Today, everything is on the internet, making it the perfect place for small business owners to expand their reach and attract new customers. If you’re ready to start making money online, but not quite sure where to start, there are a ton of websites and online marketplaces where you can start selling stuff online. From handmade jewelry and custom crafts to furniture and clothing, you name it, there’s a site with customers waiting to buy it.
Here are a few websites you can look into if you’re interested in starting your online business.
Selling on Amazon
Amazon is one of the largest global online marketplaces and one we’re all probably very familiar with. Sellers can sell almost any kind of product—like clothes, furniture, kitchen supplies, electronics, and toys.
Amazon is great for sellers who are looking to expand their customer base and want to sell a large number of goods online, but there are some fees you’ll need to keep in mind.
Amazon sellers can choose from two plans which include:
- Individual plan + fees: $0.99 per item sold, plus selling fees
- Professional plan + fees: $39.99 per month, plus selling fees
Since there are so many sellers on Amazon, you’ll have to come up with a solid marketing strategy to get your products out there, but the ROI will be worth it.
Selling on Poshmark
Poshmark is most commonly known for the selling and buying of new and used clothing though you can sell other items on the platform as well. Poshmark is the perfect place for small business owners who specialize in selling vintage clothing and accessories.
Of course, like most platforms, there are selling fees. Poshmark takes a $2.95 flat fee for sales under $15 and takes 20% for sales over $15.
Selling on Etsy
Etsy is great for small business owners who make handmade goods and are looking to open a storefront to build up their clientele. Etsy works like a search engine, so optimizing your storefront and product pages is key to leading customers to your goods.
One of the drawbacks to Etsy is its high listing fees. Currently, Etsy’s listing fees are $0.20 per item, plus 6.5% of each transaction amount. Though this platform is great for small businesses and can be a great source of income, it may not be for you if you can’t afford the fees associated with the platform.
Big Cartel has been around since 2005 and has had over 1 million people sell their products on the platform. You can sell just about anything on the site—like clothing, crafts, furniture, toys, jewelry, and electronics.
Big Cartel lets small business owners create their own storefront using one of their website templates or you can create your own. Their fees are based on the tiered monthly plan you choose, which ranges from free to $19.99.
There are so many sites on the internet today that make it easy for small business owners to get their products in front of potential customers. For a breakdown of more website options and what you can sell on each, check out the visual created by Solo below.