online marketplace versus ecommerce store

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Online marketplace versus Ecommerce store

Today I will be taking my time to look at the benefits and non-benefits as it pertains to stand alone online shops versus online marketplaces in the ecommerce business. I have a special fixation for ecommerce because the internet has made it easy for you to start one within an hour if you so choose to.

Selling stuff is as old as man itself, for as long as humans exist, there will always be commerce. Commerce is as old as when man started exchanging money for goods. The difference with the age we live in is the form and shape it has taken. This means that you do not have to own a brick and mortar store and stock up inventory for you to sell. You can now use the drop shipping model to sell.

When you decide to sell goods online, the next dilemma may be what vehicle do you want to use to make this possible. Apart from sourcing for your goods through online platforms like Salehoo, Aliexpress and co, choosing the right platform will be the next most important decision that you will make in starting your ecommerce business.

There are various ways you can sell on the internet, if ecommerce is your thing, you can sell via Facebook or perhaps via your Instagram account or even through your Pinterest account. But the more professional way of selling can be divided into two major types.

Types of ecommerce Platforms

Online Marketplace: This involves selling in places like Amazon, Etsy, Bonanza, storenvy,eBay etc. To learn more about online marketplaces read my post on 10 online marketplaces where you can sell (with high traffic)

Standalone online shop: This involves setting up your own online store using e-shop providers like Shopify, Bigcommerce or having your own website where you sell your goods.

While you can be successful selling on either of these options, the main issue that is the bone of contention is what I like to highlight which is control over your own business.

Many people have always prevaricated on choosing what platform to use in pursuing their dream of owning an online store because they are not sure of what the advantages are of using either of these options.

While some people have tried to hedge the risks for both by owning on both platforms. The issue is that if you are just starting out, it may be too much of a work for you to start your ecommerce business on both platforms because then you may be spreading yourself too thin to give each platform the attention required to make it a success. In the next few points, I am going to be looking at the pro’s and con’s of the online marketplaces versus the standalone online shop in ecommerce business.

Online Marketplace

Pros

Guaranteed traffic: its called a marketplace because they already have a name that attracts buyers to their platform.

Think of your huge brick and mortar bazaars where people open shops or shopping malls where different kinds of people open shops on a rented floor space. The online marketplace is just like that, they provide you with the platform to sell your goods, you pay rent to own it either before you start or as you make sales. Traffic to your shop guarantees that you will make sales which means your business will start yielding fruits faster.

Wider reach: Online marketplaces often have wider reach because they already have built a name and brand which they are often investing to make it better because that’s where they make their money from. You have access to all sorts of customers as long as you play by the rules. Having a wider reach is a subset of having traffic since you only attract people that you can reach.

Advertising: some online marketplaces provide you with free advertising or they may charge you a commission o advertise your products. Often their best bet is investing more money in their platform to ensure that people want to shop with them.

Low cost: Most marketplaces usually have a free version of their offering which you can use to starts as an online shop owner without paying anything. For example, in Amazon you are offered individual seller option where you pay nothing to list your products and sell, the only snag is that you have a limit to the number of products you can sell per month.

With Bonanza marketplace, you don’t have to pay anything to set up shop, you only pay commissions after you have made a sale. Etsy collects a very small listing fee of 2 cents, This makes sit easy for anyone wishing to start selling on their platforms to easily start with little investment.

Another reason its low cost is you don’t need to pay for a special domain name or maintain a website just to do your business, your only stress is to list your products and sell since all that has been taken care of by the marketplace provider.

 

Cons of Online marketplace

No control over your business: Most online marketplaces have rules which guide them which you must abide by, you do not have control over those rules. If they suddenly change their algorithm you will have no say on how it affects you. For instance, you may be making a huge sale on a platform, and there comes a rule that says your products can’t be accommodated on that platform anymore. You will have no option than to leave that platform.

Sometimes a change in their algorithm may also bury your own products and make it difficult for searchers to find your products. This may mean a huge drop in your sales.  Some online marketplaces may ask you to pay for exclusive display of your products on the front line if you want more customers. That’s the case of Bonanza platform, while you may not be paying anything to register on the platform, there are prices for different categories of services that they offer you. Organic driven traffic may be low if you do not have money to pay for such services.

Fierce loyalty to their Buyers: Most online marketplaces have a fierce loyalty to their buyers, that’s why they offer buyer protection. While this is a good thing because people have to trust that they will not be scammed if they are using your platform for purchase, it can also be exploited to the detriment of the sellers who are small business people trying to make a living.

