How to Start Selling Online in 6 Simple Steps

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  2. Step 1: Do Some Market Research
  3. Step 2: Decide the Type of Products to Sell
  4. Step 3: Identify Your Target Audience
  5. Step 4: Choose a Platform to Start Selling Your Products
  6. Step 5: Create High-Quality Product Content
  7. Step 6: Optimize Your Marketing Strategy As You Go
  8. Conclusion

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Step 1: Do Some Market Research

{"blocks":[{"key":"3puqf","text":"If you haven’t already settled on the type of products you’ll be selling, it’s time to figure that out. To come up with successful ideas, you’ll have to do some basic market research.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9ias5","text":"You should know which type of product has enough online sellers and which needs more recognition. Also, it’s a good idea to see what’s trending so that you can benefit from its rising popularity.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":195,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":195,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":195,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":195,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Step 2: Decide the Type of Products to Sell

{"blocks":[{"key":"81g95","text":"Products mostly branch out into two divisions; commoditized products and niche products. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":89,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1psp","text":"To keep things simple, you should know that commoditized products are always in high demand. Everyone needs these items on a regular basis. Therefore, specializing in these products might sound like a good idea.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":211,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":211,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":211,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":211,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6ok05","text":"Yet, the downside of selling these items is that they’re available everywhere. People can easily find them on Amazon or Walmart. As a result, only offering these items on your online store could make your rise to success a slow one.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":232,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":232,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":232,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":232,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1ffga","text":"On the other hand, niche products are unique items that are often sold in small batches or on-demand. Usually, these tend to be handmade or one-of-a-kind items. Because they’re specially-made, selling niche products might make your brand popular in an instant.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":260,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5l4ba","text":"The best thing you should do here is to sell both types of products to find some balance as a startup business.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":111,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":111,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":111,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":111,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Step 3: Identify Your Target Audience

{"blocks":[{"key":"3m0ku","text":"Another important part of your research is determining your customer base. Will you be focusing on a certain age group or gender? Will you be offering items only used by athletes or people who want to work on their fitness?","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":223,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"dpobn","text":"Are you ready to dive into the infinite world of skincare products and cosmetics?","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":81,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":81,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":81,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":81,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"pkdr","text":"Knowing your audience, what they’re interested in, and what they’re looking to buy currently can help you target them with suitable ads. It’ll also allow you to stay in touch with their needs and adjust your product choice to meet those demands.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"884d","text":"Of course, the first three steps of this guide often go hand-in-hand. So, you’ll need to think about these points side by side to make sure all the details work together seamlessly.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":181,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Step 4: Choose a Platform to Start Selling Your Products

{"blocks":[{"key":"479eq","text":"It’s time to create a business account or page on whatever social media platform that you choose. You can go for Facebook or Instagram, or you could use online stores such as eBay or Amazon.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":190,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bs6uo","text":"You should also consider setting up your own website, although it might not be as easy as running a Facebook page. Still, many online tools give you the chance to create a website without previous knowledge in the field.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":220,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"ccneu","text":"Yet, most online sellers will tell you to go straight ahead for a social media account first. It’s easier to use, makes people discover your products quickly, and allows you maximum contact with potential customers.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5i7qm","text":"Experts suggest that you start with a Facebook or Instagram account as a beginner. Then, as you have a wider base of customers, you can set up an online store. By that point, people will already have known about you for a while. They should visit your website of their own accord.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":280,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Step 5: Create High-Quality Product Content

{"blocks":[{"key":"dbgvc","text":"You’ve established your business account and given it a catchy name. The next move is to showcase your products, right?","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":119,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":119,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":119,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":119,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"c11ve","text":"However, it’s not enough just posting pictures of the items you’ll sell. You must pair these photos with high-quality content to grasp people’s attention. For example, vivid imagery and an informational description of each product are a must.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":242,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":242,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":242,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":242,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"43lud","text":"Yet, going the extra mile should be worth it. The more creative you are with the content, the more traffic should come your way. Some successful online sellers include puns, riddles, fun facts, and more in their posts to promote their products.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Step 6: Optimize Your Marketing Strategy As You Go

{"blocks":[{"key":"aovmk","text":"It’s only normal to face some hiccups here and there once you start selling products online. A post may get dozens of likes one day, and another one might land only a handful of reactions the next day. But that’s okay.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":218,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bo7fq","text":"You’ll soon start to notice which strategies drive more traffic and which need to be improved. The more you get in touch with potential customers, the more effective your future marketing tactics should be.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":206,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":206,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":206,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":206,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"a2a7t","text":"Remember that the key to a rewarding marketing strategy is feedback. It allows you to know what your customers want and helps you correct mistakes. You can ask for feedback using polls, surveys, or by simply asking a question every now and then.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9im3f","text":"“Which shirt color is your favorite out of the collection?” or “Which book fandom are you a member of?” could highly boost your sales. When you ask the right questions, you’ll know who makes up the majority of your followers.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":225,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"8jr3n","text":"Ultimately, this may help you draw in more customers of different interests and backgrounds. Who knows, maybe you’ll be able to come up with more product ideas for die-hard Harry Potter fans!","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":191,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":191,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":191,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":191,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Conclusion

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