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A closer look at the new 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible


We bring you a new video featuring the 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible. The second member of the 4  Series family was unveiled yesterday and will go on sale later this year. This new BMW 4 Series Convertible is obviously based on the brand-new 4 Series Coupe, so it gets all of the same new styling elements and mostly the same mechanics. Obviously the biggest change is that its roof folds down.

Last-generation’s 4 Series Convertible used a folding metal roof, making it a hard-top convertible. This new drop-top 4er ditches the folding metal roof for a 40-percent lighter, less complex soft-top and it’s all the better for it. Not only does reduce weight but it also lowers the center of gravity, as that weight loss is up high in the chassis structure. That improves it handling, agility and ride quality two-fold.

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Additionally, moving to a soft-top also increases cargo space. Thanks to having a much more compact roof structure, the new 4 Series Convertible gains an additional 1.2 cubic feet of trunk space, bumping it to a total of 9.0 cubic feet. One cool aspect of this new soft-top roof is the fact that it comes in two different colors. There’s the standard black roof, which is rather obvious, but there’s also the optional Moonlight Black roof, which adds a metallic shimmer to it in direct sunlight.

Aside from those Convertible-specific changes, this new topless 4 Series is still a 4 Series. So it still handles every bit as well; thanks to the same as-standard lift-related dampers or adaptive suspension; and gets the same engines. In the US market, there will be the BMW 430i Convertible and BMW M440i Convertible, both of which will be offered with either standard rear-wheel drive or optional xDrive all-wheel drive.

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The BMW 430i gets the same 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Coupe, making 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. While the BMW M440i Convertible still gets a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six with 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The M440i also gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid setup.

All 4 Series models use an eight-speed automatic transmission. Now, though, there’s a new “Sprint” function that allows for what is essentially an ultra-quick passing mode. If you pull the left paddle and hold it for more than one second, the 4 Series Convertible will kick down to the lowest possible gear, switch everything into its sportiest setting; including engine, suspension and exhaust; the gauges turn sportier and the word “Sprint” appears in the main cluster.

We’re eager to try this to see how well it works, but for now, let’s watch this video and don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for exclusive videos:

 

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BMWBLOG Podcast Episode 38 — Chris Bangle Joins Us to Talk Design


In the words of the great David Letterman, my next guest truly needs no introduction. I’m going to give him one anyway. Chris Bangle, longtime head of BMW design and one of the most famous and iconic automotive designers of all time, recently joined us from his office in Italy to talk about design. We were incredibly excited to talk to Bangle about his designs in the past, his current work and pick his brain a bit on the current state of automotive design.

Bangle is a fascinating man in that he was once the head of design for one of the largest manufacturers in the world, leading massive team of people, and now he runs his own design firm with a team of just ten people in a small town in Italy. Not only is that interesting, its enviable, to just take a step back from the big corporate world and get a bit more creative with product design.

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In this interview, we talk about a great many things, including the automotive industry’s current state of design, how autonomous driving will affect car design, some of his current projects and some of his past work.

As BMW enthusiasts, you probably want to hear about this time at BMW and some of the famous, or infamous, cars he and his team designed. If that’s the case, you’re in for a treat because Bangle does talk a bit about his time there and some of the cars he designed. One such car is the BMW GINA concept, a car that I personally asked him about and was incredibly excited to hear about. The GINA has always been one of my favorite BMW concept cars because it’s just so funky and odd. How the GINA came to be is really an interesting story.

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The most interesting part of the interview for BMW enthusiasts is the part about the E60 BMW 5 Series. The E60 was one of the first cars to get the “Bangle Butt” nickname and the most infamous Bangle-era car. However, the car wasn’t designed by Bangle, he was just the head of design at the time, not the actual designer of the car. How the E60 5 Series came to be was actually quite touching and it’s a story that should give you a different perspective on the car. I know it did for me.

So please have a listen, as Chris Bangle is one of the most interesting and important designers of our time and certainly left his mark on the auto industry. As always, the episode can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

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BMW 4 Series Convertible vs Audi A5 Cabriolet


Now that the BMW 4 Series Convertible is here, it takes on the topless versions of all of the same cars the 4 Series Coupe competes with. One of which is the Audi A5 Cabriolet, one of the better looking convertibles in the segment. Can the new 4 Series ‘Vert take on the drop-top from its Bavarian neighbor?

We recently did a photo comparison of the BMW 4 Series Coupe and the Audi A5 Coupe, giving the nod to the A5 because it’s a better looking car. However, with the convertible models, the 4 Series’ funkiness might actually give it the edge.

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Up front, I don’t think there’s a question, the Audi A5 Cabrio is still the better looking car. That new grille design of the 4 Series Convertible is just not good enough to compete in the segment. Having said that, the headlights of the 4 Series do look really good.

Where the 4 Series Convertible starts to creep up past the A5 Cabrio is in its profile. There’s an elegant smoothness to it that really looks nice, giving it a mini-GT car look. While the shoulder line of the A5 is still stunning, without the fixed roof of the A5 Coupe, it doesn’t have as much of an affect. With the roofs up, this notion is amplified. The 4 Series’ more rounded roof is far more elegant and premium looking than the boxier one of the A5. I get that the A5 Cabrio’s roof tries to emulate the look of the Coupe’s roofline but it doesn’t quite work.

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Out back, again there’s nothing wrong with the A5 Cabrio per se, it’s just a bit boring and safe. While the 4 Series Convertible doesn’t have the best looking rump, either, funky taillights and more exaggerated built-in spoiler give it a bit more drama.

Inside the cars, I still think the Audi A5 has the better looking cabin. It’s more modern, simpler and comes with a far superior digital driver’s display. The 4 Series is nice on the inside but it’s a bit staid and its digital dials are just too confusing and fussy looking.

Overall, though, I think if you’re looking for a convertible in this segment and want something stylish, the BMW 4 Series Convertible is probably your best bet. I know, it’s a controversial look and I don’t really like it, either. But buying a convertible is often about style and style doesn’t always make sense.

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BMW 4 Series Convertible vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet


This is going to be the toughest comparison test for the BMW 4 Series Convertible, both in terms of styling and driving. Once you cut the roof off of a car, expectations change. Regardless of how sporty car is, the lack of a roof immediately reduces the need for said sportiness dramatically. Suddenly, the car becomes more about comfort, fun and style. Which are areas the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet shines.

Obviously, we haven’t driven the new 4 Series Convertible yet, nor have we driven the C-Class Cabrio. So we’re not going to comment on how they drive but that still leaves one of those very important aforementioned attributes to compare — style.

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Up front, there’s really not much to debate — the C-Class is the more handsome looking car. It wears prettier headlights and a far more appropriately sized grille. While the 4 Series is much more in-your-face, with its massive grille and angry headlights. We’ve discussed the grille ad nauseam and we all know that it’s not the prettiest of mugs. The C-Class oozes class and sophistication while the 4 Series wants to bite your face off (possible so it can wear it to cover its own, Hannibal Lecter-style). So the Benz wins up front.

In profile, I think these two cars are actually extremely close. I like how both of them have similar roof lines with their convertible tops up. That rounded roof gives them both a more elegant, more premium look, rather than having them try and copy the roof design of their coupe counterparts. The latter usually ends up looking sloppy. Both cars also look really good from the side with their roofs down, with the Bimmer being sportier and the C-Class being prettier. I think this one’s a draw.

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Out back, I’m gonna have to give the nod to the C-Class Cabrio. I actually like the look of the 4 Series Convertible from behind and from the rear three-quarters angle. However, from those same angles, I love the C-Class. I’ve gone on record before saying that I don’t like the look of Mercedes’ sedan rear ends but that their coupes are gorgeous from behind. Well, second that for cabrios, because the C-Class Cabrio has a great butt. It’s sleek, has good muscularity and a nice little built-in spoiler. I’m no design expert but I get a nautical vibe from it all.

Inside, the C-Class Cabrio wins again. Honestly, no one can touch Mercedes’ interior styling at the moment, as all of its cars are just lovely inside. The 4 Series Convertible is nice on the inside, it really is, but it’s a bit too safe, a bit too boring. Sure, many have claimed that modern Bimmers have superior interior build quality and that’s largely true from my experience. However, convertibles are all about style and the C-Class Cabrio has more style inside than the 4 Series Convertible.

To be honest, I like the 4 Series Convertible more than I thought I would. For some reason, it looks a bit better to my eye than the Coupe. Maybe it’s just the killer shade of green. However, the C-Class Cabrio is a gorgeous convertible that oozes style and sophistication. The Bimmer isn’t too far behind but it is, in fact, behind.

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35+ Best CRMs for Small Business (and Startups) in 2020


Before we get into my guide to choosing the best CRMs for small business (and startups), I want to be ultra clear with you… first and foremost, you may not actually need a CRM today.

Weird way to start an article about the best CRMs for small business and startups, right?

Well, bear with me and I’ll start by dispelling a common myth…

Does every small business need a CRM?

No. But, the right answer for you depends on a lot of different variables.

If you run a relatively young small business, or you just launched a brand new startup, then you’re likely consumed with executing mission critical tasks like trying to get enough investor capital to keep the lights on, or bringing in your first paying customer (as your one-person sales team) to prove the business has a viable future.

In the very early days, you also won’t have so much customer and prospect data that you feel like you’re drowning just trying to hold your sales process together with a series of Excel spreadsheets and email tracking tools.

If this sounds like where you’re at right now, then a CRM is probably not for you… today.

Instead, you should employ only free tools. I’m talking Spreadsheet status. Like this one.

Free Download: My CRM Spreadsheet Template

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To help you get started (if you’re at square one with your sales process today), I’m giving away the actual free CRM spreadsheet template I used when I was just getting my own freelance business off the ground, before I switched over to using Close as my CRM of choice today.

It’s pre-loaded with all of the essential form fields and dropdown menus you should be concerned with—from tracking your lead status, to making sure you’re talking to decision-makers, evaluating the deal size, keeping a pulse on how warm your lead is—I’ve got it all covered.

Free Download: My CRM Spreadsheet Template


It’s smart to first focus on growing your revenue and landing some early adopters by using a combination of free software tools—like a simple yet powerful combination of GmailGoogle Sheets and the (free) Hunter Extension for Google’s Chrome browser that quickly tracks down the email addresses of your leads.

Before you make a financial investment in any CRM, which will eventually become an extremely useful, valuable, and often vital tool for your business, take an honest look at your revenue and current position as a company first.

When you are ready to take on a CRM…

If you’ve got your first loyal customers, you’re starting to grow and trying to keep pace with all the (exciting) changes happening around you, then this is the perfect time to invest some of that capital back into your company by choosing the best CRM for small business.

At this point you need a CRM, and badly. A CRM can be a massive boon to your company, freeing up so much time to focus on capturing (and converting) new leads.

Time is the most valuable resource you have at this stage, so almost any investment that will save you time is likely to pay massive dividends back to your bottom line—especially one like a CRM that’s designed to help grow your revenue.

In this breakdown of the best CRMs for small business and startups, I went to a lot of effort to highlight several different types of CRMs focused on various aspects. We cover CRMs that are a good fit for startups, small businesses, and even specifically for freelancers.

And within those categories, some are more focused on generating sales, others for managing contacts or sending bulk email, and yet others still for tracking and reporting your team’s performance. It’s really up to you and what your company needs!

As a final thought… remember that you get what you pay for.

Look critically at the needs of your business, and what you can reasonably gain by saving time on customer management. When you see the pricier CRM options, it’s because their offerings are often much more robust and will provide you with more value—but remember, a CRM is only truly valuable if you use it.

Determine the features that are most important to you, your sales process and business goals before pulling the trigger on which CRM is best for your needs.

Finally, without further delay… here are my picks for the best small business CRMs on the market in 2020.

Quick note: I created this hyperlinked menu below, so that you can quickly click on any of the CRMs we’re talking about today, and immediately jump down to the section of this guide that goes into more detail about each one. That being said, I recommend taking this list one-by-by-one starting with Close right below this menu.

35 Best CRMs for Small Business (and Startups) in 2020

  1. Close
  2. HubSpot
  3. Pipedrive
  4. Agile
  5. Base
  6. Copper
  7. Freshsales
  8. Gleanview
  9. Close (Again 👏)
  10. Salesmate
  11. Streak
  12. Nutshell
  13. Podio
  14. Salesforce IQ
  15. Insightly
  16. SugarCRM
  17. Teamgate
  18. Infusionsoft
  19. Zaius
  20. OnePage
  21. ActiveCampaign
  22. Salesflare
  23. Onsite CRM
  24. Capsule
  25. Solve360
  26. Maximizer
  27. Creatio
  28. SuiteCRM
  29. Close (Last Time I Promise)
  30. Monday.com
  31. Zoho
  32. Less Annoying CRM
  33. Bitrix24
  34. Accelo
  35. PipelineDeals
  36. Nimble
  37. Contactually
  38. EngageBay
  39. Really Simple Systems

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products, tools, services and learning resources I’ve personally used and believe are genuinely helpful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase them. Most of all, I would never advocate for buying something that you can’t afford or that you’re not yet ready to implement.

Up first, here are the best CRMs for small business.

Kicking off this list, my personal top choice is a CRM that I’ve used for years—and have a ton of experience with.

Best CRM for Small Business Startups Close-io

First up is Close. This is my #1 pick as the best CRM for small businesses, because of their intense focus on cutting down time spent on activities that don’t move you toward actually closing more deals—plus they’re actually the only CRM on the market that comes with built-in calling, making it a steal if calling is part of your sales process.

Close is really geared toward reducing mundane tasks like data entry and contact field updating, so you can maximize the time you spend contacting, developing, and closing leads. What takes 8 clicks to do in a bulkier CRM like Salesforce, takes just 2 in Close. And for small businesses that are focused on what’s most important (closing more sales), the time you’ll save in the long run with a CRM that isn’t bloated with occasionally used features, translates into real dollars.

For both small businesses and startups, this intense focus on driving more revenue, is the most vital part of growing your business today. And when you’re busting your ass trying to keep your highest priority leads on track, and spending time managing at least some of the deals yourself, Close will seriously be a lifesaver.

What I like most about Close, is their extremely easy-to-use Email Sequences feature set, that allows me to send an automated series of (customized) drip sales emails to new client leads that come in either automatically from my blog, or from manual list imports after something like attending a trade show or presenting on a big webinar.

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Everything is designed to help you get more replies, book more meetings, schedule more demos and close more deals, resulting in a refreshing CRM that truly cuts out all the BS. They pride themselves on sales productivity over everything else.

If you’re a small business with a growing but loyal customer base, proven results, and a sales team with between 3 to 20 reps, consider leveling up with Close to see how much more you can accomplish with a CRM that eliminates distraction and focuses your company on sales productivity first.

Plus, the Close team actually cares about your success as a sales organization—they have a great guide to choosing which CRM is best for your needs (even when it means not choosing them).

Free Trial: 14 days (no credit card required)

Pricing: Basic ($65/user/month) | Professional ($95/user/month) | Business ($145/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups hubspot

This CRM can be a great choice for small businesses that don’t need all the frills, but could really use some basic assistance with systematizing the data entry side of your business. HubSpot centralizes your contact list, automatically logs interactions, and scrapes data from the internet to populate information about your prospects.

For a contact-focused company that doesn’t have a huge need for a complex CRM with more hands-on capabilities, HubSpot is ideal—landing it here on our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups.

Also, if you want to try out a really simple version to see if it’s a good fit, it’s completely free. If you want to eventually upgrade and unlock additional features (careful, it can quickly get pretty costly), they have it partitioned by marketing, sales, and service—but charge a flat fee per month, instead of per user, so it doesn’t add up quite as quickly as with other CRMs.

Free Trial: N/A. Try their standard free plan to see if you like it

Pricing: Varies based on which additional features you want to use. Ranges from $50 to $800+ per month.

Best CRM for Small Business Startups pipedrive

Pipedrive makes the cut as one of the best CRMs for small business because it’s (similar to Close) all about focusing in on getting more sales and actively managing your deal pipeline. They pride themselves on being simple, yet powerful—opting for efficient over flashy features. It’s easy to set up (visual) sales process helps to predict any issues before they occur, which is a dream come true for any sales manager.

For small businesses, you can get ahead of the game when you’re trying to grow quickly by implementing a powerful tracking and tool and streamlined process from the get-go. It’s super affordable, and also a great choice for integrating with other tools if you need a little more functionality.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Silver ($12.50/user/month) | Gold ($24.20/user/month) | Platinum ($62.50/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups agilecrm

Unlike our previous contenders in the race to be the best CRM for small business, Agile makes the cut because it touts itself as an “all-in-one” solution for small businesses. And unlike your all-in-one shampoo-conditioner-body-wash-lotion-dish-soap-detergent, Agile actually works pretty well across multiple different business areas.

Agile has three main areas of focus:

  • Sales enablement
  • Marketing automation
  • Customer service

There are basically two ways a CRM can work—by offering a lot of services you can use through their platform, or offering a few core services themselves and integrating really well with the other tools and services you already use. Agile is one of the best CRMs for small business because it does a decent job of being your your go-to business management software, the closest thing to a one-stop shop you’ll find. By far their biggest strength is reporting, where you can get a thorough and comprehensive look at anything you want, grouping statistics by deals, calls, activities, and growth.

Free Trial: Unlimited basic for 10 users

Pricing: Starter ($8.99/user/month) | Regular ($29.99/user/month) | Enterprise ($47.99/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups base crm

Base makes our list of the best CRMs for small business because it’s super data-focused in it’s approach to helping you increase your sales. Their platform is designed to do everything from diagnosing leads that may need your urgent attention, to providing insights into what can be improved about your sales process, and giving you all of the different data inputs you could possibly need to start ramping up your revenue.

When you’re constantly head down working in your small business, it can be difficult to pull back out and visualize the massive list of things you need to accomplish in order to actually take your company to the next level.

Their intuitive and automatic pipeline view is a great way to visualize all of your important sales metrics in one spot. And another really cool feature they offer, is a step-by-step walkthrough during the free trial, so you don’t have to tinker around with everything yourself in order to get up and running (unless that’s your thing 😉).

Free Trial: 30 days

Pricing: Starter ($45/user/month) | Professional ($95/user/month) | Enterprise ($145/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups Copper

Formerly known as ProsperWorks, Copper makes our list of the best CRMs for small business because it does a fantastic job at integrating with everything Google in a super intuitive way. It’s basically as simple to use as Gmail is, making it a major quick win as a CRM in your sales process if you’ve never used one before.