Some buyers exploit that loyalty and cheat the sellers by making spurious claims that may be false hence causing the seller to either be penalized or shut down, sometimes even without a fair hearing from the concerned party.

 

Competition may be stiff: Another notable con of online marketplace is that competition for sales can be stiff, this is because the consumer has a wide variety of options to choose from when they want to make a purchase. While that may be good for the consumer, it will work against you as a first-time seller.

This is because people are more willing to buy from experienced sellers than from a first-time seller. It’s like a catch 22, you need people to buy from you so that you can have more experience or reviews the currency of experience in such places, people won’t buy from you because you don’t have many reviews.

No Brand loyalty: When you are in the marketplace, there are thousands of other sellers too, so its difficult to build a brand. People don’t search for shops, they are searching for products. Only some online marketplace offers a buyer opportunity to save a shop so as to be able to come back and purchase more form the shop if they so wish.  Even though people may like your goods they cannot be particularly loyal to your brand which is what breeds repeat sales.

Same look and feel:  You cannot customize the look or feel, of your store because it’s a one size fits all. This means you really cannot bring out your personality on such platforms, hence the reason it’s never about you hahaha. The online marketplace has no place for personalization, although some may offer you some aspect of personalization like your header board or logo or picture, at best, that’s all it can do. You will have at look to a stand-alone online shop to find those.

 

Standalone Online Shop:

This is popularly known as an ecommerce store or online shop as you may deem fit. This resembles your normal brick and mortar store where you build your own shop to your taste and design.

Pros of a standalone online shop:

Customization: Like I mentioned above with your own online shop, you get to do as you choose, depending on what platform you chose to use, like in Shopify, you can choose what themes you like, upload your own logo, input your own brand colors and generally put your own feel on the store.

Control: You have control over your own inventory, what you sell and how you sell, you don’t  have to compete with other stores over your type of products. You also have control over what your brand represents and what you want to be known for.

 

Brand loyalty and repeat sales: Because you are able to customize your shop to your taste, you are able to send a message about what your brand represents, people who like your products become your loyal customers. They do not have to check other competing products in the same view when they are shopping. You also able to convert them to repeat customers by offering sign up to your newsletter what you cannot do with online marketplaces.

Better Margins: If you are able to get people to come to your shop via an advertising platform like Facebook or Instagram, chances are that the buyer already knows the price of your goods and is willing to purchase from you, hence saving you from sometimes cut-throat competition that comes from operating in online marketplaces.

In the online marketplace, the same product is shown to the consumer at different prices, and the consumer will always go for the lowest price. For stand-alone web stores such choices are not available hence you make better margins and avoid loss of customers.

 

Cons of Using Standalone Ecommerce stores

Like everything in life there will always be disadvantages to it, here are some disadvantages of using stand-alone shops

Cost: While most online marketplaces often allow you to start with a free registration and perhaps only makes money when you make a sale, for stand-alone stores, you always have to pay a monthly subscription cost in other to keep it running.

This means that even before you have made a dime, you are spending, now if you have limited funds for your startup shop you may find it difficult to maintain it. You also have to buy your own domain name and hosting which you will keep renewing per year, these are additional costs to you.

Traffic: For stand-alone ecommerce store you have to drive your own traffic to your store which costs money and time, you are also responsible for the optimization of your store so as to come up in searches.

This means that if you don’t understand basic SEO principles, it may be a long time before anyone visits your store and the fewer visitors you have the less likely you are to make sales. Kind of worrisome since you have a recurring monthly bill to pay.

Maintenance: You are responsible for maintaining your store, meaning that the site has to be run by you, this may not always be the case if you are using service providers like Shopify or Big Commerce. But all in all, this requires a lot of time and effort.

In conclusion, when starting out as a new business person, if you have limited funds, it’s always better to start with the free platform like online marketplaces so as to navigate the learning curve without running out of funds. As you get better and you are able to make more money you can begin to think of moving to a paid option.

Think of your online marketplace like the mass-produced stuff that you use when you are starting out in life, as you earn more and you have better income, you now develop a taste for the finer things in life and hence you want your own customized stuff.

Everything in life takes time, so be willing to start from where you are, the most important thing is that you are taking action.

