I may be one of the few weird people who enjoy looking at financial dashboards and playing with complicated Excel files. I find it fascinating to change a number in a cell and see the whole spreadsheet, charts, and tables change. And you know what? It actually helps me wrap my head around different aspects of the businesses I deal with. I may be a nerd, but I understand that finance, numbers, and ratios may look scary to rookie entrepreneurs. Here’s the deal: understanding and managing cost structures is a key to success, whether in the Ecommerce world or other industries. Some of the costs related to an online business are similar to what you’d find in any other business, while some are unique and tied to online businesses. Others are much more important than in other business models.
I can’t talk about every component of every business; this would take the whole book, and I know a lot more about Ecommerce than other business models anyway. The aim of this section is to focus on costs related to Ecommerce. Cost structures are a very important part of a business. They are key to crafting the best pricing strategy, effective financial planning, and ultimately maximizing growth and profits. So, let’s get started and look at each category.Continue reading