Top Reasons for Running an Ecommerce Site

5 Reasons For Running An E-Commerce Site

As a business owner you understand the importance of catering to your customers wishes


As a business owner, you understand the importance of catering to your customer's wishes. By providing the products or services that your customers want you are creating happy customers that will eagerly purchase from you time and time again.

Have you thought about offering your customers a more convenient way to purchase your products or services? What I mean by this is have you looked at providing your customers with the opportunity to purchase online?

People love to shop online these days. It is convenient and can be done at any time of the day or night. This is a great business model to utilize if your business model allows for it.

So why should you consider offering an e-commerce solution via your website? The following top reasons should persuade you to at least consider this model.

1. A way to help increase your bottom line.

Allowing your customers to order or download products online will increase your revenue. This is especially true if your website is already popular. Adding a convenient option such as an online store allows you to showcase your most popular products. In addition, it is a great way to run special offers and discounts.

2. An online store provides your customers with convenience.

Your customers can order at any time and they don't have to travel to your store to do so. If your business is small and consists of smaller items an e-commerce store can dramatically reduce your costs versus the standard brick and mortar store.

3. Depending upon your products or services an online store allows you to broaden your reach.

You could potentially reach customers around the world. On top of this, you can make use of the popularity of social media and advertise your business there.

4. Setting up an e-commerce store is very easy and affordable.

Depending upon your needs you have various options from using a free plug-in such as Woo commerce or using something more detailed such as Infusionsoft.

5. This reason is huge and could almost be your tipping point.

An e-commerce store allows you to tap into the mobile market. Just take a look around you and see how many people carry some type of mobile device with them.

Overall adding an e-commerce store to your current business can help you increase your revenue and your profits. It will allow you to expand your market reach and provide you with a method of tapping into the mobile user market.

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I'm A Server And Yes, Tipping Is Not Required, But When I Provide Excellent Service I Expect It

I try my hardest to give you the best restaurant experience possible.


I have been a server for almost a year. And after seeing a popular article float around Odyssey regarding tipping your servers, but here is the best answer I can give for what servers expect from guests, although it may not what every other server thinks.

I work at a chain restaurant that serves wings and beer and I'm sure many of you can guess what that place is. We always get a rush when there's a football or basketball game on. We also get packed when little league tournaments happen in the area. I make pretty good money during the weekends. I get great tips from families who are out with their kids and guys who are out with their friends who get a drink or two. But, I do encounter people who I don't receive great tips from.

I know I provided excellent service. I am not one who brings an attitude into work and takes it out on our guests. I am not one who sasses people when they have a difficult order. I am not one to blame the customer for anything. So when I know I am giving the best I can with service and only receive a five percent tip or no tip at all, I wonder what I did wrong and what I need to improve on.

One major thing people and parents need to realize is to teach their preteens and teenagers that they should tip their server. The place I work at gets loads of teenagers and preteens at night on the weekends. And many of them do not know that we only make $2.33 an hour and work for tips. I have had countless tables of six or more teenagers where they are asking for extra sides of ranch, more water, and other things. I gladly grab whatever they need because that is my job. But when I hand them their bills and they pay with exact change or I notice that there is a line through the tip line, I can't help but think that they probably don't even realize that us servers work for tips... and it sucks because sometimes the majority of our tables are teenagers throughout the night. Please educate your kids on leaving something for their server after their meal if I provide good service.

When discussing tipping servers, many people argue that we should just get a different job when we complain about not getting tipped. But in all honesty, if my serving job paid an hourly wage, there's a 99% chance I wouldn't work there. I like working for tips. Being a college student, getting my tip money right away instead of waiting for a paycheck is ideal for me. I can get gas in my car, pay for groceries and do things with my friends right away instead of saying, "I'll have to wait until Friday when I get paid." I may only get paid $2.33 an hour, but in reality, some days I get paid $19 an hour when including my tips in the end and that's why I love being a server.

So yes, if I am ever your server and I am doing a crappy job of not getting you refills in a timely manner, forgetting your three sides of ranch or not checking in on you when you get your meal, by all means, don't tip me. If I am not working for a tip, then feel free not to tip me. But when I know I am doing a good job of checking in on you and making sure you have everything you need to have an enjoyable experience at our restaurant, truthfully, I am expecting a good tip.

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4 Essentials You Need In The Elizabeth Holmes Starter Pack

Here are key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.


Elizabeth Holmes is one of the most infamous entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley. Her company, Theranos, which was once heralded as a groundbreaking health-care changer, deceived thousands of people, giving them false blood results and examinations.

What stunned people all over the globe, was Elizabeth herself. Her image, her demeanor, and her overall haunting presence became the center of several documentaries and past news articles. Here are 4 key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.

1. Makeup

Ms. Holmes' beauty routine is quite consistent and easy-to-follow. For special occasions and public-speaking events, Elizabeth wears her signature black eyeliner, smeared all over the upper eyelid, and a muted red-colored shade of lipstick. Her eyebrows and face remain minimal, as the enhancement of Ms. Holmes' ice-blue eyes is the centerpiece of the look.

2. Black turtlenecks


Several news outlets and documentaries make note of Elizabeth Holmes' obsession with Apple creator, Steve Jobs. In the midst of building her billion-dollar scheme, Holmes would adapt Job's characteristics and professional practices, such as live product launches and copying Apple's style of commercials. However, the most obvious form of imitation was Elizabeth wearing black turtlenecks every single workday.

3. Green juice


Since Ms. Holmes worked long hours, she followed a diet that she believed would provide her energy and health. Theranos insiders reported that Elizabeth was never seen without her green juice, either in her hand or on her desk. At home, her personal chef would whip up a small dish of vegetables for dinner, giving the fraud a one-way ticket to malnutrition.

4. A deep baritone voice


Of all the mysterious anecdotes written and said about the Silicon Valley scam, the most bewildering tale derives from Elizabeth Holmes' deep baritone voice. Luminaries who knew Elizabeth during her time at Stanford claimed that her speaking voice was high-pitched, typical of a young white female. As years passed, when Elizabeth was quickly gaining fame and momentum, her voice dropped a couple of octaves when she made public appearances. According to Theranos employees, when Elizabeth drank at company parties, her voice slipped back into the high-pitched tone.

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