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

Secrets to running a successful Re-sell of Used Items Business

Secrets to Running Re-sell of Used Items business
Secrets to running a successful re-sell of used items Business

Selling used item is one way which a stay at home mom can earn extra cash while staying at home raising her kids, however, this post will be dedicated to writing about secrets that any stay at home mom can use to make a living from successful re-sell of used items. if you have been considering starting a home business but don’t know how to choose the right business then consider reading my post on how to choose the right home business for you

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Used items which command fair value is a market for people who want to shop close to originals without having to pay the price of brand new items. We often times buy stuff which we may not end up using or there may be items that the useful life has passed by in our own time, therefore, we need to sell it off in other to declutter our homes.

For anyone wanting to start up a business in buying and reselling used items, I would recommend to start with your own stuff. You can start by getting organized and sorting out those things which you no longer use and then categorize them into different niches and check which one of them you have good knowledge about.

For example, if you are a stay at home mom that has been having kids for some time, it’s inevitable that you will already have knowledge of baby gear that comes with that territory.  Before I had my first child, I needed a breast pump that I will use, so I went and bought a particular brand which I liked so much because of its brand appeal, after I had my baby, I assembled the pumping gear and tried using it but it didn’t work for me.

My breasts were still engorged after attaching it and using for some time, so I had to return the pumping gear which was quite expensive by the way, the next one I bought was way less expensive and It worked. With that, I learned that brand may not always be the thing to consider when buying baby stuff.

Because I have 3 kids, I have gathered some invaluable knowledge about baby gear which I believe will be of tremendous use to me should I choose to start a business of re-sell of used items. For you, it may be something else, but whatever it is, it is always better to start with a niche you are knowledgeable about since it’s a new business, that way you can grow steadily.

Facts to consider before starting the Re-sell of used items.

-Start with a Niche that you are already knowledgeable about:

I have already written a little about it above, choose a niche that you are much more comfortable with and which you have a good knowledge about, this will enable you to pick winners in the business of re-sell of used items.

-Buyers want a good value for the money they pay for items even if it is used:

Most people who shop for used items are those who are usually on a budget but have good quality taste, just because they are shopping in the fairly used market does not mean they will buy any trash available. Therefore your knowledge of that product will make it easier for you to know the likely places where there are scuffs on a product and avoid buying stuff that will be hard to re-sell.

For example, people will want to buy an almost new baby stuff, remember because it’s baby stuff, their emotions may be involved so if you are selling such stuff, make sure that in buying from those who are selling to you that you buy items that are almost new, this will make it easier for people to purchase.

When I had my last baby, I went to a garage sale to get some items for my baby, It was going to be my last baby so I didn’t want to buy baby stuff that I will end up giving away in a few months to come.

So I got there, and saw this beautiful baby play pen, I purchased it and when I was about to leave I saw an almost new baby mattress because it was almost new, I purchased it too. I guess if it had been weather beaten I wouldn’t have considered it.

The reason I bought it was because I could fit into the Play pen and make a baby bed with it. It solved the problem of buying a brand new baby bed and mattress which will have cost me more.

-Shopping in the high-end neighborhood  and mobile areas will give you better margins:

In the business of re-sell of used items, shopping in a high-end neighborhood is a must. it’s always better to go to areas where a lot of rich people live, this is because they tend to acquire stuff that they no longer use in a short time and will be willing to offload from their garage to make space for more.This means you get good quality of products from willing sellers at a low price.

The second option I talked about earlier is that you are likely to get a load of free stuff to re sell from areas where there is a lot of moving and resettling going on.

You find this in places where there is a high number of rentable apartment buildings, this because most people that live in apartments are either there for the short time or are young people who often move with a short notice. Because they don’t want to incur storage costs or transportation costs, they often throw away valuable stuff, from furniture to electronics.

If you are someone with a good eye, scoring that kind of area can give you free stuff to resell for a profit.

