Are you looking for ways to make extra money without having to work on an 8 am to 5 pm kind of job? Well, you better stick around because I will be sharing with you some of the ways on how to sell stuff online!
Thanks to the advent of technology, selling has become more convenient and cheap! Yes, gone are the days when you have to look for space so you can sell stuff. Today, all you have to do is sign up to your preferred online platform, take photos of your items, upload them, and wait until someone places an order.
I started online selling just a few years ago, and I must say, online selling today has really gone huge! I mean, even on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, you will get to see a lot of online sellers. It’s like people nowadays are making use of every possible online platform.
But of course, there are actually legit websites that specifically cater to online sellers, and that is precisely what I am going to share with you today.
You know, it doesn’t matter if you are selling old or new stuff, because I tell you, online selling allows anyone to sell anything! So yeah, if for instance you just recently did the Marie Kondo method at home, and you found a lot of stuff that you want to get rid of, there is definitely a room for you to sell them online and make money out of your supposed trash.
Oh, by the way, just in case you do not know Marie Kondo yet, she is a Japanese lady who happens to be an organization expert and founder of the KonMari Media, Inc. She has grown popularity and has become a household name because of her best-selling book entitled, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organization. If you watch Netflix, she also stars her own show called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Anyway, we just had to introduce her to you because we thought she is the master of decluttering. According to her, you should learn to let go of stuff that no longer spark joy. Yup, she has a certain process of tidying up wherein you have to hold gently each item and see if it does spark joy. If it does, you get to keep it, but if it doesn’t you have to say thank you and let go.
Alright, so much about decluttering. Now, if you have a particularly unique product in mind that you want to offer to the market, you can also sell them online! If you do not have a product of your own, but still want to start selling online, you can always re-sell products you think would click to online shoppers.
You know, online selling offers a lot of room for profit to anyone. The thing is, you just have to have the right product, the right attitude, and of course, the right channel or platform.
HOW TO SELL ONLINE
Now, before we proceed with the different platforms where you can sell stuff online, here are some tips on how to sell stuff online:
- Establish your online selling strategy.
There are a lot of online sellers out there, thus, making the competition really high. That is why it is very important that once you have decided to open an online store, you also think of eCommerce strategies and stick to it. One of the things you have to take into consideration is your sales channels – decide whether you will just stock to an online store (would you be selling through your own website or through online selling platforms) or are you also putting up a physical store?
You will also have to decide what product you are going to sell. Are you going to offer just a specific product or services, or you are going to offer a wide variety of products or services? You have to look into all these.
- Select the right eCommerce software.
To be honest, there are so many website options out there for you to choose from. While there is nothing wrong with being present on different platforms, I suggest you start with one first and get to familiarize yourself with the process. Once you have already mastered it, then you can jump into another platform.
Anyway, one of the things you need to take into consideration is how you are going to accept payments online. Make sure to check your options and choose the one that fits you best. However, when you are using online selling platforms, this should not be a hassle anymore because they usually have something available already – it’s like ready to use payment channels.
- Be committed to providing a great online customer service.
You know, I may be an online seller, but I too am an online shopper. It is important that you do online shopping because from there you will get to have an idea of the kind of customer service you want your customers to experience. It’s like putting your feet into their shoes.
Just a tip, I believe that a great customer service is not just about being nice but putting the needs of your customers first in everything that your business does. You know, even if you get into glitches, it’s easier for your customers to forgive you and still stick with you for as long as they feel valued and cared for. So yeah, work on that!
- Come up with a great delivery experience.
Apart from a great customer service, online shoppers look forward to the seamless delivery experience. One thing I learned about eCommerce is, you do not give false hopes to your customers. Meaning, if you tell them they are going to receive their package in a day, you have to make sure it is delivered in a day.
This is not the case though among online sellers that use online selling platforms, because automatically they get to enjoy the kind of delivery experience that these platforms offer the customers. However, it is the seller’s prerogative if he or she wants to add a personal touch to the package.
- Establish a trusted online brand.
Like I mentioned earlier, there are so many online sellers out there and that the competition in this industry is really high. That is why it is very important that you as a seller build your brand. Not just any other brand, but a trusted online brand.
Remember, trust is very hard to earn, you got to work on it. Actually, once you get to establish your brand, it is easier to have repeat customers and continuous profitability.
- Encourage repeat purchases and buyers.
For you to be successful in online selling, you have to make sure to work on not just the first purchase but as well as all succeeding ones. If you are just a budding online seller, you can always test and try different marketing methods to encourage repeat purchases, and then change plans as needed.
- Optimize your online shop.
One way to get ahead of the game is by optimizing your online shop. By optimizing your site, you get to reach more customers, and you get to make more people aware of your shop, what you sell, etc.
By the way, if you are not familiar with optimization methodologies, you can always make use of promotional options offered by some online selling platforms.
So, these are just some tips that might be useful if you are planning to put up your own store. Now, let us proceed to the real deal – where to sell stuff online.
WHERE TO SELL STUFF ONLINE?
A lot of us use Amazon when online shopping, right? Well, who doesn’t when it is one of the leading eCommerce in the world!
Amazon caters to almost anything and everything, and it is pretty much welcoming to up and coming online sellers. However, there are some specialized categories that require Amazon’s approval and also, an upgraded plan.