Copper’s most-touted feature set, is that it’s integrated directly into your existing G Suite (Gmail and Google Apps), so you can keep using everything as you normally would, but now with a lot of added features like task automation, reporting, deal tracking, and forecasting.

While it leaves you wanting more compared to many of our other more fully-featured picks here for the best CRMs for small business, Copper’s saving grace is that you can also link it up to other programs you already use through a series of Zapier integrations. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a quick short jump into using a CRM above and beyond just your Excel sheet and existing Gmail account, then this is a great way to get started.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Basic ($19/user/month) | Professional ($49/user/month) | Business ($119/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups Freshsales CRM

Got leads? Freshsales has ways to manage your leads, from ranking them by importance to assigning them to your salespeople to scheduling followups. It makes it easy to track all your leads from the moment they appear to the moment you successfully close the deal.

Some key reasons why Freshsales made our list of the best CRMs for small business: Email scheduling takes the cake. Want to plan when your contact will get an email? Just schedule it, and get a notification when it gets sent out. Tired of copy and pasting? Create some email templates specific to you. Finally, use the collaborative notes feature so everyone on your team can see any specific details when they check in on a particular contact—helping you unlock more time for other important tasks in your business (like driving traffic to your website).

Free Trial: 30 days

Pricing: Blossom ($12/user/month) | Garden ($25/user/month) | Estate ($49/user/month) | Forest ($79/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups gleanview

GleanView hits our list of the best CRMs for small business because they offer much more than just a CRM—it’s a software stack that spans across sales, marketing, prospecting, and web analytics, which all work in tandem together, or they can be used separately on an as-needed basis.

Their marketing piece automates your emails, while the prospecting component helps you find new leads, and their sales outreach tools assist with lead management. With their sales pro feature, you can manage your leads and clients from beginning to end, while their WebID functionality converts your website viewers to buyers.

Free Trial: Request by phone

Pricing: Because each component can be sold separately or as a bundle, pricing varies greatly. Check out their website for more details.

For our next section, we’ll still be talking about the best CRMs for small business, but with the slight tweak that many of these next CRM options will also be perfect for running a lean sales operation at a high-growth startup.

Enter… the best CRMs for startups 🚀

Best CRM for Small Business Startups close2

Hm, this looks a little familiar, right? Well, the reason I love Close as one of the best CRMs for small business and startups, is because it’s so effective at keeping a close eye on how everyone on your sales team is performing with your key accounts.

It’s effective reporting and intuitive design are perfect for both small businesses and startups in the middle of being concerned with scaling up, and it’s a great investment when the money is coming in and your (valuable) time needs to be spent contacting leads—not doing data entry.

Particularly if your startup is a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) company, you have to try out Close. Their founders went through the famed Y-Combinator startup accelerator program while launching the CRM, so they keep a very close pulse on the startup world.

Plus, all of their reporting features are particularly well-suited to SaaS organizations. From tracking the number of calls made (from their built-in dialer) to managing the opportunities your team creates, and being able to filter by sales rep will become increasingly important as your sales team grows. It’s a great fit for a variety of startups and small businesses, so I highly recommend giving them a try.

Free Trial: 14 days (no credit card required)

Pricing: Basic ($65/user/month) | Professional ($110/user/month) | Business ($165/user/month)

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Salesmate is a CRM designed intentionally for sales teams to have a simple, powerful and productive sales experience. It helps in streamlining your sales process and growing the relationships you have with your customers (and prospect). With the right combination of features, Salesmate CRM makes sure your sales team is relentlessly focused on performing the activities that lead to more sales.

With Salesmate, the promise is that you’ll be able to convert more prospects into customers with well-targeted emails, texts, calls and follow-ups—all of course automated and personalized as much as possible. Features include things like: Deal Management, Multiple Pipeline Management, Activity Management, Deal Timeline, Contact Management, but more advanced features like their Built-in Phone System, Smart Queue, Sequences, Workflow Automation, Power Dialer, Shared Team Inbox and Teams really make the real difference and will help you stay one step ahead.

As an added bonus, Salesmate also boasts integrations with tools like QuickBooks Online, Data Studio, InvoiceBerry, Google & Microsoft Calendar, MailChimp, Harvest, RingCentral, ActiveCampaign, Clearbit and many more. The product is also available as a web app, through apps on Android & iOS devices and as a Chrome extension, making it one of the most broadly usable CRMs on the market today.

Free Trial: Fully featured 15 day free trial to give Salesmate a test run

Pricing: Starter: $12/user/month | Growth: $24/user/month | Boost: $40/user/month

Best CRM for Small Business Startups streak

Are we sensing a trend yet? Another pick on our list of the best CRMs that lives inside your Gmail!

Here’s why… in my experience, so many brand new businesses start out using the G Suite for managing email, documents, communications and more—which is an excellent and practical choice. Naturally though, when they need to scale up by adding a CRM to their sales process, transferring everything over can be pretty painful if you’re not properly geared up. Adding a CRM into your Gmail is pretty pain-free, which is why I love that functionality.

When you add Streak to your team’s existing Gmail accounts, it’ll help them stay organized, manage their email communications with prospects, get a more clear (visual) pipeline view for where your leads are within the sales process, and communicate more effectively as a whole. Streak is diverse in functionality too—it can help track sales, support, hiring, client projects, and much more.

Free Trial: 14 days for professional (personal plan is free)

Pricing: Personal (free) | Professional ($49/user/month) | Enterprise ($99/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups nutshell

Small outbound sales team will love how easy this CRM is to use. In a nutshell (sorry), this was created specifically with sales teams in mind, so that instead of feeling forced to use this new product just because management says so, your reps will actually love how much it helps streamline and track their progress—which is why it lands on our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups.

Features your sales team will greatly appreciate include easy to set and track appointments, setting quick follow ups, and reporting results. It’s also extremely customizable, and easy to add-on features as you progress from beginner to more advanced.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Starter ($19/user/month) | Pro ($35/user/month) | Pro Plus ($69/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups podio

Track, track, track. That’s Podio’s strength, and they really fulfill that promise to the max. They allow you to track literally any project (including your sales funnel) from beginning to end, while capturing ideas, milestones, statuses, time spent, expenses, and pretty much anything else you can think of—if you’ve got the chops to properly implement it. While a tad overwhelming to those without a technical mind, Podio makes our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups because of it’s incredible amount of diverse functionality.

If you need highly customizable tracking software to stay up-to-date on how your business is doing, Podio is definitely worth a test run. It will help keep your team on track and on the same page, which will lead to faster closes and happier clients.

Free Trial: N/A. Free for up to five employees

Pricing: Five Users (free) | Basic ($9/user/month) | Plus ($14/user/month) | Premium ($24/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups salesforce

If you’ve had even a passing thought about getting a CRM in place for your business, that evaluation process has probably included Salesforce at some point. It’s basically the OG of CRMS (I hear they’re adopting that tagline shortly), and they service tons of small businesses and startups all over the world—making them a must-include on any list of the best CRMs for small business and startups. But… it can also feel pretty overwhelming.

Salesforce IQ offers two different basic plans to start out, specialized to what exactly your business does.

  • Sales Cloud for sales-focused businesses
  • Service Cloud for more service-focused businesses

Their starting price is actually pretty reasonable, which is why they can be a great choice for a small business that has experience with CRMs in the past. The biggest downside is that your expenses can add up pretty quickly if you need anything more than their super basic monthly plan for a 5-person team, which sits currently at $25/user/month. The next pricing tier is $75/user/month, so while it’s definitely worth evaluating Salesforce as an option for your potential best CRM, be sure to carefully crunch the numbers and keep an eye on the return on your investment that you’re getting.

Free Trial: 30 days

Pricing: Up to 5 Users ($25/user/month) | For 5+ Users ($75/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups Insightly 1

You know those people that are so obsessive about iPhones that they look down on anyone who dares use another type of phone? If you’re even half that passionate about Google, Insightly is a great choice for you when it comes to the best CRMs for small businesses. It integrates with every app that Google offers (and many other apps you probably use), and is perfect for integrating contacts from various social media accounts with your existing contact profiles. Or you can use a third-party tool like Piesync to sync contacts between all of your cloud applications.

In addition to that, Insightly is also a full-fledged CRM for small business. They focus on three major areas that make it a solid choice for small business owners:

  • Accelerate sales
  • Build relationships
  • Deliver projects

They offer great categorization and filtering of your data, and super customizable reporting, allowing you to get a one-of-a-kind snapshot of where your small business is at today, based on exactly what you should care most about. For a small to medium-sized team, the price point and utility is really worth giving it a shot.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Plus ($29/user/month) | Professional ($49/user/month) | Enterprise ($99/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups sugarcrm

SugarCRM makes our roundup of the best CRMs for small business and startups because it touts its ability to help you hyper-personalize your interactions with every customer, with the aim of helping you to increase loyalty and quality of service. Its reporting features are extremely in-depth and customizable, and they offer tons of sales tools to choose from.

In all, if lead tracking is your thing and you’re looking to really get great, personal interactions with your clients, this is a great one to check out. It’s also open-source, and updates are released frequently, with a super-responsive customer service team.

Free Trial: 7 days

Pricing: Professional ($40/user/month) | Enterprise ($65/user/month) | Ultimate ($150/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups teamgate

Teamgate is on this list of the best CRMs for small business and startups because it achieves a great balance of being simple, easy to use, integrating well with other software, and also offering nice features within the CRM, like being able to make calls without going to an entirely other application—a brand new feature of theirs.

This is another “without the frills” styled CRM, for managers and sales practitioners that want a simple way to track and manage their entire sales process, but don’t really care if Tuesday at 8:13am is the best time to call leads with names that end in an “A.”

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Starter ($9/user/month) | Professional ($22/user/month) | Enterprise ($65/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups infusionsoft

This CRM lands squarely on the sales and marketing side of things, helping you give your clients personalized experiences which can translate into more closed deals. Sounds nice, right? Infusionsoft makes our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups because of it includes a few functions most CRMs don’t… invoicing, eCommerce, and project management capabilities, making it quite unique in this space.

One of the things they focus on is segmentation, which is crucial for a growing any small business. What makes your customers similar or different? What message will hit home for one segment and put off another? Figuring this out and leveraging it makes all the difference, and Infusionsoft is designed to help you uncover (and track) those key insights.

Free trial: 14 days

Pricing: Let’s just say it’s complicated. Pricing goes up based on your number of contacts, and whether you want to add eCommerce and sales pipeline functionality (though you’re better off getting a standalone eCommerce website builder instead). Prices range from $99/month to well over $497+ per month, but can dip down if they’re running a sale (and yes, you should negotiate on your price if you choose to try Infusionsoft).

Best CRM for Small Business Startups zaius crm

While not a name brand you’d have seen on billboards in San Francisco, Zaius makes our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups because it brings together marketing, analytics, and relationship management into one single hub. Forget sending out an email when someone abandons items in their cart—try sending an email to customers who’ve viewed your products in the last week, haven’t received your new campaign email, and have bought from your brand in the last two months. Now that’s customization.

They provide different ways to view your business, from single customer to real time to multi-channel marketing. They’re a great choice for coordinating multiple campaigns, scheduling emails and messages, and developing great relationships with your clients.

Free Trial: Contact to request a demo and free trial

Pricing: Contact for pricing details. It appears that pricing varies depending on total number of monthly website visits and email volume. Anticipate costs anywhere between $20/user/mo to $100+ per user per month.

Best CRM for Small Business Startups onepagecrm

If checking items off your list gives you butterflies in in your stomach, then prepare yourself for a lot of butterflies with OnePage. This tool makes our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups because it’s big concept is taking all of the complex information you input (into a CRM) and turning it into a simple to-do list for you.

How awesome is that? No overly complex features. It’s easy to use, easy to manage leads, and easy to increase sales.

Free Trial: 21 days

Pricing: Easy to understand pricing, just $12/user/month

Best CRM for Small Business Startups active campaign crm

ActiveCampaign makes our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups again because it’s focus is on both marketing and sales—more specifically, helping you use automated processes to streamline your communications with an eye on connecting with your customers. They also harness the power of segmenting your customers, using behavioral data about your customers to help you send out the right messages.

Bonus: ActiveCampaign also integrates with just about any other popular online business tool you probably already have in place.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Based on the number of contacts you have. Up to 1,000 contacts: Lite ($17/user/month) | Plus ($49/user/month) | Professional ($129/user/month) | Enterprise ($229/user/month)

Salesflare as one of the best CRMs for small business

Salesflare makes this list of the best CRMs for small business and startups, because it’s designed around the philosophy of helping any small (primarily B2B) business that wants to make more sales with less work.

What I like personally, is that the CRM automatically fills information in by synchronizing with your email, calendar, phone, social media and then organizes all of this data for you into contact records of leads. Its email integration is great too—they have an instant import, customizable email signatures, tracking of email open rates, link clicks and website visits. It’s particularly unique on this list, because it packs all this functionality into their mobile app, so that you can even send email campaigns on the go.

Free Trial: 14 days

Simple Pricing: Annual Billing ($30/user/month) | Paid Monthly ($35/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups onsitecrm

Onsite CRM is all about illuminating your sales process, giving you useful analytics and super intelligent communications tools to help speed up sales cycles and keep a closer pulse on how your leads are reacting to your communications.

They make the cut for our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups because they also have tracking and reporting features that help you to increase your sales team’s effectiveness (by doubling down on what’s working and getting insights into where other deals tend to fall off within your sales process). Onsite likes to be on the cutting edge of sales technology, and their support team will help you use their tools in the best possible ways.

Free Trial: N/A. Must contact them to schedule a demo.

Pricing: Contact them for a demo and pricing information.

Best CRM for Small Business Startups capsule

Capsule makes my list of the best CRMs for small business and startups specifically because of how simple it is, and that it easily integrates with all of the tools most small businesses already use (like Gmail, Google Docs and such), and it helps you keep your sales pipeline extremely organized. From managing contacts to sending emails and tracking sales, Capsule streamlines your sales process into one efficient and useful pipeline that you can use to get ahead of the competition.

Also, when Capsule says they’ll manage all of your contacts, they mean it. Beyond just keeping tracking of conversations with your customers, this CRM stores and manage your leads, vendors, and anyone else that has a hand in making your business run smoothly—adding to it’s uniqueness as one of the best CRMs for small business.

Free Trial: 30 days

Pricing: Free for up to 2 users | Professional ($18/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups solve360 crm

As Solve360 claims on their website, their goal is to help you manage “pretty much anything” when it comes to keeping your business (and sales process) on track—and it does pretty damn well at that, making it a shoe-in on our list of the best CRMs for small business and startups.

You can use Solve360 on-the-go with their mobile app, to manage and organize client activity, leads, keep tabs on existing projects, jobs, and everything else that matters to your business. The built-in utility and customizability is a big part of why Solve360 made it on our list, because it can be used by just about any type of business.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Plans start at $25/user/month, but you must start a free trial to see all plan options.

Best CRM for Small Business Startups maximizer

Maximizer makes our list of the best CRMs for small business because it’s another “all-in-one” tool suite that maximizes (sorry) the features and value you get within just product—in terms of the cross-business impact it can have on various processes. It’s particularly effective if you’re a financial advisor, a niche they cater some features specifically towards.

What I like about Maximizer is that it helps you organize your contacts, manage all of your communications, automate key components of your sales process that consume the most time, see how all of your working deals are moving down the pipeline, manage your campaigns, automate reporting and so much more (as if that didn’t sound like enough). Multi-purpose CRMs like this can be super valuable for small businesses, as it’s sometimes easier to have all of your mission critical tools located in just one single destination online.

Free Trial: 30 days

Pricing: On-Premise CRM Hosted Locally ($40/user/month) | CRM Live Hosted in Their Cloud ($60/user/month) | CRM for Financial Advisors ($65/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups bpmonline

While hardly the smoothest product name, Creatio earns its place on this list of the best CRMs for small business and startups because it’s designed for rapidly growing small businesses that have outgrown the free (and simple) tools they originally kickstarted the company with.

Their sales tools are an excellent choice for a small business that’s got a proven model and sales process, so that  they’re now focused 100% on building a large customer base and hunting down more qualified leads. Creatio sales offers complete control over the customer journey, including lead management, opportunity management, invoices, forecasting, project management, and a whole lot more.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Team ($25/user/month) | Commerce ($30/user/month) | Enterprise ($50/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups suitecrm

SuiteCRM makes the cut as one of the best CRMs for small business because it can be used in either a product-focused business or service-focused company… and believe it or not, it’s totally free as it’s part of an open source project (in fact, it’s the world’s most popular open source CRM with 4 Million+ users). In SuiteCRM, it’s easy to take notes, track cases (or leads), schedule tasks for yourself or your team to complete, and organize all your contact information on prospects in one central location. Plus, everything’s easily managed from mobile devices and tablets.

The only downside to SuiteCRM, is that since it’s open source, you’ll need someone with a bit of technical expertise to set it up, customize it for your own unique business purposes, and continue managing it as your needs grow and evolve over time. They have a team there to help you, but if you have a confident developer on your team, it’ll help you out a lot.

Pricing: Free Forever!

Now, it’s time to talk about the best CRMs for small business that also apply more specifically to helping freelancers (like me) to manage a high volume of sales conversations for freelance work from home jobs.

Let’s dive into my picks for CRMs freelancers can’t ignore…

Best CRM for Small Business Startups close3

Again? I know, I know… this is starting to sound like a broken record.

But I can’t help how I feel, and Close really is head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to being the best CRM for small business, startups and freelancers—largely because of it’s intense focus on empowering sales reps, founders or freelancers to cut through all the time-wasting activities, to just sell, sell, sell.

After thoroughly reviewing all of the CRMs that made the cut for this compilation, Close ticks off all the boxes, and is worth evaluating in their 14-day free trial, regardless of the stage your small business or freelance agency is in today.

Free Trial: 14 days (no credit card required)

Pricing: Basic ($65/user/month) | Professional ($110/user/month) | Business ($165/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups monday

While this CRM actually has it’s roots in being a project management tool, it can be used quite well as a way to manage your sales pipeline, landing it here on our picks for the best CRM for small business and freelancers. Monday.com bills itself as a visual-first tool, cutting down on complexity and ramping up on usability. They offer great features to manage your sales pipeline, track potential leads and clients, and see your entire sales process visually, all while being super intuitive to use.

