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StartupNation Radio
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StartupNation Radio: Entrepreneurs Share How to Make it Big on Amazon

On today's Amazon-themed episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by co-host Matt Damman. Together, they talk with Derek Gaskins of Aleva Stores and Retail Bloom and Michelle Covey of GS1 US. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Tune in to the full StartupNation Radio show with Damman,...
WJR Business Beat
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: MLM Industry Surging During COVID (Episode 164)

While the COVID crisis has decimated certain business sectors, it is accelerating many others right before our eyes. One of those sectors growing significantly? Multi-level marketing, or MLM. Sixty three percent of companies reported to the Direct Selling Association, the industry's main trade group, that they've seen a positive impact on their U.S. revenues since...
Dropshipping e-commerce store
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How to Make Passive Income with a Dropshipping Store

After my husband passed away unexpectedly in 2006, I decided to launch a side hustle to help me feel more financially secure. But, as a therapist who was used to earning money based on “billable hours,” the concept of earning money in my sleep was foreign. I began my first side hustle as a freelance...
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5 Visual Website Upgrades For Your Startup to Implement in 2019

Perhaps this is the year you finally start your business. On the other hand, maybe you’re an established startup that has had the same website for the past few years with little to no updates. If that's the case, it's likely that you are way past due for an upgrade. Bad web design can sabotage everything...
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How to Validate Your Business Idea

In my last post, I talked about how you can generate business ideas. Now, I would like to share some methods on how you can validate your ideas to see which ones you should pursue as a business. In my experience, most businesses don’t fail because they are undercapitalized, but because not enough research, testing...
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E-Commerce: Is Your Product Ready to Compete Digitally?

The ever-changing online marketplace can be a boon to startups. Not only are more consumers buying online all over the world, e-commerce marketplaces also aim to offer consumers a wide product selection, creating an opportunity for startups to provide the unique variety of must-have items across multiple categories. If you can harness its power, e-commerce...
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When To Sell on Amazon… and When Not To

Online selling platforms are plentiful these days. E-commerce professionals have a variety of options for where and how they set up their store, from Etsy and eBay to Amazon and Shopify. Amazon is a popular choice for online sellers for a variety of reasons, but there are some important facts to consider before embarking on...
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What Gen X and Baby Boomers Can Learn From Millennials

Millennials can often get a bad rap in the workplace. But let’s take a reality check: millennials are the best educated, most digitally savvy and fearless generation ever in the business world. They charge head first into markets, often loathe the shackles of a steady paycheck and assume there’s a technological solution to solve any problem. Therefore, millennials will...
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Side Hustle Insurance: Know the Facts

As an aspiring entrepreneur, you may decide to pursue a side hustle in order to fund early stages of the business, or launch your business while maintaining an income stream. Whether you’re driving for Uber on the weekends or creating the next innovative online platform, a side hustle is a great way to help drive...
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Amazon: What’s All The Hubub, Bub?

Hi gang. This is the first of a 2 part series about Amazon and eBay. I'm going to talk about each sites positives and negatives from a large sellers point of view. Please keep in mind that I am a dvd, cd, book, and video game seller - your experience may vary. Side effects include...
Amazon FBA
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Third Party Sellers Need To Rethink The Amazon FBA Program

Hi gang, Long time no talk. How are you? You’re looking good! How are the kids? How is your business doing? Did the doctor take care of that rash? Good. Good. Is your business growing? You hanging in there? How am I, you ask? Wow, is that a good question that does not have an...
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eBay, Amazon, Mobile, e-Commerce, and Stripping.

Hi gang, John Lawson is a nationally known e-commerce and social media expert.  You can find him speaking at conventions all over the world and on and if his name sounds familiar it's because he was a winner of Startupnation's own Home Based 100 contest a few years ago. I've known John for a long...
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BREAKING: eBay Announces “FreeBay” – The Completely Free Program

SAN JOSE ( - To enhance the recent fee changes that will force sellers to offer free shipping, eBay announced this morning that all sellers must offer their items for sale for free as well. The new program will be called "FreeBay", and will be effective as of April 10th. "We have really been listening...
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A eBay Seller On Fire In The Startup Nation 100 Contest!

Hi gang, For those of you who have entered the Home Based 100 contest right here on StartupNation, best of luck! Mr. John Lawson,  aka ColderIce,  is burning it up right now!  He's a big time eBay seller and a social marketing expert (he'll Twitter you to death!) Best of luck,  John! Here's his entry:...
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A Rocky Start For eBay’s New Selling Format

Hi gang, eBay's had a tough week. Not that it hasn't been a tough week in general.  Lehman's gone.  AIG is getting bailed out (I bet that makes Lehman happy - if they would have waited 3 days, maybe they could have received part of the $600 billion the gov is forking over to save...