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Understand the Numbers Behind Your Ecommerce Business With Zynergy Books

Outsource bookkeeping, improve your financial management skills, and increase your profits, with ecommerce specialist Zynergy Books.

Zynergy Books Mike Cortes in office

Bookkeeping is a necessary evil for online retailers. Some sellers see hundreds of transactions a day, making it difficult to keep track of money going in and out. On top of that, cashflow issues can go unnoticed and threaten the survival of any business, even those that are very profitable.

The obvious solution is to hire a professional bookkeeper to balance the numbers and keep your books correct and up-to-date. But there’s only so much a bookkeeper can do. You’ll typically have contact with your bookkeeper once a month, when you send over your latest figures, then they’ll then go away and work their magic alone. Rinse and repeat every month.

Zynergy Books does things differently. They provide bookkeeping services to ecommerce businesses, so sellers can offload that work and spend their time more productively. But then Zynergy uses their experience in both ecommerce and finance to provide personalized coaching, helping retailers cut costs, improve cashflow and boost profits.

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How Red Stag Breaks the Rules of Ecommerce Fulfillment

Most 3PLs expect to make mistakes. Red Stag guarantees that it won’t, with fast inbound processing, zero losses, and 100% order accuracy.

Man handling box at RSF

This post is by Chris Molitor, Vice President for Business Development at Red Stag Fulfillment.

In early January 2013, two ecommerce entrepreneurs stepped gingerly around piles of packing material in the fulfillment warehouse they had hired to ship their products. Their Christmas season had been a disaster, with orders shipped late, packages mis-shipped, and inventory lost.

The owners had come to the fulfillment warehouse in person to do something that most ecommerce businesses do in January: assess what went wrong during the busiest time of the year, the holiday sales season that can make or break an online retailer.

When they walked into the warehouse, they immediately saw the problem. The main floor was a mess. The employee breakroom was filthy. Employee morale was low.

Their ecommerce startup was growing fast, but the entrepreneurs knew they couldn’t sustain their growth without reliable order fulfillment. So, they decided to create their own fulfillment company. In the spring of 2013, they launched Red Stag Fulfillment.

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Ecommerce Fulfillment: How to Choose a Strategy and Service Provider

From in-house fulfillment and Amazon FBA, to dropshipping and 3PLs, we evaluate each model to help you pick the right one for your business

Imagine the scenario: you’re a multi-channel ecommerce seller, surrounded by stock, wondering how you’re going to get orders out. You sell a whole range of SKUs, that vary in size and sales volume, and aren’t sure whether fulfilling all your orders yourself will be possible.

While self-fulfilling orders does have merit, it’s not the only way to do ecommerce fulfillment. There are several other strategies, each with their own pros and cons, that are worth exploring.

So, in this post, I’ll look at the different ecommerce fulfillment strategies that are open to sellers, from in-house fulfillment and Amazon FBA to dropshipping and using independent 3PLs. I’ll explain how each model works, the pros and cons of fulfilling orders using each approach, and the types of businesses which are best suited to each model.

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Ecommerce Outsourcing & Consultants for Online Sellers: The Essential Guide

Third-party services and consultants can give your ecommerce business a helping hand, from outsourcing simple tasks to expert advice

When online sellers start out, their business usually consists of just one or two people who are responsible for doing everything. Over time, they start to hire people to handle some of the tasks that come with an ecommerce business. But, after a while, they find themselves working longer hours than they ever envisaged without getting time to focus on the areas where they add the most value.

This prevents their business from growing, as instead of sourcing or developing products they are dealing with customer queries, putting products in boxes and editing product images.

At this point, you have to consider what your time is worth and either hire more staff or look to outsource some tasks. It may cost $10 an hour to outsource customer support, but if you can spend that time developing new products, the positive impact on your business is going to be worth more.

In this post I’ll walk you through the Outsourcing & Consultants section of the Web Retailer directory. Here, you’ll find outsourcing services specifically for marketplace sellers, and seasoned ecommerce experts who can look at your business with fresh eyes and help you improve.

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Get Ready to Sell Your Ecommerce Business in Just Six Months

Greg Elfrink lays out the blueprint for creating a streamlined business that will sell for the maximum price in the minimum time

This post is by Greg Elfrink, Content Manager at Empire Flippers, a broker specializing in online businesses. Empire Flippers has sold dozens of FBA businesses, and earlier this year completed its largest ever sale: a $1.7 million Amazon FBA business.

It can be an intense, stressful but rewarding process building up your ecommerce store to a level of profitability. However, the reward shouldn’t be focused on the profit you earn every month, as there is a much bigger reward waiting for you: your ecommerce store’s exit plan.

In other words, you could take all of the sweat equity you put into your business and sell it for a large lump sum of money. That capital can be leveraged into all kinds of new projects. You could choose to invest in new ecommerce businesses, buy physical real estate or even pay off debts.

But selling a business takes preparation. Buyers are looking for well-run, streamlined, predictable businesses. If yours is profitable, but chaotic, then it’s going to be much harder to sell.

In this article, you are going to learn exactly how to build your business so it can be sold quickly and at the best price possible. We are going to cover what you need set up right away, how your business should look six months out from being sold, and the final tweaks you need to make in the three months before you sell it.

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