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Looking for Canada FBA Prep and Ship companies? Check out these Canadian 3PL businesses that can help you with prepping, shipping, or fulfilling your orders for Amazon Canada.

Most 3PL businesses offer similar services, but that doesn’t mean that you should shop on price alone. Consider asking about their insurance policies for your inventory, the turnaround rate, and other ancillary services that you may need.

For instance, if you have products classified as dangerous goods,  you’ll want to make sure the business can support that. If you need specific labels, storage, or packaging, you’ll want to know that the business can support your needs as well.

Please do your research before using any of the services here. SellerZen is not affiliated with any of these businesses, nor does SellerZen endorse any business listed here.

We’ll list the services provided where available.

Amazon Prep – Mississauga, Ontario

  • Receiving / Unloading
  • Unboxing
  • Inspection (Random)
  • FNSKU Label and Labelling
  • UPC Label and Labelling
  • Polybagging
  • Bubble Wrapping
  • Boxing
  • Keeping it ready for UPS / US Carrier
  • Storage
Amzon Prep – Toronto, Ontario

  • FNSKU Labelling
  • Polybagging
  • Bundling / Multipack Packaging
  • Kitting
  • Frustration-free Packaging
  • Compliant Markings
  • Packaging Materials
  • Case and Pallet Labelling
  • UPS Label Printing
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Cross-dock and FBA Prep
  • Truck FTL and LTL shipment
  • Product Inspection and Quality Control
  • Returns and Removals
  • Carton Forwarding
  • Photo Services
  • FBA Removal Orders
AMZ Prep Canada – Cambridge & Kitchener, Ontario

  • General Processing and Handling
  • Price Tag Removal
  • Inspection
  • Polybagging
  • FNSKU Label and Box Application
  • Forwarding
  • Bundling
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Individual Product Labelling
  • Amazon Returns
  • Forwarding
Canada Prep & Fulfillment – Toronto & Vancouver

  • Shipping Assistance
    • Clearing Assistance
    • Pickup / Transport
  • Prep Service
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Fulfillment Service
  • Storage Service
Evolution Fulfillment – Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Brand Fulfillment
  • Amazon Fulfillment
    • FBA Prep
      • Sorting and Packaging
      • Polybagging
      • Multipack
      • Amazon Labelling
      • Freight Handling
    • Removal Service
  • B2B Order Fulfillment
    • Pick and Pack Service
    • Cross Docking Logistics
  • B2C Order Fulfillment
  • Dedicated Warehouse
  • Returns Management
  • Admin Support Services
FwdtoAmazin – Ottawa, Ontario

  • Receiving
  • Inspection and Prep
    • Inspection
    • Labeling
    • Bagging or Bundling (Polybag or Bubble)
  • Forwarding
  • Removal Orders
Northwest Storage and Fulfillment Incorporated – Burnaby, British Columbia

  • Package Processing
    • Receiving
    • Label Removal
    • Label Printing and Labelling
    • Packing and Repacking
    • Inspection
  • Storage
  • Import / Export
  • Forwarding
  • Additional Services
    • Pay Per Man Hour
    • Photography
    • Color Printing
    • Sorting
    • Packaging
    • Insurance
PrepmyFBA – Toronto, Ontario

  • Product Inspection
  • Labeling
    • Label Removal
    • FNSKU Labelling
    • Repackaging
  • Preparation Service
    • Bundling
    • Multipackaging
    • Polybag
    • Shrinkwrap
YEG PREP – Edmonton, Alberta

  • Amazon Prep
  • Return Inspection
  • PL Services
  • Forwarding
  • Ecommerce Fulfillment
  • Warehouse Storage
  • Receiving
  • Account Management
  • Coaching

Check one or all of these services out to see if they’ll serve your needs. Using a Canada FBA Prep and Ship service can help you manage your inventory for Amazon Canada.

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SellerZen is proud to be a part of Feedspot’s Top 70 eCommerce Blogs! See what other eCommerce blogs are on the Top 70 list.