Their pricing setup increases not only as you get more features, but also as you add more people to your team. However, for freelancers, if it’s just you or a small group of people using the CRM, your pricing stays very reasonable.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing (for 5 Users): Basic ($25/user/month) | Standard ($39/user/month) | Pro ($59/user/month) | Enterprise ($118/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups zoho

Zoho makes the cut for our list of the best CRMs for small business and freelancers because it strikes a great balance between providing features within the software, and also highlighting great options for integrations with other tools you’re probably already using (plus, Zoho comes with a conversational AI that answers just about any question you  throw at it).

This CRM has a very wide range of email marketing tools too, so if you’re a freelancer reaching out primarily by email to a high volume of prospective clients, this could be a great choice—and of course, it features that great Google G Suite integration I love so much in a CRM.

Free Trial: 15 days

Pricing: Standard ($12/user/month) | Professional ($20/user/month) | Enterprise ($35/user/month) | Ultimate ($100/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups lessannoying

They really killed it with the name, right? Less Annoying makes our list of the best CRMs for small business and  freelancers because of just how straightforward, simple, and easy to use the product is—which is everything you’d expect from a CRM that claims to be less annoying.

It’s a particularly good choice as a CRM for freelancers, because it’s so simple in that you can strip everything else away to focus on just managing leads and watching your sales pipeline, with efficient (but very basic) reporting. At the risk of getting a little annoying by now, I’ll leave it at that. Check it out for yourself.

Free Trial: 30 days

Pricing: Only one option… did you expect anything less? ($10/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups bitrix24

Bitrix24 makes my list of the best CRMs for small business and freelancers because of how well-suited this tool is for the remote working lifestyle, making it particularly suitable for freelancers. Within Bitrix24, you can send quotes and invoices directly through their platform, which is a huge chunk of the average freelancer’s workday.

Their platform also offers an incredible amount of features in their free version (for up to 12 users), which is pretty unusual for a CRM. Once using Bitrix24, you can chat with other teammates, manage your leads, create schedules, and track the progress of each deal in your pipeline. They even offer quite a bit of customization for free.

Free Trial: Their Freelance-Specific Plan is Forever Free!

Pricing: Plus ($39/user/month) | Standard ($99/user/month) | Professional ($199/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups accelo crm

Accelo is all about streamlining your client communication, with a big focus on “the R in CRM,” as they say—making it a solid choice here amongst the best CRMs for small business and freelancers. Accelo helps you with cultivating relationships so that you can convert them into closed sales, as well as tracking projects and providing excellent service to your clients for long after the deal is closed.

The focus on managing individual relationships is why I shortlisted this CRM for freelancers in particular, because often nurturing your relationships and managing your network is what will make or break the acquisition of new clients in the long run.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Plus ($34/user/month) | Premium ($69/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups pipelinedeals

PipelineDeals is what you get when a salesperson goes out and designs a CRM for salespeople, landing is squarely here on our list of the best CRMs for small business and freelancers. This CRM helps you develop your sales process and look for optimizations for helping your business scale far beyond where you’re at today.

We included it for freelancers because it has a great intuitive design, similar to stuff you probably already use, like Excel spreadsheets. It also has great customization capabilities. It’s worth the click!

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Start ($25/user/month) | Develop ($33/user/month) | Grow ($49/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups nimble

For Nimble, simplicity is key—which is why I chose to include it as one of the best CRMs for small business and freelancers. They’re all about the customer data, intelligently gathering it in one place and making it highly useful and valuable for users.

Beyond just the data you input or import yourself, Nimble also goes out to source as much additional customer data as possible, from around the Internet—including scanning social media profiles and viewing websites, making it ideal for freelancers with an active social presence.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Contact ($9/user/month) | Small Business ($19/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Business Startups contactually

Those with relationship-heavy business needs should definitely evaluate Contactually as a strong option for being your best CRM for small business and freelancers. With the tool’s recent shift over to focusing even more on real estate professionals (a very similar style of business to freelancing), they help you manage the personal connections you need to make—and keep it easy to track those relationships.

Within Contactually, you can organize and prioritize your contacts based on how important they’re deemed in the short-term. They even help you decide the best time (and how) to follow up with your leads.

Free Trial: 14 days

Pricing: Professional ($59/user/month) | Accelerator ($99/user/month) | Concierge ($399/user/month)

Best CRM for Small Businesses EngageBay on ryrob

Even though they’re a comparatively new entrant in the CRM space, the features EngageBay offers at a pretty low price point makes them a very competitive option, especially with small businesses. They pack a punch as an affordable and powerful integrated solution that combines marketing, sales and service help desk automation, bundled with a free CRM for small businesses.

With a clutter-free, simple contact management feature, EngageBay helps you get a complete view of each contact, complete visibility into your deal pipeline and step-by-step status tracking of every deal in one place—organized by stages. Moving the deal from one stage to another through simple drag and drop operations is a super cool feature too. Other basic features of this small business CRM, such as task management, appointment scheduling, and unlimited 2-way sync mailboxes are part of the free CRM product too. Additionally, their simplicity of sales reporting and automatic activity tracking helps you rise above mundane tasks and better optimize your time.

Free Trial: N/A — their CRM is Forever Free

Pricing: Various options (based on feature choices and number of contacts) ranging from $8.99/user/mo to $47.99/user/mo

ReallySimpleSystems CRM (Product Screenshot)

Really Simple Systems is a very powerful all-around cloud-based CRM software. It’s particularly designed with SMBs in mind (as it’s easy to use and the price can fit anyone’s budget). There are four plans for you to choose from—Free, Starter, Professional and Enterprise.

Aimed at new users, the free plan makes a good entry-point for any startup or small business that has no CRM experience whatsoever. Once your business starts to grow, expand and develop a more cohesive sales process, you’ll find yourself in need for more features—and Really Simple Systems has designed their CRM to grow along with your business.

Each plan gives a different level of features for sales, reporting, customer support, security, marketing and customization. As no stranger to integrations, they support Zapier, OneLogin, KashFlow, Xero, Sage and VoIP telephony, making it a very robust CRM for any small business.

Free trial: 14 days with the Professional plan

Pricing annually: Free (2 users, forever) Starter $14 (per user/month) Professional $30 (per user/month) Enterprise $46 (per user/month)

Pricing monthly: Free (2 users, forever) Starter $18 (per user/month) Professional $38 (per user/month) Enterprise $55 (per user/month)


Final Thoughts: Choosing the Best CRM for Small Business in 2020

There we have it!

All of my picks in the running for being the best CRM for small business.

And while I’m clearly a little biased based on my own experiences, this breakdown of every strong CRM option out there on the market today, should guide you toward making the best possible decision for where your business is at right now.

Like I said at the top of this post, you should only invest in a CRM once you’re ready.

So, if it’s too much of a stretch to employ a paid CRM tool for your business today, I’d highly recommend picking up my free CRM spreadsheet template that’ll help you stay organized and on top of managing your leads… allowing you to focus on closing more deals, so that you can afford a more professional CRM soon.

Free Download: My CRM Spreadsheet Template

Best CRMs for Small Business (CRM Spreadsheet Template) by Ryan Robinson at ryrob

My template is pre-loaded with all of the essential form fields and dropdown menus you should be concerned with—from tracking your lead status, to making sure you’re talking to decision-makers, evaluating the deal size, keeping a pulse on how warm your lead is—we’ve got it all covered.

Free Download: My CRM Spreadsheet Template


What’d I miss?

Are there any great tools I missed that should be included in this list of the best CRMs for small business, startups and freelancers?

If so, share with me in the comments below!

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Why the new BMW 4 Series Convertible Made the Switch


The big news for this new BMW 4 Series Convertible, aside from the physically big news of its new grille, is its roof. For this second-generation of drop-top 4 Series, the roof has been converted from the previous-generation’s folding metal hard-top, to a fabric soft-top. That might not sound like a big change but it actually is quite a big deal and makes a world of a difference.

We’ve known that the 4 Series was going to make the roof-style switch for at least a year now. Spy photos burst that bubble a long time ago. However, the decision to make the switch wasn’t met with universal praise from the BMW fanbase. Many customers preferred the old metal roof to fabric tops for various reason. So we thought it good to break down the pros and cons to both soft-tops and hard-tops to see why BMW made the switch.

Weight

Let’s start with weight, as it’s the number one reason for BMW’s roof switch. All convertibles are heavier than their coupe counterparts. The removal of a fixed roof requires extra structural bracing to regain some of the stiffness lost by literally cutting a structural panel out of the car. That additional bracing adds quite a bit of weight. Along with all of the motors, seals and mechanicals that get the folding roof to operate. This is the nature of all convertibles, regardless of the style of roof.

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With a folding metal roof, that additional weight goes up dramatically. Not only are you adding all of that aforementioned weight but the actual roof is still comprised of metal panels. Not only does it add weight, though, it adds that weight up top, literally on the roof of the car, which raises the car’s center of gravity. That makes the car handle worse, which requires more work in the chassis to adjust, which can add more weight and the cycle goes on and on.

A fabric soft-top still has all the inherent problems of a convertible but makes up for a bit by actually being quite a bit lighter itself. That reduction in weight really helps, as it not only drops the car’s overall curb weight but helps to lower the center of gravity a bit. So in terms of weight, the soft-top is the better option.

Aesthetics

As mentioned earlier, there were a lot of BMW fans and customers that really appreciated the look of the 4 Series Convertible, even with its top up. We were told so specifically in our comments section. That honestly still surprised me, as the F33 4 Series looked like a coupe that’s been in a fight with a bear, with its roof up. Still, some fans really do like it.

On the flip side, the folding soft-top looks fantastic. There’s a reason why Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce use soft-top roofs. There’s an elegance, a grace to a soft-top that a metal roof just doesn’t have. Soft-tops look more premium, as you don’t see any creases in metal work, it’s just one unbroken section of fabric roof.

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Admittedly, some fabrics on lesser convertibles don’t look so hot but that’s not a problem with cars like the 4 Series and its competitors; they all use high-quality fabric for their roofs.

This is a bit of a trickier category to declare a winner in, as style is subjective. However, we’re going to lean on precedent and say that because the most premium car brands in the world use soft-tops, fabric is better than metal for a roof.

Insulation

Insulating a cabin from noise and temperature is easy when the roof structure is fixed. However, when it can move around, it’s not as simple. Which is why insulation is a huge factor in developing a folding roof. Theoretically, a metal roof is easier to insulate, as it’s thicker, can be stuffed with more insulating material and, well, has metal on the outside. While soft-tops are a bit trickier to insulate, as they’re thinner and made from fabric.

However, soft-top technology has improved drastically over the past few decades, so modern soft-tops aren’t the same crappy ones your granddad remembers from his Triumph TR6. So a modern soft-top roof is still excellent at keeping wind/road noise out, as well as cold weather.

Plus, a metal roof is no guarantee of great sound insulation. I specifically remember driving an E89 BMW Z4 several hours in the rain, in mid-November, with the top up and it was about as quiet and comfortable as an outdoor Icelandic Rave.

Though, it’s still likely easier to keep the cabin comfortable with a metal roof, rather than a fabric one, so it’s likely the better choice for insulation but only by a narrow margin.

Cargo Space

Sometimes you just cant’ cheat physics. A folding metal roof is simply bigger and does not fold together anywhere near as neatly. So when it comes to cargo space after the roof has been folded, metal roofs are simply more intrusive. You’re always going to get better cargo space with a soft-top and the proof is in the proverbial pudding, as the new 4 Series Convertible has 1.2 cubic feet of additional cargo space, versus its metal-topped predecessor.

BMW Made the Right Choice

When BMW decided to switch from the hard-top of the F33 4 Series to the soft-top on this new 4 Series Convertible, many of us BMW enthusiasts were delighted. The new soft-top not only reduces weight, it lowers the center of gravity, gives the 4 Series a more elegant look and improves cargo space. The positives far outweigh the negatives and it seems that BMW made the right move with the 4 Series Convertible.

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36 Best Blogging Jobs Sites in 2020 (Where to Get Blogging Work)


If you’re looking for the best blogging jobs websites, then welcome. You’re in the right place.

Decades ago when the very first blog posts were written, few ever thought that something originally seen as an online diary could one day grow into a source of income for millions of people around the world.

Enter: Blogging jobs. One of the best ways to monetize your writing skills—is to land the right blogging jobs (and whether they’re freelance or full-time, remote gigs are on the rise today). Plus, landing paid blogging work is a great way to earn a living doing something you love. Now, let’s take a look at the best websites to get blogging jobs in 2020.

36 Blogging Jobs Sites to Get Paid Blogging Work in 2020

  1. Contena
  2. SolidGigs
  3. ProBlogger
  4. Freelance Writing Gigs
  5. Flexjobs
  6. Blogging Pro
  7. Be a Freelance Blogger
  8. Direct Response Jobs
  9. Freelance Writing
  10. Morning Coffee Newsletter
  11. All Freelance Writing
  12. Freedom with Writing
  13. Media Bistro
  14. Paid to Blog
  15. Publoft
  16. Contently
  17. Jooble
  18. ServiceScape
  19. Dynamite Jobs
  20. HubStaff Talent
  21. We Work Remotely
  22. Remote.co
  23. Jobspresso
  24. Remote.ok
  25. Outsourcely
  26. Workew
  27. 100 Telecommute Jobs
  28. Remotees
  29. Textbroker
  30. Listiller
  31. Cloudpeeps
  32. LinkedIn
  33. Freelancer
  34. Guru
  35. Indeed
  36. Craigslist

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission. Know that I only recommend products and services I’ve personally used and stand behind. When you use one of my affiliate links, the company compensates me, which helps me run this blog and keep all of my in-depth content free of charge for readers (like you).

Why do companies hire writers for blogging jobs?

For one, starting a blog and publishing high-value content has become one of the absolute best proven channels for companies to:

  • Increase their brand awareness
  • Improve search engine rankings (blog SEO)
  • Drive traffic and nurture leads
  • Close sales and increase value with existing customers

Beyond just these core fundamental advantages for businesses to engage in blogging, it can also be used to achieve many other personal goals (like growing your own online business). To put it in perspective, research shows that content marketing (of which blogging is the main foundation) is set to become a $4 billion industry by 2021. And guess who’ll be fueling that industry? Content writers like you, that are filling all of the best blogging jobs on the market.

How much do blogging jobs pay?

Blogging jobs (like all jobs) can vary widely in how much they pay, based on many different factors like who the client is, what your level of experience (and skill) is, your quality of output, the time to completion, what you’re able to negotiate and more.

As a ballpark figure though, you should expect most good blogging jobs to start at no less than around $.08/word and up. Ideally more like $.10/word and up. That way, if you’re taking on a blogging job of writing a 2,000 word article for a client (which most experienced writers could complete within a few hours), you should earn at least $160 to $200 for a few hours of your work. The more experience you have, the higher your rates should be. Check out these resources on my blog to help price your blog writing services and command the fees you deserve:

Are most blogging jobs remote or in-person?

Today, most blogging jobs are completely remote, since all that’s required is a computer and decent Internet connection. This opens up paid blogging work to writers around the world that want to monetize their relevant skills. While you can certainly still find in-person blogging jobs that’d bring you on as a full-time content writer for a particular business (or agency), the vast majority of blogging work now goes to contract-based freelance writers that can be located anywhere in the world. The blogging jobs websites we’re highlighting on this list today, have a focus on remote-first gigs.

If you’re contemplating writing or blogging as a career and wondering where to start in your search for blogging jobs, you’ve come to the right place. First, we’re going to highlight all of the best blogging jobs sites on the market in 2020, and we’ll finish by walking through my best advice for how to maximize your chances of landing the best paying blogging jobs in your industry.

So, let’s dive into my list of the best blogging jobs sites you should be keeping an eye on, in order to land paid blogging work today.

If you’re looking for a place to find the absolute best blogging jobs (that pay very well), then Contena should be your very first stop.

Contena Homepage Screenshot (Top Website for Blogging Jobs)

This platform curates some of the best blogging jobs on the Internet, spanning every vertical you can think of from finance to lifestyle, food, technology, healthy, beauty, business, design and more. While their homepage is constantly updating with new blogging jobs as soon as fresh opportunities are added, here’s a quick snapshot of what I saw listed the other day:

Sampling of Blogging Jobs Available on Contena Right Now

The only downside of Contena, is that in order to gain access to apply to these blogging jobs, you’ll have to become a member of the Contena platform first. The application process involves signing up with your email address right here, after which you’ll be placed on a waiting list. Once accepted, a membership fee of $497 is required to access their jobs portal, but membership also comes with access to one of the best online courses around for writers.

While it’s certainly an upfront investment, it’s a relatively small price to pay, in order to be guided into a lucrative blogging career—especially since you can recover that initial investment from landing just one paid blogging job at the kinds of rates their gigs offer.

SolidGigs was born out of a desire to help freelancers break the dreaded feast or famine cycle (that so many bloggers struggle with). By curating the “top 1%” of blogging jobs, the platform promises freelance writers access to handpicked jobs that are not only fulfilling, but pay well too. They do this by partnering with big brands like WordPress, Trello, Fox and a host of other household names.

SolidGigs Homepage Screenshot (Example of Site to Get Gig Lists)

To help you qualify for the cream of the crop blogging jobs they list, SolidGigs also offers very comprehensive courses on how to launch and run a freelance career. The courses are packed with templates, scripts, advice and spreadsheets to help you run a well-oiled freelance blogging business. Plus, if you have other skills you’d like to monetize, SolidGigs curates freelance jobs in a wide variety of categories beyond just writing opportunities.

Of course, this kind of value rarely comes for free, but in this case, it’s almost free as SolidGigs offers a 30-day trial for $2. Afterwards, membership comes at an affordable $19/month investment—which is easily paid off by landing just one gig from their job board every once in a while.

Founded by one of the most prominent figures in the blogging world, Darren Rowse—his site, ProBlogger is a website dedicated to helping ordinary people achieve their dreams of becoming professional bloggers.

ProBlogger Job Board Screenshot

The blog name says it all here. One way Darren seeks to help readers turn their passion for writing into a lucrative (professional) career, is through the ProBlogger job board. This is a place where clients can list their available blogging jobs (for a $70 one-time fee) and interested bloggers can apply for those jobs directly on the platform. There are usually hundreds of open blogging jobs available on this site:

Examples of Open Blogging Job Postings on ProBlogger (Screenshot)

Aside from the intuitive design and easy-to-follow user interface, ProBlogger also makes it easy for you to find your ideal blogging job by applying filters such as location or searching for jobs using a particular keyword (which can help you narrow down the gigs to a particular blogging niche).

One of the top blogging jobs sites that comes highly recommended by freelancers the world over, is the Freelance Writing Gigs (FWJ) job board.

