Sell your products and services online and cash in!
Sell your products and services online and cash in!

Sell your Products & Services Online

Selling your products and services you offer can be a challenging task.  Whether you are a start-up company or a larger corporation, its always a smart idea to offer your business products & services on multiple online platforms.  First and foremost, it is important that you offer a shopping cart option on your business domain to accept payments.  This is an excellent start and a good foundation for your companies online identity.  But if the consumer can’t find your website?  How are they going to learn about your business? And most importantly, how can you sell your product and/or services?

That’s where other established websites can give you that added exposure you need to boost your sales numbers and get your company noticed!  Statistics show that sales continue to increase throughout the online marketplace.  Consumers continue to purchase online in record numbers and this trend doesn’t appear to be cooling down.  Here is a list of some well known & seasoned websites you can showcase your products and services on with no up front cost!

Sell on ebay

– It’s hard to believe that eBay has been around for over 20 years!  Signing up for eBay is a simple process which requires you to provide a bank account with an attached merchant.  (PayPal is one of the best ways to except payments)  You can create a business username, take pictures of your products, then post them for sale either via Auction or Online Sales.  Be sure to take detailed pictures and describe your items so the perspective customer knows exactly what you are offering.  Once your product sells, the customer pays, and your money gets transferred to your merchant account.  (We will use PayPal for the sake of this blog)  You can choose to transfer your funds via check into your business account which takes 10 days, electronic transfer into your business account which takes 3-5 days, or gain instant access via a PayPal Debit Card.  (You will have to fill out a simple application with PayPal to receive your debit card).   I strongly recommend taking the extra time to qualify for a PayPal Debit Card as it will be the best for your Cash Flow in the Long Run! Fees to take into consideration are 2.99% + $.40 change from PayPal for each transaction, between 2% & 10% Final Value Fees From eBay, and Shipping Costs which varies depending on location.

Amazon

Amazon also offers selling product format quite similar to eBay.  Recently, Amazon expanded its business model by offering a Selling Services options.  This is ideal for businesses looking to boost their sales on a proven popular platform like Amazon.  Here is the basic selling services model:

– How Selling Services Works

person 1

Set your price

Set prices for standard services up front, so customers can purchase them on Amazon any time. For custom services, Amazon customers can submit requests that are delivered directly to your inbox.

person 2

Get discovered

Amazon customers can easily find and purchase your products while shopping for products related to the service you provide, or they can submit a custom request for your services on Amazon.com.

person 3

Get paid

We handle the hassle of payment processing and customer payment issues, so you can focus on doing what you do best—delivering great service and growing your business.

This is unique business model that is sure to keep money flowing into your company!

 

Angies List  – Angie’s list is a great way to reach new customers.  You can sign up for a business account for free.  Once Angie’s list customers begin to contact your company for services, they will review your performance.  After three reviews, your business will qualify for Angie’s list’s “Big Deal.”  This is designated for high ranking companies who offer special Angie’s list pricing for a specific service.  The customer will make the purchase and payment through Angie’s list.  Angie’s list takes a small commission and then sends your funds.  Its a unique way to build a strong online identity, meet new customers, and sell more jobs!

 

Sell your Products & Services (Conclusion)

Take advantage of these 3 websites longevity, reputation, and customer base.  If you are looking for more helpful information, Read about the 10 best places to list your business by following this link:  http://blog.promarketme.com/10-best-places-to-post-your-business-on-the-internet/

Stay tuned for the next blog where I’ll discuss how to use the information you receive from these three websites.  If you have any requests or suggestions, please comment below.  Thanks for reading.

Is college for everyone?

The American way, go through grammar school, graduate high school then proceed through college and obtain a good career that has awesome benefits as well as a retirement plan. But is this truly the correct way to fulfill your childhood desires of wealth and happiness? Perhaps you’ve grown up influenced by a particular career path such as a teacher, law enforcement or within the healthcare industry. If so, the decision to pursue college should come without a doubt. On the other hand, I personally did not gain an interest in many subjects throughout grade school. Having a disinterest during classes clouded my vision of education which caused me to skip college for a few years and jump right into the workforce.  My full time job as a factory worker got old very quickly, but, something positive came to me during this span of time. I had an idea for a website which I was determined to complete. While I was being self-taught in the field of website programming I came to the conclusion I wanted to pursue college for this subject. It took 3 years of an intensive labor job to come to this conclusion but I finally discovered what I wanted to pursue.