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13 offline Home Business Ideas (Work at Home)

Work at Home
13 Offline Home Business Ideas

I know that I champion starting home businesses that are solely run online, but I am also aware that a variety of skills could sometimes mean that one does not have the passion or skill to pursue an online business. That is where the offline Home business comes into play.

While you can start a Home Business that is basically offline like the ones I will mention below, you cannot afford not to market it online. This because marketing your business online and giving it an online presence even if its just a FaceBook page or an Instagram page will ensure that you succeed.

You can start these businesses at home but they require more local work with individuals or going to other locations with your home as the base. These positions are often just as lucrative as the online businesses but require a little more infrastructure or hands-on work.

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Here are 13 businesses you can do as an Offline Home Business.

-In-Home Childcare Provider – If you have a big enough home you can use a portion of it to provide childcare. You can make from 100 to 200 dollars per child depending on your location and the age of the children. You will need to get a license for your state before you start. The good thing about child care is that once you provide good services, you can make more money because word travels about your business and provides you with recurring income.

-Event / Wedding / Party Planner – If you like planning parties from birthday, to weddings, to anniversary or other events, you can make a good living doing it. You’ll need to make connections with caterers, bakers and others who can help you with the parties. You’ll manage everything and put it all together and make sure nothing goes wrong.

-Music Teacher – If you are good with music and know how to teach people to play an instrument, sing, or perform you can become a music teacher from your home. You may need to get a background check to work with kids if the parents are going to leave.

-Soap Maker / Jewelry Maker / Knitter – Making artisan soaps, jewelry, knitting, crocheting and selling the creations at your local farmer’s market, thrift store and even online at a store like Etsy.com is a great way to earn more money in a business of your own. If this is your passion and you do not know how to start an Etsy shop, read my post on Guidelines on starting an etsy shop

-Public Speaker –Do you have a motivational story to tell, have you achieved success that you can help others achieve? If so, you might consider becoming a public speaker. You can get on various speakers lists and make quite a good living speaking. This requires travel, so it’s not working “at” home but your home can be your base.

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-Seamstress – If you can sew, you can create a business in a variety of ways from making custom-made clothing or purses to alterations. You can sell online and locally to custom shops by offering a percentage of sales to local boutiques.

-House Cleaner – It might not be romantic but there is a lot of money to be earned in the housekeeping business. People need help due to their busy lives and you can provide that help. You’ll go to their location to do the cleaning, of course, but you can run everything else from your home office.

-Backyard Gardener – If you have at least 1/2 an acre, you can start gardening as a business. You can grow salad vegetables, herbs and more and sell them to local restaurants and even some grocery stores, or set up a stand at your local farmer’s market. If you live in the right location you can set up a stand right there.

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-Pet Groomer – If you love pets, you can clean them and groom them so that they look good. You can do this right from home if you create a little grooming shop in an extra room. Check your local laws to find out the rules of regulation.

-Personal Chef – Do you like cooking special meals? If so you can do that for people in their homes. You shop for the ingredients, cook them in the client’s house, and then freeze them in labeled containers for the client to heat up later during the week. If baking is your passion you can take a look at my post on how to start an online baked goods business.

-Furniture Maker – Have a knack for building things with woodworking equipment? You can create new items from scratch or you can refurbish and then sell older items. This business can be quite lucrative and start as a hobby. if you like to refurbish old furniture and resell it, you may find that eBay is your best bet for selling your refurbished items. often you will find that you may find old and discarded furniture which you can repurpose and sell for a profit. Take a look at my post to see places where you can re sell used items.

-Landscaping Services – Got a lawn mower and some equipment you can start a landscaping business. Even if all you do is mow lawns and edge them you can earn a good living during the season. You can easily make 30 to 40  dollar an hour.

-Interior Decorator – If you have a way with color, staging furniture and making a house feel like a home you might want to start an interior decorating business. You will earn money based on the total budget so you’ll need to be good at getting discounts from suppliers. Another interesting thing about this line of job is that you can earn money from designing the Home and picking our the materials needed while you outsource the main job of actually implementing the design to someone else.

That way you are able to get more time to put into your creative passion of designing the concepts.

If you want a good place to get very good decorative pieces for your home design projects then consider looking at Amara a business that deals with Home decor accessories, they feature different categories of Home fragrances, Lighting, bedroom kitchen, and other decorative accessories that make a home look beautiful. They have great goods that are currently on sale. you may want to check it out here.

Duvet and Soft Furnishings by Amara

Want to learn about 10 more business Ideas for the fall season, click on this post.

