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Infographic: The Best Industries for Online Stores

Bigcommerce, a software platform that helps small businesses build online stores, has just finished scouring data from 50,000 of its clients to find out which industries were hottest in 2013. For those looking to start over, diversify, or simply get in while the getting's good, this list might be a good place to start.

Starting Your Own Online Store? The Australians Can Help

[Bigcommerce] Co-founders and co-CEOs, Mitch Harper and Eddie Machaalani created not just an ecommerce platform with templates that users can customize and make their own relatively easily (custom URLs to boot), it offers marketing services for clients as well as tips on how businesses can be better recognized by all important search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, among others.

Why Amazon Is Bad for (Small) Business

When you think of Amazon, do you think of small businesses? Do you think of them as a champion of mom and pop? Steven Power, Bigcommerce's CRO, certainly does not.

3 Big-Idea Strategies For Building A Fast-Growing Business

As [Eddie and Mitch] shared, “A lot of people get into building business plans. That doesn't work. You've got to dive in and just make it happen. Once you do, doors start opening.” They even have a name for this attitude--GSD, as in “Get Sh*t Done”--and they look for it when they hire people.

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Starting Your Own Online Store? The Australians Can Help

[Bigcommerce] Co-founders and co-CEOs, Mitch Harper and Eddie Machaalani created not just an ecommerce platform with templates that users can customize and make their own relatively easily (custom URLs to boot), it offers marketing services for clients as well as tips on how businesses can be better recognized by all important search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, among others.

The Internet Sales Tax: Why Small Business Will Suffer

The Senate backed an Internet sales tax on May 6 that, if passed by the House, could harm small online retailers and the economy. Backed by President Obama, the Marketplace Fairness Act is supposed to help achieve parity between brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers. If the bill passes into law, only big business will benefit; shoppers and small entrepreneurs will suffer.

Trend Spotting: Commerce on Facebook

A company that has successfully exploited e-commerce on social media is Bigcommerce, co-founded by Eddie Machaalani and Mitchell Harper in 2009. They are present in over 65 countries, within 25 different industries, and have processed $1,657,523,898 in transactions for 35,387 of their store owners, generating annual revenues ranging from hundreds of dollars to tens of millions.

Tech company uses gambling for hiring

Bigcommerce's unique hiring event holds true to the "Keep Austin Weird" concept, intertwined with the Lone Star state capital's reputation for ingenuity, Silicon Valley-rivaling developments in technology, and an ever-bubbling hub of startups and small businesses.

Why Amazon Is Bad for (Small) Business

When you think of Amazon, do you think of small businesses? Do you think of them as a champion of mom and pop? Steven Power, Bigcommerce's CRO, certainly does not.

Online Bike Venture Riding High

Two years ago entrepreneurs James van Rooyen and Jonathon Allara were making a modest income from their bike hire company. Then they turned to ecommerce.

Moonlighting Workers Find Their e-shops Are a Useful Income Supplement

Cash-strapped Aussies are moving online in a bid to boost their income in a new moonlighting trend. According to research by e-commerce platform Bigcommerce, "moonlighters", who work a regular job during the day and run an online store after hours, now make up almost half of all online retailers.

The Entrepreneur In Business For the Bubs

Launched three years ago, Bubbalove.com.au is an online store offering a wide range of baby products for new mothers cautious about not causing any disturbance to their newborn’s sleeping patterns. While the business has experienced solid growth over the years, even attracting international markets with the help of e-commerce platform, Bigcommerce.com.au, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing.

Still working at midnight? 1am? 3am?

Like all businesses trying to understand its clients better, Bigcommerce, an e-commerce platform for retail start-ups, was recently analyzing the time-of-day work patterns of about 1,800 of its Australian customers.

Infographic: The Best Industries for Online Stores

Bigcommerce, a software platform that helps small businesses build online stores, has just finished scouring data from 50,000 of its clients to find out which industries were hottest in 2013. For those looking to start over, diversify, or simply get in while the getting's good, this list might be a good place to start.

Bigcommerce raises a motza, again

In a move that will bring hope to struggling Australian entrepreneurs, one of Australia's star technology start-ups has struck gold, again.

The American Job Market and the Moonlighting Internet Entrepreneur

Despite what might be considered an improvement in employment rates overall, many Americans still have to burn the midnight oil to make the kind of money they did before the economy went bust. Bigcommerce CRO Steven Power shares how surprising isis how many people are actually doing that -- working long after most are asleep, either to supplement their incomes or to start a new business in the Internet economy.

Reports: Shoppers buying more and more often online

More and more people are starting up their own businesses, hoping to cash in on the expanse of the Internet. That according to new data out from Bigcommerce, which notes a 70% increase in new ecommerce entities between Q1 2012 and Q1 2013.

Bigcommerce Booming; Global Spending Way Up

Consumers are obviously shopping more frequently but they are also buying more each time they shop. Data from the Bigcommerce “State of the E-conomy” report indicates a steady increase in the average order price (total price of a one-time online purchase). Globally, the AOV (average order value) for online shoppers was $116 per order in the first quarter, up 21 percent from $95 in 2011 and 13.7 percent from $102 in 2012.

How Will Your Life Look In 2020?

Back in 2003, Mitchell Harper had one big plan: “To build a hugely global, massively successful company.” Plans for the next decade centre around balance – expanding Bigcommerce, building a strong family unit with his wife and their first child, due in September, and being more philanthropic. Harper volunteers at an animal shelter and plans to spend more time mentoring other young entrepreneurs.

One Way to Deal with Pesky Customers

Eddie weighs in on the Australian retailer who charges shoppers $5 to enter her store. This fee for “just looking” is meant to combat showrooming.