Freelance Writing Jobs Homepage Screenshot (Example)

The FWJ job board features a selection of carefully curated blogging jobs from all over the Internet. This helps reduce your time sifting through tons of job listings, and also helps reduce the chances of falling prey to scammers and shady clients (yes, that can happen quite a lot on some of the sites like Fiverr and Upwork). Here’s a sampling of a few freelance blogging jobs I saw just the other day on their platform:

Available Freelance Writing and Blogging Jobs on FWJ (Screenshot)

Apart from being a job board, FWJ is also a trusted resource for all things freelancing—from getting started guides, to blogging advice for growing your own blog. One of the advantages of FWJ, is that it’s a completely free platform. You can also sign up for their newsletter to receive blogging job listings delivered straight to your inbox.

Looking for some flexible blogging jobs that allow you to work wherever and whenever you want? Then FlexJobs has exactly what you need.

Flexjobs Homepage Screenshot (Blogging Jobs Site) Example

While this flexible job site technically lists all types of remote jobs, you can easily personalize your results, so that you only see the kinds of blogging jobs that interest you. A great resource center also helps you increase your chances of landing your dream clients by honing your writing skills.

Blogging Pro is another well-established website with the mission of helping bloggers succeed at what they do best—getting paid from blogging.

Blogging Pro Open Job Listings (Screenshot)

Knowing how time-consuming it can be to search the Internet for blogging jobs, Blogging Pro has made it easier for bloggers and businesses to connect with each other. For a very small fee of $30/month, brands can post a blogging job to this board. For bloggers (like you), access to the job board (and applying to these blogging jobs) is 100% free. Here’s a snapshot of just a few of the recent jobs I saw posted the other day:

Examples of Open Listings (Screenshot of Blogging Pro)

One reason the Blogging Pro job board is a fan favorite for bloggers, is that most of the jobs curated on the platform pay very well. They also list full-time blogging jobs as well, if you’re looking specifically for full-time roles.

Be A Freelance Blogger (BAFB) is another one of the top blogging jobs sites you need to visit regularly if you’re actively searching for paid gigs. While the main aim of the website is to coach bloggers to make a living from their writing. One of the best things about the BAFB job board, is that the site’s owner (Sophie) doesn’t tolerate blogging jobs that underpay writers—she only lists jobs that pay at least $.10/word or a minimum of $50/article.

Be a Freelance Blogger (Screenshot) and Blogging Jobs Board Example

The BAFB blog and job board aren’t just about teaching you how to make money blogging, though. He content features tips and inspiring stories from other successful bloggers, and it’s designed to help you become a better blogger who can command rates that most freelance bloggers can only dream of.

Sample Job Listing Screenshot on Be a Freelance Blogger

Choosing the jobs that suit you is easy on this blogging jobs site, thanks to detailed job descriptions as well as transparent rates.

One of the most popular blogging jobs sites on the internet is the AWAI managed Direct Response Jobs. Being one of the prominent educational resources for bloggers and freelance writers, you can rely on them to value the craft well enough to curate only the most reputable jobs on this site.

Direct Response Jobs Board (Screenshot)

Being a well-known player in content marketing circles, the Direct Response Jobs blogging job board sometimes features opportunities you wouldn’t have access to anywhere else. The only downside to the Direct Response Jobs website, is that the latest jobs are only made available to paying AWAI members. If you’re not a member, you only get to see jobs that are a couple of days old—which incentivizes you to consider joining for quicker access to available opportunities if you’re serious about landing great gigs.

It’s impossible to compile a list of blogging jobs sites without mentioning the Freelance Writing job board.

Freelance Writing Homepage Screenshot

This blogging jobs site curates one of the most up-to-date lists of paid blogging work from every nook and cranny of the Internet. Updated daily, you’re bound to find several leads that will pique your interest (and should pay very competitive rates too). Here’s a screenshot of just a couple open listings I saw the other day on their board:

Screenshot of Open Freelance Writing Jobs

Whether you’ve niched down your writing to a particular industry, or you’re a generalist that can tackle a wide range of topics, you’ll find this board to be a treasure chest of recent blogging jobs.

What’s the best way for any respectable blogger to start their day? With a hot cup of coffee and a bunch of leads at their fingertips. If that sounds like a dream, it’s no longer a thing of fantasy, thanks to the Morning Coffee Newsletter (brought to you by the team behind the Freelance Writing blogging jobs site).

Morning Coffee Newsletter and Job Listings Email (Screenshot)

While it may not technically be classified as a standalone blogging job site, this daily newsletter is a great resource to jump start your morning. Once you sign up, you’ll get daily emails featuring some of the latest blogging jobs available. It’s definitely worth the free subscription and may just open the door to your next paid blogging job.

The All Freelance Writing job board has been around since 2006 and has helped thousands of bloggers land their dream projects.

All Freelance Writing Homepage Screenshot

Of all the blogging jobs sites on this list, All Freelance Writing is one of the few that not only tells you how much each job pays—but the experience level the client is requesting as well. This makes it much easier for you to select and apply to the blogging jobs that are the best fit you (and worth your time).

Sample Screenshot of Open Freelance Blogging Jobs and Writing Opportunities

There’s nothing as frustrating as seeing a great looking job listing, clicking on it and finding that the advertised rates are nowhere near what you charge. Thankfully, the All Freelance Writing job site removes that frustration from your job hunting endeavor.

As the name suggests, Freedom With Writing is on a mission to help bloggers find financial freedom using their writing skills.

Freedom with Writing (Job Board Screenshot)

While not exclusively a blogging jobs site in the traditional sense, Freedom With Writing is a great place to find some of the best blogging opportunities (and any writing-related job for that matter). All you have to do is sign up to receive their newsletter that comes packed with the best gigs on the market. Because the team behind Freedom with Writing believes in inspiring writers to live the dream, they also accept guest posts from other writers. They highlight lists of brands that are currently hiring writers and case studies of how writers broke a certain milestone in their career.

Media Bistro is another blogging jobs website you absolutely have to keep on your radar if you’re serious about making a living as a blogger.

Media Bistro Homepage Screenshot

Being a trusted job board, many big brands list their job openings on the platform, thereby giving you access to reliable clients who are willing to pay premium rates. Not only that, but many clients that post on the platform are looking forward to long-term relationships as well.

As the name suggests, Paid to Blog is all about helping you get paid for your blogging work—and one of those ways is to find and apply to some of the best blogging jobs on the market.

Paid to Blog (Jobs Site) Screenshot

Founded by professional blogger, Tom Ewer, this is a membership site ($30/month) where you get access to some of the top blogging courses (and blogging books) about how to turn your words into income. Apart from the educational aspect, Tom also curates blogging jobs and sorts them out by niche, taking out most of the grind in your job search.

One of the most tedious, time-consuming and dare I say boring parts of earning a living as a blogger, is finding and managing clients. PubLoft is there to take that out of the equation.

PubLoft Blogging Jobs Board (Screenshot)

Publoft finds and manages the clients for you. All you have to do is what you love—write amazing content. With rates starting at $150/article, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t head over to their website and apply to be one of their bloggers on hand to fill relevant client projects that appear.

Contently is another unique blogging jobs site, in that it’s a hybrid platform that serves as a portfolio platform, resource hub and job board for professional bloggers. I’ve personally used the Contently platform to land blogging jobs with well-funded tech startups, paying well over $1,000/article.

Contently Homepage Screenshot (Portfolio Site Example)

Tell great stories and get paid to do it too! That’s every blogger’s dream, and Contently gives you the tools to turn that dream into reality. With their extensive network of clients, you can end up being a blogger for brands like Google, Marriott, Dell, Walmart and many more.

Jooble is relatively new amongst the established blogging jobs sites in the industry, but they’re growing quickly—and you can now find some well-paid blogging jobs on their platform.

Jooble Job Search Screenshot

Finding the perfect job on this platform is pretty easy thanks to the advanced search filter they built. And the best part is that this blogging jobs site also has a Chrome extension to make it ultra-easy for you to get your next job.

ServiceScape is a platform that connects brands to creatives in fields like writing, editing, translating, design and more.

ServiceScape Homepage Screenshot (Bloggers, Writers, Editors, Designers and More Jobs)

Specializing primarily in written content though, ServiceScape has a variety of niches and content types you can work on. And with close to 90,000 clients on the platform, finding a blogging job that you’ll enjoy is all but guaranteed.

Dynamite Jobs is a platform that’s long advocated on behalf of remote work for ages. And they don’t just curate any remote job, they curate “remote jobs you actually want.”

Dynamite Jobs Homepage Screenshot of Listings

With a clean interface and easy to use filters, you can quickly and easily find your next blogging job on this platform. Dynamite jobs also helps employers find you, as you can create a profile and upload your resume, experience, skills and qualifications on theit platform.

Another great blogging job site that you need to keep an eye on, is HubStaff Talent. A free marketplace that connects freelancers directly with clients, Hubstaff takes the approach of posting verified blogging jobs on their platform. Not only that, but you’ll also get a weekly email with jobs that match your profile. Here’s a preview of a few recent paid blogging gigs they have up on their site:

HubStaff Talent Job Board Screenshot of Available Listings

The only downside to Hubstaff Talent, is that you can only communicate with clients via their platform. The upside is that there’s a built-in time-tracking feature though, which helps with billing clients accurately and efficiently.

For creatives looking for location-independent jobs, We Work Remotely is a great platform to frequent (and their listings when it comes to blogging jobs often includes well-paid opportunities from top startups and established companies like Athena, Podia, Hotjar, the Animalz agency and more.

We Work Remotely Homepage Screenshot (Remote Blogging Work)

Frequented by big brands with hefty marketing budgets, you can expect nothing but the best blogging jobs on this board. While the job board caters to all creatives, the search function makes it easy to hone in on your type of preferred jobs.

When it comes to landing great gigs, one factor that plays a big role is the credibility of the blogging jobs sites you’re using to find opportunities. With Remote.co, you can be sure employers trust it, so you can rest assured any client you get from this platform will be a pleasure to work with.

RemoteCo Screenshot of Available Remote Blogging Jobs

Finding your dream blogging job on this platform is easy, as all jobs are categorized and organized in an easy to navigate manner. With new blogging jobs posted practically every day, it shouldn’t be long before you become a fully booked blogger.

To be able to apply for blogging jobs on Jobspresso you’ll need to create a (free) account. The good thing is that once your profile is complete and your resume is uploaded, applying for jobs and being found by employers becomes extremely easy—and it’s worth the few minutes it takes to get set up.

Jobspresso Homepage Screenshot Example

Posting a job comes at a hefty price for employers, but freelancers can apply for blogging jobs completely free. Of course, since businesses pay to use the service, it means they’re also ready to pay a meaningful rate for your services.

RemoteOk Homepage Screenshot

Remote.ok is more than just a blogging jobs site to use in your pursuit of landing the right gigs. It also has exciting features like industry statistics and trends to help steer your applications toward the right companies that can afford your services. This data will help ensure that you stay current on what’s happening in your favorite industries and niches. Not only that, but it will help you know which skills you need to polish up on to keep you relevant as a professional blogger.

Outsourcely Homepage Screenshot (to Find Blogging Jobs)

As the name suggests, Outsourcely is the go-to place for brands looking to outsource some tasks that they can’t afford to hire full-time staff. And for many businesses, blogging is at the top of the list when it comes to these kinds of projects. That’s why keeping your eyes on this blogging jobs site should be part of your regular routine if you want contract-based freelance gigs. And don’t forget to sign up for their updates to help stay in the loop without having to log in to their website.

Whether it’s a full-time or part-time blogging job you’re looking for, Workew has you covered.

Workew Remote Blogging Jobs Screenshot (Example)

One thing you’ll appreciate about this blogging jobs site, is the fact that they have multiple communication channels and groups you can sign up for. This’ll help you not only keep abreast of the jobs being posted, but also help you share ideas with other bloggers and find ways to collaborate together.

Created for the sole purpose of helping talented professionals succeed at making money online with a work from home job, 100 Telecommute Jobs is one of those rare blogging jobs sites that put freelancers first.

100 Telecommute Jobs (Screenshot of Blogging Gigs)

With 100 Telecommute Jobs, you’re in full control of the type of blogging job you want—from 100% remote, to full-time or part-time—the choice is yours.

Remotees Screenshot of Open Remote Blogging Jobs

When it comes to the easiest-to-use blogging jobs sites on the market, Remotees ranks amongst the top. A particular feature that makes this job board a cinch to use, is the company search feature. This allows you to search for jobs by company, as well as giving you a detailed overview of what that particular company is looking for in the bloggers they hire.

If there’s one blogging jobs site that you’ll find popping up whenever blogging job boards are mentioned, it’s Textbroker.

Textbroker Homepage Screenshot (of Jobs for Bloggers)

Designed especially for beginner bloggers, this site is great hunting ground—as all you’ll need in order to be listed on theing platform, is to submit a short test article. Once it’s approved you’ll be given a rating between 2-4 depending on how your fare in the test. From there on, you’re allowed to apply for any of the blogging jobs posted to the platform.

Listiller (founded by prolific blogger, Elvis Mitchel) is another membership site that every blogger (especially newbies) should look into if you want curated lists of paid gigs.

Listiller Screenshot of Membership Plans to their Blogging Jobs Site Platform

The platform aggregates jobs from most of the popular job boards and puts them in one place. Applying filters will help you easily sort those jobs according to the ones that suit you best. Apart from the blogging job board section of the site, Listiller also has some other cool features to help you grow your blog business. That includes access to over 5000 sites you can guest post on, to build your portfolio and credibility as a blogger.

While CloudPeeps is not solely dedicated to serving bloggers, it’s a great site to find some very well-paid blogging jobs. Created as a hub where brands can connect with talented independent professionals, it curates all types of jobs from web development to copywriting to graphic design as well as blogging, of course.

Cloudpeeps Homepage Screenshot (of Becoming a Paid Blogger)

Some of the brands that search for and hire talent on the CloudPeeps job board include AirBnB, Lóreal, Lyft and many others. To get access to these high-caliber clients, you’ll have to sign up and create an account with CloudPeeps. But it’s well worth it as you can expect to land some pretty great blogging jobs if you invest the time into filling out your profile and actively applying. For an idea of how much you can expect to make from the gigs you land on this blogging jobs site, here are the average rates other freelancers charge on the site:

Screenshot of Cloudpeeps Blogging Job Rates and Payment Information

So go ahead and check it out, your next blogging job might just be waiting for you on Cloudpeeps.

LinkedIn hardly needs an introduction, as it’s one of the top social media networks for anyone hoping to grow as a professional. It should be no surprise then, that thousands of companies promote their open blogging jobs on this platform too.

Screenshot of LinkedIn Blogging Jobs and Freelance Writing Openings

But apart from giving you the opportunity to connect with other professionals and prospective clients, LinkedIn also allows companies to list job opportunities on the platform. The best part is you get personalized notifications of jobs that match your profile. You can even search for blogging jobs using different filters

With a massive database of employers and freelancers alike, Freelancer is one of the biggest blogging jobs sites on the planet.

Freelancer (Screenshot) of Blogger Job Openings

While you may have to bid for most jobs, the upside is that if you play your cards well you can get long-term blogging jobs with some pretty cool clients.

Guru has earned itself a reputation for being a very professional job board for creatives and other professionals—that includes bloggers and writers too.

Guru Screenshot (Site for Finding Blogging Work)

To land a blogging job on Guru, you first have to sign up and create a free account. Next, polish your profile. This is super-easy as the platform is so well-designed that not only is it easy to showcase your skills, but the user interface is so clean and professional. While you can access Guru for free, the number of applications you can send out is limited on the free plan.

Rated as one of the most comprehensive and all around best job boards on the Internet, Indeed is an excellent place to hunt for blogging jobs. Trusted by many brands, most of the blogging jobs available with large companies will be listed on this platform first, before being curated on one of the other more niche-specific blogging jobs sites.

Indeed (Screenshot of Open Blogging Job Example)

With detailed job descriptions, it’s easy to sift through the jobs listed on Indeed. Besides that, the search function allows you to search for jobs by specific keywords too.

Finally, we’ve got Craigslist rounding out this list of the best blogging jobs sites. That’s because (contrary to popular belief), Craigslist actually isn’t just a place for selling your old television—nor is it a place to sell your blogging skills for peanuts.

Craigslist Screenshot (Freelance Writing and Blogging Work Examples)

Using the site’s powerful function, you can sift through the thousands of job listings on the site, to narrow down your search to only the kind of blogging jobs you’re looking for. The only downside with Craigslist, of course, is that most job listings are not verified. So you’ll have to do your due diligence to research a client before responding to their ad—and certainly make sure to collect payment before delivering all of your work.


How to Get Blogging Jobs: 5 Tips to Help You Land Your Next Gig

While blogging can be a great career path to pursue, the fact that there are lots of blogging jobs sites (and open positions) doesn’t mean landing your dream job will be a piece of cake.

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You have to lay a solid foundation that’ll increase your chances of landing every blogging job you take the time to apply for. Here are five tips to help you land your next blogging gig:

1. Build a Strong Portfolio of Work

The first and most crucial step to ensuring you’re poised for success as a blogger for hire, is to build a solid portfolio. Your online portfolio can be as simple as a quick collection of the articles you’ve written that prove your capabilities as a blogger—or it can be as robust as a full on blog of your own where you regularly publish content that demonstrates your expertise.

So how do you build a comprehensive portfolio?

  • Guest post. Guest blogging means publishing blog posts on websites that are not your own. This helps show potential clients that other website owners value your blogging skills enough to feature you on their blogs. Plus, you’ll be promoting your blog at the same time, which will help further your own long-term blogging goals too.
  • Google Docs. Another easy way to create samples for your portfolio, is to write a few draft articles in a free Google Doc if you don’t have the financial resources to invest in publishing your own blog today.
  • Managing your own blog. Starting your own blog is by far the best way to showcase your blogging skills—and my blog here is the #1 source of leads for my writing services. Your blog can be your living portfolio for when clients ask to see examples of your work. Plus, it also shows potential clients that you can find your way around learning to use blogging tools and platforms.

Make sure the samples you’re creating are in line with the niche you’re targeting to work in, though. Once you’ve created your portfolio pieces, it becomes easy to share your work with clients as all you have to do is share links to your work.

