Many people create their own handmade items, mostly started as a hobby. It can be a handmade jewelry, shoes, cupcakes, bags, art and the list can just continue. Why not sell your handmade items online and start earning money? You can't work for 24/7 but your online platform can! Here is how to sell handmade items online.
List your Handmade Items on Online Marketplace
One of best place to start with is the online marketplace. It is a type of ecommerce site where product or service information is provided by multiple third parties, whereas transactions are processed by the marketplace operator. People tend to log on to online marketplaces that are organized and products are much more accessible to them. Places like eBAY, Amazon, Alibaba, Rakuten, ShareASale, Snapdeal are some to name a few.
Prepare With The Fees Involved
In order to make money, there must be some investment involved. Many popular marketplaces will charge listing fee for product that you want to sell there. Some marketplaces also take a percentage of sale you made there. Therefore it is important to find out these information before deciding which marketplace to list your handmade items online.
Method of Payment
Most popular marketplaces will have the common preferred method of payment. However this is not absolute. You may need to check the preferred payment method of the customers you target when deciding which marketplace to list your handmade items online.
Easy to Get Customer Support
A marketplace with easy accessible phone and email contact will provide you with better support if needed. It would be even better if they have 24/7 online chat to solve your problem instantly. This will ensure you to have a better selling experience to avoid frustration which in worst case, you may be demotivated and quit selling your handmade items online.
Start Your Own Website When Your Business Grow
When you already have your customer base, then it is the right time to start having your own website as most of your customers will follow you there. Having a website is definitely the foundation to build a sustainable business online. It gives you full control over your business.
Similarly, there will be cost involved. But as you continuously run your business online, the cost will be much lower than an online marketplace. Of course, it is not wrong to start your own website the moment you start selling handmade items online too. It is actually the same. You still “pay a fee” to drive traffic to your store. For example, you pay a fee to online marketplace to leverage on their massive traffics whereas with your own website, you pay to 3rd party to drive traffic to your website.
It could be overwhelming for newbie to create your own e-commerce store from scratch. To make it easier, there are many user-friendly website builder that you can use. I would recommend a simple to use website builder Wix which is free for starter or alternatively, if you prefer something more robust, do try Shopify where they offer free 14 days trial.
Please note that it is only worthwhile switching to your own website if you are willing to commit your time to build a sustainable business online. Otherwise the cost of building a website may not be worth for the amount of sales generated.
Alternatively, to save cost, you may want to consider learning how to build an e-commerce store from scratch to promote your handmade items online. One learning platform that I would recommend is Wealthy Affiliate.
If you have any questions on how to sell your handmade items online, do drop me a comment below and I'll try to assist.