-Check for the ongoing price of Goods before you buy:

The reason you are in business is to make money, this means it will not make sense to spend all your time running around to get goods that will just occupy your garage space without moving.

Hence be sure to check the price of the goods you are about to purchase for a re- sell before you pay for it. The easiest places to check is Ebay. That’s one of the oldest platforms for re-sell of used items. Ensure you know the going rate for that product you want to buy at the flea market or garage sale before you buy it. It pays to do your research at home before moving out, that way you are more focused on what you want to buy, how much you are willing to pay for it and how much you will make from selling it.

-Shop on heavy discount days

With re-sell of used items, the lower you can keep your costs, the better, that is why it’s advisable to shop on discount days when you know that thrift stores will be trying to empty their stores in other to make room for new ones.

It’s not only in thrift stores that you will find such deals even real stores sometimes sell unused items at ridiculously low rates because they need to clear out their stores for a new season. Therefore having this in mind and taking the time to research when it will happen will help you attain some good deals which you can flip later for a good price. Unused items with their tags on is always a winner because people will like to purchase it given that it is still new.

-Beware of shipping costs:

Most times in our rush to buy used items for a little amount with a good re-sell profit we forget that we have to ship those goods, ensure that you factor your shipping costs into your sale price before you start purchasing. A low-cost item which is heavy may not be a good deal at all when you find the shipping cost alone will take almost all your profit if not all.

Categories of Used items you can re-sell

-Baby Goods: e.g baby clothing, toys, strollers e.t.c

-Clothing and accessories: Designer wears, Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, hats etc

-Furniture: Bed, couch tables, chairs, wardrobe.

-Gadgets: Games consoles, phones, camping gear.

-Crockery and ware: Dinner plates, cooking pots, pot stands, grill gear

-Electronics: Tv, Radio, speaker, etc.

-Antiques: Rarely seen items that had value, vintage items that are no longer in production.

-Books

-Tools and Hardware.

In this next section of this post, we are going to deal with how to start off, where to get your goods from and the tools you will need for your new business.
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How to start:

As I always reiterate, start from what you have, at the beginning of this write-up, I mentioned how you can start with selling your own used stuff. Looking at all the categories above, there are hardly families which do not have some unused stuff in some if not most of these categories, so you can start by organizing your own garage sale in other to test the market and see how buyers who buy from you are likely to behave. This will give you a good idea of how your intending customers will look like and what are their most likely buying habits.

If you find that you don’t have enough used stuff to sell, please tell your friends and ask if they have stuff they want to dispose of, you can go collect it from them and see how you can sell it. If you tell them that you want to do market testing with it, am sure you will likely get if for free from them. Remember that if your business starts succeeding you may not always get it for free. So be ready to start bargaining with them the next time you want their used stuff.

 Places you can get goods on sale

Garage sales: you can scout for garage sales that take place around your area and know when they are likely to open so you can go check out their stuff. There are a lot of apps you can use to check for garage sales that are in your location, some of them are: Garage sale finder, varage sale, Vendu, Glicking garage, yard sale treasure map, these ones are mainly for Android phones, if you have an iPhone then you may consider these ones: Garage sale rover, garage sale by map, Yard sale mapper.

Consignment stores: consignment stores are shops where people go to keep their stuff for some amount until it sells, so you can also find good deals there

Flea market: Flea markets are absolutely the place to hunt for treasures because you can find goods which you can re- sell at a very good price. I believe the apps above also apply to flea markets too. To add to the list above you can check these apps out Listia, 5miles, carousel. The good thing about these apps is that it’s a two-way thing, you can buy from them and sell somewhere else or you can also sell on it.

Community market sales : sometimes you can go to a community market and get a good bargain which you can re sell online for profit, the key is to look out for good quality products that are being sold at very low prices because of change of seasons, you can re sell such when a new season arrives.

Thrift stores: Thrift stores are also a major place where you can get a good item for sale.

Friends and Family: Sometimes you may have some friends who have a lot of stuff lying about in their garage which is occupying space for years. You can ask to go through them and see the ones that are of good value which you can re- sell for a profit.