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Hopefully, these ideas helped you think of something you can do from home. Being a mom is a difficult job but if you can do something to earn money as a work at home mom it will make everything a lot easier. No need to commute to work, buy expensive clothing, and in some cases, you don’t even need child care.

At the very least, you’ll be able to work around your children’s schedules so that you can have a better-balanced family life.

Do you have any more Ideas for offline home business ideas, leave a comment below?

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10 Online Marketplace where you can sell(with high shopping traffic)

Online marketplace to sell your goods
10 online Marketplace where you can sell your products

If you are a follower of my blog you will know by now that I am someone who is passionate about starting home businesses from the comfort of your home. In my older posts, I have explored different ways you can give expression to the Idea of starting a home business. You can check my post on Drop-shipping if you are interested in reading more or my post on how to start an Etsy shop.

While I have always recommended starting a shop, nothing beats the flexibility of online marketplace. It gives you the opportunity to stay at home and showcase and sell your products to the whole world. I have delved into the individual online marketplace like Bonanza and Etsy but today I am going to be exploring the 10 different online marketplace you can sell on in other to have a thriving and successful home business.

I know that many people know the online marketplace giants  like Amazon, Ebay and Etsy  I will leave it and go to the less known but also popular and unique online market places this will make it easy for you to make a decision as to which one you would like to start with. As you read through, you will be able to make a decision based on the online marketplace you like most.

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1 Rubylane

Rubylane is an online marketplace where you can sell Vintage, Handmade , Antique, Artisan or Upcylced items. They feature different categories like Jewelry,Dolls, Fine art,Furniture and lighting, Glass decors,Porcelain and Pottery, Vintage fashion. Etc.

If you are someone who loves to hunt for vintage and antiques that you will like to resell, then this may be the ideal place to open your online store and sell such items. When you open the online marketplace you will notice that their items are quite pricey, of course it denotes the quality of what they have to offer so you can judge how to position your shop. It costs about a 100 dollar for the first time set up fee, they also charge various fees for the different categories of items. Click here for further details.

The good thing about this online marketplace is that they enforce MAP(minimum advertised price), this means there is a threshold to which you can price your products, this prevents unnecessary price wars and helps ensure that every one has a good price fro their products.

2 Wanelo 

Wanelo is like your  average shopping mall,you know the Macy’s of this world, only that it is online. It is an online marketplace where people can apply to sell their goods, it features basically fashion items and has about 350,000 stores on it.

The good thing about Wanelo is that you have independent sellers and also Fashion brands who open stores on their platform. Wanelo was opened in 2012 and has listed about 30 million products. Millions of shoppers use Wanelo as their place to shop for items they love without having to set foot in a brick and mortar shopping mall. They can shop from their different brands and combine all into one shopping cart. Kind of like your regular Polyvore without having to visit each shop independently.

You can apply to sell on Wanelo by installing their sales channel, this costs you nothing. Your shop is then sent in for approval, once approved you can begin to upload pictures  of products you wish to sell. The Wanelo systems charges you 15% commission for every order fulfilled and will also help you sync your products from your shopify store in case you already have one before you went to sell on their online marketplace.

3 Zibbet

Zibbet is an online marketplace that features basically handmade items, it is like an alternative to Etsy if that suits you. They have different categories like Jewelry, vintage items, soft furnishings, supplies, home and living, kids, photography, Fine art. Zibbet online market place is unique for the following reasons

-zero listing and sales fees

-standalone shop front

-Easy set  up and seamless integration

-Offer promotional tools and also have effortless and seamless order fulfillment options

-They offer advanced tracking analytic and can also import your Etsy listed items

-You can have your own custom domain name and they also offer multi currency support.

If you are a stay at home mom who love handmade and crafted goods, you may consider this as an answer to your prayer of getting your goods out there for others to buy. They offer you the easiest way out with listing of unlimited items for no fees. Its something one should consider. It’s a good alternative to Etsy if you feel that Etsy is so big that your items will not be noticed if posted there.

Zibbet has about 54,000 online stores currently on its online marketplace.

4 Sears.com:

I know when you think of sears you are seeing a brick and mortar shopping mall, scratch that  sears is online and is currently offering individuals who want to sell an online marketplace where they could sell their products just like Amazon does. It also offers fulfilled by sears, just like you have Amazon currently doing.

All you have to do is sign up in their online marketplace and you are good to go. Sears takes its payment after you have made a sale. You can read up on this on their page, if it interests you.

