From free stock photos to digital marketing tools, here’s a list or resources that can help you run your eCommerce business. Please leave a comment to make an addition to the list.

 


Wholesalers:

  • Alibaba – Get products at wholesale prices from China and other countries
  • Thomasnet– US-based wholesalers

 eCommerce Shopping Carts

Self Hosted (free):

  • WooCommerce – Easy to use eCommerce plugin for wordpress(recommended) 
  • Opencart – Opencart. Easy to use, but bad for SEO and bloated
  • Prestashop – Prestashop. A decent alternative to WooCommerce
  • Magento – A robust eCommerce solution for advanced users and large storefronts

Hosted Shopping carts (pay per month):

  • Shopify –  Easiest way to build an eCommerce website for around $30/mo
  • Bigcommerce –  An alternative to Shopify.

Register a Domain Name:

  • GoDaddy – Register a domain. Cost between $1-$12
  • 1and1 – Alternative to Godaddy.

Hosting:

  •  A Small Orange – Good reliable hosting for under $5/mo
  • Host Gator Popular hosting service for around $7/mo
  • Kickassd (my choice) – Reliable and affordable hosting.

Free Stock Images and Graphics:


Graphics and Design Resources:

  • Canva -Create professional graphics and banners for free
  • Pixlr – Free cloud based graphic editing service
  • Compressjpeg.com– Compress and optimize images
  • Graphicriver– Professional and affordable graphics and logos:
  • Photodune – Professional and affordable stock photos:
  • easel.ly – Create free infographics
  • BeFunky –  Apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages
  • Place it – Embed an image in to a product mockup (this is really cool!)

Professional Website Templates:


SEO:


Marketing:


Social Media:

  • bitly– Shorten URL’s for twitter:
  • hootsuite – Social media manager and scheduler:
  • Websta –  Free Instagram hashtag (#) and user research tool
  • Kickstagram– Instagram marketing services
  • Markerly – Find influencers to promote your products on Pinterest

Accepting Credit Card Payments:

  • PayPal – Accept credit cards on your website:
  • Stripe –  Good Alternative to PayPal
  • SSL’s – Get an SSL certificate for around $12:

Outsourcing, Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding:

  • Upwork, Elance, Guru – Hire people to do everything from web design to data entry
  • kickstarter –  Raise money for your product idea
  • 99designs – Hold a contest for your design project
  • Fiverr– Get stuff done for $5

Analytics


Content Marketing

  • Press Farm– Find journalists to write about your product
  • Klout  – Find influencers in any industry
  • BuzzSumo – Find the most shared content and key influencers

Web Design and Development


Business Tools


Cloud Storage

  • Dropbox-  Your files stored securely on the cloud for free.
  • WeTransfer Send large files to anyone

Where to sell your products on sites other than Amazon and Ebay: