How To Overcome Frustration, Redirect Your Energies And Succeed In Your Business

We get frustrated when things don’t go the way we want them to. When we set goals and make plans, other circumstances can make us fall short of achieving our desired purpose. In business, especially the e-commerce industry, it’s pretty easy to get frustrated and tired.

Imagine working so hard on your products, including its manufacturing and shipping process, then, you only a few sales that you can count on one hand, and then to top it off, you end up getting crappy reviews from your customers! Maybe something went wrong along the way, but when you think about all the energy invested in this product, you are most certainly going to feel exasperated.

THIS IS NORMAL!

What isn’t okay is allowing your frustrations dictate your decisions. Emotion and business mixed together is a bad cocktail and a recipe for disaster. To put things in perspective, let’s look at some common frustrations when it comes to business.

  1. Lack of Profits: This is a major reason to get frustrated. If profits aren’t coming in, then why am I still here doing business? Lack of money leads to lack of motivation.
  2. Lack of Control: Having next to no flexibility when it comes to your schedule
  3. Nothing seems to be working: Regardless of how many books or articles you’ve read about your business, things still don’t seem to be working out for you.

Peradventure you find yourself struggling with any of these frustrations, you don’t need to fret! This is a common theme amongst entrepreneurs. The road to success isn’t always as smooth as it appears to be, how you deal with the gallops will determine if you will get to your final destination.

To overcome frustration, you need to go back to the drawing board. Taking a step back will allow you to see the bigger picture and get you refocused. How can you do this?

  1. Your Vision: Having a clear vision in mind helps put your business in focus, but not only that, it can also help serve as a reminder of why you do what you do. In trying times, you can look back to your well spelled out vision for yourself and your business and you can draw inspiration and motivation from this.

 

  1. Working with the right people: There is no quick way to success, but having the right team is undoubtedly a booster! Bad factories can sell you subpar products which will lead to angry customers and messy reviews. Ensure you are working with the right people so there is no break in the chain of quality you offer to your customers. If you are a busy person and cannot afford the time to attend to the nitty-gritty of your online store, then it is advisable you hire a competent VA, as this would help simplify things for you.

 

  1. Efficient Implementation: When trying out new things, perhaps from books or articles you’ve read; always ensure you are following the procedures stated in these materials correctly. Keep a record to track your progress and cut off anything that isn’t working. There is no point to continue on a road that leads to nowhere. Einstein once said that it is the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

 

  1. Track Progress: Endeavor to keep a track record of your progress and failures, no matter how small they may be. It’s easy to lose focus when you succeed and bask in the glory of the moment, but you should time out to record the processes that led to that success. Documenting your progress helps construct a roadmap for you to follow to consistent success. This way, you will know what works and what doesn’t, it will help organize your business process and allow you to remain consistent.

As we mentioned, frustration is almost inescapable, but you can mitigate its effects and give your business a better chance at succeeding. When things aren’t working out the way you want, it is always best to reevaluate your business strategy, bolster it with new ideas and techniques.

We got a ton of awesome material that you can use to do just that! Our video courses are packed with the latest information on how you can make it BIG on Amazon or Shopify!

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 sam dh says at 23:18 et
i'm sam from LA.. new here.. LOVE it so far. excited to get started.. researching product now.. any tips?
 
Claudia says at 07:40 et
Welcome Sam. Glad to have you with us.. Have you checked the new PRODUCT RESEARCH VIDEO? I have shared our tips there and gave step by step instructions how to do it!
 
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 Ethan says at 21:01 et
i look to scale up my business and get more help.. where to find assistants?
 
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 Evan says at 21:01 et
Check great filipinos workershere onlinejobs.ph and assistant on Upwork, freelancer.com and fiverr!
 
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 Sarah says at 21:03 et
hi.. new here.. where to find bloggers influencers in my industry?
 
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 Evan says at 21:03 et
Welcome Sarah!! Try musefind, tapinfluence, tomoson, famebit. also check Groundsignal, socialchain , Shoutcart.
Or reach personally specific top influencers via their contact forms/fb messaging/youtube etc. Most have already ads department and managers to handle that.
Also bloggers you can find alltop directory..
 