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5 Artfire

Artfire is an online marketplace where crafters and sellers of handmade goods can showcase and sell their goods just like you would on Etsy. It features different categories of items like Jewelry, kids, wedding, home and living , clothing and accessories and also entertainment. It’s a great alternative if you seek to showcase your goods on a smaller platform where you feel your goods will gain more buyer attention. One of the good thing about this platform is that it has no listing or selling fees, it also features a well developed online community forums, because people who visit Artfire are looking for specialty items, they are more likely to buy from the shops on the platform.

6 Flipkart:

Flipkart is an online marketplace that is founded by Indians and available for all to sell on. Gist has it that the founder was refused an immigrant visa in the US after schooling there hence he went back to his home country and founded Flipkart. It’s a billion dollar  eCommerce giant much like Aliexpress and Amazon. It helps people who want to showcase and sell their products especially to emerging markets like India to do so.

7 Jet.com

Jet.com is a new online marketplace as compared to others that are listed above but it is making waves especially since Walmart said it will acquire it. So if you want to tap into a market place that will have the backing of Walmart retail giant, then now is the time to open your online store on jet.com.

It features different categories like Grocery, appliances, home decor, furniture and lots of other features which you can find on their online marketplace. Just picture your average Walmart store and you won’t be far from the truth.

You can start your online shop on this platform by applying and once your application is approved you will be allowed to set up your retail portal on their platform.

Benefits of this platform is that its that they help you manage your competitiveness and profitability via their search engine optimization.

 

8 Toucandeal.com:

This is an online market place which is a bit new but has the opportunity to list your items for free and pay a commission after you make a sale. The commission is usually about 10% of your total sale.

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9 Triple clicks.com :

Tripleclicks.com is an online marketplace that operates much like ebay because you can sell there, and also bid for items if you are a buyer. The fun part is that you can also play games and win prices on the platform. The listing fee is free and you can sell  unlimited number of items

10 Offeritem.com:

This is an online marketplace where you can sell things for free, there is no listing fee and they have the advantage of featuring your items on Bing shopping, Google shopping , Thefind and Shopwiki. Your products also gain exposure through their RSS feed and other social media button options that they provide to make sure that millions of shoppers find your products.

Do you have an idea of any other Online Marketplace where you can sell, please leave a comment below

10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

 

Home Business Ideas in Fall season/Autumn
10 HOME BUSINESS IDEAS FOR THE FALL SEASON

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It’s the Fall season and everyone is gradually winding down from the high’s of the summer vacation for those who were able to go for it, I wasn’t. But then Fall season kind of heralds the coming of the cold season and we have to prepare for that season. The exciting thing about the Fall season is that we will soon have winter and the Christmas holidays on hand. As a business person who wants to start a business from home, you may be wondering what business ideas will suit the season we are in right now.

You might even be that person that loves to take advantage of a seasonal business in other to make some extra income for your home. You don’t have to worry again, yours truly went to town and researched business Ideas that start within this Fall season. That’s where I came up with this 10  Home Business ideas for the Fall Season.

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Benefits of Running a Seasonal Home Business

-You get a lot of sales coming in because it’s the season for that product or service, for example, once the weather gets cold, there will be a rise in demand for winter accessories or clothing. You are carried along in that tide hence your little marketing efforts will produce much yield because there is a demand.

-You cash into peoples emotion to make a quick sale, the Christmas season is when people are willing to buy gifts and send to family so you can easily get a gift packaging and wrapping service ongoing that will bring in a tidy amount.

-Though it’s within a short period you can plan to make the most of it by researching for a moving product or service and making a good amount of profit. For instance, if you start preparing for the Fall season early enough you can buy goods at slashed prices and sell for a tidy profit when it’s in demand.

-Its the season for that Product or service and people cannot do without it.

Having mentioned the above benefits, here is my Top 10 Home Business Ideas for the Fall Season

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1 Sale of Winter  Fashion accessories & Clothing

One of the reasons I  love Fall is because it comes with its own Fashion accessories and Clothing that connotes its own style and are really beautiful to look at.

Because the season presets winter, the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping so there is a rise in  demand for fashion accessories and clothing like : Scarves, (knitted woolen scarves) Shawls, mufflers, Ponchos, Hand Gloves, socks, Tweed Jackets, winter jackets, Hoodies, Leggings, and Tote handbags for carrying all that extra stuff especially if you are a mom. All these are accessories and clothing that will make the Millennial person rock the season. You can tap into this huge market by either Drop-shipping such items or selling your own handmade products on Etsy or you can also sell on online sites like Bonanza and eBay. You can read up the underlined posts in this paragraph to get a more in-depth knowledge on.