Rented apartment Buildings: I made mention of the fact that sometimes people who are mobile are often reluctant to pay to ship furniture that they have lived with when they are moving, so they often dump them.

If you look carefully you may sometimes find very good furniture thrown away which you know will command a fair price in the market. Taking them up and cleaning them can give you a good amount of money when sold, The cost of acquisition being perhaps your transport and cleaning costs.

Walmart:( Look for sale items only.): Seriously one wouldn’t take me serious when I say that you can get a good quality stuff at Walmart for a sale price. I have once bought a nice kids pants for a dollar at Walmart amongst their sale items which I knew I could re –sell for 6-7 dollars when the season for that clothing type comes around.

Places to Re-sell your Used Items.

The good thing about all that apps that I mentioned above is that they are two functional, you can buy and sell on them.But to give you more options for online sales, here is a list of places you can sell your used items

Ebay Like we are going to miss this one out, it’s the king of market places where used stuff is sold. People make a living from selling on eBay once you understand how it works. I will do a post on this one one day.

Varage sale: Varage sale is an app that allows you to buy and sell locally. I had try this if I am just starting out on selling used stuff, that way you might save on shipping costs for your goods.

Ebid; This is also an online marketplace for buying and selling that has been around since 1999. The good thing about this platform is that there are no listing fees and your selling fees will range from only between 0-3 percent of your final sale amount. This means that if you list a product and it does not sell. you don’t have to pay anything.

Decluttr : A place to sell your used phones, CD’s, game consoles, DVDs, books. If you had like to sell your stuff to them click on the icon below to get to their website.



 

 

Bonanza : This is also an online marketplace that features different kinds of categories from women’s fashion to home and décor too. They were named America’s best entrepreneurial company in 2016.

Etsy: Etsy is a marketplace for handmade goods, they are quite popular and people do make a good living selling stuff on Etsy. I believe that you can sell used stuff there that are handmade.

Facebook marketplace: The Facebook marketplace is also the go-to place to sell your stuff, there is hardly anything we can sell or buy or market without Facebook so get at it and use it for your business. The good thing is that you don’t have any listing fees involved.

Offer up: This is an app that makes listing goods for sale by sellers very easy, it has an integrated messaging system that helps the sellers to manage multiple messages from buyers. It’s been rated well by the iPhone users as very good.

Online shop: Finally if you are willing to put in the work of building your own platform for your Re-sell of Used items business, you can start an eCommerce store using  Shopify an online e commerce platform that enables you to sell goods from anywhere in the world.

This last option is about the best of the above options because you have your own platform and you control what happens there. The only snag is that you have to do extra marketing to drive traffic to your site, but in the long run, it pays off when you establish your business securely and you are earning a steady income from it.

Of course, there are scores of other market places and apps that you can use for your selling, but this few above should help you get started.

Tools you need for this business

-A laptop

-Camera for taking pictures you will use for listing your stuff

-Phone and internet connection( if you have an iPhone, the better because some of the apps mentioned above are available on iphones alone.

Do you have any other ideas on how to turn Re-sell of used items into a good business, please leave a comment below.

 

6 things a Stay at home mom struggles with

The struggles of a stay at home mom
6 things a stay at home mom struggles with

The word stay at home mom evokes a lot of different pictures in peoples mind, for some, it’s a word used to describe women who don’t like to work but prefer to sit at home and watch movies all day in the name of looking after their kids. I really wish it were so but I do know now it’s not so.

Stay at home mom is a woman who wears all the hats there is in the home plus some more without having the attendant payment to show for it.
When a woman chooses to be a stay at home mom, it’s often a huge sacrifice she has to make in other to see that her home is well run or in other to see that her kids have the kind of training and nurturing that she desires.

Some women have been known to leave lucrative careers to become stay at home moms because the effect of leaving their lovely ones in the hands of other people to care for became too much to bear and therefore they chose that off the career ramp option to care for the most important people in their lives.

