Running a successful ecommerce business requires a lot work, and some days you might feel like you won’t see the fruits of your labor.
That’s why we’ve gathered 30 inspiration quotes from BigCommerce merchants to help you push through rough patches and gray days to the brighter moment ahead.
We asked each merchant:
What is your favorite inspirational business quote?
And, what about it inspires you?
We hope you can draw inspiration from these quotes as you continue to build and grow your business.
You have to have the courage to follow your dreams because there will always be obstacles you have to face before you reach your dream.
When you’re an ecommerce start up, there are so many constraints: time, money, energy. It can be easy to feel as though you can never achieve your dreams and desires.
This quote reminds me that our constraints inspire creativity.
It helps me to think outside the box and come up with new, innovative solutions to my problems.
From the moment that I read this from Emerson, I felt a hunger for someone who I would have hoped to be there for me.
I could have been greater sooner if I only knew what I could do. Too many people lack vision.
An employee could be more than they know if someone would only provide doable yet difficult goals and show them how to attain them.
Whatever the bad situation right now, it will just pass by, don’t just give up.
I find this to be one of the most inspirational quotes because it provides perspective: if you are significant in your arena, results will follow, whether it be sales, followers or whatever KPI you define to measure your personal success.
Trust your journey, invest in the end game.
Building my business has been grueling, exciting, inspiring and exhausting.
Remembering this quote keeps me centered while I struggle.
A life without a passion has no solid foundation, always remember why you started.
It inspires me that “doing” takes a lot of hard work but its worth it in the end.
The success of a company is always about the team.
All pieces that come from the team are necessary to bring the company forward and to reach new heights.
This quote inspires me to continue to move forward and that business as well as life will be filled with set backs, challenges, failures as well as successes.
That there will always be people who get in your way, are negative, and arm chair quarterback from the sidelines, however, they are just a footnote in the lives of the successful and embody the other famous quote “the world needs ditch diggers.”
It’s all about faith & believing the evidence that is seen with your heart and not your eyes.
It implies that you should be the best you can so others cannot ignore what you are doing.
Focus on being the best you can and not what your competitors are doing.
You might host a perfect event, but if mess up your t-shirts that’s all people will talk about.
This quote inspires me because it keeps me grounded and reminds me to stay unique and not do what everyone else in my industry is doing.
What works for someone else may not work for me and this quote reminds me to stay true to me if I expect to see a difference in my business and in the impact i make.
This reminds me that even though i don’t always know what I am doing, I must be confident in my intelligence and abilities to figure it out.
Most people are too scared to even try, and that’s what separates entrepreneurs from everyone else.
Keeps the ennui of mundane automation at bay and presents a pretty nifty goal.
I think a lot of business quotes focus on the end result or the success.
Instead, we should see the journey to the end as part of the process as well; and, if we like it or not, our family is along for the ride as well.
It’s important to have people speak these truths into your life so you don’t get lost along the way.
This quote is a great reminder that stepping out of your comfort zone and experiencing new things is the best way to learn.
You can research, plan, and educate yourself, but the only true way to improve is to put yourself or your business out there and learn from what you experience.
Everyone has an idea – its those who are focused and work hard that make those ideas come to life.
This quote inspires me to persevere past setbacks.
Whenever I run into a difficult roadblock with my business, it reminds me how important it is to have a growth mindset as an entrepreneur.
A growth mindset means you don’t view mistakes as failures, but instead as learning opportunities.
Staring a business venture is an arduous process that is full of challenges. You will never get everything right the first time.
The key is to adapt and evolve over time.
Mistakes can expand your knowledge and help you become a more resilient person and business owner.
I find this quote motivating.
Anytime I think I’ve run out of new ideas or feel stuck with my business, this quote reminds me that the potential for innovation is infinite.
There is always the opportunity to invent something completely new or build something that is better or cheaper than what already exists.
There is no limit on what entrepreneurship and ingenuity can create.
It inspires me because it’s simple but dynamic, and completely embodies the risk and the reward that’s inherent in business.
If you focus on failure, then you won’t be in the right mindset to learn from your mistakes and improve.
After all, at the end of the day, all you need is one good idea, one product that an underrepresented audience wants, one service that an industry needs, and you’re set.
Houston’s quote reminds me that I don’t have to be right all the time – once is enough.
I like his mention of passion, because that’s what drives us and makes us want to be better and do better.
We live in a culture where people sometimes strive towards goals without any meaning or passion, and we’ve all seen the result of that: uninspired work that isn’t created to serve.
When teams and companies are passionate, their work speaks for themselves.
This quote by Warren Buffett is a powerful reminder of our reason for carrying on the century-old legacy of farming the finest Virginia peanuts available.
In business and in life, success is a long-game in which you must nurture and sustain your brand/product; it’s not a “one and done” journey.
I reflect on this quote as a way to re-focus on our ‘why’ and to remember to follow our credo: “Love the land. Respect Your Roots. Give Your Best.”
The seeds you sow today will grow to bring value to generations down the road.
I set out to launch my brand, T.C. Elli’s.
While providing an Omni-channel marketing experience (before it was a thing), offering high-quality products, and an excellent user experience were key pillars, serving with integrity was my North Star metric.
This quote by Albert Einstein resonates with how I strive to live my life both personally and professionally; value and integrity over the traditional markers of success.
Serving with integrity and leading with humility are core values I hold close in my business.
It reminds me to continue to take risks and to try new things but also to be wise and prepare just in case things don’t go the way I expect.
In this day and age of information overload, we can learn just about anything for free.
But what is the point if we do not DO anything with that knowledge?
Did you really mean to do loads of research on how to start a business…and never act upon it?
What was your original intention?
Certainly it wasn’t just to read about starting a business, so get out there, overcome the fear of failure and the fear of success…and get going!
The time will pass anyway. It’s just so true. Time passes and we can miss opportunities.
This quote constantly reminds me that I am not working solely to gain wealth for myself, but to share wealth with others who are in need.
Being of service to others and to the planet makes me feel good about myself.
I know that I am adding value to the universe and not just selfishly taking things away.
When I first realized this, I started looking for small ways to make a positive difference in the world around me.
This completely changed my life for the better!
Reminds me to quickly learn form my mistakes, and be attentive to the lessons from others mistakes.
It helps me to never repeat the same mistakes again.
Matthew Pompa is the Small Business Campaign Manager at BigCommerce. A mechanical engineer, he uses both his analytical and creative talents to develop thorough and thoughtful marketing strategies. Pompa is also an experienced digital director producing videos for BigCommerce, his YouTube Channels, and previous clients. He trains the next generation of digital marketers as an instructor for the Digital Creative Institute. A student of growth, content, and campaign building, Pompa brings 9 years of experience to his role and his apprentices.