At SellerZen, we work hard to provide our users with helpful and informative content.

Whether you sell on Amazon, eBay, or both, you’ll find useful content on our site.

Looking for shipping services? Tools? App integrations? Don’t waste hours researching these when you can find them all in one convenient place. For instance, our list of Amazon integrations, tools, and services can be useful for any type of Amazon seller.

Even if you don’t use any of those services, knowing what other sellers use can give you an idea of how they remain competitive.

View our collection of articles for a one-stop resource to view useful app integrations all in one place. From 3PL services to QuickBooks Online accounting guides, our articles provide a great starting point for your research.

You may even find a service you didn’t even know you needed. Stop by and browse our articles to see if we can help you today.

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Take a look at a summarized list of Amazon seller fee changes that will take place in 2019.

Some of the fee changes for next year will be a nice surprise for sellers in certain categories. For instance, referral fees for categories like groceries will drop almost half, down to 8% from 15% for total sales prices below $15.

This change makes it easier for grocery sellers to sell everyday grocery items that households need.

See below for other Amazon fee changes.

Fulfillment Fees

Fulfillment fees are a little higher for sellers of larger items (above 10 ounces). If you sell dangerous goods, you’ll also see increased fulfillment fees.

If you’re selling products classified as dangerous goods, you’ll see these changes:

Storage Fees

On February 15, 2019, these changes will take effect for storage fees:

  • Long-term storage fees (LTSF) for products that have been in fulfillment centers between 181 to 365 days will be terminated, but LTSF will still remain for products in fulfillment centers more than 365 days
  • Minimum LTSF fees for products in fulfillment centers more than 365 days will be dropped from 50¢ to 15¢ per unit
  • Monthly storage fees for dangerous goods will be increased
Referral Fees

On February 19, 2019, these fees will go into effect:

  • Applicable minimum referral fee dropped from $1.00 to $0.30 across all categories
  • Baby (except Baby Apparel), Beauty, and Health & Personal Care fees will be 8% for products up to $10.00 and 15% for products above $10.00
  • Furniture & Decor (except for mattresses) 15% for total sales price up to $200 and 10% for any portion above $200

In case you missed out on other fee changes that took place earlier in 2018, here they are:

  • Shoes, Handbags, and Sunglasses: fees raised from 15% to 17% for total sales price above $75
  • Clothing & Accessories fee raised from 15% to 17%
  • Jewelry fee dropped from 20% to 5% for the amount above the total sales price of $250

In addition to those fee changes, Amazon has these current seller promotions. You can see which of your ASINS qualify for referral fee discount by going to Pricing > Fee Discounts.

  • Get a 60% discount on referral fees (requires Amazon login) when a non-Prime ASIN is added to Seller Fulfilled Prime
  • Get up to a 70% discount on referral fees when you lower your price

If you’re thinking about Seller Fulfilled Prime, make sure you fully understand the requirements. Many sellers end up losing money on SFP sales because of high shipping costs. Their account metrics may also suffer because of stricter requirements.

Sellers who sell low-priced items will stand to save the most from these changes. That’s mainly due to the minimum applicable referral fee drop from $1.00 to $0.30.

If you’re selling in any of the affected categories, take a look at your pricing. You may need to adjust your sales price in order take advantage of those fees.

Thinking about expanding to other marketplaces and want to take a quick look at their fees? Check out our article on other marketplace fees.

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Update your historical transactions and move them to a new account in QuickBooks Online when you change your income account for your service items!

Previously, you’d have to create a journal entry or manually move all of the transactions over to the new account. This wasn’t an issue if you just had a few items, but with larger accounts, you’d have thousands of transactions.

Obviously, that’s not how you’d like to spend your time. Now with an account change, you can click move all historical transactions simply by checking the box!

This new feature can save sellers countless hours, while still preserving reporting details. To change accounts, simply go to Sales > Products and Services. Find the Service item you want to change, and click on Edit.

