Choosing Top Shopping Cart Software

It is a good idea that you are reading this article. It means that you are actually putting some serious thought into which shopping cart you choose. Some people will simply go in head first with a shopping cart that they are unfamiliar with just because they are in a hurry to get their website up. However, this is a very important step. It can make or break you later on down the road. Below are some things to think about when making your choice for which shopping cart is right for you.

Easy to Maintain

Even though you may be only selling a few products upon the release of your site, there is no telling at this point whether you might have a desire to add other products in the future. If this is the case, you do not want the process to be extremely difficult for you, or something that you have to dish out more money to make happen. The purpose of having a quality shopping cart is to be able to do these types of things pretty easily as well as making the ordering process simple for your customers.

It Has the Features that You Need

One of the biggest priorities in choosing a shopping cart is that you must have one that meets your needs. There are many people who take a look at a shopping cart, they buy it, and their intentions are to modify to fit their needs. However, with the vast amount of shopping carts on the market, you should be able to find one that meets most any need right out of the gate. The only exception would be if you just had some idea that was so unique that it would almost have to be custom built. Then, I would consider having your shopping cart built from scratch, not purchasing one with the intention of having it modified.

Not Too Bloated with Unnecessary Features

Having all the features you need in a shopping cart is priority over finding one that has too many. However, you still want to find one that is not overly bloated with features you will never use. This just makes maintaining your site more complicated. As well, the shopping cart may have questions and other things that are unnecessary during the ordering process. These are called bloated questions and should be avoided when possible. For example, if your product is sent via email or available to download, then you probably do not need a shipping address. If you can find one that meets your needs, then stick with that one. Too many features is not a good thing.

Good Customer Service

Although you may have found a shopping cart that has everything you need, there is still one key thing you should be looking for before making a purchase. You should verify that the developer of the script has good customer service. Although many popular developers will have forums and you can see how active they are, others may only take questions via email. If this is the case, simply send an email to them and ask them a few generic questions about the shopping cart. You can evaluate their response and determine whether it is sufficient. It will be a good indication of what you can expect as well if you run into a problem of any kind after the purchase.

Updated Regularly

This is not always a requirement, but it is something just to take a quick look at. Almost always any script will have some problems with it. It may have a few features that are not working properly or some processes that could be done better. The best of shopping carts are no different. Typically, a shopping cart in beta stages or one that has not been updated for a very long time may be okay, others may have problems that are not being addressed. You should verify with the developer selling the script how often the script is updated with new features or fixing bugs. This is also a good indication that if you have a problem, it might be addressed by the developer quickly.

Marriage – Your Priority

One of the reasons why marriages fail is simply because people do not make their marriage a priority. And by the time they figure this out it’s too late. I have often said, “If you sacrifice your marriage and family to be a success in business then you have lost it all.” Your relationship with your spouse is much more important than your job.

Let me share with you some of the ways you can make your marriage a priority. Remember a good marriage does not happen by accident. It requires hard work. Now here are some things you can do to make your marriage a priority.

1. Sit down with your spouse. Make a list of all the things you are both doing in your lives. And if you have children list all the things they are doing. Then decide what activities are hindering you from spending proper time together. Then remove those things from your schedule.

Now this is the problem. Most people are too busy and too tired to put time into their marriage and family. If they see the need to change their priorities they add things rather than subtract things from their schedule. The only way you can make your marriage a priority is to remove something from your schedule.

2. Make sure you and your spouse have time to communicate each week. That’s why I often suggest to couples that they have a date night. A few hours once a week of uninterrupted time each week with one another. A date night helps couples to enjoy one another.

But Couples often think a date night requires a lot of money. But the opposite is true. It’s just a matter of being creative. Even if you just go to a local coffee shop you are together doing something positive. You can go out for coffee for less than $5.00.

3. Set boundaries between work and family. You were never meant to work seven days a week. God has given us six days to work, and one day for worship and rest. And if you work seven days a week then this will in time affect your health, your marriage, and family.

But make sure you are clear about the difference between family time and work time. If possible leave your work at the office then you can concentrate on family at home. Research has shown we get more done at work if we make the family our priority.

Comparison Shopping Secrets – That Force You To Pay The Lowest Prices

The technique of all well-informed shoppers is comparison-shopping. In fact, it’s the only way to be sure of paying the lowest cost. But not all comparison-shopping is created equal. In this article we’ll cover the correct way to comparison shop and the 7 habits of the intelligent comparison shopper.

One of the biggest assets of comparison-shopping is planning. Planning your time, your moves and your goals. The more time you have and information you collect before shopping – the better your results.

When you fail to comparison shop you’ll almost always pay too much. That’s the price (pardon the pun) of ignoring the advice in this article.

Here’s 7 Guidelines for Effective Comparison shopping that save you money and time.

1. Don’t comparison-shop when you’re in a hurry.

Hurry up shopping is always expensive. People who shop while rushing find it harder to comparison shop. As a result, they overpay for products and services. When you’re in a hurry or in a rush it’s difficult to negotiate effectively and it’s almost impossible to save money consistently.

2. Research before you shop.

Well-informed shoppers make it a point to research before they buy, especially big-ticket products or services. With the internet, research comes much easier for the intelligent shopper of today. So use this modern day tool to your advantage. Also use the many search engine comparison sites available.

3. Don’t depend on commission salespeople as your main source of information.

One of the biggest mistakes most consumers make is to depend on the advice and consultation of commissioned salespeople. Doing this will limit you to a one-sided view of available options, prices, and choices. That’s why it’s important to follow step 1 and step 2.

4. Make sure you’re comparing Apples with Apples.

You want to get the most accurate view when comparison-shopping. Make sure you’re comparing the exact qualities, features, and benefits of products against each other.

5. Evaluate your needs vs. your wants.

Before you take your first shopping trip, sit down and list your needs. Or what’s the minimum features you must have in the product or service. On the other list write down any wants you may have after you satisfy your needs.

6. Evaluate your priorities in order of importance.

As a continuation of step 5, place your list of needs in order of priority with number one being your most important priority above anything else. In other words if you can’t achieve your priorities that’s the deal breaker. Next, list your priorities for the rest of your needs and wants.

7. Establish your limitations.

This is an important step. Many people make the mistake of not establishing limitations on what they plan to spend. As a result, they overspend or buy products or services they’re not satisfied with.

If you take the time to follow these comparison shopping tips you’ll find yourself paying the lowest prices for products and services. You’ll also enjoy your purchases more because you took the time to think through your purchases. Congratulations!