There are lots of ways that you can make money online and buying and selling things is a popular option. There are many places where you can sell things and this is partly why it is a good option for many people. It is also something that many people can do as you do not need any particular qualifications. You will need to be able to calculate the costs so that you know how much to charge in order to cover those costs and make a profit. However, knowing the price is not the only way to make a profit. You need to do a lot more things as well.
Select the right products
It is really important to make sure that you select the right products to sell. You need to choose items that will sell well, will make you a profit, can be easily stored, packaged and delivered. This can be a tricky decision to make. Storage can be a good place to start thinking about. If you want to store the items at home then you need to decide where you will store them and decide how big the items can be to fit in the space that you have for them. Remember that you may need to have quite a few items and you will need packaging for them if you are posting them to people and will need to store that as well. You will also need to allow for the fact that you might want to expand the range of items that you are selling and so may need more space and you may want to stock up at certain times of the years, perhaps at Christmas depending on what you are selling.
Choose the right price
As mentioned previously you will need to pick a price that will allow you to cover your costs and make a profit. However, how big that profit is something that you will really need to think about. Obviously you want to maximise it if you can but if you charge too much then you could risk people not buying from you because you are too expensive. A higher price may make something seem better quality and more desirable for some but people may buy more if it is cheaper and more affordable. It will depend on whether you have a product that you are trying to sell to a high end market or to a lower end market. It is worth looking at what other people charge for similar items so that you can see where you can fit in. You might want to undercut them so that you can sell more or you might want to have a better quality product and charge a bit more.
Once you have decided what you are selling and how much for you need to find customers. It is easy to assume that once you have items available for sale in a shop that they will then be bought. Sadly this is not the case and you will need to promote those items so that people buy them. They will not just find them or come across them but you will have to make sure that they actually know that they are available. Even if you sell through a platform such as eBay or Amazon you will have a lot of competition and you will need to make sure that customers are aware that you are there. This means that you need to consider whether you will advertise. You can obviously pay for advertising but there are also things that you could try for free such as having a social media page, getting an article in the local paper, registering with search engines and things like this. It is possible to find articles online about how to do this and so this can be really useful as you can find out for free about how to advertise for free.
Sell add on items
Once you have started making sales, then it could be worth thinking about some add on items that you can sell alongside them. For example, if you go to a toy shop and buy a toy that needs batteries the shop will try to sell your batteries at the till. You can be more subtle that this but there are opportunities to sell similar items that people may want to buy alongside the things that you are selling. This will be convenient for them and will give you the chance to make more profit. Think about what sorts of things might work and also look at what your competitors are doing and pick up tops form them. Try to sell a few different things to them though so you stand out but do be careful to make sure that they will be things that you will be able to sell.