Select the new Income account (can be income or expense account) and check the “Also update this account in historical transactions” box. Click on Save and close. That’s it!

Run a report on the new account to verify that all of your historical transactions made it over. Do the same for any other Service item that you want to change.

If you’re using SellerZen and want to change your accounts for your line item income and expenses, this is a quick way to reorganize your accounts in your Chart of Accounts.

Keep in mind that you’re able to rename Accounts in QuickBooks Online, and SellerZen will recognize the change. You won’t need to move historical transactions if it’s just a simple account renaming.

Take a look at this step-by-step visual below to see how to go about changing your Income accounts for your Service items in QuickBooks Online.

Before we start, we’ll take a look at the report on the old income account for this particular service item.

First, you’ll need to create a new account in QuickBooks Online.

Select the correct Account and Detail Type. Give the account a name that is descriptive. You’ll want to be able to tell what the account is for when you run your reports in QuickBooks Online. Giving it a vague name like “Expenses” will not be as helpful.

After you’ve created the new account, you’ll need to Edit your service items.

Search for the service item you want to edit or look for it on the list. Once you find it, click on Edit to change the accounts.

Select your new account under “Income account” field. A new option should appear that says “Also update this account in historical transactions.” Make sure you click on that box.

Then click on Save and close to save your new changes.

Once you’re done with the changes, you can run a report on the new account to see if your historical transactions have moved over.

The transactions have been moved over!

That’s it! You’ve moved your historical transactions over to the new account.

If you’re using SellerZen to automatically sync and import your Amazon seller transactions into QuickBooks Online, then you won’t need to make any changes. However, if you create a new service item, you’ll need to change the mappings through SellerZen’s integration.

Learn more about how to change or edit your line items on SellerZen.

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Use the Advanced Search function in QuickBooks Online to get a list of specific transaction types. Check out this article for a quick guide to viewing sortable lists of your transaction types.

Sellers sometimes need to see a sortable list of specific transaction types in QuickBooks Online. This is important for sellers on Amazon who are trying to reconcile transactions like refunds in QuickBooks Online with refunds on Amazon.

Using QuickBooks Online’s Advanced Search function, you can search and filter every type of transaction, including individual transaction lines.

This is helpful if you’re searching for specific types of events (provided you’re tracking them). For instance, if you’re tracking type Warehouse Damage events in the description field, then you can filter for documents that contain the phrase Warehouse Damage in the description field. Of course, you’ll need to have entered details consistently.

If you’re using SellerZen, then you’ll be able to filter reimbursements by reason code in the description field. Whether it’s a Warehouse Lost, Damaged, or Return, you’ll be able to pull up relevant transactions.

Click on the Magnifying Glass and Advanced Search.

Click on the drop-down menu and select the type of transaction you want. For this example, we’ll select Refunds.

If you have any other filters you want to apply, then you’ll select that here. You can also leave it as default and display all refunds.

Once you’re ready, click on the Search button to see all your refunds.

If you’re looking for refunds on a specific date or between a specific period, then you can filter those out.

While you can easily search for individual refunds using various filters, using date periods will allow you to reconcile refunds in QuickBooks Online with refunds on Amazon. There may be some slight inconsistency due to timezones. To adjust for this, add an extra day at the beginning and the end of the date period.

Using Advanced Search will give you a quick way to see if you’ve managed to enter all the invoices and refunds in QuickBooks Online.

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Looking for a service that will monitor your Amazon listings and provide hijacker alerts to your email or text message? Check out any of these third-party services to see if one fits your needs.

Sellers with popular items are often at risk of losing the buy box and control over the listing to hijackers. Some sellers not only want hijacker alerts, but they also want notifications for any other sellers piggybacking on listings.

If hijackers are discovered too late, sellers may see a noticeable drop in sales, and they’ll risk losing their sales rank if the listing is drastically changed. What’s worse, sellers may end up getting a large number of INAD returns if the listings are changed in subtle ways.

Paying an employee to check on the listings daily is one option, but no employee can be active 24/7.

Another option is to automate the process. Instead, have a service send you an email or text whenever an event like a change or a new seller jumps onto the listing.

We’ll go over some services in this article that you can check out. Visit the site for current features and pricing.

AMZ Tracker

The Basic plan has limited features and has costs $50 per month. The service includes a suite of tools, one of which is a hijacker alert.

AMZAlert

The most basic Start-Up plan begins at $80 per month, and text alerts go to 1 person only. Up to 50 ASINs monitored.

  • Product Listing Alert
    • Title
    • Image
    • Category
  • Review Alerts
    • Negative Reviews
    • Product or Star Changes
    • Deleted Reviews
  • Sales/Marketing Alerts
    • Product Suppressions
    • Buy Box Change
    • Piggybacking
    • Best Seller Badge Changes
    • BSR Best Seller Rank Changes
    • Keyword Changes
    • Price Changes and MAP violations
AMZShark

AMZShark has a suite of tools, and one of them includes a hijacker alert. Pricing starts at $299 per month, with the first month free.

Bindwise

The Starter plan is free with very limited options. It works only for 7 days out of the month and 100 alerts per day. Supports up to 10 marketplaces.

  • Monitor Hijackers
  • Listing Issues
    • Merge
    • Suppressed
    • Blocked
  • ASIN Change Notifications
    • Listing and Product Detail Pages
  • FBA Fee Overcharges
  • Shipment Reminders
Efficient Era

Efficient Era charges 2¢ per order, with a minimum of $19 per month required. This plan allows you to monitor up to 1,000 ASINs.

  • Hijack Alerts
  • Buy Box Alerts
  • Feedback Alerts
  • Sales Alerts
HappySeller

HappySeller has one simple plan that includes all features, and it’s $79.95 per month.

  • Monitor Amazon Business
  • Manage Reports
  • Protect
    • Product Image or Title Change
    • Hijacker Alert
    • Buy Box Change
    • Negative Review Alert
    • Policy Violation
    • Product Suppression
    • MAP Alert
Helium 10 Hijacker Alert

Helium 10 has a free plan with basic or limited features. If you’re using their a la carte plan, then it’s $37 per month for just the Hijacker Alert service. Their free plan has monitoring for 2 ASINs.

  • Unlimited ASINs for the paid plan
  • Buy Box
  • BSR Best Seller Rank changes
  • Best Seller Badge changes
  • Product Suppressions
  • …more
ListingEagle

The plans are currently 50% off at the time of this article. The basic Hatchling plan is $9.97 per month, but it’s only good for 1 ASIN. The next tier is good for 10 ASINs and goes for $19.97 per month, while their most expensive plan monitors 50 ASINs for $49.97.

  • Hijacker Notification
  • Supression Notification
  • Text and Email Notifications
  • Ready-to-use letter templates
SentryKit

The lowest plan starts at $19 per month and allows monitoring and notifications for up to 20 ASINs.

  • Product Listing Alerts
  • Product Review Alerts
  • Keyword Phrases
  • Best Seller Badges and Category Change Alerts
  • Hijacker and Sales Alerts
  • Listing Suspension
ZonGuru

ZonGuru’s suite of tools includes a hijacker alert. The Starter plan starts at $49 per month or $35 per month if you pay yearly. You can only monitor 5 products on this plan, but the next subscription gives you monitoring for 150 products.

Most of the services on this list have some sort of free trial. If you’re just looking for hijacker alerts, then the suite of apps from AMZShark or ZonGuru may not be an ideal choice since you’d end up paying for features you don’t need.

However, if you’re using multiple apps for your Amazon business, then maybe consolidating those apps can save you money.

Regardless of what you choose, having an employee or a service monitor your listings on an daily basis can reduce your losses should you get a hijacker or piggybacker.

The post 10 Services that Monitor your Listings and Give You Hijacker Alerts appeared first on Amazon to Quickbooks Automated Data Entry.

