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Top Online Business Ideas – Starting an Online Wedding Favor Business

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Love is in the air! If you are considering buying an ecommerce business you should look at the highly marketable wedding industry and starting an online wedding favor business could be the “perfect match” for you!

Didi you know there are Approximately 2.3 million couples who are wed each year in the US? This breaks down to 6,200 weddings per day according to SoundVision.com. 78% of couples use the internet to search to find products & services for their wedding, which gives you the opportunity to become a part of this booming market!  Soundvision also reports, “June is the most popular month for weddings, then August, followed by September and October”. The most popular wedding seasons are just around the corner and now is the time to think about starting an online business favor business. We have several reasons we think you should consider starting an online wedding favors business as it is one of our top online business ideas because the Wedding industry offers:
  1. Increased spending on weddings year over year
  2. Increased use of online shopping
  3. Multitude of items to sell due to personalization
  4. Social media presence
  5. Attractive shopping experience

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Increased Spending on Weddings

Spending on weddings has been increasing substantially every year despite the economic downturn. In article, “Average Wedding Bill Hits $30,000“, written in March 2014 on the website www.money.cnn.com, the writer reported that budgets for weddings were on the rise, reaching an average of $29,858 in 2013, which was 5% higher from 2012. This was according to a survey of 13,000 brides and grooms taken by TheKnot (www.theknot.com). Furthermore, 15% of the couples surveyed reported they spent even more – reaching upwards of $40,000.

Increased Use of Online Shopping

On their website, TheKnot (http://www.xogroupinc.com/press-releases-home/2014-press-releases/2014-03-27-real-weddings-study-average-cost-of-wedding.aspx) quotes Carley Roney, the cofounder of The Knot,  as saying, “Wedding budgets have been increasing steadily since the economic downturn of 2008, and in 2013, couples spent a record high average of nearly $30,000” Ms. Roney goes on to say, “Couples are more focused than ever on creating a unique, personalized and once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests – plus they’re doing so in a modern way, by planning from their smartphones, publicizing details on social media and more.”
Pay special attention to those last 2 points made by Ms. Roney…more couples are creating personalized experiences and are planning from their smartphones! (So, let’s go ahead and add tablets and, of course, computers.) In other words, brides and grooms are shopping online! This makes perfect sense. There are a lot of moving parts to planning for the wedding and purchasing items to make that special, personalized event. Couples generally don’t have time to physically go from one store to another looking for just the right products. So, they do their shopping while at lunch, on breaks, standing in line at the deli, etc.

Personalized Shopping

One of the biggest wedding trends is creating personalized experiences for the guests. Any research you do about wedding trends shows that couples are no longer settling for a standard, template-designed event. Couples now want their personality to be infused in every detail of the ceremony and reception, from the flower containers to the favors. This means a lot of attention to detail and a lot of time searching the internet for those special items. This also means a great opportunity for an online business focused on weddings!
The products you can offer on an online wedding favor business are limited only by your imagination. Think of all the details that go into the ceremony and reception décor, gifts for wedding party members, and favors—flower containers, candles, lights, ribbons, greenery, trinkets, monograms, jewelry, and way too much to mention! Having so many items to offer means there are many possibilities of purchases, which means sales for you when you own a wedding ecommerce business!
Given these facts, an online wedding boutique is one of our top business ideas! But, wait, there’s more! Here are some more fun reasons for owning a wedding internet business.

Social Media Presence

Social media is playing an integral part in the shopping experience for weddings. Facebook and Pinterest are go-to places for couples to get ideas for decorating and, really, for all aspects of creating their personalized wedding experience. As an internet business owner, you can have lots of fun posting on Facebook and creating your Pinterest boards for the boutique to find shoppers!
According to the article – “Here Comes Social Networking Bride“, by Mashable.com, states, “Within hours of saying “yes,” 28% of brides-to-be update their social media statuses, while 24% do so the next day”. They also report, “70% of future brides were already pinning on Pinterest before getting engaged, and a whopping 89% make use of all sorts of wedding planning apps — making checklists, browsing gowns, staying organized and tracking countdowns.”

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Attractive Shopping Experience

You may think this is frivolous, but we don’t…..it’s important for online wedding boutiques to be pretty and offer a pleasant shopping experience for brides and grooms. Actually, it’s important for any ecommerce business to have an attractive website, but especially so when it is selling a visual experience. Brides-to-be are the primary target market, and they want to shop at a store that is pretty, inspiring, and full of great items that give them plenty of ideas. Their shopping experience needs to be visually appealing and organized. It should be a fun and easy process to move around and shop on the site. As the ecommerce business owner, the wedding site is a pretty place to work!

How to Get Started

Therefore, we think given the strong and growing market for the wedding industry, the growth of the online shopping experience in the industry, and the fun you can have operating it, an online wedding favor business is one of the top ideas for an online business! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
To see the latest collection of online wedding favor businesses for sale jump on over to http://pure-ecommerce.com/internet-businesses-for-sale/online-wedding-favor-business-for-sale/. When working with Pure-Ecommerce you also have the option of creating your own custom online wedding boutique and can find out more about our options here – http://pure-ecommerce.com/go-custom.html.