Depending on your selling plan, Amazon charges certain types of fees based on the item sold. For a standard individual selling plan, for instance, you will have to pay Amazon 99 cents per purchased item, as well as a referral fee, which is basically a percentage of the item’s total sale price plus shipping cost. It usually ranges between 8% and 20%.
If you are planning to sell items like books, video games, or movies, Amazon charges $1.80 closing fee, too.
You also have the option to upgrade to a professional selling plan, which costs $39.99 monthly. However, I only suggest upgrading to this if you are planning to sell more than 40 items monthly. Otherwise, I suggest you just stick to the individual selling plan.
Just like Amazon, eBay is also a very well-known online selling platform. It also lets you sell anything and everything. Compared to Amazon though, eBay has a faintly simple fee structure. For almost all of the items sold on this platform, sellers pay 10% of the final sale price to eBay, which is quite reasonable, right? It also already includes the shipping cost sans the taxes.
With eBay though, they start charging an additional 30 cents per product listing if you post more than 50 items in a month. But the thing is, that may be refunded if your item sells. So, yeah, the trick to get your money back is that your product/s has to sell.
Now, if you want to attract more online shoppers to choose you over others, you may opt to upgrade and promote your eBay listing in different ways possible but for additional costs.
Are you already getting overwhelmed with all the information about how to sell stuff online plus this? Well, hang in there, there’s still a few more I am going to share with you.
Now, eBid is another thing. It is actually a competitor of eBay, which is quite obvious by just how the names sound, right? Anyway, eBid though is from the United Kingdom. It offers a very basic fee amounting to just 3% of the final price of your item, excluding shipping cost. If you think about it, it’s quite cheaper compared wot eBay, right?
If you want to eliminate fees on the items you are selling, all you have to do is upgrade your seller account. Instead, you will have to pay for a regular subscription price. You will get to choose though if you want the weekly payment option or annually.
You know, it is very important that you know all these things prior to selling stuff online. Otherwise, you will get shocked at the cost. Although thinking about it, the fees are just very minimal.
Anyway, Bonanza is basically like eBay and Amazon. They also cater to almost any products out there. When it comes to charges though, the company base it on the sale price of the item, plus the shipping cost over $10. So, for instance, you get to sell an item amounting to $20 and will have it shipped for $13, your fee will just be based on the total cost, which is $23.
The company charges its sellers 3.5% of the price, which costs about 80 cents in the example I gave. Do take note though that Bonanza has a minimum fee of 50 cents per item. Another thing to note is that for items you get to sell for $500 or more, you will be charged 3.5% for the first $500, and then they will charge 1.5% on any amount over $500.
Bonanza offers to advertise of your listing all over the web, but for a higher percentage fee. I suggest you do not get into it if it is really not that necessary. There are always other ways to promote your products without having to pay so much.
Now, while these are the big ones or the leading sites when it comes to eCommerce that basically cater to anything and everything, there are also other websites that cater to local sales, and these are:
- Facebook Marketplace, Letgo, and Craigslist
If you are just a beginner and just wanted to try on how eCommerce work, you may want to use these platforms first instead. Oh, also, if you are selling your old and unwanted stuff, these are also a good place to look for buyers.
Unlike the ones we earlier mentioned, these websites do not take cuts from your sales. So, it is basically using the platform for free! The downside, however, is that you have to take off everything – like meeting your buyer in person, setting up your payment channels, as well as shipping the items if they prefer it shipped.
Now, if you are not the type of person who likes handling logistics and all the other stuff, then this one’s definitely not for you.
If you are planning to sell specialty items like vintage clothes or antiques, you may consider selling to a more international market. In this case, you may use the following platforms:
Etsy is probably the best site to sell one of a kind products and services. It actually caters more to creative people. Like, if you love making arts and crafts, this is definitely the place where you can sell your creations.
For every listed item, you have to pay Etsy 20 cents plus a 3.5% fee on the sale price of the item, which is quite reasonable given the fact that most of the items sold in here are either vintage or are really unique. Please do note though that the shipping fee is not yet included in the equation.
Additionally, you will be charged 3% plus 25 cents for the use of Etsy Payments, which is a platform that processes your payment.
- Ruby Lane
If you are really serious vintage stuff and antique seller, Ruby Lane is the one for you.
Unlike other eCommerce sites, setting up a store on Ruby Lane requires a fee amounting to $100. Yes, you read it right. Apart from that, you will have to pay $19 per item on your list. In addition, you will also have to pay for a monthly maintenance fee, which will be based on the number of items you have in your store during the first of the month.
I know, the fees are quite overwhelming, but it is what it is.
With Ruby Lane, you are allowed to have up to 80 items in your online store. That is equivalent to a monthly fee amounting to $69. If you wish to store more items, please expect to be charged accordingly.
So, there you have it! These are actually just some of the eCommerce websites that you can take advantage of, but of course with the price tag. There are more sites out there that you may want to check on depending on your products or specialty.
You know, there really is money online. I mean if you come to think of it, in just a snap of a finger you can be a businessman or businesswoman!
Anyway, I hope I was able to share something with you, and hopefully, I was able to give you the right information especially about how to sell stuff online.
To wrap this up, please know that I wish you well in your online business endeavor and that I hope and wishing nothing but your success.