30+ eCommerce Tools I Use to Run My Business

eCommerce ToolsInterested in a sneak-peak inside my business to see how I manage things?  Well, I’ve created a list of the tools I use to run and grow my sites – the eCommerceFuel Toolkit.  Based on years of experience, it contains my top recommendations for shopping carts, hosting services, outsourcing resources, payment merchants, research tools and more.

If you’re just getting started with eCommerce, these recommendations should give you a great jump-start.  And if you’re an eCommerce guru, you might just discover a useful tool you hadn’t heard of before.

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Is there a killer tool I didn’t mention?  Please let me know in the comments below or contact me.  If it’s a great resource, I’ll add it to the toolbox.

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Comments

  1. Sayem Islam says:

    Dude – awesome list of tools! Bookmarked and will come back to it, really good tips on the shopping carts and web services. For hosting, I’m a big fan of Rackspace as well, but I’ve also used Linode (http://linode.com) for most of my freelancing projects.

    Btw, ever thought of integrating some comment plugin for this blog? Like disqus (http://disqus.com) or facebook comments (http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/comments/)? Something like facebook comments may help spread your posts virally.

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks Sayem! Just checked out Linode – looks very cool. Kind of like a blend of Rackspace and AWS from a price/customer service/features standpoint.

      Also, appreciate the tip for comment plug-ins – that’s a good idea. I’ll research the options, see what fits best and likely get something integrated.

  2. James McLaughlin says:

    Andrew,

    Great list, I already have found at least 3 things that I started to use to save me time and frustration.

    I did have one question. What do you use for accounting with Magento? I am trying to decide between Freshbooks and Quickbooks (with ECC Ecommerce Connecter). The quickbooks option is significantly more expensive but has some additional benefits to also connect with ups and automate shipment label printing. Just wanted to see your thoughts on accounting tools as well. Thanks!!

    -James

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks James! Glad you found some useful tools.

      I use Quickbooks for all my accounting, but am not really a fan. One downside to drop shipping eCommerce is that the accounting can be pretty complex. I do mine on a quarterly basis, and it usually takes me 2-3 full days – not fun. If the Quickbooks makes your life easier and faster, even if it’s a bit more expensive I’d recommend going with that. Best of luck!

  3. Ben Krueger says:

    Killer resource with some very powerful tools. I really appreciate when people take time to help other entrepreneurs! I particularly will look into KissInsights and Rackspace to use for my online businesses. Keep up the good work!

    • Andrew says:

      Thanks Ben! Rackspace is a fantastic host, especially if you’re looking to invest in their Managed Servers – truly awesome. Best of luck!

  4. Informative post!! very nice post..Thanks for sharing such a valuable and useful information ecommerce tools..

  5. Martin says:

    Thank you Andrew! A few days ago finished reading your ebook and now that I decided to start my project will be visting your blog very often :)

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH for sharing great info!

  6. Adam Lean says:

    I stumbled upon your website today. Very nice! I own an ecommerce business and am struggling with order processing. Do you use an order processing software? I primarily drop ship and it seems that most of the software I have found was expensive (e.g. Stone Edge) or just not customizable enough for my needs.

    • Andrew says:

      Hey Adam! We historically haven’t used order management software, and handle much of the routing and coordinating via suppliers via email. We are, however, looking into http://www.ecommhub.com to start automating the order management process. If you’re running a Shopify, Magento or BigCommerce shop they are definitely worth checking out.

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