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South Dakota’s marketplace provider sales tax bill will go into effect on March 1, 2019.

If you’re a remote seller without a physical presence in South Dakota, then the sales tax rule went into effect on November 1, 2018.

From the South Dakota Department of Revenue’s website, remote sellers who exceed these thresholds are required to register, collect, and remit sales tax:

  • Your business’s gross revenue from sales into South Dakota exceeded $100,000; or
  • Your business made sales for delivery into South Dakota in 200 or more separate transactions

If you’re selling through Amazon FBA, then Amazon will likely collect and remit on your behalf. Speak to a tax professional if you believe you exceed the exemption for South Dakota or any other state.

While most states have $200,000 or 200 transactions, some states such as South Dakota have lower limits of $100,000 or 200 or more separate transactions. Some states may even have $100,000 or 100 transactions. See our link below for a collection of the small seller exemptions listed by state.

Most states have some kind of remote seller sales tax legislation based on an economic, rather than physical, nexus. That means nexus is defined through economic activity (gross sales), rather than physical presence.

South Dakota joins a growing list of states that are requiring marketplace facilitators to collect sales tax on sales. Many more states are considering legislation or have pending legislation regarding sales tax, so expect more changes in 2019.

Using SellerZen to automatically import orders from Amazon into QuickBooks Online? Simply add South Dakota as a sales tax agency in QuickBooks Online. We’ll create the proper documents so you can track sales tax collected for those tax agencies.

Read our article on 50-state list of remote seller and marketplace provider tax to get a compiled list of the states and their exemptions. You’ll also find direct links to the tax agency’s website so you can learn more.

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Both Alabama and Iowa will begin to require marketplace facilitators to collect sales tax on orders or report sales starting on January 1, 2019.

As with previous states, Amazon is likely to collect and remit your behalf if you sell through FBA.

Other marketplaces like eBay and Etsy have also followed suit by collecting sales tax on behalf of their sellers.

Don’t forget about Amazon’s Sales Tax Collection Fee, which is 2.9% of the sales tax collected. For example, if the order has a sales tax of $10, then you’d pay an additional sales tax collection fee of 29¢ on top of other fees for the order.

Alabama’s rule for remote sellers started on October 1, 2018. Alabama’s Department of Revenue (ADOR) states the following:

Remote sellers with annual Alabama sales in excess of the rule’s $250,000 small seller exception should register for the Alabama Simplified Sellers Use Tax Program (SSUT) and begin collecting no later than October 1, 2018.

The rule for marketplace facilitators is below.

In addition to the collection requirements for remote sellers, Ala. Act 2018-539 requires marketplace facilitators with Alabama marketplace sales in excess of $250,000 to collect tax on sales made by or on behalf of its third-party sellers or to comply with reporting and customer notification requirements. The Act mandates compliance with reporting or remitting requirements on or before January 1, 2019.

Read more from ADOR’s Sales and Use Tax Guidelines for Online Sellers.

Iowa’s Department of Revenue requires both remote sellers and marketplace facilitators to collect sales tax starting on January 1, 2019.

From the Iowa Department of Revenue’s website:

Effective January 1, 2019 marketplace facilitators and remote sellers that exceed a certain amount of revenue or transactions must charge Iowa sales tax, including local option sales tax, the same as retailers with a physical presence in Iowa.

The small seller exception for Iowa is a bit lower than Alabama’s exception:

has $100,000 or more in gross revenue from Iowa sales or makes 200 or more separate sales transactions into Iowa.

Alabama and Iowa join these states in requiring marketplace facilitators to collect sales tax or report sales:

  • Connecticut
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington

Other states are sure to follow in 2019, with South Dakota requiring marketplace facilitators to begin collecting or reporting on March 1, 2019.

Many sellers have a mix of FBA and FBM sales, and combined sales may meet or exceed the small seller exemptions for the states. Be sure to speak to a tax professional about your business.

Interested in a comprehensive list of remote seller and marketplace facilitator tax rules? Take a look at our 50-state list of remote seller and marketplace facilitator taxes.