2. Polish Your Blogging Resume

Yes, even bloggers (sometimes) need resumes. A portfolio site or blog of your own can go a long way toward convincing clients to hire you, but the reality is that you’ll likely still need a properly formatted resume if you’re applying to a lot of blogging jobs online. Here are a few important things to remember as you polish your blogging resume:

  • Put important information at the top. Recruiters don’t read your resume in full, so a lot of attention is often given to the information that appears first.
  • Sell yourself. Your resume is your way to market yourself. So make sure to sell yourself well by showcasing relevant skills that pertain to the specific blogging job you’re applying for.
  • Use keywords. Show your prospective client that you took the time to read their job description (and do keyword research) to include important words and terms they used.
  • Keep it short. A resume isn’t supposed to be a list of all your life achievements—only include the information that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for.

A well-written and presented resume is actually an important part of the interview process. It helps recruiters know how well organized you are, and that you pay attention to the details.

3. Research Your Prospective Blogging Job Clients

Another little known tactic that can help you land your next blogging job, is to truly study your prospective client (before launching a blogger outreach email to try and land their gig). Visit their website and social media pages first, to get a feel for how they speak and what they care most about. This is a crucial step in your application process as it’ll help you:

  • Develop an understanding of how their business functions
  • See how you can add value to their business with your blog content
  • Craft a more personalized application email and stand out from the crowd

Landing the best blogging jobs is all about providing unique value to your prospective clients—and standing out from the dozens of other bloggers applying to the same gig.

4. Craft the Perfect Blogging Job Application (and Follow Up)

Sure you can pull a generic template from somewhere on the Internet and use it as your application letter. But for a blogger, that’s tantamount to sabotaging your own career. One of the things employers look for in a blogger is creativity, and the best way to highlight that is by crafting a unique outreach email or cover letter that stands out.

And this is where knowing your prospective client comes into play. Using the intel you gathered from your research, draft an application letter that’s:

  • In the prospective client’s brand voice
  • Touches on their core values
  • Shows how you can fit into their team
  • Polished and makes sure there are no typos

Pro tip: Don’t just click the application button and hope for the best. Consider reaching out directly via email if it’s clear who you should get in touch with.

5. Prepare for Your Blogging Job Interview

Once you get shortlisted for a job, the last step before being hired is usually an interview or small test project. Whether it’s remote via video call or in-person, it’s important that you prepare well for your conversation. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your blogging job interview:

  • Analyze the job and its key requirements several times before your interview
  • Understand the client’s mission and goals (easy to gather on their website and in the job listing)
  • Look for problems you can proactively solve for your client (through content suggestions and clever blog post ideas)

Of course, make sure to show up for the interview dressed well and rested enough to make a great first impression!


Blogging Jobs: Go Forth and Land Higher Paying Gigs Today

With this comprehensive list of blogging jobs sites, there’s nothing stopping you from taking action to launch the blogging career of your dreams.

Filling Out a Blogging Job Application (Screenshot)

As long as you have the passion, persistence and portfolio to support your work, getting great paying work is simply a matter of keeping an eye on the top blogging jobs sites (and following these tips on landing your dream blogging gig). And if you’re looking specifically for remote work opportunities, be sure to check out my guide about how to get a remote job over the weekend.

To build more of your blogging skills this year, here’s some additional reading I’d highly recommend:

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BMW publishes software package for AI object recognition apps


BMW has just published a software package on the popular platform GitHub, specifically designed to allow AI to scan and recognize objects easily. The so-called BMW Labeling Tool Lite allows users to easily label objects in photos and do so offline, which is actually the big novelty. This way, these tools could be used in the production process, allowing AI to reliably identify objects in various photos, or scanned.What makes this tool very valuable is the claim that anyone can use it and adapt it to its needs, without necessarily knowing how to code.

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“Smart AI solutions make the day-to-day work of our associates noticeably easier. Users need no longer worry about the underlying technology. The logic is the same as with a good smartphone app: easy to install, quick to understand, use it of your own accord. That’s the only way a solution will quickly attract widespread use and become more effective,” says Michele Melchiorre, Head of Production System, Planning.

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To train an app that suits their needs, production associates start by taking and labeling photos. The software then optimizes itself independently and can distinguish between “right” and “wrong” after just a few hours, having worked through the labels.

By comparing live images from Production, the app can recognize quickly and reliably whether the right parts have been used, for instance: as proven by an AI app for accurate recognition of up to 10 different BMW 3 Series Sedan door sill strips at BMW Group Plant Munich.

With this latest release, the BMW Group is offering a complete solution for AI-based object recognition. Users who value high system stability will appreciate the additional functions such as fall-over and load balancing, which have now been added to the object-recognition interfaces (API). The BMW Group employs a whole host of AI apps in Production and Logistics, as they make life easier for associates by taking over especially monotonous or tiring monitoring tasks.

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12 Best eCommerce Website Builders (to Sell Online) in 2020


There are a lot of eCommerce website builders out there today, so deciding which one is best for your needs isn’t always immediately clear.

In this comprehensive guide, I’m breaking down all of the features (pros & cons) and giving you an unbiased review of all the best eCommerce website builders to choose from right now. Follow along and you’ll walk away with a clear sense of which platform you should use to sell your products online today.

12 Best eCommerce Website Builders (to Sell Products Online) in 2020

  1. Shopify
  2. BigCommerce
  3. Wix eCommerce Website Builder
  4. Squarespace eCommerce
  5. WooCommerce + WordPress
  6. 3dcart
  7. Weebly eCommerce by Square
  8. Square Online
  9. Big Cartel
  10. Ecwid
  11. Volusion
  12. Jimdo
  13. Examples of 12+ Successful eCommerce Websites

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Before we jump into my side-by-side comparison of the best eCommerce website builders on the market today, I’m going to answer a few of the most common questions that arise when talking about eCommerce. If you’re already somewhat up-to-speed on the world of eCommerce, you can skip ahead and read the reviews (click to expand any question and read the answer).

What is an eCommerce Website Builder?

Simply put, an eCommerce website builder is a software tool that allows you to easily sell products or services online.

With one of the top eCommerce website builders running on your site, you can show off all your products and quickly accept payments directly from your customers. Using eCommerce website builders is essentially an alternative to selling your products on third-party sites like Etsy, Amazon, eBay, Fiverr and so on.

What’s the Benefit of Using eCommerce Website Builders (for Bloggers)?

Bloggers are often looking for ways to increase their blog’s revenue. Many bloggers rely on affiliate marketing, sponsorships and blog advertisements to make money. Personally speaking, one of my most preferred ways of making money is through affiliates—and this can be a good stream of income from month-to-month.

Another way that bloggers make money is through selling products and services. Many bloggers create their own hand-make products, or they may sell digital items, courses, consulting, or other services in fields related to their blog (that are relevant to their readers).

Employing one of these eCommerce website builders allows you to sell things straight from your own website (safely and securely). In this guide, we’ll be covering all of the best eCommerce website builders—so you can choose the one that works best for your blog.

Now, what makes an eCommerce site attractive to the average blogger? As we touched on already, there are several reasons why your blogging business may benefit from adding an online store. Here are a few of the advantages to consider:

Diversification of Income

One major benefit of selling products and services online is diversification. While I strongly recommend using affiliate programs for blogging revenue, it is a big advantage to make money through more than one channel.

In many cases, a mix of income sources can keep a blog’s income strong. This is especially true when one area of income is weak for a time. Even if your affiliate sales are low, your sales may be flourishing.

Some bloggers run a completely successful blogging business with a primary focus on product sales or services. In fact, online businesses often see increased traffic and sales when they add a blog to their site. According to the digital marketing company  Demand Metric, companies with blogs report a 67% increase in leads.

No Commission Fees

Another major benefit of creating an eCommerce website is that you get to keep all of your income.

While normal fees may apply through your payment options, for example, PayPal charges 2.9% + .30 cents for selling online, you won’t have to pay commission fees to third party sites.

If you were to sell products through a third-party website, you can expect to share your profits with your host website.

We’ll look at Etsy to show how a commission rate works.

Etsy is an extremely popular online marketplace with well over 2.5 million active sellers. The built-in audience on Etsy is an advantage, but you’ll also be liable for fees every time you list or sell something. Here’s a break down of the fees charged by Etsy:

  • $0.20 to list a product
  • 5% transaction fee on sold products
  • 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee if you sell through Etsy Payments

When you sell through your personal blog, you will still owe money to your preferred payment method, but you will skip the listing and transaction fee on every product sold. This can be a big financial advantage in the long run.

Complete Control Over Your Online Store

Many people choose to switch over from third-party marketplace sites to personal websites. The reason? Complete control.

Marketplaces like Amazon, Etsy, and eBay have rules and regulations that work best for their sites. Some of these regulations may not work for every user which is why some choose to sell from their own website.

Having your own eCommerce store also gives you the opportunity to display things exactly as you want. You have complete control over the design of your eCommerce store. You can choose colors, fonts, layouts, and more.

You can choose the style that best suits your product or service.

What Can You Sell on an eCommerce Website? (100+ Examples)

If you haven’t already landed on the right idea of which products you can sell from your blog, here are 100+ eCommerce product ideas to consider.

Digital Goods You Can Sell with eCommerce Website Builders

Digital goods are a popular choice for online sales because it doesn’t require stocking or shipping a physical product. Digital products don’t run out and once they are created can be sold again and again. There’s upfront work with digital sales, but once they’re finished it’s all passive income.

Here is a list of digital products that you can sell on your website:

  • Courses
  • eBooks
  • Photography
  • Tutorials or Guides
  • Software Programs
  • Apps
  • Podcasts
  • Music
  • Printables
  • Recipes or Recipe Books
  • Patterns
  • Blueprints/Plans
  • Graphic Art
  • Fonts
  • Coloring Pages
  • Templates

Niche Products You Can Sell Through eCommerce Website Builders

There are a host of people who have made their online businesses around niche products. These businesses are often started to fill a need or because the owner is passionate about their niche.

Some people develop businesses that are extremely narrow in scope, while others have a broader more diverse offering of products.

If you’re thinking of starting your own niche business, here are some categories to consider:

  • Eco-friendly home items
  • Unique fashion
  • Handy tech accessories
  • New tech
  • Skin-care products
  • Pet owners (especially for pets that aren’t well-represented)
  • Products for frequent travelers
  • Beard care products
  • Products for outdoors or extreme sports that are hard to find in box stores
  • Accessories for book lovers
  • Gifts for gamers
  • Subscription boxes (this can be applied to a wide range of niches)
  • Woodworking tools
  • Retro furniture and home products
  • Non-plastic toys for kids
  • Organic baby products
  • Fair Trade clothing
  • Men and women’s clothing in a wide range of sizes
  • Vintage or used items for resell

There are countless other niche ideas that might interest you or help spark a successful business. If there’s something in your life that you want but can’t find, there’s a good chance you’re not alone. It may very well be a product that people have been waiting for, and even if it’s fairly niche, the internet is the perfect place to test it out.

Wholesale and Business-to-Business Product Ideas to Sell

While many eCommerce stores sell direct-to-consumer (DTC) products and services, many eCommerce websites have also done well selling to other businesses.

According to Statista, “In 2019, the gross merchandise volume (GMV) of B2B e-commerce transactions is projected to amount to 12.2 trillion U.S. dollars, up from 5.83 trillion U.S. dollars in 2013.”

When selling to other businesses or providing wholesale items for them to sell, there are many different options. You may sell small wholesale items like coffee mugs, or you may be the middleman between machine manufacturers and small businesses looking for industrial equipment.

There is a lot of room to grow in this space, and it’s projected to keep growing.

Here are some ideas for B2B eCommerce stores:

  • Wholesale jewelry business
  • Industrial equipment
  • Appliances
  • Office supplies
  • Computers and tech
  • Building materials
  • Beauty products
  • Kids toys
  • Apparel for men, women, and children
  • Fashion accessories
  • Pet supplies
  • Books
  • Food items
  • Equipment for crafters
  • Camping and RVing equipment and accessories
  • Seeds for gardening

Keep in mind that many B2B eCommerce businesses also offer B2C products when applicable.

Handmade Goods You Can Sell on eCommerce Website Builders

Handmade goods require ongoing work and care, but many people enjoy making things by hand and want a proper outlet to share their creativity. An eCommerce store can be an excellent place to share these handmade products.

Some ideas for handmade goods include:

  • Tech accessories
  • Photography Prints
  • Art prints
  • Candles
  • Sewn items
  • Crochet, macrame, or knit items
  • Soap, lotion, bath bombs, lip balm, cosmetics
  • Personalized gifts
  • Jewelry
  • Dog treats
  • Magnets
  • Pins
  • Coasters
  • Picture frames
  • Ceramics or pottery
  • Subscription boxes
  • Sweets
  • Handmade dolls
  • Toys
  • Hair accessories
  • Greeting cards
  • Cell phone protectors

Branded Goods You Can Sell on eCommerce Website Builders

A lot of successful brands cash in on their fame by selling promotional products. They sell items that have their name, logo, or favorite phrases. They not only make money from these products, but it’s also another form of advertisement.

Some ideas for promotional goods are:

  • T-shirts
  • Coffee mugs
  • Stickers
  • Hats
  • Water bottles
  • Face masks
  • Key rings
  • Tech accessories
  • Totes
  • Bracelets

Products You Can Resell on eCommerce Website Builders

Not everyone who runs an eCommerce store sells their own products. Plenty of eCommerce stores sell items purchased from wholesalers, distributors, and manufacturers. These sellers source their products from suppliers and list them on their site for an increased profit.

Here are some ideas for products you can resell on an eCommerce website:

  • Food products
  • Wine and beer
  • Clothing
  • Fashion accessories
  • Trinkets
  • Books
  • Tools
  • Kitchen products
  • Tech products
  • Luxury items
  • Jewelry
  • Home decor
  • Pet supplies
  • Cosmetics
  • Natural care products

Services You Can Sell on eCommerce Website Builders

If your plan is to work remotely, offering services may seem like a strange idea for an eCommerce Store. However, there are plenty of services that you can offer from home built out of your own expertise in your niche.

Here are some services you can provide for pay:

  • Workshops
  • Private coaching
  • Consulting
  • Social media management
  • Marketing advisor
  • Financial adviser
  • Account manager/Online accounting
  • Editor/proofreading
  • Writing services
  • Data analysis
  • Online tutoring
  • Tech help/support
  • Content creation
  • Personalized graphic design or art
  • Video creation
  • Events planning
  • Web designer

Once you decide the type of product or service you want to sell, the next step is to choose the best eCommerce website builder that can help you reach your goals.

Now, let’s dive in and break down the features of all the best eCommerce website builders on the market this year—so you can pick the one that’s right for your business.

Shopify eCommerce Website Builders (Homepage Screenshot) Explainer

Shopify was created in 2004 by three Canadian residents who wanted to start a snowboarding shop online but were unimpressed by the eCommerce website builders available at the time. One of the three, Tobias Lütke, was a computer programmer and decided to build his own platform to suit his needs.

Shopify has quickly grown in popularity over the years, and last year released in a tweet that they had 820,000+ merchants, placing them as the third largest online retailer on the market—and thus one of the most used eCommerce website builders out there. Since 2019, they’ve continued to grow as merchants move online in reaction to the pandemic.

As an eCommerce platform, Shopify has a lot of benefits including an easy to use interface, curated themes, variety of payment methods, built-in security and much more. Now, let’s take a closer look at what Shopify has to offer compared to other eCommerce website builders.

Price of Shopify’s eCommerce Website Builder

Shopify Online Store Builder Pricing Table (Screenshot)

Shopify has a range of how much it’ll cost depending on which plan you need to use. Their cheapest plan is $29 a month and their most expensive plan is $299 a month. They offer a free 14-day trial to see if you like their services (no credit card is required to try it out).

Features of Shopify

Shopify offers three plans for their eCommerce website builder tool suite. Their cheapest plan named “Basic Shopify” includes:

  • eCommerce website and blog
  • Unlimited products
  • 2 staff accounts
  • Sales channels (ability to sell on online marketplaces and social media)
  • Up to 4 locations for product inventory
  • Manual order creation
  • Discount codes
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Gift cards
  • Up to 64% off on shipping rates with DHL Express, UPS, or USPS
  • Print shipping labels
  • Fraud analysis
  • Online credit card rates of 2.9% + $0.30
  • In-person credit card rates of 2.7%
  • Shopify POS Lite

The Advanced Shopify Plan offers the same features plus:

  • 15 staff accounts
  • Up to 8 locations for product inventory
  • Advanced report builder
  • Up to 74% off on shipping rates with DHL Express, UPS, or USPS
  • Third-party calculate shipping rates
  • Professional reports
  • Online credit card rates of 2.4% + $0.30

Ease of Use of Shopify

With Shopify, you don’t need to have the technical know-how. You don’t need to know coding to use this platform, but those who are tech-savvy are able to use coding to enhance their eCommerce store.

Shopify’s interface is simple and easy to use What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) content management system so you can see new changes to your eCommerce website in real-time.

Shopify is extremely intuitive and easy to use—and there are plenty of tutorials to help if things get difficult. They also have live support if you have additional questions.

Support for Shopify

Shopify offers 24/6 support via phone, live chat, and email.

Scalability of Shopify

In terms of scalability, Shopify has quite a few perks. Shopify offers three tiers of plans for growth, as well as ShopifyPlus that’s specifically geared towards enterprise eCommerce shops.

Shopify Plus Features and Pricing (Screenshot)

ShopifyPlus has been used by the eCommerce agency, Simplistic, to make eCommerce sites for famous brands like GE, Black and Decker, Fashion Nova and M&Ms.

ShopifyPlus was created to respond quickly to changes and keep sites from crashing when traffic suddenly grows. A big benefit of Shopify+ is they take a lot of the work off your shoulders. They take care of a lot of website management to make your job easier as an entrepreneur.

Your new eCommerce business probably isn’t going to need Shopify+ out of the gate, so how well does Shopify work for a growing small business?

You may find that your brand new eCommerce business works well with the basic plan with Shopify, but as your traffic grows and your sales increase you have the option of upgrading your plan. One of the benefits of Shopify is you don’t have to worry about managing updates, security, or performance for your growing online shop. Once you upgrade, all of these things will be worked out for you.

Shopify Security

Shopify has all of their sites automatically PCI DSS compliant out of the gate (there’s no additional work required from you for this.)

The six key things covered by Shopify in regards to PCI-DSS is:

  • Maintaining a secure network
  • Protecting cardholder data
  • Maintain a vulnerability management program
  • Implement strong access control measures
  • Regularly monitor and test networks
  • Maintain an information security policy

Shopify writes, “All Shopify stores using our platform are automatically PCI compliant by default. When you choose Shopify to power your store, you can rest easy knowing that we invested significant time and money to obtain our Level 1 PCI certification and that our certification covers your store, its shopping cart and web hosting.”