Did I mention that it’s important to do your research properly to know what range of fashion accessories and Clothing are currently trending, dive into that trend and you will be making your profit.

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2 Gift Shopping, Wrapping and Delivery Service:

As we enter the Fall season, we usually call it the “ember” months in my local parlance, it seems like the days begin to gallop in anticipation of the various holidays that will be coming up, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing day, Hanukkah etc. All these festivities portend the exchange of gifts and delivery too, hence a seasonal business that does Gift shopping, wrapping and delivery will be a good combo that people will be willing to subscribe to.

Think of how busy people can be that they soon forget to get their loved ones gifts until the holidays arrive. This is often the reason for the mad rush at shopping malls during festive seasons, in fact for me I think that that mad rush often adds to stress for anyone going through it. Instead of enjoying the holiday you are busy scurrying around for the best gift for a friend or a family member. Starting a business that takes that stress off families can make a whole lot of difference.

3 Sale and Rental of Winter equipment:

In this aspect, I will like to include both types of equipment for removing snow and winter based sports equipment. I deliberately added sales and rental together because not everyone will like to buy an equipment for a season.

You have the opportunity where you can either sell or rent such equipment then you can have two streams of seasonal income. Example of such equipment for winter sports includes snowboards, skiing equipment, and accessories, Skating boards etc.Secondly, you have the snow removal equipment like Snowplow, Salt spreaders, Liquidisers and Pushback blades. These are heavy machinery though so you have to understand the business before you go into it.

4 Home Winterizing services:

This is a must need for homes during the winter period so as this period arrives, there is a high demand for services like this. Last year, I think it was in December my Kids couldn’t go to school for a whole week because a  Pipe had burst, that one tragedy cost their school a whole lot of money and lost revenue. They were shut down for a whole week and they had to rebuild about 3 classes because the burst pipe had damaged the floors and caused a lot of havoc, plus they had to have an inspector in-house to make sure they were ready to resume activities. I bet that if they had taken time to winterize the facility, they would have reduced the chances of what happened.

Services like this can mean a lot of saved finances down the line so you can understand why such a service will bring in the needed cash during this season. Winterizing services can include, closing drafts on windows, doors and anywhere that has a loophole to reduce the loss of warmth hence reducing your energy bills. Weatherproofing your pipes to prevent bursting due to icing. Having general instructions placed in strategic places to remind house owners on how to ensure that their homes remain weatherproof for the season. Offering on-demand repair services where there is a need for it during the season.

5 Holiday Home decorating service:

Who doesn’t love the decors that you see on homes during the festive season, Christmas lights anyone? those are what makes Christmas what it is , but then it’s someone’s business to put it up right? That’s where you can start a seasonal home business that will help people decorate their homes for the season, be it Christmas, Hanukkah or Thanksgiving.

Starting on time to make your services available and getting people to pay monthly before the day arrives ensures that you have the number of homes you can handle on the ground before the 1st of December arrives. Early booking means you are sure of your income and you can do what is necessary to deliver when the time comes. I love those lighted Reindeers on the lawns, they make Christmas so endearing.

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6 Baking Holiday Treats:

If you are someone who loves to bake, this may be the time to monetize your baking skills by offering packaged holiday cookies and all types of treats to friends and family and also others who may be interested. Once they have tasted it and it’s worth the amount you are offering, they will surely be willing to pay for you to bake and deliver to their homes during the Christmas holidays.

It sure will beat buying from the stores and they have the opportunity to customize to their tastes. For more on how you can start a home-baked goods business that you can sell online, please read my post on How to start an online baked goods business

7 Party Planning and organizing for the Fall Season:

During the Fall season, we get to start the preparation for all kinds of Parties that will take place during the holiday season from office parties to Thanksgiving dinners to children’s Christmas parties, wedding anniversary parties and you just name it. If you have a knack to organize and throw a great party,  now is the time to begin to put together a plan on how to turn your talent into a business that you can cash into in this season. Getting your client at this time will ensure that you have a long time enough to prepare for the events that will hold. If this is a home business that suits you, it can become an all-season thing though you will find that most of your sales come during the Winter and Fall season.

