Charles Fitzgerald is the founder of Online Only American retailer The Kewl Shop. It’s a fashion retailer specialising in bandage dresses. They launched in late 2012, and are now top 150,000 websites in the world!
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About the business
- eCommerce Business Structure – Online Only
- Product Range Scale – niche
- On a Shopify platform
- Virtual team -Across 2 continents
- selling mainly in the US
- Offer 24 hour customer service
- Key widgets in the website:
Listen to hear how Charles Fitzgerald got started in eCommerce
Most Awesome Thing Right Now
Charles says the most awesome thing about his business at the moment is that it affords him the freedom to run his business from anywhere in the world. Charles no longer owns a suit and for the majority of the time works in Singapore with temperatures of around 30 degrees.
Listen to hear how Charles manages his remote team
On the Radar for the Coming Months
Charles have quite a lot of things on the to do list but as a business they’ve worked out what they need to do and they are working through their list. They’re adding to the email lists and working on improving their PPC activity. Charles is also looking at starting a side blog to help tell the Kewl Shop story.
You can hear about all this on the podcast, for free – right now…
Top Tips on Manage a Remote Team
Charles suggests that you need to establish how each employee likes to be contacted – some people prefer to contacted through Skype whereas some prefer a telephone conversion. Living in a text orientated world Charles take the time out to drop his employees messages to check up on them and if they want to chat he takes the time out to talk.
Charles makes sure that everyone knows about the business growth and developments within the business keeping everyone up to date. His team is all committed to the business and are interested in seeing how it is developing.
eCommerce Book Top Tip
Customer Manipulation: How to Influence your Customers to Buy More and why an Ethical Approach will Always Win by Chloë Thomas
eCommerce Traffic Top Tip
Lead Generation Ads on Facebook.
Tool Top Tip
Podio – project management software
Start Up Top Tip
Talk to those who’ve done it before.