Shopify also provides SSL security and website updates needed to maintain ongoing security.

Payment Gateways With Shopify’s eCommerce Website Builder

Shopify has its own payment method called “Shopify Payments.” You can also choose from many other payment gateways including:

  • Amazon Pay
  • Checkout.com
  • DigiPay
  • PayPal Express Checkout
  • WorldPay

As far as the best eCommerce website builders go, it truly doesn’t get better than Shopify. From the perspective of price, to usability and speed to getting online & selling, they’re hands down the best on the market today. You can check out more about Shopify and try a free 14-day trial right here.

BigCommerce is very close in the running to hold the top spot amongst the best eCommerce website builders, and they’re best-known for their scalability and wide range of add-on tools. This company started out as a solution for small businesses to open online stores, but today services both small and large scale online businesses. We’ll take a closer look here at what BigCommerce has to offer and why they’re high on my list of the best eCommerce website builders around.

Price of BigCommerce’s eCommerce Website Builder

BigCommerce offers a range of plans starting from $29.95 a month for their Standard Plan and $299.95 a month for their Pro Plan, which are virtually the same as Shopify’s pricing plans. They also offer an Enterprise plan, but that’s a custom plan for high volume sellers and you’ll want to start a conversation with their sales team first.

BigCommerce Pricing Plans (eCommerce Website Builder)

BigCommerce also offers a very robust, fully featured free 15-day trial that you can learn more about right here.

Features of BigCommerce

BigCommerce’s least expensive Standard Plan offers:

  • No transaction fees
  • Unlimited products, file storage, and bandwidth
  • Unlimited staff accounts
  • Branded online store
  • Ability to connect your store to online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon
  • Point of Sale
  • Integration with Facebook, Instagram, and Google Shopping
  • Responsive website
  • BigCommerce offers a mobile app
  • Single-page checkout
  • Coupons, discounts, and gift cards available
  • Real-time shipping rate quotes for customers
  • Professional reporting tools
  • Blog available to add to your online store
  • Free HTTPs and SSL security
  • Multi-currency
  • Up to 50k in online sales per year

BigCommerce’s Pro Plan offers the same features plus:

  • Customer groups and segmentation (can reward frequent customers)
  • Abandoned cart saver
  • Persistent cart (their shopping cart is saved to their account so their cart is available across devices while the customer is signed in)
  • Stored credit cards
  • Product filtering
  • Custom SSL
  • Google customer reviews
  • Up to 400K in sales per year

Ease of Use of BigCommerce

BigCommerce offers a wide range of features and is a powerful platform able to help grow an online store. However, BigCommerce isn’t known as the absolute easiest of all the eCommerce website builders to master. Some of the extra features offered by BigCommerce add to the higher learning curve with this eCommerce website builder.

BigCommerce also uses some occasionally complex terminology that makes it a little difficult for beginners to understand. Not being familiar with these technical terms can translate into extra hours developing an online store.

To combat the issues that new users were experiencing with the platform, BigCommerce recently released “Store Design” which is a browser-based tool that allows merchants to “rapidly modify and customize a storefront’s look and feel without writing any code.” This addition is a step in the right direction for making BigCommerce more accessible to newbies.

BigCommerce’s Support for Their eCommerce Website Builder

BigCommerce offers 24/7 support to customers. They also have a knowledgebase center and a place to ask the community of users questions.

Scalability for BigCommerce

Scalability is one of the areas that BigCommerce truly shines. BigCommerce is a great option for people hoping to grow their small business into a much much larger operation.

Unlike many other eCommerce website builders on the market, BigCommerce doesn’t rely on third-party apps for growth. BigCommerce offers more built-in features than many of its competitors and gives plenty of room to grow through its powerful tools.

Security for BigCommerce

Big Commerce is ISO/IEC 270001:2013 and PCI DSS 3.2, Level 1 certified. Big Commerce stores are also protected by firewalls, file integrity scanners, and intrusion detection.

For additional security help, BigCommerce released a comprehensive guide for best practices for eCommerce security.

Payment Gateways with BigCommerce

BigCommerce offers a healthy list of payment gateways. Some of the more recognizable ones on the list are:

  • Amazon Pay
  • Chase Integrated Payments
  • PayPal
  • PayPal Express Checkout
  • Quickbooks Payment
  • Square
  • Stripe
  • Google Pay
  • VISA Checkout
  • Apply Pay
  • Masterpass

At the end of the day, BigCommerce wins major points and sits near the top of the list of best eCommerce website builders for a good reason—you’ll be able to create a beautifully designed online shopping experience for your customers, that also functions well for you as the manager. Give BigCommerce a try with their 15 day free trial right here and see for yourself today.

Wix eCommerce Website Builder (Screenshot of Homepage and Features)

Wix is widely known for being a very easy-to-use website builder and is often used by people brand new to making websites—and no surprise, they also make for one of the easiest to use eCommerce website builders on the market today.

One of the main appeals of Wix is that it has a WYSIWYG drag-and-drop editor that allows you to see changes in real-time. You can manipulate the different elements and know exactly what it will look like in a published form.

Wix takes a lot of guesswork out of creating an eCommerce website and can be a good option, especially for beginners.

Price of Wix’s eCommerce Website Builder

Wix provides everything in their system. You won’t have to pay additional fees for security or hosting, and you get a free domain name for the first year.

Here’s a look at the pricing plans for Wix’s eCommerce website builders:

Wix eCommerce Pricing Table (Comparison and Details) Screenshot

The Wix eCommerce prices range from $23 a month to $49 a month. For users looking for more, they also have an Enterprise plan, though the price of this plan isn’t listed because it’s customized for each customer.

Features of Wix eCommerce

The cheapest plan, known as the Basic Business Plan, comes with:

  • Secure online payments
  • Plans & recurring payments
  • Customer accounts
  • Free domain name for 1 year
  • Remove Wix ads
  • Unlimited products
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Ability to sell on social channels like Facebook or Instagram
  • 20GB storage space
  • 5 hours video

The $49 Business VIP plan includes all of the same features plus:

  • 50GB storage
  • Unlimited videos
  • Priority customer care
  • Subscriptions
  • Multiple currencies so customers can see their local currency on your site
  • Automated sales tax on 500 products a month
  • Advanced shipping options like printing labels and connecting shipping apps
  • USPS discounts of up to 70%
  • Sell on marketplaces
  • Unlimited products
  • 3,000 product reviews by KudoBuzz
  • Loyalty program by Smile.io to reward returning customers

Wix also offers a Wix App Market that gives you additional options (some free and some premium) to make your eCommerce website more advanced.

Wix eCommerce App Market (Screenshot of Integrations)

Ease of Use for Wix eCommerce

One of the biggest advantages of Wix is how easy it is to use. The Wix platform is powerful enough to offer a lot of options but is simple enough for new users to understand.

You won’t need to understand coding to use Wix, but if you are someone who wants to use coding on your site, that is available by turning on the developer tools.

Wix eCommerce Website Builder Support

Wix offers 24/7 support for all of its customers plus a knowledge base center that answers a lot of FAQs.

Wix eCommerce Help Center for Troubleshooting and Support

Users that opt for the Business VIP plan are granted priority customer care.

Scalability for Wix eCommerce

Wix is a good beginner eCommerce website builder that also offers some scalability. Though Wix offers an enterprise plan, this eCommerce website builder is best suited for smaller online businesses.

One drawback with Wix is once you’ve settled on a template it’s very difficult to make future changes. Though you can switch templates, it means starting over as your data will not be automatically transferred over.

Some people report that in order to scale your Wix eCommerce store, you must rely heavily on third-party apps. Some of these may not function as seamlessly as the functions that come with your Wix package. In short, Wix lacks some of the more advanced eCommerce features you’d be looking for in a larger online store.

Security for Wix eCommerce

Wix uses HTTPS/TLS encryption during each checkout process through your site. In addition, they only work with payment gateways that are level 1 PCI-DSS compliant.

Payment Gateways with Wix eCommerce

Wix offers four main providers in the US:

  • Wix Payments
  • PayPal
  • Stripe
  • Square

If you’re looking for the absolute easiest of all the eCommerce website builders to get started with today, then Wix eCommerce will probably be your best bet. While you may sacrifice on some features compared to Shopify or BigCommerce, Wix eCommerce is a little more budget-friendly, will be extremely easy to learn and you get your online store up and running quickly. Check Wix out and see for yourself right here.

Squarespace eCommerce Website Builder (Landing Page Screenshot)

Stunning, elegant, and sophisticated are some of the terms used to describe the look and feel of Squarespace amongst the top eCommerce website builders. For online businesses that have rich photography and want a clean look to their shop, Squarespace really delivers on design. As an eCommerce website builder, let’s see what Squarespace has to offer and how it compares to its competition.

Price of Squarespace eCommerce

Squarespace offers three plans that include an eCommerce option, as well as Squarespace select which is a customized eCommerce plan for bigger stores.

Squarespace eCommerce Pricing Plans (Table Screenshot)

Squarespace Business Plan is $18 a month (when paid annually) and the Commerce Plan is $40 a month (when paid annually).

Features of Squarespace eCommerce:

Squarespace’s Business Plan offers:

  • Free domain name for 1 year
  • SSL Security
  • Unlimited bandwidth and storage
  • SEO features
  • Range of templates
  • Unlimited contributors
  • Basic website metrics
  • Squarespace extensions
  • Premium integration and Blocks
  • CSS and Javascript capability
  • Advanced analytics
  • Professional email from Google
  • Promotional popups and banners
  • Fully integrated eCommerce
  • 3% transaction fees
  • Unlimited products
  • Accept donations
  • Giftcards

The Commerce Plan provides the same features as well as:

  • 0% Transaction fee
  • Point of Sale
  • Customer accounts
  • Checkout on your domain
  • Powerful eCommerce analytics
  • Merchandising tools
  • Products on Amazon
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Sell subscriptions
  • Automatically calculate realtime shipping costs
  • Offer discounts
  • Commerce APIs
  • Limited availability labels

Ease of Use of Squarespace eCommerce

Squarespace has an easy to use interface. When you work in the Squarespace editor you see everything happening in real-time, but it’s not a drag and drop editor. For those who prefer drag-and-drop, this may be a drawback. However, Squarespace is a very straightforward editor that has a relatively low learning curve.

For more complicated changes, Squarespace does have a CSS module for users familiar with code.

Support for Squarespace eCommerce

Squarespace has a knowledge base, videos, tutorials, and webinars to help users in need.

Squarespace offers live chat support during “most weekdays” but does not at this time offer phone support. They do offer 24/7 online support through email and Twitter.

Scalability for Squarespace eCommerce

There are some things that Squarespace offers that do lend well to scalability. For one, you can easily change your template with Squarespace if you want to take your store in a new direction.  Another benefit with Squarespace is even their lowest plan offers unlimited storage and bandwidth.

That being said, Squarespace is best suited for small businesses or people just starting out in the eCommerce space, especially those with limited tech knowledge.

Templates and features can be somewhat restrictive with Squarespace and it doesn’t lend well to an eCommerce store that’s fulfilling a lot of orders. Many of the competitors like Shopify or BigCommerce offer more capability for bigger stores in their basic plans.

For a higher premium, Squarespace has launched Squarespace Select which offers more support and features for larger businesses.

Security for Squarespace eCommerce

Squarespace is PCI-DSS compliant and offers SSL security to all of its customers.

Squarespace uses DDos protection and built-in security to ward off malware.

Payment Gateways With Squarespace eCommerce

At this time, Squarespace payment gateways are limited to:

WooCommerce Best eCommerce Website Builders (Homepage Screenshot)

WooCommerce is an open-source eCommerce website builder that’s directly compatible with WordPress (and also built by the makers of WordPress). It’s free to install and WooCommerce with your WordPress-powered website, but you’ll have to purchase a domain name and a hosting plan in order to get your eCommerce website live.

If you’re not familiar with the term, open-source means that it’s free for personal or commercial use. It also means that the original source code can be modified by users, so theoretically you can make an unlimited number of customizations to your WooCommerce powered store.

By sheer numbers, WooCommerce is the most popular of all the top eCommerce website builders—and currently has over 5 million active installations, largely because it’s so budget-friendly, works seamlessly with WordPress and is extremely flexible as a platform.

Price for WooCommerce

A WooCommerce plugin can easily be added to your WordPress website for free, but you’re likely going to (eventually) pay for additional upgrades like an eCommerce-friendly WordPress theme to power your product-focused blog, or to get additional plugins and extensions that’ll expand the usefulness of your WooCommerce shop.

Features of WooCommerce

WooCommerce has a lot of features, but some of the most notable ones are:

  • Easy start-up with a New Store Owner’s Guide
  • Automated tax calculation
  • Live shipping rates
  • Options to print labels at home
  • Mobile app for iOS and Android
  • Product variations
  • Subscription options
  • Unrestricted customization

WooCommerce eCommerce Website Builder Extension Store (Screenshot)

The Extensions Store provides free and premium features that can help you expand the usefulness of your eCommerce website.

Ease of Use for WooCommerce as an eCommerce Website Builder

One of the criticisms of WooCommerce is how much work lands in the lap of the user. Unlike all-in-one eCommerce builders like Shopify (up next in our list), you’re responsible for managing many aspects of your business.

These added jobs include managing security, updates and backups. However, there are plugins you can purchase that make this job much easier.

Even though you do have greater responsibility with WooCommerce, it also means greater freedom. This platform allows you to customize your store exactly the way you want without restriction.

Another criticism of WooCommerce you’ll sometimes see, is a greater learning curve than many of the other eCommerce website builders on this list. It doesn’t have a drag-and-drop feature unless you add a plugin with a visual website builder. This can be a drawback for people who want a more simple platform like Shopify or BigCommerce that let you visually manipulate different aspects of the site.

WooCommerce Support

WooCommerce doesn’t operate the same way that many other eCommerce website builders do. Unlike Wix or Shopify, WooCommerce is a free open source platform. Therefore, they don’t offer the same 24/7 support that you might receive from a paid company.

It’s also different because you will purchase your hosting separately from WooCommerce. Any problems with your server will be directed to your hosting company. In that sense, it matters more whether or not you’re choosing a great hosting company than whether or not WooCommerce offers great support.

However, that doesn’t mean you’re without any resources when it comes to WooCommerce. There are plenty of online tutorials that can help you get started. WooCommerce also offers tutorials, guides, and a support forum where you can ask questions of experts and users.

If you’re having a problem that you can’t find a solution for, you may also want to consider hiring a developer to help work through some of the technical issues for you.

Scalability of WooCommerce

WooCommerce may not have a reputation as one of the better eCommerce website builders for large brands, but their scalability factor is actually great. According to WooCommerce, you can list as many products as you want and handle transactions rapidly.

Something to understand about the scalability of WooCommerce, though, is that it’ll require a change in operation. In order to power a large business through WooCommerce, you’re likely looking to hire a team of developers and work closely with a great hosting company that can handle a high volume of customers—all challenges that can be relatively easily dealt with if your business is growing this much.

Scalability is well within reach, but it’ll require a lot more extra coordination than some of the other eCommerce website builders who offer their services in a more simple package.

WooCommerce Security

As with other aspects of WooCommerce, there is some additional leg work needed for security.

An SSL certificate is a must-have for internet security whether you sell online or run a simple website. Many hosting companies offer an SSL certificate as part of their package, but it can be purchase separately if needed.

PCI-DSS compliance is another part of eCommerce security. PCI-DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and it helps with consistent data security around the world. WooCommerce released a guide to help you stay compliant with PCI-DSS standards.

WooCommerce also offers tips to help keep your WooCommerce store as secure as possible.

Payment Gateways with WooCommerce

WooCommerce uses extensions that give you access to over a hundred payment gateways.

Some of the more recognizable payment options are:

  • Stripe
  • PayPal
  • Square
  • Amazon Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay

3dcart Homepage Screenshot

While 3dcart isn’t the most recognizable eCommerce website builders on this list, they’ve more than earned their reputation in the space by creating a great, easy-to-use product for their customers. This may even be the first time you’ve heard of them, but believe it or not 3dcart actually launched back in 1997 and now powers over 23,000 eCommerce stores worldwide.

This eCommerce website builder has some surprising features, but it’s not a good solution for beginners.

Price of 3dcart

3dcart eCommerce Website Builders Pricing Plan Table (Screenshot)

3dcart has some very affordable promotional prices starting as little as $9.50 a month for the Startup Store Plan. The most expensive plan called the Pro Store Plan costs $114.50 a month for an introductory price.

After the promotional period is over, the prices jump quite a bit. The $9.50 plan goes up to $19.00 a month, and the $114.50 plan raises to $229 a month.

Features of 3dcart

Here are some of the features of the Startup Store Plan:

  • 1 staff user
  • Unlimited number of products
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 2 Email accounts
  • API access
  • FTP access
  • Real-time shipping
  • Shipping labels
  • Unlimited product variants
  • Categories and smart categories
  • Product images & zoom
  • Inventory control
  • Advanced product options
  • Bulk quantity discounts
  • Single page checkout
  • Multiple ship-to checkout
  • Digital downloads
  • Report and dashboards
  • Tax rates
  • Quickbook connector
  • Product reviews
  • Google customer reviews
  • Gift wrapping
  • Visitor IP blocking
  • Upsell & Cross-sell
  • Saved carts
  • 2-factor authentication
  • GDPR tool-kit
  • Built-in SEO tools
  • Built-in blog
  • Shareable wishlists
  • Gift certificates
  • Mailchimp and AWeber integration
  • Coupons and discounts
  • Facebook shop
  • Phone orders
  • POS Module
  • Square POS integration
  • Drop shipping support
  • Online chat and tickets
  • Up to 50K online sales per year
  • Card on file
  • Accept bitcoin cryptocurrency

The features of the Pro Store Plan include all of the above, plus:

  • Returns RMA module
  • Customer relationship manager (CRM)
  • 3dfeedback
  • Customer groups
  • Purchase order module
  • Product comparison
  • Product Q&A
  • FedEx HAL
  • FedEx returns
  • In-Store pickup
  • Checkout additional fees
  • Quote system
  • Advanced search
  • Pre-orders
  • Shipment delivery notification
  • Daily deals
  • Affiliate program so your customers can make money through referrals
  • Blog subscriptions
  • Make-an-offer
  • Store credits
  • Abandoned cart saver
  • Email marketing newsletters
  • Autoresponder campaigns
  • eBay integration
  • Amazon order sync
  • Facebook dynamic ads
  • Facebook pixel
  • Houzz order import
  • Sales rep module
  • 24 x 7 phone support

Ease of Use for 3dcart

3dcart is packed with features for an eCommerce store, and they offer some pretty impressive SEO setup. These features make 3dcart seem like a great option, but many users find the platform restrictive and very difficult to use.

