Selling Products Online, Internet eCommerce Jobs

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Selling Products Online, Internet eCommerce Jobs

If you’ve ever thought about opening up your own store, you’ve probably run into a host of reasons why you can’t.  “I don’t have money to rent a location, I don’t have credit, I don’t, I don’t, I don’t…” Well if you’re reading this, then odds are you’ve got a computer and Internet access, which is everything you need to open up your very own online store.  So if you’ve got the spirit of an entrepreneur, an outstanding work ethic, and a product to sell, then there’s never been a better time to turn on the open sign to your new online business.

E-commerce is the industry term for the sale of goods online (the “e” stands for electronically).  Typical E-commerce stores used to be owned by actual brick and mortar businesses with physical storefronts selling their products online to supplement the everyday sales that they made in their stores.  The growth of the Internet, as well as its popularity with a new generation of shoppers, has opened the door for a more diverse group of retailers to enter the market.  This has actually made it easier for anyone with a product to offer to get in on all of the online action.

Building an online store is relatively simple, and there are a ton of platforms available that you can get started on today.  Ebay Stores is a great place to start if you want a complete hands-on experience with your online store.  You can sell your goods on Ebay for a fixed price, then cash out after Ebay has deducted their standard fees.  This is a good platform if you are making your own product, like handmade clocks or birdhouses, and plan on shipping them yourself from your home or local post office.

If you’re handling large quantities of items and don’t have the ability to hire a dozen employees to help you with shipping and handling, then maybe you should consider letting Amazon’s fulfillment services handle the job.   Amazon allows sellers to actually store their goods in one of the many Amazon storage and shipping facilities that they have around the world.  Then when customers go on Amazon to purchase your items, those items are fulfilled by Amazon, meaning they ship from Amazon’s storage facilities.  This makes your products available for a whole host of benefits from Amazon, like free two day shipping for Amazon Prime members, as well as letting Amazon handle customer service and returns.

There are so many ways to sell your merchandise online, with many portals cited above making it easier than ever.  You’ll also gain a wealth of knowledge by working with online platforms to help your business grow while you keep track of your inventory, sales, and business-related expenses that are crucial to keeping your products moving from creation to delivery.  Selling your products online is a great way to get your creations out of your basement or bedroom and into the homes of customers all over the world.

 

Job Summary: Selling products online

  • Suitable for age range: 16+ years old.
  • Safety and security: Minimum safety risks.  Security risks are minimal, too, but risks still exist anytime you are selling goods online.  Working with reputable companies like Ebay and Amazon can help minimize these risks.
  • Can improve your: Small business skills, accounting skills, multi-tasking skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Can continue as a career? Many people around the world have started businesses out of their garages, bedrooms and dorm rooms, only to move their businesses online before achieving entrepreneurial success.
  • Required soft skills: Staying organized, a solid work ethic, and the ability to solve problems are key to starting any online business.
  • Required hard skills: Ability to work with various online selling platforms, organize expense reports, sales reports, and any transactional data that is associated with your business on a daily, or (at minimum) a weekly basis.  Running a business online is a 24/7 job that never stops, so be prepared to put the time in.
  • Resources and network:

o   Ebay.com – Selling With Ebay Stores

o   Amazon.com – Boost your sales with Amazon’s world-class fulfillment.

o   Entrepreneur.com – 10 Things You Must Do to Grow Your Online Business in the First Year

  • Where & how to find one? Start by considering what you have to offer the world.  Is it something that you can continue to sell on an ongoing basis?  If you’ve got a few paintings in your closet to get rid of then that’s great, but once they’re sold then you’ve made your money.  If you’re actually a prolific painter, on the other hand, and can produce several paintings per week, then offering them for sale online is a great way to get your product noticed around the world.
  • Estimated pay: How much money you make depends on a number of factors when selling products online.  Is the product you’re offering a bargain?  Is it a quality item?  Are you marketing it correctly?  Do you offer free shipping?  There are so many different variables that going into selling goods online, but if you can overcome all of the obstacles that are associated with starting your online business, then there’s no limit to how much you can make.

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  • Susan Hemingway

    Setting up an online store on eBay or Amazon involves a lot of effort and in presence of thousands of competitors, the profit margin is very less. I recon, developing an online store and optimizing it in such a way that offered products rank high on Google gives more profit. Though, its a tedious task but this is better to have one’s own business rather depending on other online marketplaces. What do you suggest Shirin?

    • Hello Susan, very good question. Certainly, it would make sense for the shop and business owners to open up accounts on ebay and Amazon Store and sell their products online. Doing that would be adding more sales channel to their current channels. Actually, many of those selling merchandise on ebay and Amazon are actually brick and mortar businesses. For individuals, the case would be more challenging, firstly as you mentioned they have to share their margins with their vendors (e.g. drop ship company, or manufacturer), and secondly have to compete very hard on price and in the advertising media to be seen, cause they have zero track record when they start. The process of branding and “being visible” might take a lot of energy and patience. All in all, it is not an easy task to build a successful business on ebay or any of the online marketplaces, but it is not impossible either. The key is in the strategy. There is a lot to discuss on the strategy of setting up an online business, I will make a post to elaborate more on the strategy in near future. Thanks.