Printful Warehousing and Fulfillment Available to All Ecommerce Sellers

US on-demand printing company Printful has launched a new Warehousing and Fulfillment service, to allow businesses to have a third party handle their inventory.

Businesses can store all their products with Printful, which will ship them to their customers, thereby helping small businesses overcome storage and shipping challenges. Printful’s new Warehousing and Fulfillment service is one option for small businesses with an expanding product line but no means or capacity to handle fulfillment.

Small businesses, particularly online ecommerce companies, often don’t have the space to store goods — often lacking a warehouse and sometimes even a formal office. This lack of storage space can hamper business growth. On top of storage issues, packing and shipping products is time-consuming, demanding precious time, which could be better spent on other tasks, such as making new products or on marketing efforts.

This is where Printful’s new Warehouse and Fulfillment service could be an opportunity to small businesses, enabling them to free up space and hand over the hassle of packing and shipping products.

The Benefits of Printful Warehousing and Fulfillment

In a release announcing the new service, Maia Benson, Global Head of Shipping and Fulfillment at Shopify, whose eCommerce community uses Printful’s services, spoke of the benefits delegating inventory tasks brings to small business owners.

“Entrepreneurs and small businesses win when warehousing businesses are built for them and their unique needs — simple on-boarding, simple and predictable pricing, guaranteed service levels and always-on customer service,” Benson explained.

Printful was founded in 2013 and now has more than 300,000 registered users, the company says. Printful’s Warehouse and Fulfilment service was launched in beta in May 2017 and has since been made available to all users. Businesses storing products with Printful can put items in two warehouses, one in the U.S. in Charlotte, North Carolina and the other in Europe in Riga, Latvia.

Businesses simply need to send Printful their products, which, once approved, are stocked in their warehouse, and when a customer orders the products, Printful will ship them out, quickly and efficiently, leaving ecommerce businesses to concentrate on growing their brand.

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Bumble Bizz App -- You May Meet the Small Business Owner of Your Dreams

Fancy socializing, dating and networking all in one place? Now you can, thanks to the arrival of Bumble Bizz, an app designed to allow users to swipe to find connections to network and mentor with, and maybe more.

Introducing the Bumble Bizz App

The popular dating app Bumble has moved into professional domains with the launch of a new mode in its app — aptly named ‘Bizz’. Continuing Bumble’s women-led ethos for ‘women to make the first move’, Bumble Bizz is the first major professional networking platform that’s swipe-focused.

By adding digital resumes and listing skills, small business owners will be able to grow their online network with Bumble Bizz, mentor other users, and make potentially vital business connections.

Based on a business owner’s location, network and other parameters, Bumble Bizz allows professional users to find suitable business connections to start conversations, ideally leading to the development of professional opportunities.

Witney Wolfe Herde, a cofounder of the popular dating app Tinder, who launched Bumble in 2014, told Vogue why Bumble Bizz is more about “creating opportunity” than job hunting.

“Often, the best jobs come out of just meeting people and letting one thing lead to another. And so we wanted to really make this more about letting you network with people and letting the opportunity be bigger than maybe you even dreamed of. It’s actually very similar to dating,” added Herde.

Similar to Bumble, Bumble Bizz prioritizes the safety of its users by using a photo verification tool to ensure the people business owners connect and network with are who they say they are. Female entrepreneurs need to make the first move on Bumble Bizz, allowing women to decide who they want to connect with and talk to.

Bumble users can switch between the app’s different modes, to ensure they don’t accidentally make a dating request when they wanted to get to know another user in a more professional manner.

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MailChimp Adds Google Display Retargeting Ads In MailChimp to its Automation "Brain"

MailChimp has launched a Google Remarketing Ads product, meaning small businesses that use the MailChimp dashboard are able to create retargeting ads all for no additional cost.

Google Display Retargeting Ads in MailChimp

By incorporating retargeted ads into the MailChimp user interface, MailChimp has made it much easier for businesses to use Google Ads. The Google Remarketing Ads product enables businesses to recapture the attention of visitors who leave their websites and return them to their sites when they’re ready to buy.