College isn’t for everyone!

Mentioned earlier “The American way” is not for everyone there are plenty of successful people that have not received a college degree or even a high school diploma. So you might be asking your self is college for me? One thing that is necessary  if you are planning to go this route is Never Stop Learning. Take every day as a lesson whether it’s free material online, people skills, communication skills, or hands on skills, Never Stop Learning. Generations today have such an advantage, people can learn any subject they wish due to millions of free / paid sources found on the internet. There are plenty of free tutorials to gain knowledge in a vast array of subjects such as, automotive, construction, landscaping, programming, business, stocks and much more. Along with consistent learning below are a few steps to gain success without a college degree.

How to Skip the college degree and become successful:

  • Think of every purchase as an investment: Don’t just throw money out the window, think before you buy. To do this, before a purchase think, how will this item make me more money? Perhaps you are in a clothes store and want to buy a nice attire, this attire might increase your presence as a business partner or escalate your moral / mood. Another example: you are purchasing a power washer to clean your patio after this purchase it is possible to a provide power washing services to others. Always think as an investor.
  • Be social: majority of business requires a sum of money from an individual, how are you going to meet people to pay you? Being socially active is important to express your services to people that maybe interested in what you have to offer.
  • Always try to do better: This sounds obvious but is lacking in a high majority of people. Many people become comfortable they are happy with their job or how things are going. Having this mind set will delay the model of climbing the ladder because comfort can prevent improvement.

box

So you are looking to start a business.  You don’t have a lot of money to lease out a store front and you don’t want to use your personal residence for privacy purposes.  What can you do?

The best affordable option is to obtain a suite box.  A suite box is a LEGAL business address which you can use for your small business!  You may have a local post office or UPS store in your neighborhood that you can rent a suite box from.  Prices vary depending on your geographic area.   You can expect to pay between $5 to $20 per month depending on your exact location!  Many locations will have better prices if you commit to a longer term, (such as a year).

Its important that you get a suite box and not a PO box.  While you may have never known there is a difference between the two, there actually is.  A suite box has a person at the physical address during normal business hours.  A PO box does not have a person at the physical address during normal business hours.  This is the difference between a Legal and Illegal business address.  If you are not 100% sure, you can ask at the location where you are planning on renting a box what the classification is.

Quick and easy way to obtain a LEGAL address for your business!

periscope

It sounds silly… “Do something you love.”  But if you are gong to start a small business, YOU MUST MAKE IT SOMETHING YOU ENJOY!  Successful entrepreneurs start and run businesses which they are passionate about.  So lets focus on doing something you enjoy day in and day out!

If you are working a full-time and want to safely start a business minimizing your risk, here are a couple of ideas of how you can generate money early in the game and gain exposure through video mediums for FREE!

  • Start a YouTube Channel – If you work and are starting a business in your spare time, documenting your journey on a YouTube channel is an excellent idea!  You can use Youtube as a form of marketing showing your audience a personal side of your company while inspiring others to follow their dreams!  Also, you can add Google ads within your videos to generate additional income!  Once you have a certain amount of views on your channel, Google will actually PAY YOU to run sponsors on you ads.
  • Periscope – This is fairly new technology.  You can turn your Cell Phone into a live stream and document your journey into the entrepreneur world!  This is becoming more popular as you do not have to waste time uploading videos as everything is instant!  (Constant Contact)  You can stream whenever you like and start a following online!  Its amazing how this technology is taking off and exposing new opportunities for people and businesses alike.

Try these strategies, make some cash, & motivate!

Running a small business has its ups and down. Its important to keep yourself motivated and in a positive state of mind! Here are a few quotes that are sure to put some pep in your step and a smile on your face!

focus

“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.”
B.C. Forbes

“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

Andy Warhol

“The past does not equal the future.”

Tony Robbins

“The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, & exploits it as an opportunity.”

Peter Drucker

“You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”

Wayne Gretzky