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Best Ecommerce Niches of 2020


If you’re targeting upcoming and trending niches, timing is everything. Wait too long and everyone jumps on the bandwagon, leaving the market flooded with competition. But if you can strike at the right time, you can establish your brand as a niche leader before all the copycat brands hop on.

Based on search trends and expert recommendations, we’ve collected a list of the top 10 best niche products for 2020.

eco-friendly niche

  1. Eco-friendly Versions of Everyday Products
    Climate change has been on everyone’s minds lately, including online shoppers. To support environmental efforts, lots of new manufacturers are creating eco-friendly versions of everyday products.

One of the fastest rising products is reusable food wrap like Lilybee Wraps, which aims to reduce single-use plastic wrap with cleanable (and prettier) food protection. Another niche to go environmentally conscious is feminine hygiene, with eco-friendly pads like Lunapads seeing more and more interest (as the site claims, each one replaces over 125 disposable pads).

This is a popular and wide-ranging niche, one with plenty of sub-niches that you can further hone in on. The beauty of eco-friendly niches is that you can accommodate them for every industry, even if just a few products. Almost every type of store has environmental versions.

food niche

  1. Preplanned Meals and Ingredients
    Somewhere between the need for convenience and eating healthy, a unique ecommerce niche starts to bloom. Preplanned meal delivery — which sends prepared ingredients to your home, ready to be cooked by you — is projected to rise substantially in 2020.

The appeal of services like Plated is the convenience of not having to shop for your own meals, but also avoiding the unhealthy choices that dominate delivery by cooking it yourself. Again, this niche is wide enough to support plenty of sub-niches, like specializing in a certain type of cuisine. Part of the appeal, though, is having meals selected by professional chefs.

shapewear niche

  1. Shapewear/Bodycon Apparel
    To some it’s fashionable, to others it’s just a modern girdle. Regardless, tight-fitting fashion items that grip the body to accentuate curves, known as shapewear or bodycon (“body conscious”), are hot sellers.

Fashion is always a niche industry divided by personal taste, but adding body image preferences makes it even more niche. You have to make sure your shoppers will be into these products if you offer them, or else you risk offending them. But if it sounds like something your shoppers will like, the website of Macom explains how the clothing works.

weight loss niche

  1. Weight Loss Items
    On the heels of body-shaping garments, there’s other trending niches that take a completely different route to arrive at the same, slimming results.

Specifically, cellulite removers are on rise, namely those that use sonic lift technology. Although the results are inconclusive, brands are marketing these massagers as the long-sought solution to the age-old problem of cellulite. For more details, check out niche leader Glo.

Aside from this new product, you can still offer the basic evergreen items like keto supplements or home gym equipment.

clothing niche

  1. POD Clothing and Apparel
    With modern technology, retailers are no longer chained to the model of storing inventory. One such advancement is Print on Demand (POD), which is likely to upset the low-end apparel market in 2020.

POD clothing and apparel lets you target any variety of different styles, allowing you to really hone in on your niche. Because the apparel industry is already dangerously saturated, it’s best to dive deep into a niche to reduce competition — fitness clothes, ironic T-shirts, animal prints, etc. Take a look at Redbubble’s POD selection for inspiration.

electronic niche

  1. Smartphone Accessories
    The market for smartphones and other mobile devices is reaching unprecedented levels — enough to support smaller submarkets like the smartphone accessories. Not everyone owns a smartphone, and not every smartphone owner buys accessories; but there’s a specific niche of people who want to deck out their smartphones and make them more efficient.

Although there’s still enough demand for traditional smartphone accessories, what we’re seeing now is some “next-level” tech for consumers who want a little extra. For example, BodyGuardz tempered glass screen protectors offer more protection than the normal flimsy plastic guards. Likewise, rather than deal with the usual cord charging, consumers are predicted to buy more wireless charging stands in 2020.

cbd niche

  1. Marijuana and CBD Products
    Talk about niche — this entry is downright illegal in certain places. But if you live somewhere where cannabis is legal, you have a lucrative opportunity to participate in one of the most profitable ecommerce niches of the 21st century.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a medical product proven to remedy pain, anxiety, cancer-related symptoms, and even acne! Because cannabis legislation is fairly recent, the medical marijuana and CBD industry is one of the best niches to break into at the moment.