For some people it may make sense for others, it may not because after all is said and done, it’s the investment you put in your family that matters most.

Children don’t care if they are in the most expensive house or car or wear the best clothes, as long as their parents were there for them when they needed them most.So today I am going to share with you the 6 things that stay at home mom struggles with because I have been there too and I know what it feels like

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Feelings of Inadequacy:

If you are a first-time mom who just chose to stay at home, this may resonate well with you, that feeling of do I know what I just did? I mean I just left my well-paying job to stay home to take care of my baby. Sometimes you may even feel like even the mom job you are not doing so well at it. The truth may also be that at least for your paid job you were well trained but to become a mom, you had no prior training and yet you are expected to be perfect at it.

You feel inadequate because you are trying to cope with having to leave a career that once defined what you could bring to the table at home and then you also have to cope with the fact that your new job does not have any job description attached to it. There is no end to where your job stops, you are the nanny, caregiver, nurse, housecleaner,  and any other thing that comes in between including cook, driver, encourager and the list goes on.

While you struggle with coping with all these issues, guess where your report card is shown, at places where you get some judgmental looks or comments for not getting your act together as a mom. From those who think that by giving your child the bottle, you are just being lazy, “every hard working mom should be able to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of a babies life”, does this sound like a familiar jab?, well for me I tried it but it didn’t work, in fact I got sick before it dawned on me that everyone has to find what works for one in this journey of mommyhood.My first son loved the bottle, my daughter liked breastfeeding a lot, in fact, she refused the bottle and went straight to eating solids.

So what do you do with all these struggles that you are facing?.I would like you to know, that the first time you start as a new stay at home mom, it will seem strange to you just like when you resume your post on a new job, but with time, you will find your rhythm.From then you can then begin to try out new things and see what works and what doesn’t work, you can then decide to throw out what doesn’t work for you and choose what you are comfortable with. And who says that as you go along you won’t acquire the experience which you can package and sell out to new moms like you for a fee. For how to do that please read my post on how to turn your life experience into a money printing online business

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Overworked and Underappreciated:

The interesting thing about being a stay at home mom is that you don’t have a specific work time, from the time your feet hit the floor in the morning time, assuming you had all night sleep which is often a mirage when your kids are between ages of 0-4 years.

Your work is almost like a round the clock work from fixing breakfast, lunch, and dinner to cleaning the home, running errands and shopping. You are practically at work even when others are having a break, no wonder you sometimes feel overwhelmed and overworked.

You may also feel underappreciated when you are not being praised for the work you do at home. Some husbands have been known to come home and say, “ honey what were you doing all day that my dinner is not yet ready”?.

No one understands the many times you have to calm a crying baby or break up siblings quarrels or even act as a judge and jury. It can make you feel like your energy is being sucked out daily, my little advice about this is to find that time to rest during the day, if it means putting the kids to nap in the afternoon and taking your own nap too to get your energy back please do so.
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Of course, it may mean that some things won’t get done perhaps a scattered house or unfolded laundry, but like  I always say, a grumpy mama is no good to anyone. So always find the time to tune off during the day and just relax. It may not necessarily be sleep, sometimes I find that just sitting and watching cartoons with my little ones helps me to relax. You can also choose to quit trying to have everything in the perfect place in other to feel alright.

Now if you are a hubby reading this, know that appreciation goes a long way to make a stay at home mom’s day better. A night off duty will be nice, a back rub here and a foot massage there will make a world of difference.

The baby company only:

When you are a SAHM with a baby at home, the only company you will have is that of a kid, while that is lovely I mean who hates the company of her babies, but sometimes you want to have adult conversations. Where you to be working outside your home, you will often meet new people or at least converse with people like yourself but for a stay at home mom, it’s often baby talk all day long until hubby comes home. This might look good some days at least you have some time to think things through and strategize for any project you have on hand without any distractions. Unfortunately, this may not be the case always because the same distractions can come from children too.

