Selling Handmade Stuff Online
There are tons of benefits to selling your handcrafted goods online, the top one being it’s usually cost- and risk-free! Tell me, is there anything worse than lugging all of your merch to some overcrowded craft show, only for people to walk by all day without making a single sale? Now you can avoid that pain and humiliation by setting up an online shop! It’s 2019, anything and everything is sold online now. But which sites offer the best deals to merchants? And how do you know which site is ideal for your products? Well…
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of and maybe even bought something on Etsy. But did you know it’s totally free to open a storefront? They only charge you 20 cents per listing and a small percentage of your commission! So if you’re just getting started, you could post your strongest pieces that are guaranteed to sell, and risk practically nothing!
Bonanza mirrors this model by also giving you a free storefront, but you get free listings as well! And to beef up the offer, they boast Google Integration and syncing all of your listings so that if something sells on Etsy or ebay, it will be reflected in your Bonanza store.
Both Etsy and Bonanza are perfect for artisans who have a lot of merch to sell over many platforms, and even offer options for you to personalize your online presence and really make a living through your craft!
There aren’t any sign-up fees for either site, but they do take a portion of your commission. RedBubble guarantees in their user agreement that your art will always belong to you and you have total control over your merchandise, from the products they appear on to the prices you’d like to set for them. If you’re looking for an easy way to make some money from your designs, it doesn’t get much easier than this!
Society6 works similarly, in that you get monthly royalties for the products you sell, rather than the full retail price. Although, it seems like a pretty fair trade when you consider all the work they do for you. And have you checked out their listings? The stuff ain’t cheap, but consumers are more than willing to pay it–which just means more cha-ching for you!
Payments are made monthly based on when your product sells and when the shop doles out their royalties: so say someone buys your product on April 13th, there is a 30-day grace period for the site to do their thing, and then you’ll either be paid on May 15th with Redbubble or June 1st with Society6. Great options for someone looking to sell long-term or even just posting some products, forgetting about them, and then waiting for the money to roll in.
Now are you looking for the absolute lowest risk possible? You probably already interact with this app every day… it’s logo is a blue square with a white F on it… yep, I’m talking about our pal Facebook. For those who don’t know, Facebook now has its own Marketplace where you can sell pretty much anything (as long as it’s legal). And the best part? There are NO fees! No, seriously. I sold a keyboard on there last week for $75 and walked away with $75. You do have to put in the work of arranging to meet up with the buyer and dealing with them trying to haggle your price down, but Facebook even tries to combat this by encouraging you to meet in a public place and gives you the option to “rate” the buyer, so you can warn others of sketchy transactions. The only requirement for using the Marketplace is an active Facebook account, which is free – but costs your soul in the long run.
So why not put all of your time spent on the internet to good use? There are tons of sites just waiting to make you a millionaire! Or at least help you get rid of the stuff piling up in your garage.