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New to selling and wondering what shipping tools the pros use to ship their orders?

New sellers generally spend more money on shipping than veteran sellers. If you’re a new seller and taking your packages to the post office to ship, then you’re not getting commercial rates. You’re also wasting time waiting in line.

Sellers with any volume of sales will generally have a process and tools to streamline shipping. Even if they’re using another service to get commercial shipping rates, they’ll still need to enter dimensions, weights, and print labels.

What can you do to help streamline your shipping process? You’ll want to consider purchasing one or more of these tools.

Scale

Even if you’re using USPS flat rate boxes and envelopes to ship your products, there will be many instances where you can save on shipping by using cheaper services.

Sellers who offer free shipping are losing money by not buying a scale in order to get the best possible shipping rates.

Consider purchasing a cheap digital scale on Amazon.

Digital scales should be around $20 to $30, though if you need legal-for-trade or NTEP scales, that’ll cost even more. It’s not likely you’ll need a legal-for-trade scale if you’re shipping, but sellers who need it will already know.

Below are three top results for “shipping scales” on Amazon. Note the weight limits. Consider how and where you’ll be placing these scales. Some are designed for tables, like the first ACCUTECK scale, requiring a lot of lifting, while others can be placed on the ground with the display placed elsewhere.

The last thing you want is to purchase the first ACCUTECK scale only to realize that you’ll have to lift every single package onto and off the table just to weigh it.

If you’re shipping or expect to ship heavier packages, you’ll want to get a scale that can handle those.

Printers

Avoid using an inkjet printer for your shipping station. While inkjet printers may be cheap, the cost of ink can be extremely expensive, sometimes exceeding the cost of the printer after just one replacement.

While inkjets do provide color printing, you’ll almost never need to provide invoices or packing slips in color. Most customers just throw those away anyhow.

Instead, consider using a cheap multifunction laser printer, or even better, a thermal label printer. Save your inkjet printer for color or photo prints.

Laser Printers (or Multi-function/All-in-One Laser Printers)

Laser printers have multiple advantages over inkjet printers. First and foremost, the cost per page is just a few cents compared to an inkjet printer.

Take a look at the images below for the price per page cost of an HP inkjet printer and an HP laser printer from Best Buy. The HP 63 Black Ink cartridge (single) retails for $18.99, while the HP 17A toner cartridge retails for $65.99.

Also note that some printer models will not allow you to print black only if other colors are out, and color cartridges may cost more. If you don’t often print color, then those nozzles may clog. You’ll then have to run cleaning processes or replace the cartridge altogether.

Cost per page for the HP 63 black ink cartridge: $0.0999, almost 10¢ per page.

Cost per page for the HP 17A black toner cartridge: $0.0412, about 4¢ per page, less than half the cost of an inkjet print.

Consider getting a multi-function or all-in-one laser printer so you can also scan, copy, and fax.

Some features to look for:

  • Automatic duplex printing (automatically print on both sides of the paper)
  • Availability and quality of generic toner replacements
  • Drum units (Brother printers generally have a separate drum unit compared to other manufacturers)
  • Refills (if you’re attempting to refill instead of replacing the toner cartridge)
  • Wireless printing or compatibility with Windows, Mac, or mobile printing
  • Purchase enterprise models for high-volume printing
  • Multiple input trays for different paper types (regular paper and label paper)
Thermal Label Printers

Many sellers like using thermal label printers because they eliminate the need for ink and toner. They’re also more convenient and less wasteful. While you can print, cut, and tape shipping information onto a box, it doesn’t look as professional. And it’s very time-consuming.

Another option is to print labels through the laser printer. But this can be a waste if you’re also printing invoices or packing slips. You’ll often have to switch out paper types or print invoices or packing slips on more expensive label paper unless you have a printer with multiple input trays.

Consider purchasing a direct thermal label printer that handles wide 4″ x 6″ shipping labels. These will also handle smaller labels, giving you more flexibility.

