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Some Platforms to Sell Online -

I have been trying to make money online as long as I can remember. Since my time in university from selling my used textbooks to cleaning for students after school. The first time I made money blogging was in 201. Someone ask me to post a flag on my blog, he sent $25 to my Paypal. I was so excited. I couldn't believe I got paid to post a picture of a flag.
I have been on and offline since then, I stopped blogging and focused on my online shop where I sold African clothing and Accessories on etsy.


I now sell my products on a few platforms and I want to share my three (3) favorites with you.

  1. Etsy. I love love etsy so much. I made so much sales with my shop, it was unbelievable. I didn't have to worry about advertising or marketing. Etsy is a platform that has its own buyers. People come there to find cool things to buy. If they like what you have, they will buy for sure. Etsy charges a listing fee of $0.20 to list every item and then when you sell, they charge you a transaction fee of 5%. You can also have a custom domain with your etsy shop which is cool. The downside of etsy is that it is only for handmade products, vintage and supplies. You can't import from China and sell on etsy, they will shut you down. So if you have items that fall into these categories, Handmade, Vintage and Supplies, try etsy.
  2.  Ebay. Ebay has been around since 1995, it is very popular because you can sell anything. From used items to new items. You name it. You can sell your old shoes, antique computer or goods from AliExpress.  EBay is integrated with PayPal for receiving payments and paying your seller fees. The first 50 items listed is free and when the item sells you pay 10% of total sales. More than 50 listing is incurs a charge of $0.30 per listing. You have to find creative ways to bring people to your shop because ebay is very competitive. Every sales count
  3.  Shopify. Shopify is the most popular ecommerce website in the world at the moment just after Amazon (which I will talk about in another post). It is basically creating your own website without any coding hustle. You however have to pay a monthly fee of $29.99 USD. They offer a 14-day free trial. They have free themes to use but it's best to buy a theme for better optimization and SEO. Shopify is difficult in the beginning because you have to drive traffic to your website. Shopify will not do it for you like etsy and ebay does. So advertising your shop can be costly. Social Media provides a cheaper option for advertising than traditional methods.

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