Basically, if you are able to receive payments, then the entire world is your potential customer when you sell online.
Other advantages include less expenses, because you don’t have to deal with such things as rent and employees. And of course – your work hours become way more flexible.
As a small business owner, you are always looking for ways to increase sales volume. So, here are 10 places where you can sell your products online.
Your own website
Getting your own website storefront should be on the top of your list. A website isn’t simply a place for selling things, it also needs to be thought of as virtual real estate. Like physical real estate, websites often go up in value over time if it is properly managed. Not only that, managing inventory, making changes, and the low overhead make e-commerce sites a favorable way to sell products online.
Millions of people visit eBay every day to buy anything from cars to rare collectibles. Whatever it is you want to sell, you can do it through eBay. Although no one likes to pay fees, the wide reach and protection it offers to both buyer and seller make it an attractive place to sell.
Comparison Shopping Sites
Sites like Amazon and PriceGrabber attract lots of intent-driven shoppers. These sites create a competitive atmosphere because there a lot of sellers there, but at the same time, you’ll see high volumes of buyers. Most of these comparison shopping sites charge a commission for each sale so keep that in mind.
Classified Ads Sites
Classified ads sites like Craigslist, Backpage, Kijiji and Sell.com receive high volumes of daily traffic. These types of sites are ideal for low-priced items or local sales. An advantage to classified ads sites is that they normally do not charge any fees for both parties.
Google Product Listing
This leading search engine also allows merchants to sell their products through Google Shopping. You will need to open up a Google Adwords account. Advertisers are charged each time their ad is clicked.
If you are selling a specific type of product, you may be able to find a specialty marketplace that fits your niche. For example, Etsy is a marketplace for crafts/housewares, and PlasticJungle specializes in gift cards. You should be able to easily find one by running a search on Google.
Forums are great places to meet people and get information, but some forums also provide sections where you can promote your products or services. Like specialty marketplaces, the key here is to find a forum in your niche.
Take advantage of your social connections on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to get your product out there. But be cautious – your only mission on the social networks isn’t to sell things. You also need to create relationships and share useful information.
Group Buying Sites
Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are the latest trend in group purchasing. By buying in bulk, subscribers/customers are able to save money through group discounts. As a seller, your profit margin may go down, but you’ll benefit in a couple of ways: 1) Getting new customers to your door and possibly up-selling later on, and 2) Volume. Keep in mind that there are other merchants waiting to get their products featured, so it may take time to get yours listed.