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Owning an Internet Business for the Person Who Loves to Travel

Be Inspired-internet businessOwning an internet business based on your travel experiences can truly inspire you!

Ask yourself these questions….

  1. Do you love to travel to different places in the world?

  2. Do you love to experience the food and culture of other countries?

  3. Do you get inspired by seeing the landscapes and buildings of another country?

Many of us can say “Yes!” resoundingly to these questions. Travel broadens our understanding of the world and gives us a global perspective that completes our view. Unfortunately, most of our lives are spent working on a job that has little vacation time to be spent traveling abroad. If you are lucky, you might have 4 weeks a year of paid vacation that you can plan for. If you have travelled, you know that spending 2 weeks on a trip abroad is the bare minimum and with that time you hardly have time to really get to know a culture. You spend your days getting up at daylight and going, going, going until you fall into bed at night. You arrive back home more exhausted than you were before you left. But, that is what we do, us lovers of travel!

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CULTURE AND

Have you ever considered traveling to a country and working there to really immerse yourself in the culture and daily life?

Maybe it’s the South of France or Tuscany where you dream about spending months. Or, maybe it’s the beautiful countryside of Germany, or the Greek Isles that you dream about living in. So, how could you accomplish this and make those dreams realities?
If this thought has crossed your mind more than once, then you have probably researched jobs that might be available for someone who would like to have an extended stay in a country.  TransitionsAboard.com is a good resource for someone looking for jobs abroad. When I researched different job opportunities here are some I found: working on a yacht, scuba diving instructor, surfing instructor, working in a hotel, selling time shares, teaching English as a second language, house sitting, being an “au pair,” working in the hospitality industry, tending bar, blogging, and freelance writing. It’s a pretty full list when you first look at it. But, then when you really start to consider these jobs, you find that, yes some are exotic, but they may require specific skills that you may not have. A lot of these jobs also require an 8-hour commitment during the day when you would rather be touring ancient ruins. And, working 9-to-5 isn’t really what you necessarily had in mind. Right?
But, there is another alternative that provides the flexibility that you would want to have living in another country, and that is owning an ecommerce business. You can work your own hours and have time during the day to have cappuccino at an outdoor café or shop in the street markets or tour wineries! Another added benefit of owning your own internet business is having the items that your online store offers be in a niche market that might reflect your interests in and passion for travel. So, not only does the work allow you to be able to do it anywhere in the world, but also your passion is what you “play” in every day as you select items for your online store to carry! It has been said that when you work in your area of passion, then you never feel like you are working. Having an internet business that reflects your interests and inspirations for travel might be your dream work! Let’s look at some examples of ecommerce businesses that a person who travels might enjoy owning.

Specialty Internet Businesses

How about a specialty online boutique that sells Luggage and Travel accessories?

Maybe you love luggage because it makes you think of traveling. Or, maybe you like the compartments and storage that luggage supplies. If you love to travel, you know that half of the fun is the planning, packing, and anticipation of the trip. Maybe you think of all of this when you think of luggage and that makes you love luggage! Having an online luggage and travel internet business could be the right type of specialty online boutique to find your niche market!

How about a wine ecommerce online store that sells all things related to wine and the places where it is made?Maybe you love everything about wine, not just the drinking of it, but all the “stuff” that goes with it…the landscapes of the vineyards, the different glasses for each type of wine, and all the accessories that go with the wine experience…the cheeses, cheese boards, and knives, and even furniture that enhances the wine experience. If you’re passionate about wine, then you might love having an ecommerce business that carries everything that goes with wine. You would have a blast picking the items you offered on your wine ecommerce online store!

How about an online furniture ecommerce business that sells furniture that is inspired by different countries or settings?

Maybe you love India and love the shapes and forms of the furniture in that country. Or, maybe you like furniture from all different places in the world like Turkey, Scandinavia, and Japan. Or, maybe you love the Coastal vibe. You could own an online furniture ecommerce business offering furniture that reflects the places and cultures that interest you. How much fun would you have in selecting your store’s inventory?! It would be as if you were travelling to those places all the time!

How about an internet business that reflects your own international living and travels?

Maybe you’ve been to Greece and love the settings you found there. You could build an online retail store that has all the things that remind you of the places you visited in Greece—Athens, Santorini, Olympia, or Ithaca. You might include clothes, items that make you think of the blue water and seaside, wine and ouzo challises, Byzantine art posters. Or, maybe you’re passionate about France. You could design an online store that has pictures of the Champagne region, or tableware that reflects the South of France, or household items that illustrate outdoor cafes in Paris, just for a few examples. You might have books and resources for planning trips abroad to the special places in your store. Your Travel-Inspired Ecommerce Business would be your travel escape every day!
We’ve barely skimmed the surface of all the great ideas of internet businesses for sale based on travel. You could buy a “ready-made internet business” that is already constructed and has products loaded. Or, you could design your own internet business from the ground up and personalize it with your passions! Either way, owning an internet business allows you to work from anywhere in the world, have time to explore, and have fun with your products!  Really, does it get any better than that?!
To help get you even more inspired for your next trip abroad, here are a couple of links to blogs from travelers like us:  http://www.enjoylivingabroad.com/my-blog and http://traveloninspiration.com/.

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