One major complaint is 3dcart does not offer an undo button. The process is not streamlined and it does not operate intuitively. Though there are a lot of possibilities with 3dcart, many of them are difficult to implement.

Support for 3dcart

Live support is available 24/7 through different avenues including phone, live chat, and ticket support. They also offer a knowledge base.

Scalability for 3dcart

3dcart claims to be good for medium to large enterprise eCommerce sites. One way that their platform scales well is unlimited traffic and sales (with certain plans). They also have CRM software to help grow your site.

3dcart also offers multiple tiers for extra features and capability, but even the most basic plan has a lot of features right out of the box.

Security for 3dcart:

3dcart is secured with HTTPS, is PCI Certified, has a two-factor authentication, and anti-fraud tools to help protect credit cards and personal information.

Payment Gateways With 3dcart

One way that 3dcart stands out is the sheer number of integrated payment gateways. 3dcart has over 100 payment gateways including:

  • Square
  • PayPal
  • Stripe
  • Klarna
  • EVO payments
  • Elavon
  • Authorize.net
  • Persolvent
  • Amazon Pay

Weebly eCommerce Website Builder Homepage Screenshot

Weebly is an easy-to-use website builder better known for its general website or blogging features. However, Weebly offers eCommerce solutions even with their free version.

In 2020, Weebly’s eCommerce is still going through a transitionary period. Weebly was acquired by Square in 2018, and since then they’ve worked towards shifting the eCommerce. Weebly has separated its general Weebly website builder from its new eCommerce one. They are now using the Square editor specifically for eCommerce.

Price of Weebly eCommerce by Square

Weebly offers a completely free website builder for basic use. One thing to keep in mind about the free version is your site will have Weebly branding and ads. To get rid of the ads, you can upgrade to at least the Professional Plan.

Weebly Pricing Plans Explained (Screenshot)

Weebly’s most expensive plan is $26 a month when billed annually or $29 a month billed monthly.

Features of Weebly eCommerce by Square

The free version of Weebly offers:

  • Free SSL security
  • Ability to add 3rd party embed code
  • Shopping cart
  • Unlimited items
  • Item badges
  • Item options
  • Quick shop
  • Inventory management
  • In-store pickup
  • Automatic tax calculator
  • Coupons
  • Square gift cards
  • SEO tools
  • Lead capture
  • Instagram feed
  • Community forum, chat & email support

The Performance Plan has the same features plus:

  • Unlimited storage
  • Ability to connect a custom domain
  • Advanced site stats
  • Free domain
  • Square ads removed
  • Password protection
  • Digital goods
  • Accept payments through PayPal
  • Item reviews
  • Shipping labels
  • Abandoned cart emails
  • Advanced eCommerce
  • Priority support

Ease of Use for Weebly eCommerce by Square

Those that are familiar with the Weebly editor are likely to be disappointed by the Square editor. In some ways, the Square editor is even simpler and easier to use than the traditional Weebly editor. On the other hand, it’s less customizable and offers fewer options.

The Square editor only allows you to work in pre-designed sections. The editor forces you to work within very fine constraints which makes it much harder to create a unique storefront.

This editor is very easy to use, but extremely limited at this time. In the future, Square may take this into account and start using a more dynamic builder. For now, there’s a lot of room for growth.

Support for Weebly eCommerce by Square

Depending on the plan you choose you will receive different support options. The free and personal plans provide a community forum, chat, and email support. If you purchase the Professional Plan, you upgrade to include phone support. With the Performance Plan, you gain access to priority support.

Scalability for Weebly eCommerce by Square

Weebly’s eCommerce website builder can be a good option for small online stores, but it isn’t really built to power large businesses. It offers some nice features like unlimited items, inventory management, and item reviews, but overall it really isn’t meant to scale for the needs of a large enterprise.

Security for Weebly eCommerce by Square

Weebly offers free SSL security even for their free plan which is very useful as well as generous.

Payment Gateways with Weebly eCommerce

Weebly eCommerce is fairly limited with their payment gateways. Square payment is the only option unless you upgrade to a higher premium plan. With the upgrade, you can use PayPal and Stripe.

Square Online Store Builder (Screenshot of Homepage)

Square acquired Weebly in 2018 and developed it’s functionality to become one of the best eCommerce website builders—powered by a combination of Weebly and Square. Square also has a separate eCommerce website builder called Square Online. The builders are very similar, but Square Online has some additional features that make them one of the most versatile eCommerce website builders worth checking out.

Price of Square Online

Pricing Plans for Square Online Store Builder

Like the Weebly counterpart, Square Online offers a free version of its platform.

The most expensive plan is the Premium Plan and it’s $72 a month.

Like most payment gateways, you will be charged a fee every time someone makes a purchase through your site. With the free plan, you’ll be charged 2.9% + $0.30. With the Premium Plan, the rate goes down slightly with 2.6% + $0.30.

Features for Square Online

Square Online’s Free Plan gives you:

  • Unlimited products
  • Can sell digital good, physical goods, services, and event tickets
  • Can accept donations
  • Curbside pickup
  • Automatic sync with Square POS
  • Order status text alerts
  • Contact forms
  • SEO features
  • Mobile responsive
  • Facebook ads
  • SSL security
  • Inventory management
  • Coupons
  • Gift cards
  • In-store order customization
  • Instagram integration

Square Online’s Premium Plan offers the same plus:

  • Free custom domain name for 1 year
  • No Square branding or ads
  • Customer reviews on site
  • Discounted shipping labels
  • Abandoned cart emails
  • Lowest processing rate
  • Realtime shipping rate calculator
  • On-demand delivery
  • In-house delivery
  • All-in-one shipping tools

Ease of Use for Square Online

Square Online is very easy to use for anyone getting started in eCommerce. It’s extremely easy to get started and to create an eCommerce Store. Like the Weebly eCommerce option, it is quite limited in terms of customization.

Support for Square Online

Square offers support through phone, email, live chat, help center, community forum, and videos and guides.

Phone support is available 6 AM-6 PM PST M-F and 8 AM-5 PM PST on weekends. Live chat runs the same hours, but you can get email support 24/7.

Scalability for Square Online

Square Online offers several tiers to help grow along with your business. You also have the option of changing your theme settings at any time if you want to update the look of your store.

Square Online works best for small eCommerce businesses that aren’t looking for a lot of customization or advanced features.

Security for Square Online

Square offers free SSL security for all plans including the free plan. They’re also PCI-DSS compliant so you don’t have to worry about being in violation of your eCommerce store.

Square uses a tokenization scheme to help keep precious data safe. They make their own hardware so they know exactly what security measures have been put in place. Another way they keep things is secure is by testing their own applications, infrastructure, and incident response plans.

You can read more about their security efforts on their site.

Payment Gateways With Square Online

Square Online payment gateways are very limited. With the free plan, you can only use Square to accept payments.

When you upgrade your plan to a higher tier, you can also accept:

  • PayPal
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay

Big Cartel (Indie-Focused eCommerce Website Builders) Homepage Screenshot

Big Cartel is an eCommerce website builder aimed specifically at creative business owners. The founder of Big Cartel, Matt Wigham, launched the platform as one of the earlier eCommerce website builders back in 2005 when he was looking for a way to sell band merchandise.

Big Cartel is best suited for small independent businesses looking to get started selling their art, photography and other creative endeavors.

Price of Big Cartel

Pricing Plans for Big Cartel's Indie eCommerce Website Builder

Big Cartel has a free plan called the Gold Plan that doesn’t require a credit card to sign up for. Their most expensive plan, The Titanium Plan, runs $29.99 a month.

Features of Big Cartel’s eCommerce Website Builder

Big Cartel’s free Gold Plan comes with:

  • 5 product listings
  • One image per product
  • Free customizable themes
  • Sell in person or online
  • Real-time stats
  • Option to use a custom domain
  • Discounts or promos available
  • Shipment tracking
  • Product option groups
  • Sales tax autopilot

The Titanium Plan has the same features plus:

  • 500 products
  • Five images per product
  • Theme code editing
  • Google Analytics
  • Inventory tracking
  • Bulk editing

Ease of Use for Big Cartel

Big Cartel is a very simple and easy to use platform. The website builder provides you with a setup wizard that guides you through the opening steps of setting up a store.

Like Square Online, part of the simplicity is due to a lack of features and customization. There’s a fairly limited amount of options and without understanding coding, you won’t be able to create a very unique shopping experience.

Support for Big Cartel

Big Cartel offers email support 8 AM – 6 PM EST seven days a week. No chat or phone support is available.

Scalability for Big Cartel

Big Cartel is not a good option for large businesses but can be a good choice for small independent creatives. Though there are several tiers of plans, each plan offers only a few extra features. The main difference between the tiers is how many products you can have in your eCommerce store.

For a larger shop, Shopify or BigCommerce would be a better avenue, but with a free plan, you can start a small shop and test what it’s like to start selling online.

Security for Big Cartel

One big thing to know about Big Cartel is that it isn’t PCI compliant which means the onus is on the shop owner to be compliant.

Big Cartel offers SSL security for URL addresses and custom domains and in every checkout. They make a note that they don’t secure assets on your site that you may have added through coding. These assets may include custom images, Javascript, or CSS.

Payment Gateways With Big Cartel

Big Cartel offers two payment options:

With Stripe enabled, customers can also use Apple Pay to check out. With PayPal enabled customers can pay with Venmo—both affording store owners the opportunity to generate sales easier from a variety of different payment methods. That’s one of the more unique features of Big Cartel and solidifies it’s place our list of eCommerce website builders, especially for indie creators.

Ecwid eCommerce Website Builder Homepage Screenshot

Ecwid is a little different than the other eCommerce website builders we’ve covered so far in this comparison guide. Unlike Shopify or Wix, Ecwid is not meant to be a standalone website. Rather, Ecwid is a widget platform that you can add to your existing website and sell products from your site as-is.

This platform can also be integrated with social media and online marketplaces like Amazon. Ecwid gives you one control panel to manage all the synced stores and products. It can be integrated with popular website builders like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Wix.

Price for Ecwid

Ecwid Pricing Plans (Table Screenshot)

Ecwid can be used for free, but their most expensive plan is $82.50 a month when billed annually, or $99 a month when billed monthly.

Features for Ecwid

With the Ecwid Free Account you get:

  • No transaction fees (apart from the charges from payment gateways)
  • Online store
  • Facebook advertising
  • Google advertising
  • Pinterest advertising
  • Snapchat advertising
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Instant site builder
  • Add store to any website
  • GDPR compliance
  • Gift cards

Ecwid’s highest tier plan Unlimited offers the same benefits plus:

  • Facebook shop
  • Instagram store
  • Mobile POS
  • Sell on Etsy
  • Sell on Amazon
  • Sell on eBay
  • Mailchimp and automated email marketing
  • Android and iOS management app
  • Digital goods
  • Discount coupons
  • Automated tax calculations
  • Facebook messenger live chat
  • Access to App Market with extensions
  • Inventory tracking
  • Advanced SEO tools
  • Connect your domain name
  • Scheduled order pickup
  • Abandoned cart emails
  • Wholesale pricing groups
  • Product filters
  • Product variants
  • Create orders
  • Dimensional shipping rates
  • Staff accounts
  • Multilingual storefront

Ease of Use for Ecwid

Ecwid is generally very easy to use. They redesigned their control panel in 2018, and they provide a setup wizard to help you navigate adding Ecwid to your website. There’s a fairly low learning curve with Ecwid and you can get started right away.

If you’re already familiar with your CMS or website builder, the integration of Ecwid is a simple process.

Support for Ecwid

The free plan for Ecwid provides email support, guides, and a forum. The Venture Plan offers live chat support, the Business Plan provides phone support as well, and the Unlimited Plan offers priority support.

Scalability with Ecwid

Ecwid isn’t really designed to support large-scale or enterprise online businesses. They describe themselves as “ideal for small and medium-sized businesses,” which makes them one of the best eCommerce website builders for those on a tight budget.

For businesses hoping to sell a high volume of products, Ecwid isn’t the best choice. Users will be required to upgrade often as their store grows, and Ecwid’s features are not cohesive with large scale stores. For people looking to sell a smaller volume of products, Ecwid’s easy integration can be a real value.

Security for Ecwid

Ecwid takes care of quite a few security measures for your online store. Ecwid stores run with HTTPs, they don’t collect credit card information, and they’re PCI-DSS Level 1 compliant.

Ecwid relies on payment gateways to secure payments, which means it’s most important to use payment gateways that are safe and secure for your customers.

They also use secure hosting and regularly check for security issues. Ecwid writes, “We regularly scan Ecwid for breeches and protect this information with software updates and backups of your stores’ information. We store our data on Amazon Web Services — the most reliable and secure hosting solution.”

Payment Gateways With Ecwid

Ecwid offers a long list of payment gateways available through its platform. Some notable names include:

  • Stripe
  • Square
  • PayPal Checkout
  • Afterpay
  • American Express
  • Payeezy

Volusion eCommerce Website Builder (Homepage Screenshot)

Volusion is a cloud-based platform that was founded in 1999 by website designer Kevin Sproles. His vision was to offer a shopping cart software that could make selling online easier for merchants.

While there are two versions available of Volusion, the second version VOLT is the most modern and popular choice.

One thing to know about Volusion is they don’t offer a blogging feature and it is difficult to add extra content through this platform.  Volusion does seem to be listening to its customers, however, and adding features they were previously lacking. For instance, free SSL security is a new addition, and users can sell digital products which was not previously available.

Price for Volusion

Volusion’s least expensive option, the Personal Plan, is $26 a month when billed every three months and $29 a month when paid monthly. Their most expensive plan, the Business Plan, is $269 a month when paid every three months of $299 a month when paid monthly.

Volusion Pricing Plans and Options (Screenshot Table)

Volusion offers a 14-day risk-free trial.

Features for Volusion

Volusion’s Personal Plan offers:

  • Up to 50K Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) per year
  • Unlimited products and storage
  • No transaction fees
  • Online support
  • Free HTTPS/SSL
  • Synced inventory
  • Product variants
  • Coupons and discounts
  • Automatic tax calculator
  • Phone/manual orders
  • Dropshipping integrated

Volusion’s Business Plan also offers:

  • Up to 500K in GMV
  • Priority support
  • Traffic growth consultation
  • Abandoned cart reports
  • 3rd party gateways
  • Fulfillment centers
  • Advanced discounts
  • 3rd party processors
  • Dedicated success team
  • Executive slack support
  • Multiple admin users
  • Premium shipping rates

Ease of Use for Volusion

For those that want to do very basic things with this platform, the setup and running of Volusion are fairly simple. Once you start adding more advanced features, Volusion becomes much more difficult to use. Many users report that the platform isn’t intuitive and at times you have to navigate through several pages to perform an action.

Support for Volusion

Volusion’s support is relative to what plan you’ve chosen. With the Personal Plan, you’ll have access to online support. With the other plans, they offer 24/7 phone support, and the Business Plan grants you priority support.

Scalability with Volusion

Volusion doesn’t offer as many features as some competitors like Shopify or BigCommerce, but there is room to grow with this platform. Those who have a good understanding of coding can also do more with Volusion.

Security for Volusion

Volusion uses several methods to ensure security for its merchants and merchant customers. Volusion now offers free SSL security. They also use encryption for personal data, web application firewall (WAF), and intrusion prevention system (IPS).

Payments are made securely through redirection or iFrame. Volusion ensures that “…shopper data (including credit card data) is sent using military-grade encryption.”

For added protection, Volusion tests their security through team members and independent “white-hat hackers.”

Payment Gateways With Volusion

Volusion offers a shortlist of payment gateways including:

  • Volusion Payments
  • PayPal
  • Stripe
  • Apple Pay

Jimdo eCommerce Website Builder Homepage Screenshot

Jimdo is a long-standing online platform that lets you create a business website, blog and serves as… you guessed it, one of the more popular eCommerce website builders too. There are two options for websites, but we’ll focus on the online store (eCommerce) option for our breakdown of features.

In 2004 Jimdo’s founders launched NorthClick, a precursor to Jimdo. Their website builder grew in popularity and eventually switched to the new name. To date, Jimdo has helped people build over 20 million websites.

Something to know about Jimdo right from the start—this is one of the few eCommerce website builders on our list today that does not have an option for selling digital products or digital downloads. If you’re hoping to start a business selling digital goods, this builder would not be a good choice.

Price for Jimdo

Jimdo eCommerce Pricing Plans (Screenshot)

Jimdo’s Basic Plan costs $15 a month billed annually. The VIP Plan costs $39 a month billed annually.

Features for Jimdo

Jimdo’s Basic Plan provides:

  • Online store
  • 1 store design
  • Free domain for the first contract cycle
  • Free SSL security
  • 10 GB storage
  • Email support
  • 10 website pages

Jimdo’s VIP Plan offers the same plus:

  • All basic shop features
  • Export orders
  • Various product layouts
  • Product variants
  • Discount codes
  • Strikethrough prices
  • Unlimited storage
  • Support response time less than one hour
  • Unlimited website pages
  • Legal text generator shop
  • Business listings
  • Professional design analysis

Ease of Use With Jimdo

Jimdo is a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG builder which makes the process of creating a store easier. The editor is easy enough to follow, though the interface is a bit outdated.

People with a knowledge of coding will get a lot more out of this platform.

Support for Jimdo

Jimdo only offers email support. If you have a VIP plan, you will be answered in an hour or less.

Scalability for Jimdo

Jimdo offers fairly limited features compared to some of the other eCommerce website builders on this list. Jimdo could be an eCommerce solution for a very small store, but once orders became more regular this builder does not scale well.

Security With Jimdo

Jimdo began offering free SSL with all customers of their eCommerce website builder in 2016.

Payment Gateways With Jimdo

Depending on your plan, Jimdo offers:

  • PayPal
  • Stripe
  • *Some additional payment options are available in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with a Payment Options Plus add-on.

12 Examples of Successful eCommerce Website Builders (in the Real World)

Now that we’ve walked through pros and cons of all the best eCommerce website builders available on the market today, it’s time to show off some real-life examples of successful eCommerce businesses. There’s nothing quite like seeing the right eCommerce website builders in practice to really illustrate what’s possible to accomplish online.

