5 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Dream Online Business in 2017 51

5 Reasons Why You Should Start Your Dream Online Business in 2017

This is a guest post by Dana Kim, a former business consultant turned into an online marketer. With six years of experience, she has been helping several start-up companies to establish their brands, getting them closer to their desired goals and success.

A steadily-growing trend in entrepreneurship is the concept of online business – essentially carrying over the usual functions of a brick-and-mortar shop to the digital world.

Many businesses have already set up online shops to complement their physical ones, and many others – even those without degrees in Entrepreneurship or Business Administration (to name a few) – are also setting up online shops for products and services they can offer and make a living out of.

You’ve probably dreamt of opening one yourself – how awesome would it be to have an online clothing business or a shop for your artworks and have the world see what you can offer?

It would have your own personality and branding, and the best perk – you can literally make a living even while eating brunch in the comfort of your own home or in a coffee shop!

But you may also have your doubts; you might not have the time to manage an online shop, or you’re worried about the potential costs, or it might not suit your lifestyle. You might even be thinking that you don’t have the proper education to start selling stuff.

If you’re questioning yourself why you should start up that online shop of your dreams, here are a few reasons why:

1. It’s inexpensive.

Contrary to starting up a brick-and-mortar shop, an online shop requires you to only pay the basest of amounts: a domain name, website hosting, and shipping fees if you’re selling physical items online.

There are very little overhead costs for you, and they only cost a small percentage of what you’ll pay for if you set up a physical store.

The costs are to your advantage, too. In choosing a location, the ones that provide the best access to your niche would often by pricier as a lot of your competition are also vying for the same spot. But with a domain name and hosting account, prices are based on what features you want to access or what budget you have with little impact on you reaching your niche.

2. It’s time and location-flexible.

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The beauty of an online shop lies in the fact that you don’t need a specific time and place for it to function – it’s there 24/7, at your reach, anywhere and everywhere you have an Internet connection.

Even if you travel halfway across the globe, the minute you are connected online, you can see your shop’s progress.

You can also work at any time you wish – at what time you start, how many hours you work, and what days of the week you prefer working. This lets you have time for other things you want to do, like your hobbies, contacting suppliers, or spending time with your family.

3. There’s an unlimited income potential.

With your business, not being bound by time and location, it is 24/7 available to your customers, for 365 days a year, unless you close up shop orders for the time being and come back to it later. That means that, even when you’re asleep, orders are bound to be happening, which means income for you. 

How much you work also determines how much your income is. If you spend a lot of effort with your marketing and income-producing activities, you can lessen the hours you spend online tending to your shop while increasing sales.

An online shop also means that you have access to a bigger market than a physical shop would have, and more potential customers means more chance of securing sales.

With the use of social media and other marketing tactics, you know that you’re reaching the niche you’re targeting and have them interact with your shop anytime they wish – making it convenient for them and you as well.

4. You can manage it on your own standards.

Having an online shop that you manage personally means that you make the decision on how it’s like and how it runs.

You have the freedom to decide on its appearance, what niche you’ll target, the way customers reach you, and the like.

How your shop turns out is entirely your preference, not someone else’s, and you know the inner workings of the shop yourself.

5. It’s what you want to do.

In the end, the biggest reason why you should set up one is because you want to and you’re determined to make it work.

Your passion will be in your work as it is something you’ve decided that you wanted to do and seeing it in motion will be a fulfilling feeling.

Having a stable source of income and being able to provide what others want is only second to the feeling of you doing what you want to do the most in your life.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your dream online shop now!

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 4

The Secret to Designing Perfect Landing Pages

Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.