8 Christmas Tree Rental:

The season of Christmas is a season that everyone wants to have a tree with all those lights on it and the gifts wrapped under it. Starting a Christmas tree rental service can be a great way to cash into the season to make some income. You can throw in decorating the tree as an extra service if people want to pay for it. I know most families love to decorate their Christmas tree themselves I mean where is the fun of having a tree if someone else decorates it for you?But then there are those who might just like a tree put up for them because they can’t decorate it themselves.

For example, the elderly who may not be able to hang that lighting anymore. There are also people who don’t like to decorate a tree at all. Offering that service of decorating the tree could be an add-on which they will appreciate.

During the Christmas of 2015, I did my Home Christmas decoration and tree decoration with the help of my sister, it was still a lot of work. After all the décor, my daughter who was about one year plus kept plucking the shiny balls that I hung on it, she taught it was a fruit. Before the Christmas day arrived. We only had decoration at the very top where her hands could not reach. Talk of having Christmas Tree with sparse hangings, it was very funny.

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9 Holiday Home Service:

Do you have a free room or spare room in your home that you are not using? now is the time to set it up for and rent it out for Holidaymakers who may not want to go to the average hotel. You can rent it via Airbnb to make some money. The beautiful thing about holiday home rental service is that you have the opportunity to meet diverse people and make new friends while still making money out of it.

10 Holiday Shopper :

Anyone that can relate to Holiday shopping knows the hassles and stress it can bring to anyone who has been through. Remember the long lines and queues in Walmart and Co, you can save some busy people the hassle and stress by taking on their holiday shopping for them. All that Turkey buying, food shopping and also clothing shopping can be done by you while the person relaxes at home and watches TV or whatever they need to do during the holidays.

I have always been one to simplify my life hence why I like Blue Apron and the services they offer. You get your ingredients and recipes all done for you so all you have to do is follow instructions and cook. Don’t know if there are other Blue Apron  type moms like me but I value the time I spend on my business or family, I don’t like to waste it running needless errands or getting stuck in shop queues.

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Do you have any other Home Business Ideas for The Fall Season? leave a comment below

Ultimate guide to a Printables Business

How to start a Printables Business

Printables business is a type of digital business that allows a person who has graphic design skills to sell monetize his products. It is a business which I will recommend to any stay at home mom who wishes to build a home business because the start up cost is small and it gives you the ability to earn passive income from home. It also gives artists an opportunity to express oneself creatively and earn money from it.

Once your design is up, all you need to do is to provide customer support for it and you are on your way to earning a good income.

I was inspired to write this post because I know what it is to be a stay at home mom who wants to augment her income or run a business from home. The circumstance you are in right now may not give you the opportunity to run a complete brick and mortar business, but if you have some graphic design skills or even if you don’t have any but have an interest in producing printables. You can turn it into a business and earn a good chunk of money from it.

In this post, I will be showing you how to start this business, where to sell your printables and different ways of monetizing your printable designs.

 

Defining a Niche for your Printables Business

Before you start your business, you have to decide what niche you will like to serve, I always believe that when you want to start a new venture, start with a niche you are familiar with. For more on discovering your niche, please Get My Free Ebook, I did a very good job of explaining how to discover your niche market there.

What kind of Niche will you like your printables to serve, if you are a food buff who likes recipes and the likes, you can design printables that present recipes in such a way that people will be willing to buy them, stick them on the Refridgerator and use them whenever they require. Here are some common niches you may like to consider.

  • Kids/ Baby: You could make Printables for Kids, baby stickers, printables to organize baby feedings or checklists for the baby’s doctors visit. you can also make designs for baby clothes, Fun printable binders for kids
  • Food: You can make printable grocery coupons, printable grocery lists, food recipe printables and simple organizational charts for the food pantry.
  • School: You could make Printable Graph paper, printable coloring sets for kids or teens in school.
  • Gifts: Printable greeting cards, gift certificates, printable gift sets, printable gift tags.
  • Organizational printables: This may include checklists, Binders, homemakers checklist, e.t.c.
  • Blogs: Printables that helps bloggers organize their content, schedule their posts and plan their content output.

There are a lot of ideas that you can design printables around, just brainstorm around what you are familiar with before you set out to create a printable design around it.





