Salesperson? Not me. Never thought I could do it. Having a business or a blog or clients or… selling online? Crazy. But that’s just the thing. You don’t have to start out great at this whole entrepreneur thing, it comes with time. And you don’t have to start out knowing everything there is about selling online to start selling online, either.
You don’t have to have a million products, or Twitter followers, or a ton of website traffic. You don’t even have to be great at in-person sales. I can create product information and a great pitch much easier sitting at my computer than I ever can on the fly in front of someone. Selling online is no piece of cake – there’s an art to it for sure – but for those of you that think they can’t sell anything online:
This post is for you.
Anyone can sell anything they want as long as someone will buy it. Sounds stupid, but so true. Teach? Tutorials. Design? Graphic packs. Cook? Self-published recipe books (aka, pdf’s). Speak? Webinars. Got something to say? Podcasts. Got something to give a lot of? Subscriptions.
You don’t have to be an expert on paper to be considered an actual expert. You have knowledge, know-how and common sense. What in? Where does your expertise lie? What facet of life can you pull your experiences and lessons from in order to teach others?
That’s really all that it takes. Sure, I may have a degree in my field, but I’ll be the first to admit that what I learned came from practice, which then turned into experience. It wasn’t sitting in the classroom. The education I’ve received just furthered what I already knew, and helped prepare me for what I didn’t.
Obtaining a degree may help, but in all reality the education is up to you, not the college you attend. Some of the smartest people I know don’t have degrees, yet they own businesses and are very successful. Nothing says you have to have a degree in something to teach others what you know about it.
Education is very important, guaranteed. I was always told to never stop learning. And if you’re here, you’re in the same place. Reading blog articles that others write about their expertise is learning. Watching tutorials, listening to podcasts, downloading ebooks – it’s all a form of learning. That’s the great thing about the web! You can find and learn just about anything, whether for free or for a price.
So why can’t you do it, too? All of that web-learnin’ had to come from someone, and that someone makes money somehow through those resources, whether you actually paid for them or not. There are so many options available to make money online, it’s insane. So my advice today is to take advantage of it.
Not only that, but since we’re talking about online shops this month, we also did a bit of research for you. We surfed the world wide web to find the most unique and “duh, I shoulda thought of that” options for services and products to sell from behind your computer.
Everyone has a skill or hobby, whether you’ve used it lately or not, that has the potential of being a great product or service. All it takes is one search, and you can pretty much learn how to do just about anything, whether intermediate or full-on expert, whether for free or for cash. Why not be a part of that? Not to say posting half-hearted trash is what sells, and not to say you’ll make millions, but honest extra cash never hurt anyone.
Along with the following list, we’ve also also included links to successful people and the things they sell online. Hopefully, this roundup will broaden your horizons and spark inspiration to start or expand your own online shop (click the links)!
+ Seminar / Webinar / Live Class
+ Just for an extra dose of inspiration, check out this guy.
+ And this one: 10 Places Ecommerce Entrepreneurs Go To Find Product Ideas
+ And even though it’s no longer active, this one is just like, “Seriously? Why can’t I do that?!”
Well now, if that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is. If someone else can do it, why can’t you or I? For any tips or help with your online sales endeavors or design needs, just contact us – we’ll be happy to help!
Have a great week!
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