CBD products are legal in most places across the U.S. and might be a great starting place while you wait for the other stuff to iron out.

Just be careful about which channels and payment gateways you use, as some don’t allow cannabis sales. While there are obstacles, CBD Essence proves that selling CBD online is both doable and profitable.

drones

  1. Drones
    Well over a year ago on the ecomdash blog, we posted 5 Exciting New Technologies for Online Retail, where we cited drones as an “Honorable Mention” with the caveat that it still needed government regulation. Well, as of October 2019, new commercial drone approvals are starting to come in, suggesting that drones and their accessories will be one of the trending niches of 2020.

The likely course of events will see drones first authorized for deliveries (like UPS’s recent permission) and then more options for commercial hobbyists will enter the market.

auto niche

  1. Car Accessories
    Just like with smartphone accessories, there’s a niche of consumers who want to customize their cars with new tech and gadgets. One of the most common are rear cameras, which actually make driving safer.

Likewise, smartphone holders are on the rise, as more drivers are opting for their device’s GPS over those built into the cars. These are relatively cheap too ($1 – $5), making them a risk-free addition to most stores.

jewelry niche

  1. Handmade & Minimalist Jewelry
    The fashion industry historically popularized the luxury brand and exclusivity models, but in our modern economy, more shoppers are flocking to handmade and minimal jewelry. For one thing, the more affordable prices appeal to younger customer groups, but really it’s a stylistic preference that’s pushing this fad. At the moment, simple jewelry is “in.”

Keep in mind that minimalist jewelry isn’t an untouched niche market, it’s just recently seeing more attention. The truth is this niche is already old and established, and even has its channel Etsy dedicated to it. If you’re a fashion ecommerce seller and want to break into this niche, you’ll need to spruce up your social media skills, especially Instagram — that’s where all the serious marketing for simple jewelry is done.


6 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated in Your Small Business

Category : Small Business , Start-Ups

Getting and staying motivated is vital, whether you’re striving to reach a business goal, starting a new venture, or managing the day-to-day operations of your business. Lack of motivation can chip away at your confidence and hurt your potential for success. The more motivated you are, the more forward-moving momentum you will create and the easier it will be to tackle ambitious goals and reach higher levels of success in your business.

  1. Entrench Yourself in a Goal
    While lack of motivation may not be related to a specific goal, having a goal can often help you get motivated. SMART goal setting is one way to outline your objectives, clarify the importance of the goal, and create an action plan for achieving it. If you are able to break down long-term goals into weekly or even daily action steps, the progress you make every day can help you build momentum and get motivated to keep the process moving.
  2. Relive Past Successes Do you remember what it felt like to reach an accomplishment, hit a significant milestone or make an important decision? Spend some time thinking about the process you went through, the work you put in and the taste of victory. Reliving some of your best moments can get you over the hurdle and into action.
  3. Find Inspiration in Someone Else There will always be others who have walked the path before you, faced challenges and emerged victorious. Spend time appreciating the drive and determination of others, and explore how they overcame the challenges they faced on their journeys. This can be motivating, while also giving you some creative ideas for getting through the challenges you’re facing.
  4. Try a New Approach Progress often generates routines; routines can bring boredom; and boredom can cause a loss of motivation. If your routines are causing you to lose your fire, it may be time to shake things up. Try altering the way you do things, when you do them, how you do them and even how you think about them. Start to question your standard processes, and introduce a new way of thinking to get past complacency and renew your motivation.
  5. Find an Accountability Partner Having someone there to encourage you, support you and challenge you can be an effective way to get and stay motivated. When you make a commitment to someone else to do something, you’re no longer struggling along on your own. You have someone else counting on you, and most of us feel increased motivation to act when there is a chance we will disappoint someone other than ourselves.
  6. Psych Yourself Up Ultimately, although some of these methods rely on external sources, motivation comes from within. The best way to get motivated is by figuring out what psychs you up and gets you moving. You can try your favorite music, positive thinking, celebrating success, and creating a personal mantra. When you’ve found an activity that results in a boost in motivation, and makes you excited to take the next step, you have found your own motivational secret to get over the slump.If these ideas don’t successfully help you get you motivated, spend some time exploring what gets you excited and ready to get the work done. Everyone has a trigger that will push them into productive mode. It may take a little trial and error to find, but it is there if you take the time to look.


