes the results seemed to vary, the reason I tested with an actual sale. I believe there is unlawful interference with this business venture. I have asked DOJ to look into this.

  • I registered the for about $10 a year. was available, however a lot more expensive.
  • I installed the custom OpenCart site design myself.
  • I decided drop shipping- at the time, was a more cost effective solution.
  • The actual inventory acquisition costs were low.

So why have I decided to revisit my efforts in this area?

Lately, I have made a lot of garden salads and decided I needed a salad spinner.

I checked with my drop shipper and found a spinner I thought would also be perfect for my online shop. Now, keep in mind, I have done some research since the pandemic and knew shipping costs had been affected by the global issue and then more recently- inflation rates. So I was sort of prepared for the new shipping rates. Are you, if you are thinking about opening a shop?

I also found the salad spinner I liked on Amazon. I think I am going to place an order with Amazon for my personal use and to ensure the quality is what I expect.

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