So what does a stay at home do in this case, I say in any case be involved in online forums where you can discuss issues that bother you or vent on what you are going through. When time permits, pick up the phone and call a close friend or family member with whom you can spend time discussing with or exchanging ideas with, this will make you feel a lot better. If you are working from home as a blogger or doing any form of online business, belonging to an online group of people of the same challenges as you can help you gain a better perspective of issues you may be dealing with at that particular time.,

Finances:

This aspect of the struggles of a stay at home mom is very controversial, for some, it’s the constant struggle to stretch the money available to cover all the household bills, for some it may be that you didn’t even have enough to last you throughout the month. For some, It may be that you just have just enough but not excess to take care of some niceties that you are used to when you were working outside the home. While for some people finances may not be the problem but just the feeling that you are not earning anything at all and so you are a one income household.

Whichever divide you fall into know that there is a way out of it, working has been redefined so much right now that you can earn your income even while staying at home, if finance is a major issue for you, then consider ways of working from home to earn extra income.

Here are a few options to earn extra income from home. You can start a home business, offer your services as a freelancer from your home by signing up on platforms such as Fiverr, upwork or you can choose to work for other people from home which may entail applying for online jobs that you can do. Which ever way, you choose to do it, there is a way out you don’t have to feel like your finances took a nose dive and you can’t change it.
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Sometimes you may discover that starting that home business was what you really needed to take your family off the 9- 5 rat race. If starting a home business is your thing, then consider reading my post on how to choose the right home business for you.

Feeling Left Out:

Have you ever gone for an outing where you bumped into an old school colleague or work mate and you started discussing especially pertaining to your field of study or work and you felt left out because a lot has changed without you being aware? This happens particularly when you are a new mom, for the first one year and especially the first 6 months its like you are underwater, your life is practically buried within fulfilling your babies needs, first-time moms can resonate with this better. If you carry on discussing you may feel like you don’t seem to know the trends that are even going on now, thanks to your new job, stay at home mom Lol, but seriously those feelings of being left out if left unchecked can begin to make you resent your decision.

But before you go feeling sorry for yourself or getting angry, understand that you need to remind yourself the reasons why you made your choice in the first place, and make peace with the fact that you may not know a lot of things that are currently going on in your former field of work due to your new position but you can begin to make amends by building and connecting with people who are on the same journey as you are and understand the challenges.

Keeping up with colleagues from your former field of influence may not be useful to you if you are not planning to continue in that line of career. Realize that you have changed career and focus on what you must do in the now to get you quickly ramped up on the new journey you are on.

It may mean taking courses to get you ready if you want to start a home business or even starting out without training at all that way you learn the hard knocks your own way.

Either way, you are gathering knowledge that will aid your journey as a stay at home mom who wants to work from home. If you have been brainstorming on ideas about different types of home businesses you may need to read my post on 5 posts that teach you how to make money online.

The truth is that being a stay at home mom doesn’t mean that you can’t utilize your skills in other ways to earn money. With the advent of blogging these days, all forms of knowledge are now monetizable.
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For example, who knew that you could sell your knowledge on how to organize your home, take care of a new born, keep yourself fit e.tc. In fact, information that used to just sit with you doing nothing has become sources of income.The online media has made it possible to be able to share such information’s now and make good money from it.

Do you consider Blogging as one of the avenues to sell your knowledge online, then hop on over to my post on how to start a blog when you are not a techie and learn how to start a blog in as little as 2 hours.

Need for time out

As a stay at home mom, there are times you just feel like you really want a leave, I mean people who work 9-5 have that opportunity of taking a leave to just go home and relax and recharge before going back to work. But for the stay at home mom, she doesn’t get to get that time off.

There are no leave days, where are you leaving to? , your home is supposed to be your leave escape but now you get to stay in it every day and it doesn’t look like it will make for a leave escape anymore. The good thing about this situation is that you don’t have to apply for your leave in other to take one.  or technically you can apply to your hubby to take a leave from work and stay home so you could take the much-needed leave in other to refresh and recharge.

