Let’s face it. Today we shop online more than we frequent the local malls and many of us spend hours a day looking for the best deals and how to get rock bottom prices on things we couldn’t otherwise hope to buy. Some of us have a knack for shopping and can always find the best prices, no matter what time of year while others sit back and wait for Black Friday, Cyber Monday or seasonal blow-out sales. If you’ve a passion for shopping, you can turn it into a lucrative career and have a lot of fun doing so. Here’s how.

Build an E-commerce Website

There are a number of ways in which to get the products you want at wholesale prices any time of the year. One of the best ways to do this is to build an e-commerce website and partner with the companies you most often buy from. However, you don’t want to spend a small fortune building your site so why not work with an open-source Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress to get your initial site up and running? But this is just the start. Now you need to learn to save money on market analytics in order to learn how to bring loads of traffic to your site, traffic that is prepared to buy.

Study and Build, Build and Study

The very first thing you will learn when building your own website is that there is a lot of competition out there, especially if you are an affiliate for a major brand or several major brands that have literally hundreds, if not thousands, of other affiliates also working with them. Here is where you can do something a bit interesting while learning how to read the market in order to capture the audience you are shooting for. Since you will be spending a lot of time online, it would be in your best interest to get a degree in CIS (Computer Information Systems) with a focus on data analysis. This will offer a side benefit you maybe hadn’t thought of!

Use That Degree in the Corporate World

You would be amazed at the number of people who start by getting a CIS degree to fuel their passion, such as yours for shopping and e-commerce. Upon graduating they find that there are aspects of computer information that they’d like to concentrate on, areas in a different direction than what led them to study in the first place. For example, you began learning because you wanted to build a lucrative website and needed the tools to help you rank highly, beating the competition. In the process, you discovered how much fun you had in the network security module and would like to work at that full time while maintaining your website as a hobby to feed your passion.

People like yourself are building careers every day because they had a passion that led them in a totally different direction. You may have a passion for shopping today, but tomorrow you might be keeping WikiLeaks out of the national security grid. Who knows? In the meantime, build your site, study to learn the tools you’ll need to make a go of it, and if a new passion evolves all the better! There is no rule stating you can only have one passion at a time, so be brave and venture out into the unknown. You never know where a bit of adventure might land you – it’s an interesting thought, isn’t it?

By tbb