Stocks will continue to struggle with the twin themes of the spreading virus and a robust recovery, once a vaccine is deployed next year.
Consumers’ shopping habits have transformed over the years, with more shoppers going online to buy. And even with an uncertain economy, opportunities to grow your ecommerce business continue to abound. Figures from eMarketer show online sales will exceed $700 billion in 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic is also fueling the exponential growth in ecommerce.
And as things look now, there’s no likelihood of ecommerce sales declining soon. Further, once shoppers develop new habits they’re more likely to stick to them, rather than go back to traditional bricks and mortar shopping.
What is the essential tech needed to grow your ecommerce business?
If you currently don’t have an online presence, this could be the right time to get yourself established. And if you’ve already set up an ecommerce site, you might want to optimize the service you offer your buyers.
Depending on where your business is now, that may mean … Read the rest
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and you know what that means—turkey, stuffing, and great Cyber Weekend deals from WP Engine and our world-class partners! Cyber Weekend has come to represent the traditional “Black Friday through Cyber Monday” time period, which kicks off in the wee hours of the Friday after Thanksgiving. While in year’s…
Make no mistake about it: whether you’re a new or seasoned web pro, prospective clients want to interview you. Maybe they were referred, or possibly they found your website. Perhaps they already think they want to work with you. But it’s often the in-person interview that seals the deal.
Think like a candidate
I like to approach interviews with the tried-and-true political candidate debate prep methodology:
- Prepare for the obvious questions
- Rehearse and enlist a stand-in opponent for productive role-play
- Prepare additional “talking points” for opportunities that arise
Even a candidate with previous experience will prep for each debate, with special focus on anticipated opponent responses. Similarly, you’ll want to prepare for each interview with the prospective client in mind.
Let’s address each of these steps in turn.
Preparation for the obvious questions
We can easily create a list of straightforward, should-be-asked questions. Yes, it’s a lengthy list… but even … Read the rest
It’s not surprising that most startups rely on their own resources (personal savings, family and friends) to fund their businesses. And even after the startup stage, the capital options don’t get much better, especially for sole proprietors. Sole proprietorships can’t sell stock in their businesses, which limits investor prospects. Applying for a bank loan is a possibility but without substantial collateral, the chances of approval are low.
As money continues to be tight, more and more small business owners are on the hunt for capital. Here are capital options for sole proprietors.
Small business disaster relief
If your business was lucky enough to secure some of the disaster relief funding from the CARES Act, congratulations!
According to the U.S. Treasury, nearly five million small businesses received loans from the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The $20 billion authorized by Congress for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances have … Read the rest
For the third year in a row, WP Engine is a proud co-sponsor of the WP-CLI Project, an initiative led by a small team of developers who dutifully maintain the command-line interface that’s beloved by so many WordPress users around the globe. Since its launch more than a decade ago, WP-CLI has become the go-to…
The post Supporting WP-CLI, an Essential Developer Tool for WordPress appeared first on WP Engine.