Tools for your Printables Business

It’s easy, just a few things and you are good to go:

  • A Laptop computer or desktop
  • Design software: I recommend the following

Canva.com : Canva gives you the opportunity to design stuff you like using their already made templates,  I use canva a lot because I like their features. It actually works well if you are beginner designer with little or no skills. Canva will enable you to make designs that are easy to use and also beautiful. They have a paid feature though where you get to resize your pictures, the only downfall with that feature is that the resizing is still withing the context of their own design sizes, you can’t resize your pictures to what you want especially if your dimensions are not in their bouquet of offerings. Where you want a picture that is paid, it’s often a dollar to buy the picture that you like.

I get most of my pictures from Canva because I love that someone with zero design skills can pick up their templates and design something good.

Picmonkey: There has been a lot of raves about picmonkey, I haven’t used it before but most write ups about it says it’s a beautiful platform to use in designing your printables. It has the option for resizing your pictures to the size you want. So if you are someone who can afford to pay their monthly paid feature then you can sign up with them. They have a free trial period of 7 days, so you can use it to check them out to see if you like what they have to offer. You can edit your photos, touch up your designs or create an entirely new design or even collage what you already have.

Adobe Illustrator: This is also a design software with a paid feature that enables you to design your printables. It’s a good one but I will recommend that if you are new to designing stuff before you run off to start paying a monthly subscription. You can try out your skills by designing with the free options like Canva first as you get better and make more sales, you can then begin to use a paid version. Their plans vary but the popular Indesign option goes for 19 dollars if you are signing up for an annual plan.

Photoshop elements: Much like the Adobe Illustrator too, you will have to pay a monthly fee before you can use it.

 

Fonts: Fonts are a great part of designing printables because they give you different options that will help you letter your printable material. Shopping around for a good font will go a long way in determining how good your design will turn out. A good Place to get your Fonts from will be at the creative market. There are also free fonts out there that you can use to make your designs pop. Examples of free fonts are Brela, Comfortaa, Ubuntu, Chivo, Jura, clear sans. There a lot out there you can research to find one that suits you.

Caution: Don’t forget to watermark and password your design on PDF to prevent theft.



 

How to sell your Printable designs.

Since printables are digital products, there are many ways to sell your designs.

 Etsy: Etsy is a platform that enables you to sell your handmade goods, so it’s the best place to sell your handmade printable designs. For a listing price of 2 cents, you can set up your shop on Etsy and begin to sell. For more on how to start an Etsy shop read my post on how to set up an Etsy shop

 Zazzle: Zazzle is a platform that allows you to sell your designs to them so they can be used on different types of objects like mugs T-shirts, pillow cases or even table mats. You earn commissions for every sale that they make on those objects.

Society 6: society6 operates much like Zazzle, you earn money commissions for your designs, while they do all the hard work of printing your designed printables and shipping it to the buyer.

Redbubble.com: Redbubble puts the designer’s printable designs on different categories of their stuff like Men’s T- shirts, women’s wear, wall art, home décor, casings for phones and a whole lot of other stuff they have on their site. The good thing is you get to decide where you want your designs to be put and you get paid a certain percentage of the sale of the material that your design is on.

Shirtcity: Shirt city operates similarly to Redbubble, you get a commission for the designs you make and they put those designs on shirts. The company is responsible for the packaging and shipping to the customers. To sign up with shirt city click here: CLICK YOUR SHIRT!

Sell on your own site: I believe that as you succeed in selling on the different platforms above, you may begin to desire to sell on your own website if you have one. If you do not have one, then its time for you to start a blog ad create an online presence that will enable you to write about what you do and also sell your products through it.  A good eCommerce platform that will make it easy for you to set up your online shop is the Shopify platform. It will give you the needed resources to get your eCommerce store up and running without many problems

Design for others as a Freelancer: You can also sell your designs to others for them to use, especially for Bloggers who may love your work but do not have the skills to do what you do, you can  choose to make custom made designs for them and charge them a one off fee to use your designs.

Create an Ecourse: You can also create an e-course and teach people via your blog how to make those designs, you will make a ton of passive income from your course. To learn how to create an e-course, read this post I wrote on a breakdown on how much it will cost you to create a course that people will pay for in other to learn from you.

This post I wrote so inspired me that I went on and started 2 online stores withing 2 hours, read about it Here

For more on how ideas on starting a home business as a stay at home mom:

REVEALED!!!!!! 6 EASY STEPS TO TRANSITION FROM A STAY AT HOME TO A WORK AT HOME MOM

How I Ran My Training Solutions Company from Home

7 Helpful Tips for the Home business owner and a Free Ebook