In this article I will give you ideas on how to sell products online and produce varying income streams.
This will always be my top pick because I am involved with affiliate marketing. There are so many products and services that will pay you to advertise for them. From a blog about specific types of products or services to a general review site you can use any idea or passion to pursue your dream of being self employed online.
There are also various sites out there that have affiliate partners listed like a catalog of ways to get paid just for writing posts on your website.
There are also various systems and training sites offering to teach you how to do affiliate marketing as gaining visibility amongst the billions of websites on the internet can be a struggle. Getting inside information in order to have an edge over your competition is always worth your time.
Creating a Product to Sell
As an artist this is also near and dear to my heart. You have various sites and apps vying to sell your handcrafted items. Between Etsy, Ebay, Amazon, LetGo, Shopify, Facebook Shops and the myriad of other offerings you have so many ways to sell your items it’s ridiculous.
Most of these sites do cost a little to use. Many take a percentage of your sales so be aware of what you’re signing up for.
Also, don’t forget to check out the requirements for selling online where you live. I know in the state I live in you’re required to have a state tax license and a business license for the town I live in. Make sure that you’re legally able to sell your product before you start selling.
Start Your Own E-Commerce Site
You could easily start your own e-commerce site to sell your products/services if you don’t want to share your profits with the services mentioned above. Most web hosting platforms have e-commerce suites and widgets you can use to sell your products and services for yourself.
These can be a bit intimidating for newcomers to website building but you can usually get help from your web hosting company in the form of FAQ’s or their own experts. Some even have a live chat and can help you on the spot! There are also web building services you can use to build your site but these will often cost you quite a bit.
Definitely read the fine print and be aware of any upsells and extras the hosting services offer before jumping in. Sometimes ‘free’ doesn’t really mean free.
Sites for Creative Minds
Finally, there are sites for creative minds like writers, artists, modders and those who create less physical offerings but still have an audience and value to their work.
There’s Patreon when you set up a homepage much like Facebook but you can have ‘Patrons’ that either pledge monthly or by creation to support your work. In exchange most artists offer bonus material for patrons like exclusive sneak peeks into new works or swag that gets sent to them on a recurring basis.
Fiverr is an option where you set up an account, offer your services (often for $5) and people will pay you to provide your service in a timely manner. For example, say you’re a musician and you offer to write an original 30 second song for $5 with a sample on your profile. People will see your profile and if they decide they like your style they’ll pay you for a 30 second song.
BuyMeaCoffee.com is a site much like Patreon but your followers can give a one time donation or sign up to support you monthly. I like this format because if someone found your post informative and helpful they might just buy you a coffee. Options can be from $1 to $5 per coffee and you can sign up to be paid via Paypal and/or Stripe.
No matter what your style of selling and the type of product or service you offer, there are so many ways to sell products online. With some research (and making sure to read the fine print) you can certainly find one or multiple ways that are right for you and will help you reach your dream of being self employed online.
Do you have any thoughts or experience with selling producs online? Any tips, tricks, methods or sites I didn’t mention? Let me know below!
Catharyn – The Rebel Entrepreneur