One popular business is to sell things online which you can do part-time, if you are still working, or full-time if you're available more often. Perhaps you just want a side-line income to supplement a poor potential retirement income, or just to beat the cost of living crisis.
Whether you sell clothing, make handmade jewelry, crochet animal clothing, or refurbish old furniture, there are plenty of websites for small business owners to start selling their products online.
Ready to start your online business and increase your revenue stream? Check out the sites below to learn how you can get started.
Amazon is one of the largest global online marketplaces—and one we’re all probably very familiar with. Buyers can search for just about any type of product and have it ordered and shipped within a couple of days.
If you’re looking to sell on Amazon, there are two different plans you can choose from, each comes with fees you’ll want to consider.
- Individual: $0.99 per item sold and includes additional selling fees
- Professional: $39.00 per month and includes additional selling fees
You’ll need to put in a lot of hard work and really market your products for them to take off on this platform, but once you do the profit is well worth it.
Etsy is another popular seller platform for small business owners looking to get their unique and creative products in front of potential customers. The best thing about Etsy is that it acts like a search engine, so the better optimized your product listings are, the more likely you are to attract potential buyers to your products. Etsy has a ton of different goods listed, from handmade jewelry and uniquely crafted furniture to birthday cards and wedding decorations.
On Etsy, listing fees are $0.20 per item, plus an additional 6.4% on each transaction amount. Because of these fees, many small businesses have ventured out to look for alternatives with smaller seller fees. Something to consider if you’re thinking about selling on this platform.
AptDeco is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell used furniture. This site is perfect for those whose small business consists of refurbishing and up-cycling old furniture. You do not have to meet up with buyers after they purchase your product—the AptDeco website will coordinate that.
Fees for sellers vary between 19% and 38% and depend on the brand and the selling price.
- Big Cartel
Over one million people have sold goods on Big Cartel since they were founded in 2005, so there’s no wonder they say their site is “made for makers.” This site allows small business owners to create their own storefronts so you essentially have your own website. You can use their premade design templates or make your own. Sellers on Big Cartel are most known for selling clothing and jewelry.
Big Cartel has tiered monthly plans that range from a free basic option to a plan for $19.99 a month.
Today, there are a ton of websites small businesses can utilize to get their products out there and start earning some cash. For more sites where you can start selling stuff online, check out the visual from Solo below to determine what you’re able to sell.
Where To Sell Things Online…
… and, of course, what to sell. Plenty of ideas below!