Home Business: Steve Chou’s Mini Course on Creating an Online Store

Want the basics of creating an online store? Steve Chou of MyWifeQuitHerJob.com offers a free mini-course that can give your home business a boost.

I've known for a while that my friend Steve Chou, the guy behind My Wife Quit Her Job, offers a free mini course on setting up an online store. Since I don't have an online store, and probably won't set one up, I never really watched the mini course.

However, I thought that including information on this type of home business would be valuable to some of my readers. Setting up an online store doesn't have to be difficult, and, after watching Steve's mini course, I think I could do it myself — provided I came up with something to sell.

Step-by-Step Lessons on Creating an Online Store

Steve starts out with a video introduction to ecommerce. It's a 15-minute video, and it's important to realize that if you want your home business venture to succeed — no matter what that venture is — you need to put in the time and effort, and learn from someone who knows something about it. Steve knows about creating a profitable online store. He and his wife did it and made $100,000 profit in a year.

From there, you can read helpful content about finding a web host and setting up a domain. Steve offers questions you should consider when making your selection, as well as touches on the subject of dedicated hosting. These are issues I don't have to worry about because my business partner, Tom Drake, takes care of all of that. But it's still good information to have. Other lessons include:

  • Finding goods to sell online
  • Selecting an open source shopping cart for your business
  • Deciding on a credit card payment processor
  • Designing an attractive web site

After providing the basics, Steve shares an email about some of the mistakes he and his wife made as they got started. All of the content is concise, easy to understand, and practical. Just following the information in the mini course can help you get a good start on opening an online store as your home business.

However, as with all things “free” it doesn't have?everything you need to run a successful online store. It just gives you the basics. But, even so, it's still a valuable resource, and you can tell that Steve really knows what he's talking about. His suggestions are actionable, and almost anyone can get started with an online store after reading the lessons. If you want to get more personalized help, Steve offers another product, an entire course, on starting an online store.

Going beyond the basics: It is worth noting that Steve also offers a full-blown course on starting an online store. Create a Profitable Online Store?offers a more personal touch. I haven't taken this course, but I've heard Steve talk about his students, and talk about the support he provides to them. You get expert help with this course, and actual interaction with Steve.

Whatever you decide to do, though, it's important that you get ready to work. Running any home business requires dedication and effort. Whether you provide freelance writing services (like me), or whether you sell wedding linens (like Steve), or whether you do something completely different, you have to put in the work if you want your home business venture to succeed. There is no “get rich quick” when you are working toward lasting home business success.

2 thoughts on “Home Business: Steve Chou’s Mini Course on Creating an Online Store”

  1. Hi Miranda. I, of course, heard about Steve’s course when he was Contributor of the Week on BizSugar but don’t have any experience with it myself. I’m wondering if any of your community or anyone on the BizSugar community has a bit more experience with it.

    1. Miranda Marquit

      Unfortunately, I don’t personally know someone who has gone through the full-blown course; I mainly know people who have taken the mini-course. Too many of those in my small group don’t have online stores! But I do know that he hired a couple of former students to write for his blog, and I think that the rate of satisfaction is reasonably high.

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