As much as people might wish it to be. At least with rocket science there’s a lot more science than art to it, a lot less guesswork and a lot more fixed variables. It might be incredibly difficult but the vast majority of the factors are known.
E-Commerce Isn’t Brick & Mortar Retail
We don’t deal with walk-in customers. We don’t have to worry about displays or shelving or the appropriate amount of space between racks. We don’t worry about the butt brush effect or seeming too crowded for customers.
If you are coming for retail, you have a great handle on logistics and inventory and what to order and when. You have no idea about site design, usability, conversion rates and marketing.
E-Commerce Isn’t a Service Business
I have a friend. He runs a service business doing IT consulting. He charges hundreds of dollars an hour consulting on IT. His problems are very different from ours. He never has to deal with inventory, but time management is important. He can only ever sell a fixed amount of time unless he hires more staff. He doesn’t have to worry about uploading products or designing new sites or generating a thousand customers a month- just 2. If you run a service business, your experiences are important but they aren’t part of the equation here.
E-Commerce Isn’t Affiliate Marketing
Affiliates create sites, they generate content, they sell space on their sites and eyeballs and clicks. They are the front-face and the beginning advertising platform. Developing a strong affiliate business is very different from developing a strong e-commerce business. You could potentially develop a strong passive income from affiliate marketing. E-commerce is all about fulfilling that order – because whether you drop-ship or hold inventory yourself, you got to have stock to sell it which means you have to active in managing stock.
Affiliate marketing isn’t e-commerce. The skills might help, but it isn’t everything.
So What is It?
It’s not rocket science. It’s not unique skills. It’s a series of skills that are required, that you need to put together to make the business work. You can gain those skills from a variety of areas, but learning to put them together requires time and money and if you’re lucky, assistance.