10 Ways to Avoid Being a Yes Man

10 Ways to Avoid Being a Yes Man

Category : Small Business , Start-Ups

Do you stop what you are doing to assist a coworker with advice or a problem? Do you answer your phone on the first ring…every time? Does your schedule look like a tangled web of events that all blend into one giant mess? Do you always feel tired and can comfortably say you are “burning your candle from both ends?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you are the epitome of a yes man. Last time I checked, “yes man” is not in suffix category on an application; therefore, it’s not a term that should define you.

Essentially, a “yes man” is a people-pleaser. You tend to always put others’ needs before you own, at your own expense. It’s not a glamorous job. Unfortunately, becoming a people-pleaser is actually a dangerous path, as it can affect your physical, mental and social well-being.

We have probably said yes more than enough times and it has caused us stress. However, if you feel that you are saying “yes” without even blinking an eye like Jim Carrey, maybe it’s time to reevaluate how you view your options.

Say no. Easier said than done, right? If you want to change how you live your life, start by making your own decisions.

Below are 10 great ways to start you on the path to your own success and happiness.

 

The Power of “No”: 10 Ways to Avoid Being a Yes Man

 

1. The Power of Choice

Many people struggle with addiction. Believe it or not, saying yes to everything is also an addiction. Often times, our guilt, fear and anxiety rule our minds when we say no. It’s like going through a sort of withdrawal. You crave the need to please everyone, no matter the cost.

Much like coping with an alcohol addiction, the first step is recognizing that you have a problem. In this case, recognize that you have a choice. You can say “yes” or “no.” Instead of feeling trapped, consider other options and weigh what is best for your well-being.

 

2. Know Your Priorities

Put yourself first. This may seem like a selfish notion, but in actuality, you are practicing living a healthy lifestyle. Consider what the most important thing for you to focus your energy on and give it all you’ve got.

Make a list of tasks or schedule some downtime and follow-through with your plan. You’ll feel more satisfied and rejuvenated.

 

3. Think Before You Answer

Most questions or favors asked of you do not require immediate attention. If they do, see if the timing is appropriate for you and determine if you need to be directly involved. It’s okay to tell your friend or colleague that you need some time to think about it. You’ll grant yourself the chance to step away from the immediacy and pressure and have time to evaluate the pros and cons of your decision.

 

4. Embrace a Mantra

Develop a saying that you repeat over and over to yourself. It can remind you to say no or consider your priorities first. Make sure that your message is positive and only propels you forward. Envision your mantra multiple times every day, and before you know it, this practice will become a good habit.

 

5. Don’t Fall on the Defense

You don’t need to provide an excuse or reason to defend your decision. More often than not, your reason is your own business.

Like a mother telling their child, “because I said so,” is answer enough. You were given free will. Embrace it.

 

paulo coelho saying yes picture quote

 

6. Never Apologize

This isn’t a “get out of jail free” card. If you were at fault, of course you need to apologize. However, this goes for the yes men that say sorry for every decision they make. Don’t feel the need to feel guilt about your decision. This will only promote anxiety and unwanted stress.

 

7. Develop an Assertive Tone

Going along with never saying you’re sorry (unless there’s reason), be confident with your choices. Remind yourself that you have a good head on your shoulders and you will weigh your decisions and logically sort through what is best for you. Once you decide, go confident in your answer and remain firm. No backsliding.

 

8. See the Good in Saying “No”

Don’t always see saying “no” as letting down another person. See it as an opportunity to do something to make you happy and focus on your wants and needs. You will start to notice your schedule will slowly clear up.

 

9. Don’t Be Afraid of the Aftermath 

Never dwell on what people think about your decision. Chances are they’ve moved on before you have. Fixating on your answer will cause you to stress and worry too much. Let it go.

 

10. You are Only Human 

At the end of the day, you can’t please everyone. So, instead of trying to be a superhero, try to assess your priorities and put yourself first.