Whether a client sells products, services or both, one of the questions I am most often asked is where to sell online.
The answer that that used to pop into my head was, “Your website, of course!” These days however, the answer is not that straightforward.
There are now A LOT of places where you can sell both products and services online.
That’s because there are now A LOT of places where you can sell both products and services online and, given that many of my clients are smaller businesses, these “marketplaces” offer advantages that a stand-alone website could not such as:
Providing the ability to reach a larger online audience than they could alone,
Offering powerful features and functionality that would cost a lot in terms of both time and money to implement alone, and
Existing in the “cloud” so that maintenance, backups, upgrades and hardware costs are handled by someone else.
Given all this you may wonder, “Should a small business not sell on its own website?” I’m not saying that at all! There are many great solutions for selling on your site and they just keep getting easier and easier to implement at a low cost.
The real issue to ponder here is, “Should a small business ONLY sell on its own website?”
The real issue to ponder here is, “Should a small business ONLY sell on its own website?” The answer to that is, “Maybe!” Really, it all depends on what makes the most sense for each individual business however, selling in more than one place is bound to increase both reach and sales.
In fact, many e-commerce solutions offer a way to consolidate all your online selling efforts – whether on your own site, on an e-commerce storefront, on an auction site such as Ebay or on a social media site such as Facebook – into one spot. Handy, eh?
All that said, where can you sell your products and services online? To help answer that question, I’ve gathered a bunch of useful links for you to check out. In addition to listing where to sell online, these links also lead to resources that will help you learn how to sell products and services online.
So sit back, enjoy and happy selling!
Where to Sell Your Products and Services Online – and How
Where to Sell Products Online
These links lead to lists with tons of places where you can sell your products online. Click the last link to find solutions you can use to sell on your own site as well.
You can sell your services on your own website using many of the services and solutions mentioned above. However, similarly to selling products, you can also sell your services through online marketplaces.
The links below lead to to some of the top spots to sell your services online.
These sites allow you to bid on work ranging from web development to writing to legal services. If you’re a service professional, these should be your go to spots: