Should The Unemployed Turn To Ecommerce For Work?

Mar 22, 2013 by

Ecommerce is undoubtedly changing the landscape of business, and in some major ways. One less considered result of the ecommerce boom is an increase in employment opportunities, and the great thing about this is that it is open to anyone, regardless of experience, education, or socioeconomic background. Should the unemployed turn to ecommerce for work? Here are some things to consider:

The unemployment crisis. As we all know, the financial crisis that hit our country in 2007 had ongoing repercussions that we are still recovering from. One of the lasting consequences that continues to hit us in the pocket books is that of unemployment. Fortunately, unemployment rates seem to be down and holding, but there is still a shortage of jobs, especially for those who are not necessarily trained or experienced in a specialized skill.

Ecommerce entrepreneurship as an answer. While some people look at ecommerce as a means of putting people out of work (in ecommerce, computers are completing much of the traditionally people-enabled tasks, after all), the truth is that ecommerce can also be an exciting new answer to the ongoing question of unemployment. Those people who feel helpless to find a job in a struggling market can put the power of their employment in their own hands by venturing into ecommerce in a number of ways, from ebay stores to affiliate marketing websites.

Who does this apply to? As previously mentioned, ecommerce is open to anyone who dares pursue it. This makes ecommerce both exciting and risky, as it is easy to get caught up in the possibilities and forget about the extreme amount of research, discipline, and execution it takes to enter into ecommerce and stay there. Therefore, you should consider the hard work it will take to succeed in ecommerce before you decide if you are ready to take that leap.

Getting started. Fortunately, there are many resources available to those people looking for entry into the world of ecommerce, and many of those resources are free. If you are interested in finding out what it takes to get started, all you have to do is conduct a simple Internet search to find a plethora of information, startup assistance, and education options. A new breed of business is also springing up to meet the growing need of ecommerce entrepreneur wannabes: the online ecommerce school. For a fee, you can learn all of the ins and outs of running an ecommerce, from the comfort of your home computer.

As you can see, ecommerce offers a viable alternative to unemployment, but only for those willing to invest what it takes. Consider all facets of the ecommerce opportunity when determining whether or not it is right for you.

About the Author: Russel Packham started his own ecommerce business after being laid off 5 years ago. If you want to try it out, he suggests you study successful entrepreneurs and their strategies and learn as much as possible about online business and marketing.