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 GoldmaN says at 21:04 et
For me works best reaching influencers directly.. I never had much luck with those paid services, they are just a middleman.
 
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 Victor says at 21:04 et
Try Tomoson also, a good place to find mommy bloggers and instagrammers
 
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 Vin says at 21:06 et
Why retail Arbitrage SUCKS?
 
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 Emma says at 21:06 et
It does not.. And it works ok still, but it's more like OLD SCHOOL method to make money... 10 years ago it was a golden age of RA, but now more and more brands are closing their listings from piggibackers (RA crowd) so you might end up buying stock and then can't list it..
 
Claudia says at 21:07 et
For me RA is WORK... Not a passive income. If it works for you, fine. But it's not my song.
 
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 Tyro Meg says at 21:08 et
Say Vin, you buy discounted stuff in Wallmart, you sell it ... and then WHAT? You need to start all over again. It's not scalable business model. just a quick buck. I know it works for some people if you have a team of assistants helping find deals and listing them quickly.. Online arbing
 
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 Antony says at 21:47 et
Why you hate retail arbitrage so much?
 
Claudia says at 21:47 et
Anthony.. Have you watched the video about it? We don't hate it, we just say it's A JOB and hardly a passive income. Moreover brands are getting it harder and harder for you to sell their products on amazon.. More and more restricted categories will create a slow death for RA.. It's much better to get into FBA or Shopoify at this point. 10 years ago Retail arbitrage was booming but it's days are soon gone..
 
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 max says at 21:08 et
How do you guys handle delays related to Chinese New Years etc?
 
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 Emili says at 21:08 et
You can say the product is out of stock due to "high demand", "custom printing", "warehouse relocation". And then instead use Pre-order now and get special early bird discount price...
 
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 nicholas says at 21:09 et
What should i target with facebook ads as a goal?
 
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Claudia says at 21:09 et
Have you watched the video on the facebook ds? With facebook ads you can target for different results. Website Conversions means people going to your site and in this community usually means going to your site and buying something. Track them using the facebook pixel. You can also target for things like engagement, clicks etc.
 
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 Aria says at 21:19 et
What's ASIN?
 
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Claudia says at 21:19 et
A 10-character alphanumeric unique identifier assigned by Amazon.com and its partners for product identification within the Amazon.com organization
 
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 Wise Woman says at 21:20 et
I am starting FBA and have 2 questions..
1. What is EAN/IAN??
2. What is FNSKU?
 
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Claudia says at 21:20 et
1. It's European Article Number or International Article Number A 13 digit-10 data and 3 check -barcoding standard which is a superset of the original 12-digit Universal Product Code system.

2. Fulfillment Network Stock Keeping Unit... This number is used to identify a specific product to a specific seller within an Amazon Fulfillment Center. It's this that goes on your product as a label if you're selling FBA and not commingling
 
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 henry says at 21:21 et
sorry what is this FBA mean??
 
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Claudia says at 21:21 et
In short it works like this.. Amazon fulfillment centers pick, pack and ship a seller’s products, as well as providing customer service for products -all of this comes with a FbA fee 15-30% depending on the price
 
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 Kenga says at 21:21 et
Whats different with FBM and FBA??
 
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 Dylan says at 21:21 et
Fulfillment by Merchant - The merchant is responsible for picking, packing, and shipping the products, as well as providing customer support for the product. .. FBA is when Amazon fulfillment centers pick, pack and ship a seller’s products, as well as providing customer service for products -all of this comes with a FbA fee 15-30% depending on the price
 
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Claudia says at 21:21 et
Fulfillment by Merchant - The merchant is responsible for picking, packing, and shipping the products, as well as providing customer support for the product. .. FBA is when Amazon fulfillment centers pick, pack and ship a seller’s products, as well as providing customer service for products -all of this comes with a FbA fee 15-30% depending on the price
 
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 Abigail says at 21:22 et
Whats PL??
 
