Do you have products to sells and are you wanting to sell them online? Gone are the days where you need to have a brick and mortar store to get sales. You no longer need to stand in a store waiting for customers to come in and purchase something from you. You can now do this from the comfort of your own home. You can choose to have either a website or be part of the Marketplace ecosystem. There is nothing to stop you doing both.
Once you have your business legally set up you are ready to work out how to sell products and make money.
Creating a website is something any of us can do with little or no training. Thanks to clever website building software you don’t even need to know anything about HTML coding. With time, common sense and a little creativity you can create a fully functioning website to suit your needs.
Setting up your own website is a great way to test your products to see if there is a viable business without spending a lot of money on fancy graphics and website design. However, if this is your first experience it may take time to get the site operating how you want it.
Selling products at Marketplaces doesn’t mean you have to stand in the cold shouting “two for a pound”. Marketplaces are online websites that enable businesses to sell products for a fee. The registered business owner signs up to an account, lists products and the Marketplace brings in the customers.
Selling on Marketplaces have seen small businesses all over the world experiencing an increase in sales. But it can come with challenges and you may find yourself catapulted into price wars with other sellers. To benefit be mindful of feedback and rating systems, adhere to the policies, keep on top of dispatch timeframes and respond quickly to customers.
When you first start a business, you have the tendency to want the best website and to be advertising your products on multiple Marketplaces. Your eyes glisten over with pound signs and you can quickly be out of your depth. Instead pause and research. Check out your competitors and see what is working for them. Keep your overheads low, sell products you have in stock and offer the best customer service.