If you want to sell items using the internet, you may not even need your own business website. There are a number of places where you can go if you want your products to reach the masses – but you do not want to deal with the time and money expenditures that building a business website will entail.
These different options could save you ample time in getting your business up and running quickly. After this, if you decide that your business has become profitable enough, you can take your sales to your own website and retain all of the profits.
The most common third party company to use when peddling your wares is eBay. By using the online auction powerhouse, many people have found it fantastically easy to make quite a bit of money. However, selling items on eBay does not come cheap, as the company does charge quite a bit of money for each completed transaction. Do not despair, as you can still find it incredibly easy to set up your business and sell your products using an eBay store.
Setting up your eBay storefront is no more difficult than simply creating an account with the online marketplace. Although it is not good practice, you will have to also give some financial information to eBay when you sign up, so it is a good idea to dedicate a bank account or a Paypal account to eBay. Treat your eBay store like a business and it will be easier to keep track of all of your transactions.
You can start selling immediately with eBay. Just choose an item you want to list and place it on eBay. Aside from the tools that eBay gives you just for being a member, there are a number of fancy listing tools available for low prices for all operating systems. Some of them are even free. No matter the cost, if you want your eBay store to look professional, you will want to invest in one of these third party selling tools.
While eBay is easy to use and a very effective way of getting your products to a marketplace of millions from around the world, there are a few drawbacks. eBay takes its cut on every sale you make. You will have to pay listing fees and selling fees as well as Paypal fees on purchases people make through the financial service. This can add up over time, so while eBay is a great place to get your business started, it is not recommended that you stick with eBay as your sole source of income for longer than a year or two.
If eBay does not sound like it would be the proper marketplace for your products, you may want to consider teaming up with retail giant Amazon.com. That’s right, Amazon is in Australia now, so you can reap the benefits that US retailers have been reaping for years. There are two ways to use Amazon to your advantage – selling your used items in an eBay style manner or creating your own WebStore on Amazon. You should decide which method to use based on your predicted sales volume as well as how much of a reputation you want to establish for yourself.
Selling one product at a time on Amazon can make you some money, but it is not exactly an online business website. If you want to go full bore and make as much profit as you can, then the Amazon WebStore is what you should focus your attention towards. The Amazon WebStore affiliation will allow you to sell your products right alongside of Amazon’s products, allowing you to sell your goods to over sixty million potential customers.
Just like setting up a store with eBay, an Amazon WebStore is a cakewalk compared to designing your own business website. But there are monetary drawbacks involved as well–drawbacks that may deter you from engaging in a financial partnership with the retail giant.
While you can build your own Amazon WebStore using Amazon’s easy to use storefront designer, it will cost you sixty dollars per month in hosting fees plus seven percent of each sale goes into Amazon’s pocket.
All in all, if you think you can move enough merchandise on Amazon’s site, this is really the business alternative that you should consider. It offers roughly the same exposure as eBay and slaps you with far less fees so that you can make more profit.
Shopify is the last, but certainly not least alternate option to building your own e-commerce website. Shopify has gained a lot of momentum over the last couple of years with a lot of YouTube videos popping up, suggesting that millions of dollar can be made using the platform. While these videos are most likely the new form of the tradition ‘get rich quick’ scheme, it is a great option non-the-less.
Shopify comes with themes that you can purchase or you can use the free option. There are a range of plugins that you can use and the drag and drop format is quite intuitive. It will cost around $40 per month and transaction fees are incurred as well. While this may seem like a lot starting out, it is better than the $5000+ price tag you could pay a developer to have your own e-commerce website.
Although there are plenty of other programs that you can enroll in if you are looking to establish an online business without making your website right away, the above listed companies offer three of the largest resources for you to start selling right away. Their fees are affordable, their web traffic is huge.
They can offer you everything you want about an online store except for your own domain name and full control over your profits. If you want to be completely in charge of your business, you need to create your own e-commerce website.