One of the most popular ways to work-at-home today is to create your own products, but choosing the best places to sell your handmade goods can be a bit of a challenge. After all, there are so many options, how does one choose?
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as creating something yourself. Many people who create handmade items do it initially because they love it, but soon find it to be a viable business option as well.
From sewing and crocheting to painting and jewelry making, there are so many unique products out there today; there’s never been a better time to go into business for yourself. Particularly with the ability to market your business and sell online.
I hope to help you with this dilemma of where to sell your handmade goods. Some of these places you’ve likely heard of and some might be new to you. Either way, I hope this will help make your decision about where to sell your wares a bit easier.
In this day and age, selling online is where it’s at. You can reach a huge audience, and there are so many sites that it’s mind boggling! Many of these sites have their own communities where the business owners shop from and help promote each other.
Here are some of the best places to sell your homemade goods online.
Etsy – One of the most popular, Etsy has helped many hobbyists turn into full-fledged business owners. Although Etsy does charge a listing fee ($0.20) and a 3.5% transaction fee and a payment processing fee (3% + $0.25), it’s still one of the largest – if not the largest site to sell your handmade goods. You’ll receive lots of traffic since there are already millions of shoppers on the site (24 million last year, to be exact!)
Shopify – You can try Shopify free for 14 days, no credit card required. They have e-commerce software that allows you to manage pretty much your entire business on one platform. From customizing an online store to managing inventory and tracking sales, you can do it all with Shopify. It’s a great option for small businesses (although it can handle large ones as well) because of its remarkable features and ease of setup.
Zibbet – With Zibbet, you can not only create your own store but also join their Global Marketplace. Their marketplace has more than 50,000 shop owners and gains you exposure to millions of shoppers all over the world. Some of the features Zibbet offers are no listing or selling fees, easy to set up and search engine optimization. If you’re already an Etsy seller, Zibbet will copy and paste all your items over for you, which I thought was neat as it will save a lot of time.
Storenvy – Over 52,000 brands use Storenvy, and the platform prides itself on working with Indie and emerging brands. The site easy to use, and allows you to set up a store in 5 minutes. It’s free to create a custom store, and you keep 100% of your sales (minus a small transaction fee). If you want to join the Storenvy Marketplace, it will cost you only 10% of your sales. This is a good option for beginners who can’t spend a lot of money on listing fees right out of the gate.
Big Commerce – You can get started selling your handmade goods right away with a free 15-day trial. But unlike some of the sites above, Big Commerce does charge a monthly fee that ranges from $29.95 and up depending on what you need for your business. One neat thing about Big Commerce is that it’s you can also sell on eBay, Amazon, and Facebook through their platform.
Source: Kimi Clark – theworkathomewoman