Starting an Online Business

Want to start selling on eBay, Amazon, or your own store, but don't know where to start? You're in the right place! This section is all about getting you set up with your very own online business.

Learn How to Start a Business

What's a side hustle, and do I need to register my business? What do I need to consider when deciding on a business model? All these questions and more, answered by our seasoned experts ?
How to Start a Dropshipping Business in 7 Easy Steps
First: A little background on drop shipping The idea of drop shipping is that a wholesale drop shipper (the supplier) offers you the option of selling products without buying them first. They also act as service providers who prevent you from having to: Store items Package and ship items Risk money on items when you aren't sure about how they will sell But they don't do all that for free! When you buy from a wholesaler offering drop shipping services, they add a fee to cover the costs involved with offering this service. This is usually US$2-US$5 per item, which means you must be careful when you think about the products you want to drop ship, as there are some items which are much more suitable for drop shipping than others. We suggest going for: Deep niches such as rear brake lights for late model Honda Civics Items with low-volume sell-through rates and high profit
By Simon Slade • 36 min. read
30 of the Best Low Cost, High Profit Products
“Margin” is the difference between the wholesale cost of an item and the price your store sells it for (which, in turn, pays for all your business’s expenses). Essentially, your profit margin is like the emperor for your eCommerce store. Higher margins allow your business to be profitable. Smaller margins make you crash and burn. Think about it like this: You can’t run an empire with a weak ruler. But you can’t mark up your products without paying attention to what the market will bear. After all, if your prices are too high, you won’t make any sales! So, how do you easily build your eCommerce empire? By selling low cost products with high profit margins, of course! It’s time to look at the 30 best low cost products with high profit margins you can start selling today. Let’s go! 30 Low Cost Products With High Profit Margins 1. Jewel
By Simon Slade • 26 min. read
8 Best Practices for Managing eCommerce Returns & Keeping Customers Happy
Managing eCommerce returns effectively is an important aspect of running an online store. As well as keeping customers happy, it helps build trust and protect your store's reputation.
By Rebecca Fox • 10 min. read

How to Make a Website

Building your own website and store is both exciting and daunting! There are lots of things to consider and the answers aren't always obvious. Learn all the must-know nitty gritty in this section.
10 Best Shopify Alternatives (Free & Paid) to Consider in 2024
Some of the best Shopify alternatives are BigCommerce, Shift4Shop, WooCommerce, Wix, Magento, Squarespace, PinnacleCart, Ecwid, Prestashop, and Sellfy.
By SaleHoo Group • 11 min. read
9 Best Free eCommerce Platforms (Reviewed & Compared)
When it comes to building an online store without breaking the bank, free eCommerce platforms are the ideal solution. The best free eCommerce platform for you depends on your specific business needs.
By SaleHoo Group • 18 min. read
How Much Does an eCommerce Website Actually Cost in 2024? (Full Breakdown)
The exact amount varies depending on the nature and scale of your business. At a minimum, you can start your own eCommerce website for less than $100 or hire a professional agency for around $10,000.
By SaleHoo Group • 14 min. read

Best Online Business Ideas

Still browsing for that winning idea for your future business? We totally get it, so we've collated all the expert resources to inform and inspire you in this section.
How to Sell Merch and Actually Be Profitable (Step-by-Step Guide)
How should I make and sell merch online? Quick Answer: Identify the type of merchandise you want to offer and use tools like Canva and Placeit to create your designs. Then, buy your products in bulk or use a print-on-demand platform. Set up an online store and promote your products on multiple marketing channels. Prioritize customer service and focus on continual improvement to scale your business. Post Contents: [ show hide ] Introduction Finding your niche and ideation Design and product creation Sourcing and production
By SaleHoo Group • 18 min. read
Quick Guide to Selling Antiques on eBay
Antiques are one of the most hot selling items on eBay. They’re loved by buyers around the world. They’re equally loved by sellers who make a good living selling them. In fact, it’s not uncommon for eBay sellers to source items for a couple of dollars and resell them for $50-$100 or more. If you want to try your hand at selling antiques on eBay (or another marketplace), check out my quick guide below. Why do collectibles sell well on eBay? Imagine what it would be like trying to buy antique items a decade ago: You’d have a few local stores nearby that you could take a look at, but if those stores didn’t have your antiques of choice, you would have to travel around in order to find what you are looking for. If you were a really keen collector, you might attend an annu
By Simon Slade • 4 min. read
How to Make Money Dropshipping on eBay (the Smart Way)
Did you know you can make money on eBay without spending a dime? Lots of people do it, mostly by rooting through their attics and garages, even refrigerators, to find things they don't want or need. Then they list them in the hopes that someone will buy. It's pretty hit-and-miss, but if making money on eBay is just a hobby, it's all good. However, if selling online is something you intend to do for a living, having the equivalent of an online yard sale won’t cut it. So how do you sell on eBay the smart way? Traditionally, you need to spend money to make money in retail. The first thing you need to realize is that the game has changed considerably since eBay and similar sites have provided anyone anywhere the opportunity to make money by selling online. Nobody ever said you couldn't use other people's money to make a profit for yourself. This is what dropshipping is all about
By Simon Slade • 14 min. read

Best Online Business Tools

Did you find that there are more make-or-break details to running an online business than you anticipated? Fear not, these tools and guides will support you on your path to success.
8 Crucial eCommerce Accounting Best Practices for Business Owners in 2024
Accounting for eCommerce is very different from other businesses and even physical brick-and-mortar accounting.
By SaleHoo Group • 11 min. read
7 Tips for Wholesale Selling Online: The Ultimate Guide to Profitable Wholesaling
Starting a wholesale business requires the right kind of knowledge, whether building it from scratch or incorporating it into an existing venture.
By SaleHoo Group • 13 min. read
16 Best AI Tools for eCommerce & Dropshipping (Free & Paid) You Need to Know
AI tools can help you with everything from finding what products to sell to writing product descriptions to managing inventory.
By SaleHoo Group • 14 min. read
In-depth Courses

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Dropshipping on Shopify

The ultimate guide to building a successful dropshipping store using Shopify. You’ll learn how to choose the right product & supplier, build your store & drive traffic & sales.

Amazon Product Launch

A step-by-step, in-depth guide to launching your first product on Amazon (or any marketplace!) and building a full-time income online in just six days.