You can choose to go out that day with friends and just have a girls day out or better still visit a close family member whom you can relax in her house and feel like you are in your own home and on holiday without the attendant stress of having to care for your home.

Maybe you can go for a mini holiday to a nearby tourist attraction and just spend time alone, pampering and recharging yourself. Of course, there will be a time and place for family vacation but this little time out is for you alone, so you can be a better mother to your kids and give your best to them. Thinking of taking that mini vacation then try using Booking.com, they have excellent services for your vacation needs they have budget hotel rooms if that suits you.



Do you know of any struggles that a stay at home mom has to deal with, leave a comment below, it will be appreciated.

5 Top Posts that Teach you how to Make money Online

 

List of Posts on How to make Money Online

At the core of my home business ideas for people who want to start a home business is the ability to make money online.  This is because Online business is easier to run and requires low overhead costs.

When people want to make money from home, they are typically constrained by a lot of things especially if they have other responsibilities which make them home bound. For example, if you are a caregiver to a sick person or stay at home mom or Dad. Your main responsibility requires you operate within the confines of your home, therefore you cannot afford to start a brick and mortar business that will require you to leave the home area to go rent an office. This is why making money online provides you with the best option to create what you desire as a person. Today’s article is about 5 top posts that teach how to make money online.

1   Etsy Selling:

Etsy gives you the opportunity to sell your handmade goods online. This means that you can be at home producing your handcrafted items and then have the opportunity to sell to people who love the kind of products that you make. Etsy is a company that has been around since. I wrote a post how to start an Etsy shop, in that post I went in-depth on the various steps you need to follow in other to start an Etsy shop. With the guidelines provided within this post, you should be able to start the online business of selling on Etsy especially if you already have products you make at home that you require to make money from. To read it click Here.

 

2: Printables

Printables Business: In this day of online business, selling your printables online is the fasted business you can start with your design skills. If you have a little design skill and a knack for bringing together good designs, you should be able to make and sell your printables from your laptop anywhere you are. I wrote an excellent piece on how you can start a printables business withing 2 hours. This article was so good that I even took my own advice, lol. I started two shops on 2 platforms after I wrote that post. Here are the shops that I started, one on Redbubble platform and one Zazzle Platform named Eleoraconcepts. This is a post you should not miss out on reading if a basic designer like me can do it, so can you. Read that post Here.

3 Creating an Ecourse

With the advent of the internet, the world has become an online classroom, meaning that anyone who has a life experience worth sharing can create a course and teach anyone who desires to learn.  This is the reason why online learning platforms like Udemy, Coursera  e.t.c are flourishing. Here is a post that will break down the cost of creating a course. The good thing about the course creation is that once it’s done and uploaded on a platform where it can be assessed.,your major work is done. The only thing required is the promotion to get sales. Want to know more about the cost of creating an online course read it Here

4: Selling other peoples Products to Make Money online.

Selling other people’s products has become mush easier especially with products that you have researched and seen that it’s a good fit for the audience you are targeting. When you have physical products which you want to sell but you don’t want to stock it. You also don’t also have much money for overhead costs neither do you want to deal with packaging and shipping. Then you have to consider Dropshipping Business. Drop shopping allows you to promote other people’s products to your target market, make sales from it and then inform the manufacturers to ship it to your buyers.

The good thing about drop shipping is that you make a sale first before you even spend money to buy the goods the person ordered. You don’t have to go through the hassles of stocking products or shipping product. From the comfort of your home, you can sell thousands of products to buyers without ever touching the product just your money. Hahaha. If you love that idea of business then you have to read this post how to start a Drop shipping business. In that post, I went in-depth on all you need to start up. It includes where you can source your product from, the manufacturers and sites that give you the best list of wholesalers to how you can set up an eCommerce platform that suits your needs. Read it here.

5: Writing to Make money Online.

