The Entrepreneur’s Curse: A Temptation to Manage Multiple Businesses

Running Multiple Businesses

Here’s what an average day for someone who runs multiple businesses often looks like. They wake at the crack of dawn, check emails, check sales from last night, check inventory levels, check in on orders going out that day, check back on orders being processed that day, make a cup of coffee, send a tweet, […]

Migrating to Shopify from Magento: The Results of our $50,000 Redesign


Last December I announced we were migrating our eCommerce store, Right Channel Radios, from the Magento shopping cart to Shopify.  Not only were we migrating platforms, but we were also pouring $50,000 into a complete overhaul of the brand and the website design. After close to half a year’s worth of work, we launched the new website […]

Meet Ben Jenkins: eCommerce Branding Expert, Baseball Player and Designer


Ben Jenkins is a collection of conflicting stereotypes. He’s a retired baseball player with a degree from the Art Institute in Chicago. He’s a southern gentleman who occasionally cusses. He loves to smoke a pipe but is a total health nut. He’s intimidatingly cool, but just wants to hang out with his wife and three […]

The Minaal Story: From Product Design and Manufacturing to a $350K Kickstarter Campaign

Minaal Bag

Jimmy Hayes, co-founder of Minaal, has the travel bug bad. It started innocently enough when, while on university exchange in Vancouver, he and his friend Doug Barber bought a Plymouth Grand Voyager van and drove 18,000 miles around North America. Little did they know it then, but their shared wanderlust was a brilliant travel solution […]

How Not to Botch Your Website Migration


In my last post, I talked about why I’m investing heavily in a new website and how to prepare for a complete redesign of your store.  In this post, I want to take you inside our process for going from theoretical concept to a shiny, non-botched live new store. This is my 3rd large cart migration, so I’ve made […]

Buy, Revive and Grow a Floundering eCommerce Business


You can spend the better part of a decade painstakingly growing a business from scratch. Or you can buy eCommer business and – with a few tweaks – quadruple profitability in just a couple years. Which options sounds better to you? It’s a clear choice for Dana Jaunzemis of and, whose specialty lies […]

My $50,000 Bet: How to Plan for (and Justify) a New Website Design


I never shy away from a good bet, especially when I have a hand in determining the outcome. But when I realized the cost for our store redesign would be $50,000, it gave me serious pause.  Was I making a smart long-term investment?  Or just the worst – and biggest – bet of my life? In this post I’ll be explaining why we’re […]

How I Nearly Botched My Business Sale


“Are you still interested in buying the business?” The potential buyer had been grappling over the weekend with a few troubling issues he’d discovered in due diligence for  It was now Monday morning, and we were on a stressful, high-stakes call to see if we could keep the deal moving forward. On the line: […] Auction Follow-Up


A month ago I announced I was selling my eCommerce site,  In rather unorthodox form, I shared all of the financials, offered a 5% bribe/referral commission to get people to spread the word and structured the sale as a reverse auction. It’s been a pretty exciting few weeks since the initial post, and I […]

The Open-Book Sale of My $600K Store (With Complete Financials)


I’m selling one of my stores,, and will be using a radically different approach. Instead of keeping the details private, I’ll be sharing all the key data, including financials and traffic stats. And forget business brokers or Flippa; I’ll be selling the site exclusively via the blog. Even the auction will be turned upside […]