4 simple facts to help you build a tech stack that leads you away from failure and toward growth and prosperity
Today’s e-commerce universe is made up of hundreds of applications, in theory, all of which were created to solve a problem for the online seller. Unfortunately, many apps fail to get to the core of the issues they’re trying to solve, and by floating aimlessly, they actually create other challenges. Worse still, apps that do legitimately solve a problem are often too siloed to be useful to merchants whose workflows require them to move through systems (sales, inventory, shipping, accounting) with every order. Good read: The truth about #ecommerce #apps, by @RobMcGrorty Click To TweetBalance is the key when going deeper down on the problem side and then wider on the solutions side — and then back again. App developers who truly get that concept do both: solve problems and repair systemic inefficiencies. Here are a few easy ways to identify what works and what’s wasteful before adding apps to your online business. Continue reading →
There are so many amazing apps that sync with QuickBooks—it’s difficult to choose just five. But after careful deliberation and reflection on my own experience with these apps, I think we’ve come to the right conclusions.
Below you’ll find the five must-have apps that will make your life easier when you use them in conjunction with QuickBooks.
If you feel like most e-commerce business apps are not designed to work well with others in ecosystem, you’re right. It’s not in the interest of platforms and marketplaces to develop tools and applications that work with their competitors, but that doesn’t mean that their apps are bad, just limited.
Identify what areas of your business can really benefit from a tool. This can be as simple as asking yourself “What is the most inefficient or challenging part of my day?” If entering sales order data into QuickBooks, Xero, or NetSuite takes you forever or requires you to hire someone, there’s an automation app for that. If you find yourself overselling products and losing profits on messy fulfillment practices, there’s an inventory management app for that. If compliance is what keeps you up at night, there’s a sales tax tracking and validation app for that, too. Across the board the help is there when you need it, but it’s up to you to know what you need.Continue reading →