As your product launch dreamer, you have heard me talk about all the obstacles that can pop up when we are trying to launch our dreams. That’s where our “Dream Big” challenge comes into play. Partnering with DailyFeats has brought you a great opportunity to help you stay focused.
This week I’ll be highlighting one of the feats that the 8 Women Dream “Dream Big” Challenge has outlined for us ALL (that means you, dear dreamer) to work on during the challenge. I thought I’d share my experience with accomplishing the !research feat and how it impacts my own big dreams.
Research is a part of any new path in life – whether it’s a dream, or the latest smart phone. Most of us want to at least know a little something about the task at hand before we are willing to put our valuable time and energy into the project.
The latest item on my agenda for one of my dreams was to re-launch my jewelry site, For Your Adornment. This was originally an eCommerce installation that was extremely cumbersome from every aspect of the process. The software package I was using made the design process super painful, and when it comes to jewelry, you sort of want to have a pretty site to help show it off!
The advice to “stick with what you know” kept popping into my head. I did know this eCommerce platform, having worked with it over several years in my web site business. Looking at it as a programmer, it had all the features I was supposed to want. Unfortunately when you do know something really well, all the flaws in those features start to show up in a bad way.
Like every dream, sometimes the tools we choose can cause delays. Have you had any of these issues come up with your dream plan?
- Looked like it would be easy, but turns out it is difficult to customize
- The new version is great, but it’s a labor intensive process to upgrade
- You can make it look however you want… as long as you are also a programmer
I may have the skill set to maintain a highly robust and dynamic web site, but that doesn’t mean I have the time to do it for my own projects. And there’s a good question to ask yourself when you are doing your dream research – are the solutions I’m finding fit with my long term dream plan?
My dream goal for the website of For Your Adornment is to be able to interact with it about 4 hours a week. This is after the site is initial set up of course!
Those 4 hours should be spent on content, products, marketing and the like, and less on security fixes, hosting concerns, or things happening on the site. If you have ever tried to manage a website, you understand how these “little” technical issues can suck the life out of your day.
#1 research task accomplished
Keeping my ideal goal for managing my website in mind made researching this solution fairly easy. During my DailyFeats !research task I was able to make a short list of eCommerce solutions that met all the criteria I was looking for.
- Sticking with what I know, I found a system that integrated easily with WordPress
- Knowing the pain of upgrading most self-hosted ecommerce solutions, I found a system that had very simple upgrade paths
- Since it’s integrated into WordPress, the ability to make it pretty is so much simpler – and only makes me be a programmer if I really want to
The solution I found? WooCommerce
I was already a client of WooThemes, the parent company that developed the shopping cart tool, so I had faith in their products to begin with. The dive into ecommerce is never easy and the parterships they built up in a very fast time frame added to my confidence.
I have already installed and configured this platform for two of my clients and I did have one issue that came up. When I quickly heard back from the WooCommerce support team – and had an upgrade patch for the software – within a week, that proved that I could plan on great support.
Research can set your path – or help you find the right one
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
~ Mark Twain
Research is a vital part to dreaming. Why don’t we do it sooner?
I know in past dreams, the delay of taking that step of researching came from the fear of finding out something I didn’t like. The ever present “what if?” that stops most of us from making any change in our life, even if it is positive.
I hope my process of finding out the direction my next dream task will take gives you the encouragement to crack open a book, go to the library, or go Google your dream research today. You may just like what you find!
Looking forward to meeting this Dream Big challenge with you – Heather
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