The most popular thermal label printer is the Dymo LabelWriter 4XL, pictured below. The 4XL uses label rolls that have a hole, so you’ll need to purchase either original Dymo labels or generics that are specifically compatible.

Generic labels come in various designs and specs, so be sure to check the description if you need the labels perforated or waterproof.

Another option is to use a thermal label printer that is compatible with free UPS shipping labels. If you’re already using free UPS labels, then the Rollo label printer may be a good choice.

Check out our article on thermal label printers to see even more models you can use to print wide 4″ x 6″ shipping labels.

Shipping Supplies

Have an eBay store? eBay sends store subscribers a coupon for free shipping supplies every quarter.

If you ship primarily using USPS Priority, then you can request free USPS Priority boxes and envelopes.

Some sellers like to recycle boxes. This is an option if you’re not selling a lot of products or if you don’t have your own brand. If you have a brand, you may want to use new boxes for better brand perception.

The customer’s first perception of you is the packaging, so you’ll want to make a good impression for your brand.

Make sure you remove any previous labels from the box instead of taping over them. Not only is leaving a previous label on unprofessional, but it exposes the previous customer’s information.

Buy bulk shipping supplies from vendors like Uline for better pricing. If you’re purchasing shipping supplies like padded envelopes from your local Walmart or office supply store, then chances are you’re spending more on shipping supplies than you should.

Check out our article on shipping supply vendors for a comparison of prices.

Shipping Services

While Amazon and eBay give you better prices than retail locations (including USPS), they’re not always the lowest.

Try getting quotes from other services like PirateShip to see if you can save even more on shipping. Or connect with a shipping integration for your eBay and Amazon business in order to get commercial rates and easily manage all of your shipping in one place.

Some of these shipping integrations offer a free trial or free service for low-volume sellers.

Check out other free tools new eBay sellers can use in order to streamline their sales.

If the majority of your shipping goes through USPS, consider using a SCAN form to save both your time and the postal worker’s time. These forms will allow the postal worker to scan one barcode to receive all associated packages. Many shipping integration services will give you the ability to print SCAN forms.

Shipping services may also give you access to cubic pricing, which is great for shipping small and heavy packages.

Read our article on different types of carton and box sealing methods including tape. See if using quieter tape or a different sealing method will help for your needs.

The upfront cost of purchasing all this hardware may be a bit high, but the long-term savings far outweigh initial costs. Even switching to a label printer will save you on ink, toner, and paper costs (if you’re using free labels).

Shipping shouldn’t be a frustrating process. With the right tools in place, you can streamline your shipping operation and devote more time to growing your business.

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One way to drive sales and rank higher for SEO is to publish useful and helpful content on a blog. No matter what you’re selling, you can always drive traffic to your site by publishing informative content on your blog.

Short articles and videos about your business, products, or services, not only help customers, but they’ll also help with your website ranking when done properly.

We’ll take a look at some of the top free and paid blogging sites that you can use for your business. Even if you’re using Shopify and its blogging module, you may want to consider hosting a separate blog site for more control and features.

Some of these sites may be more useful than others depending on the nature of your business.

Ghost

Ghost is similar to Medium in that it provides a clean, minimalistic look for your blog. Like Medium and Svbtle, Ghost isn’t necessarily setup for marketing and business. However, businesses that provide a service may find these platforms beneficial.

Ghost is a Platform-as-a-service, so a subscription means you can start publishing quickly.

If you self-host, then Ghost is free to use.

Pros
  • Clean, modern look
  • Some customization with themes
  • Open-source software
  • Supports non-profit goals for journalism
  • SEO optimization tools
  • Integrations with popular services like Slack, SurveyMonkey, and Youtube
  • Tools and features for teams
Cons
  • Requires technical knowledge for more customization like custom domains
  • Designed primarily for journalism and not necessarily for marketing purposes
  • Community isn’t as large or as active as WordPress communities
Joomla!