If you have a knack for writing great articles or you love to tell a good story, then the online business that will suit you will be Blogging. Blogging has given lots of people the opportunity to tell their own individual stories and make a living by sharing it with their followers. By creating a followership, they have been able to monetize their content and get themselves a tidy income all from the comfort of their home. The beautiful thing about blogging is that you can blog about anything and you will find your own tribe of followers that will like your content. I  did a post on how blogging will help you make an income. Read it here. If blogging is what excites you then you have to ensure you know about Plugins, the very great helper of the Newbie Blogger. Read my post on 7 must have  Plugins for a newbie blogger.

 

If you have looked at all these choices and you can’t seem to find something that suits you, then head over to my post on how to pay yourself as a stay at home mom for more ideas and options.

I can’t end this post without telling you that working from home is not always so cool. Therefore here are 7 things to expect when you work from home.

A little dose of inspiration to close for today, read my post on God will outlast your storm.

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Guidelines on setting up your Etsy Shop

Ultimate guide to starting your Etsy Shop
How to start your Etsy Shop

 

I have always loved handcrafted items because of the time it takes to create it. I believe that handmade goods always show the creativity of the maker. One of the reasons I love things that are crafted is because they are usually unique, it’s not found everywhere like Mass produced stuff.

While I have no problems with Mass produced things, I mean how else can the world’s needs be serviced with just hand crafted goods, we will run out of supply.

The uniqueness, the time spent making it and the loveliness is what often attracts me to things that are hand crafted. That’s why my today’s post is about Etsy an online platform that gives opportunity to people to sell their created stuff.

Etsy.com is an online retail platform that allows artisans to sell their hand made stuff, they take care of the ordering, payment processing and notifications so that artisans can focus on creating products for sale.

I have always been a fan of ethnic jewelry, so whenever I see a beautifully made one with precious stones, I want to have it because it speaks to my emotions. One of the things that you should strive to do as an Etsy seller is to speak to people’s emotion, when you do that. There is no price they will not be willing to pay. If you want to set up an Etsy Shop, here are a few guidelines you might want to consider.

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Guidelines to setting up your Etsy Shop

Product

Before ever you decide to open a shop, the very first thing that should occur to you will be what do I sell? What kind of products do you make? Be it jewelry, crocheted clothing or whatever you decide, it has to be something you will be willing to make continuously without getting tired. It should also be unique.
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I once had a neighbor who made custom made clothing but the beautiful thing about her own clothing was the beautiful beads that she used in decorating the clothing. It made her clothing line unique and people always sort her out to buy them. Therefore whatever  your product is, ensure it’s something that is so unique that people will seek out to buy them, after all that’s the reason people will come to etsy, to get unique stuff that you can’t find in every day shop. If you make it worth their while, you will get repeat purchases

In making your products, it will be nice to have sets of products that go together to encourage more purchase. For instance instead of just making an earring for that design perhaps you may consider making a matching necklace and bangle or anklet, that way when people like the earring, they may consider buying the matching set. The accompanying set increases how much they will spend much more than if they were just buying one item.

Research

Check out other Etsy shops and look for the top sellers to know what makes them standout and that way you can know what to add to your own shop. In doing your research, check out the arrangement of their listings and what is working on such shops. You can also use the site craftcount  to check out the best shops on Etsy and see what is working for them, that way you arm yourself with ample knowledge before you set out.

Research also has to do with checking out items that collaborate with what you are going to sell, see how you can collaborate with those who make those complementary items and figure out how to ensure that you have such goods in your shop, that way you sell more and it’s a win- win for everyone. Here is an example, if you sell jewelry and you see a shop that makes custom made purses that you could match with your jewelry, you could reach out to the purse maker and collaborate by listing their own products too on your shop, when you sell, they can fulfill it and give you a commission for the sales.