More than 15 million small businesses use MailChimp to send millions of emails every day. The MailChimp platform helps small businesses and ecommerce retailers grow by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to improve their performance.

Retargeting ads are an effective way for small businesses to sell more and significantly increase revenue. Regardless of the size of your business or budget, Google remarketing ads are a low-cost and effective way to capitalise on already existing MailChimp marketing efforts.

As Tom Klein, MailChimp’s Chief Marketing Officer, states in a post on the official Mail Chimp blog:

“Retargeting takes advantage of all the work you’ve done to bring customers to your site the first time. That’s why retargeting ads usually cost the least and earn the highest ROI. If you’re not retargeting, you probably should be.”

Introduction Google Retargeting Ads to its dashboard represents another step towards MailChimp becoming a multichannel marketing platform. This latest marketing strategy is part of a comprehensive package of automation services, which MailChimp refers to as the ‘Brain’.

This suite of automated marketing tools for businesses’ emailing, ad-targeting and ecommerce requirements, is cleverly nicknamed the ‘Brain’, due to the fact it helps time and cash-strapped small businesses have a ‘second brain’ to help run their businesses more efficiently and ultimately improve their bottom line.

By adding Google Retargeting Ads to its automation ‘Brain’, MailChimp has introduced yet another marketing strategy to help small businesses grow their audiences through a long-term, comprehensive marketing campaign.

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50 Fashion Business Ideas for Fashionistas

You’re a self-confessed fashionista. If you’re thinking about turning your passion for fashion into a profitable business you’re certainly not alone – a staggering 8,510 searches are made per month related to starting a clothing line.

Fashion Business Ideas

So, how do you turn your love-affair for fashion into a successful business? Here’s 50 small business ideas to inspire fashionistas.

Start a Shoe Line

If there’s one thing we can’t get enough off, it’s shopping for shoes! As the world can’t get enough of shoe shopping you could certainly do a lot worse than starting your own shoe manufacturing business.

Write a Fashion-Related Book

Take a leaf out of Sophia Amoruso’s book #GirlBoss about her inspirational story of her achievements as the CEO of a thriving online fashion retailer from humble beginnings selling on eBay by writing your own fashion-related book.

Start Selling Clothes On eBay

Or, like Amoruso, why not initiate a fashion venture by selling clothes and other fashion items on eBay? Second-hand vintage clothes can go down well on eBay. Start by sorting out your own wardrobe and selling what you don’t want on eBay.

Make Fabulous Belts

Being a unisex item, belts will always be in high demand. Get your foot into the fashion industry by manufacturing and marketing belts.

Create Unique T-Shirts

Got an idea for a fabulously unique t-shirt? Get your t-short motives and logos professional designed and start selling them by using t-shirt creator tools like RedBubble.

Start Making Handbags!

50 Fashion Business Ideas for Fashionistas - Start Making Handbags

Like shoes, women (and a growing number of men for that matter) can’t get too many handbags. Capitalize on the huge handbag market by making and marketing ultra-trendy and unique handbags.

Deal in Watches

Watches are a fashion accessory we’ll always need. Another great idea to get your foot into the world of fashion is to start dealing in watches. Trawl the second-hand shops for cheap unwanted watches, get them restored and sell them for a tidy profit!

Be a Personal Stylist

Being a personal stylist and offering fashion and style advice would be a rewarding career and would certainly satisfy any ambition to work in fashion.

Start Your Own Clothing Line

If you love fashion why not take the plunge by starting your own clothing line? It might be competitive but if you’ve got a creative designer side why not showcase your talent by making your own quirky fashion line?

Become a Fashion Columnist

Got something to say about the latest trends and news emerging from the world of fashion? Put it into writing by becoming a fashion columnist.

Scout for the Next Supermodel

The next supermodel is out there somewhere and why shouldn’t you be the person to find her (or him!). Starting your own model scouting business can be a great way to get into fashion.