Don’t let the strange name keep you from using this software. It’s a free content management system that you host yourself, and it’s fairly popular worldwide. Its flexibility means you can use it as a business site or blog.

Pros
  • Free content management system allows you to build any type of online site
  • Over 7,900+ extensions
  • Highly customizable
  • Free if you self-host
  • Open source
  • Free Joomla tutorial videos
Cons
  • Not as many plugins as WordPress
  • More difficult to use than WordPress
Medium

You may already be familiar with this website. It has gained a lot of popularity because of its use by journalists, politicians, and other authoritative people.

Depending on the nature of your business, Medium can be a good platform for certain types of articles. Non-profits may find Medium an excellent platform for their needs.

While you won’t be able to market your business, you can still establish your authority in your field. Optimize your articles for SEO with the use of tags, images, captions, and meta descriptions.

Pros
  • Free
  • Recognized platform with a large reader base
  • Ability to embed images, videos, and other external links
  • Clean, minimalistic look to the site and articles
Cons
  • Only way to monetize is through the Medium Partner Program
  • No customization, plugins, or extra features
  • Prohibits marketing your business
Svbtle

An even more minimalistic approach to blogging than Ghost or Medium, Svbtle’s claim is that it’s designed to “work the way your brain does.” The service benefits writers because it helps with generating ideas and getting those ideas into an article.

This website is primarily aimed at writers and bloggers instead of businesses.

Pros
  • Cheap at $6 compared to other services
  • Promise that your content will be online forever
Cons
  • No customization with plugins or themes
  • Requires Markdown language to get more advanced publishing features
  • Minimalistic approach may be too basic for some
WordPress

This is the most popular blogging platform used worldwide by millions of bloggers and businesses. Its versatility means you can use WordPress as a simple blogging platform or as an ecommerce store. Or you could do both.

If you want to host WordPress on your own, you can download the software for free at wordpress.org.

Not familiar with technology or don’t want to go through the hassle of learning and configuring? You can also subscribe to WordPress hosting services. One such provider is wordpress.com. Read the terms carefully, as many of the prices are introductory, and some include domains free for only a year.

If you’re set on using WordPress, then opt for specialized WordPress hosting services. They may cost a bit more per month, but the features, like automated security updates and backups, can be worthwhile.

Pros
  • Used by millions of users worldwide, used by 32% of the web (according to WordPress.org)
  • Over 55,000+ plugins, including WooCommerce plugin used by businesses
  • High level of customization
  • Can be optimized for SEO with the help of plugins
  • Large user support base
  • Regular updates
Cons
  • WordPress hosting can be more expensive
  • Vulnerabilities as a result of failure to keep up with updates for self-hosted WordPress
  • Requires time to learn
  • Updates may break different plugins
  • Need backup solutions for self-hosted WordPress
Other Solutions Shopify

If you’re already using Shopify to sell online, then you can also make use of Shopify’s blog module for free.

Squarespace

Squarespace has a lot of appealing and amazing themes to choose from. Squarespace also promotes its all-in-one platform with integrated marketing and productivity apps. No free plan, but there’s a free trial if you want to check it out.

Tumblr

While free, Tumblr’s microblogging platform has gained some notoriety because of some users. The app has even been removed from Apple’s App Store due to its hosting of questionable content.

Weebly (by Square)

Weebly is more of a store than a blogging platform, but there are some themes available for those who want to use Weebly as a blog. There’s a free option, but visitors will see ads.

Wix

Wix also provides a free website, but it’ll show ads unless you’re subscribed to a premium plan.

Whatever you decide to use, you’ll want to be sure that you own the rights to the content that you publish. Most platforms state this in their terms of use, but you’ll want to confirm this to avoid any surprises later.

The option with the most flexibility would be WordPress. It’s highly customizable with tons of free and paid themes. With tens of thousands of plugins, you’ll be sure to find solutions for whatever your needs are.

Pay for WordPress hosting to minimize maintenance, choose a free theme, and start writing your blog today!

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