Terms of Engagement and Rules

The next thing you need to check out is the terms of engagement before you start selling, Etsy is a platform provided by someone else, it’s like renting shop  space so you must be prepared to abide by the terms of engagement of the Landlord. This will enable you avoid problems later on. Ignorance is no excuse, you don’t want your shop being shut down after you have started gaining traction, so ensure that you know the rules very well and play by them

Cost and Pricing:

Before you go into the business of selling, ensure that you know what your total costs are and how you intend to factor it into the final sale price. Don’t forget the fact that you need to input the listing price of your products, another very important cost is the cost of shipping which we shall discuss later in this article.

Remember you are in business to make profit so ensure that you calculate your costs in such a way as to turn a profit. Without a profit, you will go out of business.

Another cost that you need to remember is the cost of marketing you store, just because you are on Etsy does not mean the whole world will come to you. It will cost you some amount to get people to come to your shop via advertising.

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Payment Platform:

Before you get off to running your shop on Etsy, you need to choose a payment gateway. A payment gateway is a platform that allows buyers to pay you for your goods. A good platform I will recommend is: PAYONEER  , they help you receive payments from all over the world and you can easily withdraw your funds from a local bank or ATM as you choose. Another popular platform is PAYPAL, You may want to have various options so as not to limit buyer’s choices when it comes to paying you.

Shipping:

You will have to decide what shipping services to use, this is because it constitutes part of your sales cost if you are offering free shipping, and some people choose to go with USPS because of their flat shipping rates regardless of where you are sending your products to. You can also make arrangements for pick-ups so as to avoid running to the postal agency each time you make a sale.

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Stock your shop

Ensure you have a good stock up on your shop before you go online, no one is advising that you hold large inventory but you can be moderate in such a way that you don’t run out of products especially if you are preparing for a launch or opening day, you don’t want to run out of options when people start ordering for products.

Marketing:Under this marketing tab am going to discuss, several topics because I think they go together namely; Naming your shop, Branding, product description and Photography.

  • Name: What is in a name and how does that affect your brand? when you are picking a name for your shop, you want to pick a name that resonates with what your core values are and also works with the brand you are trying to create, sometimes people can get stuck in trying to come up with a name, but you can choose to make it easy for yourself by coming up with a name that you will be building your brand with. Etsy is a marketplace so most times people don’t look at shop names when they buy but you also want to choose a name that easily comes up when people are searching for products in your niche. I love the idea of people building a brand around their names because it makes one unique. If you decide to start a blog later around your line of products, it will work perfectly for you. If you find that you keep getting stuck on getting name, just choose a name you can always change it just before you launch.
  • Branding: When you are starting out, branding may not mean much to you, but you have to keep in mind that as you grow, you want to have a uniqueness that is attached with your products, that is where products design, logo and way of presentation matters. If you had like to design logo but don’t know how to, you can outsource it on Fiverr and you will have your designs before you know it. Fiverr is an excellent outsourcing platform where you can find all kinds of digital services starting from as low as 5 bucks.
  • Photography: People will buy what they like especially when it speaks to their emotions. You can invest in a good DSLR camera or you can use your IPhone if you have one to take quality pictures of your products. Remember to keep the background plain, so as to use contrast to bring out the beauty of your products.
  • If you have neither of these, good old camera on the phone will do but ensure you have enough light to make your product stand out against the background. I always love using white plain background if it is a dark jewelry to showcase the product. Remember that the use of props such as jewelry hanging case will make all the difference. You can also place pictures of models wearing what you have made to increase its appeal.
  • Product description: No matter how good your products, its description that will make it easy for your clients to find you. So you want to research for keywords that people use in your niche in other to use it to optimize your store so that when people are searching your products, it easily comes up. Product description is like the modern day direction for a brick and mortar store.
  • Launch Day:  Do all you can to let people know you are open for business. Spread the word, pick a date that you will be launching your shop, if you have friends who are bloggers, you can ask them to write a feature post for your shop on their blogs or mention you in their Facebook or twitter handles.

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Finally, tell people about your store using the various social media options we have, I think Pinterest will make a good one because of the fact that it has to do a lot with pictures, don’t forget Instagram and the likes. Tweak and find out which social media option is working for you and use it to your advantage.