Start Your Own Fashion Blog

Why not write about the latest trends, tips and news in the constantly evolving world of fashion by starting your own blog?

Launch a Fashion Magazine

Fancy yourself as the next editor of Vogue? Become a competitor of the likes of Vogue and Elle by launching your own fashion magazine.

Focus on Maternity Wear

It could be argued that, when it comes to maternity wear, it simply isn’t trendy enough! Plug this hole in the market by starting your own highly fashionable line of maternity wear.

Make Your Own Perfume

Perfume making workshops are becoming increasingly popular. Once you’ve mastered the art of perfume making, why not start your own perfume selling business?

Be a Fashion Designer

Fancy yourself as the next Stella McCartney? Designing your own clothes and rubbing shoulders with the fashion elite has to be one of the most glamorous jobs in existence!

Begin Your Own Wedding Gown Rental Business

Renting wedding gowns are in hot demand. Start a rewarding and lucrative business renting wedding gowns to brides.

Organise Fashion Events

If you’ve got great organizational skills, why not put them to good use by running your own rewarding fashion event running business?

Start a Lingerie Production Business

Love lingerie? Enjoy a thriving business by making and selling your own lingerie!

Rent Designer Clothes

Take a leaf out of Rent the Runway, a New York start-up that rents expensive designer clothes to fashionistas, and start your own designer attire rental business.

Design Sunglasses

No celebrity would be seen without wearing a pair of designer shades. If you’ve got a penchant for high-fashion sunglasses, why not start to make your own?

Become a Fashion Marketer

Follow in the footsteps of the online fashion community Polyvore and start your own business venture specialising in marketing for fashion retailers.

Make Badges

From rebellious teenagers to corporate memorabilia, badges will always have their place in society. Capitalize on the demand for badges by opening your own badge-making business.

Become a Fashion YouTuber

50 Fashion Business Ideas for Fashionistas - Become a Fashion YouTuber

YouTube provides a host of opportunities for people to make a profitable income. Showcase your fashion-related talents by posting videos on YouTube, from makeup tutorials to making dresses.

Make Your Own Wristbands

From entrances to festivals to corporate events, customized wristbands are always going to be needed. Take advantage of the demand by starting your own wristband customization business.

Start a Shoe Repair Business

There’s nothing quite as infuriating as breaking the heel on your favourite pair of shoes! Starting a shoe repair business might be the perfect way to get your foot into fashion (no pun intended!).

Make and Sell Your Own Jewellery

The world simply can’t get enough jewellery makers! Making jewellery is not as difficult as you may think and offers a rewarding and potentially successful business venture.

Upcycle Fashion Items

Upcycling is hugely fashionable. Whet your creative appetite by upcycling fashion items into wonderful new creations.

Open a Fashion Flea Market Stall

Many successful entrepreneurs began their business from a flea stall. Enjoy the benefits of a low-cost selling platform by opening your own fashion stall at the local flea market.

Run Fashion Expos

Another fashion related business would be to organize and run fashion expos, perfect for fashionistas with great organizational skills.

Start a Casual Wear Line

We all crave to wear casuals from time to time. Hence there’s a huge market for casual wear. Why not tap into it by starting your own jeans, t-shirts, shorts and other casuals line?

Make Baby Clothes

Baby clothes make us coo with adoration. Again, this constantly in demand strand of the fashion market is crying out for creative designers to bring us more adorable baby clothes.

Start a Fashion Podcast

Launching a podcast can be both profitable and rewarding. Why not utilize your love for fashion by running your own fashion-focused podcast?

Host Fashion Talks on the Radio and Television

There’s nothing quite like a natter about the latest fashion fads. Get your name known as an organizer of compelling fashion talks on radio and television.

Start an Online Boutique

Ecommerce websites aren’t difficult to set up and are much cheaper to run than bricks and mortar stores. If you have an eye for fashion, sell some goods on your own online store.

Sell Suits

50 Fashion Business Ideas for Fashionistas - Sell Suits

People are always going to need suits, so why not specialise in selling corporate suits and shirts?