1. Native Union (Powered by the Shopify Plus eCommerce Website Builder)

Native Union eCommerce Website Example (Screenshot)

Native Union is a tech accessory business made for the modern lifestyle. This company sets out to make technology fit more seamlessly in day-to-day life while maintaining a “refined style.”

The website design fits its branding by being sleek and easy to navigate. They use a lot of negative space around their products to make them pop.

Native Union Products (Screenshot)

When you make a purchase, they encourage you to purchase more by showing you related items when you add something to the cart. This is a great upselling tactic, especially if the product is affordable or something the buyer would really be interested in.

Native Union eCommerce Upselling Tools

2. Grovemade (Powered by Shopify’s eCommerce Website Builder)

Grovemade eCommerce Website Example

Grovemade is a tech accessory company that uses natural materials like wood and bamboo to make their products. They started their online business in 2009, and still produce 99% of their products in the United States.

In a recent interview with Shopify, they shared tips about their success:

One of the biggest sources of our very first sales was through tech blogs (like Gawker) who were fans of what we were doing with natural materials and featured us on their sites. We also took to social media to spread the news of our fledgling company, and, same as today, by good old fashioned word of mouth from our awesome customers.

They use a direct-to-customer (DTC) business model and the majority of their sales come through online searches from people looking for the types of products they sell. They also rely on social media for advertising and maintain a newsletter with over 50,000 subscribers.

Grovemade uses a similar minimalist style to Native Union in their web design, relying on a lot of negative space to draw attention to their products.

Grovemade Products (Screenshot)

Since many of their products are also handmade, a neat addition to their product pages is images and videos showing how something is made.

Here’s an example from a product called “The Leather and Walnut mouse Pad.” The first image shows you what the product looks like in its finished state:

Product Descriptions (Grovemade) Screenshot

The next image shows what elements were used to create the piece, and how it was assembled. This adds transparency and authenticity to their product:

Grovemade eCommerce Product Descriptions

Further down the page, they even include a short video showing each step of their process for making the specific item (I know, this is crazy cool).

Grovemade Made By Us Company Explainer Video (Screenshot)

When you click “add to cart,” their eCommerce website builder (Shopify) intelligently shows you an item that’d pair well with the one you selected—providing a valuable opportunity for an up-sell that makes sense to customers.

3. Away (Powered by Contentful’s eCommerce Website Builder)

Away Travel Homepage Screenshot

Away is a luggage and travel accessory eCommerce store. They’re a DTC business that allows them to offer high-quality products at lower prices.

They explain, “To give the whole world access to better travel standards, we took the direct-to-consumer approach. Our pieces are made with the same top-quality materials as other premium luggage brands’. But our overhead is much lower and our quality is guaranteed—your Away suitcase will be with you for life.”

They also believe in partnering with organizations that want to make the world a better place. They write, “…we have worked with Global Giving, Peace Direct, International Medical Corps, God’s Love We Deliver, and the Trevor Project. If you’ve bought anything from Away, you’ve also contributed to their work. The world is a shared place – together, we can leave it better than we found it.”

One thing that stands out about their website design is the large variety of high-quality images they use for each product. Being an online-only store, it’s essential that customers get a very clear idea of exactly what they’re purchasing. Here’s an example of their Aluminum Edition Carry-On suitcase.

Away Travel Product Listing Example

Below each product, they have a list of other products you might be interested in.

eCommerce Product Examples (Away Travel)

They also share even more images below that for an even better idea of the product. One thing they also do is mention that the aluminum suitcase will show wear over time. Pictured here:

Storytelling Example on Away's eCommerce Website

This is another way of being upfront with the consumer and providing important information about the product. This kind of honesty goes a long way towards a strong relationship between merchants and consumers.

4. Bevel by Walker and Company (Powered by Spree’s Open-Source eCommerce Website Builder)

Bevel eCommerce Website Builder Example (Homepage)

Walker and Company is an online business whose “purpose is to make health and beauty simple for people of color.” They offer Bevel for men and Form for women.

The main idea is to provide products to people who have historically been overlooked when it comes to products and product marketing.

CEO and founder Tristain Walker explains, “We have the courage to do daring things and build products for our community that satisfy their unique needs. Products that we’ve desired for a very long time…Walker and Company exists really for one reason and that is to make health and beauty simple for people of color.”

One thing that immediately stands out about Bevel is the artistic and captivating photography used to promote the brand. It’s not just about the product, but also the feeling the whole company elicits.

eCommerce Product Category Examples (Screenshot)

When you click on a product to review, there are several pictures and a description. There’s also an incentive to select auto shipping for a 5% price reduction.

Bevel eCommerce Product Listing Example (Screenshot)

Below that, they share customer reviews. As proven by Amazon, people love reading reviews from other customers to see if a product is trustworthy and reliable. If you have a product you know your consumers will love, this is a really great way of making people feel comfortable buying online.

Using Product Reviews on Your eCommerce Website (Bevel Example)

5. Allbirds (Powered by the Shopify Plus eCommerce Website Builder)

Allbirds Homepage (eCommerce Website Builder Example Store) Screenshot

Climate change is a growing issue with many consumers which is what gives a company like Allbirds a platform. Allbirds creates shoes for men and women responsibly and has a goal of not only reducing but eliminating their product’s carbon footprint.

Here’s how they explain their mission:

We have a plan to eliminate our products’ carbon footprint, and it’s already in action. First, we measure the emissions of everything from their raw materials to their end of life. Next, we reduce our impact by incorporating things like natural and recycled materials. And finally, we offset the little bit that’s left with carbon offsets, making Allbirds a completely carbon neutral business. But our goal is bigger—emit no carbon in the first place. We can create a sustainable future, but only if we hold each other accountable.

This is an example of a women’s running shoe product page:

Women's Running Shoe Product Page Example (Screenshot) - Allbirds

There are high-quality images of the shoe from different angles and a handy sidebar that allows customers to select size and color. They also show highlights of the product and its core features.

Men's Product Page Example (Allbirds)

As you scroll down they show more images of the shoes and a video of a real person walking running and moving about in the shoes.

Product Review Placement on an eCommerce Website (Allbirds Example)

At the bottom of the page, they share customer reviews and let consumers know how well shoes follow normal shoe sizes based on other customer feedback. This is another smart marketing idea for online shopping.

6. Recess (Powered by Shopify’s eCommerce Website Builder)

Recess Beverages eCommerce Website Example (Screenshot)

Recess is a drink company with a product meant to help people feel calm and focused even when life is busy. They sell 6 flavors of drinks made with hemp extract, adaptogens, real fruit, functional herbs, and limited sugar.

Their eCommerce website is designed to remind you of a dreamland with clouds and pretty pastels. Some of the words float giving you the feeling of rocking to sleep.

eCommerce Product Descriptions (Recess Example)

The tag phrase “we canned a feeling” bleeds through in their simple but effective website branding. They’re not just selling a drink, they’re offering an experience.

Recess Drinks Screenshot (Example of eCommerce Website Listing Pages)

To make the products even more relatable, they ascribe personalities to each of the drinks. Coconut lime is a hustler.

Example of Creative eCommerce Product Description (Recess)

7. 23 and Me (Powered by a Home Grown eCommerce Website Builder)

23 and Me Homepage Screenshot (eCommerce Website Example)

23 and Me is an online service that allows people to research their genetic and genetic health history. They can learn about their DNA, where their ancestors originated from, and potential genetic health risks they may be predisposed to having.

Recently, 23 and Me have even started testing the genetic connection between those who have mild and those who have severe reactions to COVID-19.

23 and Me Product Description Screenshot

One big appeal about 23 and Me’s branding and website design is the way it makes science accessible and interesting to the common person. While most people probably won’t know a lot about the science of genetics, 23 and Me shows how these analyses are very important and relevant to people.

23 and Me Ancestry Product Description Example

The clean design and bright color scheme also make the website visually appealing.

8. Hims (Powered by a Home Grown eCommerce Website Builder)

Hims eCommerce Website Example (Screenshot)

Hims is a health and wellness company geared towards the wellbeing of men. According to their site, only 1 in 10 men feel comfortable talking about their health and looks with their doctor. Hims hopes to alleviate the stigma attached to men practicing self-care both mentally and physically.

Prescriptions, supplements, and self-care items are available as well as online psychiatry.

Product Category Description Examples (Hims) Screenshot

Choosing online psychiatry is an option for people who may feel uncomfortable speaking with someone locally. They also provide discreet shipping on prescriptions. While traditionally this service would not be offered online, for some the added privacy would be a relief.

9. Casper Mattress (Powered by a Home Grown eCommerce Website Builder)

Casper Mattress Homepage Screenshot (Example)

Casper is an online bed-in-a-box mattress company that delivers mattresses right to your front door. Since the product is DTC, they were able to offer a mattress that is more affordable with free shipping. Plus, since you’re unable to test it out in person, they even allow customers to use the mattress for 100 days risk-free.

Casper Mattress Online Shopping Experience (Product Screenshots)

In its first month, Casper made 1 million dollars in sales. The business has continued to grow and they were able to offer a small selection of mattress types while still sticking to their original business plan of providing simple, well built, affordable mattresses.

Creative Product Descriptions by Casper Mattress (Screenshot)

Casper’s website design and branding revolve around the color blue, a color associated with calm and sleep.

If you’re interested in a Casper product, they include a chat box at the bottom right corner so you can ask questions about their mattresses.

Example of eCommerce Website Builders with Chat Feature to Answer Shopper Questions

10. Warby Parker (Powered by a Home Grown eCommerce Website Builder)

Warby Parker Homepage Screenshot (Original eCommerce Website Example)

Warby Parker is an eCommerce store aimed at helping people get glasses at an affordable price.

The founders of Warby Parker were faced with their own problem — losing an expensive pair of prescription glasses and not having the funding to replace them. That’s when they knew there was a problem and they weren’t the only ones experiencing it. After that, they found a new way of making glasses and selling glasses.

They shared, “By circumventing traditional channels, designing glasses in-house, and engaging with customers directly, we’re able to provide higher-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear at a fraction of the going price.”

They created a successful business finding a solution to a real problem that many people experienced. Not only that, but they also help donate glasses to people who can’t afford to purchase them.

They explain, “Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.”

Product Categorization Examples on Warby Parker

The website design is attractive with little pops of color to add interest.

Beautiful Product Page Example (Warby Parker)

The product pages show what the glasses look like on and off a person, and the description below adds a little personality.

Since everything is sold online, they have a program where they ship 5 frames to the customer to let them choose which one they’d like to purchase.

11. Everlane (Powered by a Home Grown eCommerce Website Builder)

Everlane eCommerce Website Example (Screenshot of Homepage)

Everland is a clothing company that offers top shelf products sourced ethically. From sweaters to jeans to boots and backpacks, their products are made with what they term “Radical Transparency.”

Tell Your Story on Your Online Shop (Everlane Example)

They reveal exactly how much the item costs to purchase and how much they’re selling that item to you. They also aspire to make products that will last many years, and not end up the way of many fast fashion companies.

Here’s an exactly breakdown of the cost for them to produce their “Modern Loafer” and how much they mark up the product.

Transparency During the Checkout Process (Everlane Example)

This kind of authenticity both in production and cost is not common in today’s world, but it’s a marketing plan that works for many modern shoppers.

Another smart marketing tactic is a “complete the look” section. If you’re looking for t-shirts, you probably need a pair of bottoms to go with it.

Checkout Upsell Opportunity Examples (Everlane Screenshot)

12. MeUndies (Powered by Spree’s eCommerce Website Builder)

MeUndies Homepage Screenshot

Need some new basics? MeUndies has got you covered. Their products are soft, simple, and comfortable.

They also produce their undergarments with Fair Trade practices and transparency.

MeUndies Company Mission Screenshot

The eCommerce website is designed with blocks of bright colors that draw the eye to individual sections.

MeUndies Product Categories Example (Screenshot)

They offer one time purchase or membership subscriptions that provide undergarments at a reduced price.

MeUndies Upsell to Membership During Checkout (Screenshot)

All in all, MeUndies is a pretty stellar example of how to implement one of the top (flexible) eCommerce website builders into a seamless checkout experience that blends well with the rest of your website.


Bonus: 7 Bloggers With Successful eCommerce Businesses

Bloggers often diversify their blogging income by offering products and services that coincide with the work they’re already doing. From branded merchandise to consulting to handmade products, bloggers can make profit from adding eCommerce to their blog.

Here are some examples of bloggers who have successfully added eCommerce to their blog business plans.

1. Ideas by Arianna

Ideas by Arianna eCommerce Website Example

Ideas by Arianna was started by a friend and fellow content marketer, Arianna O’Dell, who wanted to turn her gift ideas into a real eCommerce business. Arianna loved creating gifts for her friends and now offers them for purchase, so others can do the same.

Blogger eCommerce Product Descriptions (Screenshot)

With a knack for fun, silly, and humor, her yoga mats, mugs, face masks have had her featured on popular publications like Forbes, Fox News, Fast Company, and Buzz Feed.

Etsy eCommerce Store Example

Arianna has a personal eCommerce website, but makes additional income from her Etsy shop. Many creative businesses benefit from selling on a personal eCommerce website while also taking advantage of a built in audience through marketplaces like Etsy.

2. Nimble Bar Co.

Nimble Bar Tools eCommerce Website (Screenshot)

Kyle and Nate founded the Nimble Bar Co. after finding unique success with their personal bar. People who visited their bar often said they offered an experience that was different from other places and bars. That’s when they realized they could share their bartending knowledge with others.

Nimble Bar Co. has a bartending school so people can learn to adopt their method.  They offer workshops and online courses to help people get started. They also sell physical products in their “bar tools” shop.

Blogger eCommerce Shop Screenshot (Nimble Bar Tools)

3. Dina Calligraphy

Dina Calligraphy eCommerce Shop (Screenshot)

Dina (of Dina Calligraphy) is a modern calligrapher that’s successfully sold her own products and now teaches other people how to run their own calligraphy businesses. She was able to take her original business plan and turn it into a new source of revenue.

Dina still sells her own products through custom commissions, but also offers calligraphy workshops and live calligraphy.

4. Press’s Squeeze Magazine

Press Squeeze Magazine Homepage Screenshot

Press is an online health company that sells detoxes, cleanses, juices, and diet plans.

Press Squeeze Product Landing Page

They also have a thriving online publication called The Squeeze Magazine. The blog features all types of health related info from yoga, to fad diets, to coping with anxiety.

Example of Featuring Products on Your Blog (for Driving Sales)

5. BestSelf

BestSelf eCommerce Website Example (and Blog)

Best Self is a productivity-oriented eCommerce business that sells products like journals, planners and courses to help people become more organized in their daily life. So naturally, they’re using an eCommerce website builder to power their checkout experience too.

Example of Blog That Sells eCommerce Products (BestSelf)

They also have a prolific blog that covers topics like stress reduction, organization, goal setting and more. This company does an excellent job of providing real content value while subtly waving in product promotion.

6. Pretty Litter

Pretty Litter Blog and eCommerce Store for Cat Owners

Pretty Litter is a kitty litter company that seeks to revolutionize kitty litter. Kitty litter comes once a month as part of a subcription program. One big perk to Pretty Litter is new technology alerts owners when their cat might be experiencing an illness. The kitty litter will change color when there’s a potential health issue.

Pretty Litter Blog (Screenshot)

In addition to selling litter, they also have a blog covering all types of cat owner topics.

7. Girl Next Door Honey

Girl Next Door Honey Website (Homepage)

Girl Next Door Honey is a blog that covers a wide range of topics about honey bees and beekeeping. Founder Hilary Kearney offers classes, public speaking, mentoring and live bee removal.

In addition to her blog content, she has a small shop selling bee-related merchandise, powered by WooCommerce as her eCommerce website builder of choice (since it already integrates so well with her WordPress blog).

WooCommerce Example (eCommerce Website Builder) Honey Books

Her shop also sells branded t-shirts that support her mission of raising awareness around declines in the honey bee population, which aligns very well with the ambitions of her readers.


Are You Ready to Choose Your eCommerce Website Builder?

eCommerce Website Builders in Use (Photo of Website Designer Working)

We’ve covered a lot of ground here—from why you should open an eCommerce business, to which platforms are the best eCommerce website builders (depending upon your goals), inspiration from business owners who’ve already achieved success in eCommerce and beyond.

It’s a lot to consume, but it’s also exciting. Now is one of the best times in history to jump on the eCommerce train, as more people continue to use the Internet with increased frequency. And if you’re considering throwing your hat into this arena, it can pay massive dividends to find yourself an eCommerce coach that’s able to guide you along the way.

With relatively little investment in the right eCommerce website builders, you can start that business that has always been in the back of your mind. Whether you want to start a blog and sell a few products a month or build your business into a large operation, the Internet is ripe with opportunity.

Now, what did I miss? Which eCommerce website builders have you experimented with? Is there one you’ve used that I should add to my list?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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The future 2022 BMW M4 Convertible is rendered in Sao Paolo Yellow


After the unveiled of the sedan and coupe, the new BMW M4 Convertible G83 is already in the starting blocks. The M-version of the BMW 4 Series Convertible (G23) – to be unveiled today –  will also celebrate its market launch in 2021. While a joint market launch is planned for the new M3 Sedan G80 and the new M4 Coupe G82 in Spring, the BMW M4 Convertible will unfortunately miss Summer 2021 and will only be available towards the end of the year.

A current rendering from X-Tomi Design shows what customers can expect next year. The rendering artists has virtually freed the coupe from its carbon roof, as well as the B and C pillars, providing a pretty accurate view of the new BMW M4 Convertible G83.

Same as its brothers, the M4 Cabriolet will feature the highly controversial kidney grille. In addition to the front apron, the side gills behind the wide front fenders, the widened fenders on the rear axle, the M exterior mirrors and, of course, the diffuser with its four tailpipes unmistakably indicate the performance demands of the open-top M4.

If you want to go visually a few steps further, you can certainly purchase the aggressively designed M Performance Parts, as seen on the Coupé and Sedan.

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It is no secret what is hidden behind the huge double kidney grille. The new BMW M4 Convertible G83 is also powered by the 3.0-liter twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder S58, which already in the basic version produces 480 hp and 550 Nm of torque. For the BMW M4 Competition Convertible, the power output goes up to 510 hp and even 650 Newton meters.

In addition to the rear-wheel drive variants, a model with fully variable all-wheel drive M xDrive including 2WD mode is also expected to be available for the Cabriolet.

BMW M4 Cabrio render 830x467

[Source: BimmerToday]