Where do you get started in selling online? It is so difficult to see the available options out there that can enable you to open retail space online. This week I learned about finding different avenues in acquiring product. One option was to contact a wholesaler and find a huge amount of product at a low price, ordering the specified unit and then shipping it to your work space to distribute later. There were a few websites to choose from Like Alibaba.com, smallvolume.com to name a couple. These were international distributors and had many options for products and vendors. The next option was to team up with another online distributor as a drop shipping online business. This one seemed like a tricky option to get into in my opinion. You have to contact someone already in business and set up a deal to order form them when a customer orders from you initially. You turn the sale around to the drop ship company and agree on an assigned percent or commission. It seemed like a lot of unofficial behind the scenes work to make a sale that wasn’t completely official. But it would work well once you got a system running and the agreements in writing. The last option is my favorite one (in my head) and its being an affiliate. The business that has the m,sot information for being an affiliate is Amazon, surprisingly. When i found out I was so excited! You can be an associate for Amazon by signing up, using their codes and promoting their items online. Whenever someone buys a product within 30 days of clicking on your promo info, you get a percentage of it from Amazon. Pretty easy right?! So awesome! I already buy things from Amazon, if I just create a website to talk about these products and promote them and make money off of it I have nothing to lose! So cool! So yeah those were my takeaways this week, lots of options for carrying or promoting product. Options to think about…
It ‘s been a long time since I have posted on my school WordPress, but I have returned! My 20 month break is at an end and I am back to posting about my thoughts and progress in my education in Communications and Business. This semester I was SO excited to have been able to get into a small online class called Web Business Creation. I knew I wanted to take this class because running an online business is one of my dreams! I think it would be just so great. I knew I had to get a spot if possible. I’m two weeks into the class now and its been an eye opening experience. My parents own their own business and I have been pretty involved with it throughout my whole life and I have seen the struggles and complications. But now a similar opportunity is before me. I know that if I actually learn something from this class, this will not be my one and only online business, and I know my piece of entrepreneurship is a lot smaller than my parents business, but its a start and I identify with it well. There is just so much detail involved! I am grateful I’m taking a class to figure it all out even though its a little complicated. I think the main lesson I am taking away this week is that I have a lot to learn still, but I have to jump in and jut go for it right away! I cant make up for what I don’t know so I might as well get to work. Its been enlightening to learn about the different types of business models out there and the different approaches people take to create a need for a product or service. Ideas are endless and there are so many ways to approach making money online. I am excited to continue t learn more and I will keep you updated. Until next week…
I was looking forward to this class all week! Visual Communication was our topic with Caryn Esplin. My emphasis is Visual Communication and I soaked this class up We learned about some basics in Visual media such as always adding a photo to blog posts, generating original work for portfolios, keeping a portfolio, and keeping track of your Klout score. I am happy to say that my Klout score is 52, I signed up as soon as I got back from class and integrated all my social media accounts. Sister Esplin also talked about some of the changing classes in the future and I am excited about them! I have made my grad plan already so I don’t think the new classes would show up but I hope I can catch the changes. I am interested in Vector Graphics and Social Media Design.
Visual skills are in high demand. Visuals go into everything we do in the business world. We need them to catch attention, to explain, to advertise, to inform, to be pretty, to represent…everything! Visual media is something I am interested in because it is creative, in demand, and it has elements of psychology to it, and I like to make things that are useful and beautiful. Hopefully I’ll be able to become my best with Visual media and do all I have hoped for. I am really glad we could learn a lot more about this emphasis, it gave me an extra kick to be better and keep learning.
Three different logo’s for a local company at home in California.
Process: Programs/Tools Used: Adobe Illustrator
Message: Kathy’s Little Cakery is a modern, fun, and competent bakery for your wedding and special occasions.
Audience: Engaged couples, mainly young adult women. Women looking for reception cakes and treats.
Top Thing Learned: Grouping objects together, changing vector anchor points, playing with colors and their tones/tints.
Color scheme: top logo: Triadic- blue, yellow, red; middle logo: Monochromatic- Violet; bottom logo: Monochromatic- Teal
Top Logo – Font #1 Name & Category: MarketOT, Script
Top Logo – Font #2 Name & Category: Expo Sans Pro, Sans Serif
Middle Logo – Font #1 Name & Category: Museo Sans Rounded, Sans Serif
Middle Logo – Font #2 Name & Category: Madre Script, Script
Bottom Logo – Font #1 Name & Category: Azo Sans, Sans Serif
Bottom Logo – Font #2 Name & Category: Monotype Corsiva, Script
How the logo represents the company: The logo on top was my first try and it turned out good but the last two were a lot better. They represented Kathy’s wedding bakery better. They are more professional and modern, a little bit fun with the colors but send a better message about the company. The first one is a little childish. Overall, the bottom two represent Kathy’s bakery well.
Votes on favorite logo:
Top Logo =3 ; Middle Logo =7 ; Bottom Logo =9;
I really liked elements from all my logos! I like the middle and last one the most. Both were simple and cut. I think the last two were more professional and represented the company better than the first.