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Moonlight & Make Money with a Home Dropshipping Business

dropshippingRather than take a second in the regular work force, more and more people have decided to moonlight and make more money with a home dropshipping business or other ecommerce endeavor.

If you find yourself in a financial crunch or just want to make some extra money for a dream vacation, home renovation, new care or anything else…starting an ecommerce home dropshipping business offers a fast and easy way to get started and make the cash you need.

Best of all, you don’t have to invest a small fortune to get your home business off the ground and making money, either.

Based on info from BigCommerce.com the shift to online rather than offline part time or second jobs is substantial. Here are some stats from their research:

Research by Bigcommerce over a 90 day period this year uncovered a noteworthy amount of activity logged by independent online merchants outside of traditional working hours.

Bigcommerce sampled almost 20,000 U.S. stores and discovered that about 30-35% of the activity was between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. CT, with a large amount happening after midnight.

The data shows that at twelve noon -- a peak time for activity on all Bigcommerce stores almost 80% of e-tailers were working on their online stores. At midnight, there were over 49% working.  At 3 in the afternoon, almost 50% of online retailers were working, with 25% still at it at 3 in the morning.

Regionally, the breakdown of moonlighting Americans paints an interesting picture of the state of the U.S. job market:

  • The data found that 33 percent -- the largest group of moonlighters -- are based in Southern states (with Florida, Georgia and Texas having the highest concentration in the region).
  • 27 percent are based on the West Coast (led by Arizona, Colorado and California).
  • 24 percent of the U.S. moonlighters are in the Northeast (led by New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.).
  • 15 percent are located in the Midwest U.S. (led by Michigan, Illinois and Ohio).

"The data paints a new picture of the modern day entrepreneur," said Bigcommerce co-founder and co-CEO, Eddie Machaalani. "Through daily conversations with our clients and monitoring this trend over recent years, we understand that many of these small business owners are pulling long hours to run their business and work a full or part-time job on top of that, but these numbers provide us with hard stats and evidence.

Opening an e-commerce business is relatively easy in today's marketplace," explained Machaalani. "These days, all you need is a few minutes, a credit card and an Internet connection to get a fully operational online store up and running. These passionate entrepreneurs show that it's possible to start and grow your own business while also maintaining an additional source of income."

Want to learn more about this? Today is your lucky day!

The findings from the research have inspired Bigcommerce to team up with partner HubSpot, along with a group of experts including active moonlighters, on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat to share experiences and advice on how anyone can start and grow an online business while also managing to work a day job.

More on the discussion:

What: Twitter chat -- How to have a successful online business AND keep your day job
Who: Bigcommerce, HubSpot and moonlighting entrepreneurs
When: Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Twitter
How: Follow the hashtag #BcSMBchat and use it for asking questions

There is no cost to get in on this Twitter chat and if you really want to learn more about starting an online business---dropshipping or otherwise---this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about moonlighting and ecommerce!


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