Become a Fashion Consultant

Fashion consultants which give advice to models, executives, politicians and celebrities are in hot demand, offering a fulfilling and lucrative way into the world of fashion.

Embark on a Clothing Franchise Opportunity

There’s a whole host of retail clothing business franchise opportunities to explore, offering business openings fashionistas can walk into and start earning money from straight away.

Open a Fashion PR Business

Models, designers, manufacturers and retailers… what do they all have in common? They need quality and effective public relations. Make your mark on the world of fashion by opening your own PR for fashion firm.

Design Innovative Fashion Tech

It might be a fashion app or some kind of state-of-art technology for fashion shows. If you’re a whiz at tech, concentrate on creating some fashion tech, fashionistas simple can’t ignore.

Start Your Own Sports Clothes Brand

Sports clothes are always going to be in hot demand. If you love fashion and sports, combine the two by designing and manufacturing your own sports clothes line.

Sell Costumes

Costumes and dressing up is great fun! Start a thriving business by making and selling costumes.

Mend Clothes

We’ve all been there, torn a designer dress, jammed the zip on our favourtie pair of jeans. Be a ‘fashion life saver’ by opening your own mending clothes business.

Make Soccer Shirts!

A relatively low-cost fashion business venture would be to become involved in making customized soccer shirts for local, national or even international soccer teams.

Set Up an Accessories Store

If designing the likes of scarves and belts is your thing, jump on the sought-after accessory bandwagon and set up your own accessories store.

Open a Fashion Design School

Fashion schools are in all the major cities around the world. Students are wanting to enrol on fashion courses, so why not meet the demand by starting your own fashion school?

Launch Fashion Awards

There’s nothing the world of fashion loves more than an ultra-glamorous fashion show! Be the name behind the most exciting fashions shows by organizing your own.

Become a Milliner

Hats will never go out of fashion. Get your creative juices flowing by designing and selling hats.

Start Your Own Web Design Company for Retailers

Ecommerce sites are highly competitive. If you have web design skills, why not hone your talents into a specific niche by offering web design services to retailers?

Set Up Your Own Boutique

Rent out a physical store and fill it with all kinds of weird and wonderful accessories and fashion items and enjoy selling your creations and having fashion banter with your customers.

Can you think of any more fabulous fashion business ideas we’ve not covered? If so, we’d love to hear about them!
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Twitter Testing 280 Character Tweets

Just as you’re finally mastering the art of squeezing your business’s message into a 140-character tweet, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) goes ahead and changes it, sending the Twittersphere into disarray!

Twitter Testing 280 Character Tweets

After much speculation and hesitation, Twitter is currently testing an increase to its renowned 140-character limit. Some users are able to compose 280 character tweets. That’s like two tweets in one.

Only select users are being given access to the trial extended tweet length. Look at what one Irish pub decided to do when it got access to 280 characters:

Incorporating Twitter into a marketing agenda has long been an important strategy for small businesses. Posting succinct tweets is a powerful way for businesses to gain engagement, brand recognition and organic growth.

Small businesses on tight budgets take advantage of this powerful marketing tool to broaden their reach and increase brand appeal.

If this change takes hold for all users, businesses will have a bit more room to expand their messages on Twitter. It’s also likely to cause small businesses to rethink the messages they currently send out.

Aliza Rosen, Product Manager at Twitter, noted the reasons behind Twitter’s character extension roll out.

“We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean)”, Rosen said on the Twitter blog.

Naturally, #280characters has been trending high on Twitter and there have been mixed reactions to the 280-character rollout.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted about the responses he’s received since announcing this partial rollout:

Recognizing the restrictions of the brevity of its posts, Twitter has, for years, been gradually reducing its restrictions. Last year, for example, Twitter stopped including images and retweets as part of the limit.

Embrace or oppose the character extension, by increasing the number of characters available to use, businesses will certainly get more ‘room for maneuver’ when expressing their messages on this social media site.

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