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 jo says at 21:22 et
Private label product.
 
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 freedom says at 21:41 et
Anyone knows on demand print for shopify in UK??
 
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 Lucy says at 21:41 et
Check https://apps.shopify.com/all-over-print and teemill.co.uk (it doesn't integrate with Shopify)
 
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 Tycoon says at 23:31 et
Morning Amazoners. Im looking to increase the quality of my listings AND increase conversions. Any tips?
 
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 little_tiger says at 23:32 et
Learn yourself too! Don't be lazy.. Check the video about the listing and brainstorm, put to CRITICS!
 
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 Samuel says at 23:47 et
Agreed. dont pay $150 to some shady guys. you should do it yourself and become your own expert. 1/2 the people that claim to know don't. You know your product better than anyone else. Dont be lazy! USe the tools provided and dont look for magic pills!
 
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 Oli says at 23:32 et
Run Split tests also!
 
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 lou says at 23:48 et
There are tons of services like amzfoster.com to get your listing optimized
 
Andres says at 00:29 et
Hi
is this for world wide market or just USA?
 
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 Uncle Sam says at 00:32 et
Andres, what "this"? Shopify drop shipping model works worldwide of course and chinese suppliers ship worldwide.. AMazon FBA works wit many countries as well (not all). But you can sell on AMazon USA for example even if you dont live in usa. its not a problem!
 
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 lou says at 00:32 et
Right. Important where you sell, not where you live!
 
Blaine says at 00:30 et
Hello I'm new and just trying to feel my way around
 
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 jack says at 00:31 et
Welcome Blaine, you will love it here, we are crushing it!!! Videos are here http://sellslikehotcakes.co/videos.php they work fine for me, try Chrome or firefox.
 
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 Gautam says at 02:00 et
I used the Amazon best seller finder for a keyword. All the results sound encouraging. But I am confused with one of the messages, "Reviews: top 10 sellers have average 3757 reviews (At least 2 of 10 have 50 reviews or less. Recommended <150 reviews average)"
Does this indicate it's worthwhile? It says 3757, and recommended is less than 150. I am unable to interpret as the other results are great. Please help(and explain what they mean)!
 
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 jo says at 02:03 et
It means they have many reviews probably so it's a very popular niche most likely. If the all other numbers sound good i would not be concerned. I think you mentioned you sell oils? so maybe instead of general oils try more specific like "facial oils" or "massage oils" or "lavanda oils" so it's more nichey
 
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 Gautam says at 06:16 et
That's great.If the reviews are too less and the other numbers are right what's the course of action? Just curious.

Thank you for your suggestion on making the niche specific- very helpful!

Cheers.
 
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 Amelia says at 06:19 et
Dont worry about reviews so much, it's becoming less important after last year Amazon's review policy update.
 
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wade says at 05:00 et
I know that combating procrastination is an important common theme here – But I think maybe you guys have forgotten how intimidating and overwhelming some of this is. Yesterday for about 6 hours I was really going though some negative emotions – Thinking no way this can work and no one is going to responded to these products I am putting up – What took me out of this funk was 1) the fact that I am starting this business for very little money 2) the realization that doing something I least had a better shot and making it than I had doing NOTHING – Might sound simplistic but that’s the edgy thinking it took for me. I think what maybe the more experienced folks here have disregard is how over whelming it can be when you can latterly chose ANYTHING for you shopify niche and product line – that is awesome and daunting all at the same time….. God I hope I get the White label level soon …LOL One last thought fear of success and fear of failure seem to go hand in hand and feed off of one another…
 
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 adam says at 05:02 et
Wow well said Wade. I went through similar hardships when starting out... What if people don't buy my product? What if it's too late? But then again what do I have to lose? It's not like i am investing 100,000 into this.
 
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 Rob says at 05:03 et
Good Luck Wade! You are on the right track just by giving it a try. 99% of people fail because they never start and give it a chance.
 
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Oliver says at 02:38 et
Thanks Emma, I got the logo done!