20 Things You Can Sell Online that You Might Not Have Thought Of
By Anita Campbell,You already know that you can build a business selling collectibles on eBay or ebooks on Amazon, but those are just a couple of the options out there for selling products and services online. From virtual services to physical products that use your own unique designs, check out these suggestions for things to sell online that you may not have considered before.
When you purchase the domain for a website, you own it. That means you also have the right to sell it. Whether you’ve purchased a domain that you no longer use or want to build a business around this type of product, you can display a message on your home page listing the domain for sale and then use marketplaces like Flippa or Sedo to find potential buyers.
To help people create beautiful websites, anyone with some coding or programming knowledge can create customizable templates for WordPress or Squarespace and then offer them for sale. You can sell them on dedicated marketplaces like WP Shop or Etsy.
For those who can develop desktop or mobile apps, you can sell those in the Apple Store, Google Play, or specific platform marketplaces like Salesforce or Shopify.
Photographers, turn your photos into passive income by making them available on sites like Shutterstock or 500px, where bloggers or online businesses can purchase your images for a small fee.
People who create video or audio content could often use some music or sound effects to enhance their own content. So musicians or sound effect artists can sell the rights to songs or similar content on sites like Royalty Exchange or AudioJungle.
Similarly, companies may need video footage for presentations or to enhance their own video marketing. Some stock photo sites like Shutterstock also offer a marketplace for video content, and there are also video-specific sites like VideoHive and Motion Array.
If you have expertise in a specific area, you can essentially sell your knowledge to others by creating a course using sites like Udemy or SkillShare. Teach anything from cross stitching to setting up a new computer.
Another way to share your expertise is to create printable workbooks by designing downloadable PDF files. Then you can upload them to your own ecommerce site and deliver them to your customers via email or direct download on the sales page. You can also use marketplaces like PayLoads and SendOwl to sell digital downloads.
If you prefer a more one-on-one approach, you can offer in-person or virtual consultations with clients on a variety of subjects. Use a scheduling tool like Acuity or Calendly so customers can book blocks of time with you. Then use that time to help them design their home, provide business advice, or provide whatever type of guidance falls within your niche.
Meal or Workout Plans
Especially when it comes to health and wellness, people can often use a general guide to help them create their own positive habits. If you have experience as a personal trainer or nutritionist, you could create customized meal or workout plans for people looking to make those changes. Real Plans and Trainerize are two sites that allow you to sell customized meal plans.
Access to Events
People are always looking to attend special events. Sell tickets to concerts or other in-person events on marketplaces like StubHub Vivd Seating, or sell access to your own virtual webinars or events using a virtual platform like AnyMeeting or Skype.
If you create a part of your website that’s extra valuable, you can sell access to it on a membership basis. Podia and Memberful are a few options for selling memberships to customers.
You don’t need to physically sell t-shirts in order to make money. You can create designs and upload them to sites like Redbubble or Merch and they’ll create the actual products.
Another option for artists or designers: turn your artwork into downloadable PDF files and then list it for sale, either on your own site or marketplaces like Zazzle or Society6.
Access to Your Influence or Audience
If you’ve worked hard to cultivate a dedicated audience on your blog or social media channels, you can sell that influence to brands via influencer marketing campaigns. Intellifluence and Pepperjam are some platforms that allow you to market that opportunity to relevant brands.
If you’re a writer, editor, virtual assistant, graphic designer or any other type of online service provider, use platforms like Fiverr or Upwork to list your services and sell them online to other businesses on a freelance basis.
To help others on a more product based level, sell templates for blog posts, speeches or even website disclaimers. Offer them as printables or downloadable PDFs. Theme Forest and Template Cloud both offer a number of options for offering these types of products.
For those who are able to perform professional research, compile your findings into a report and then offer it as a downloadable ebook or guide. You can also gain visibility for your reports on sites like RnR Market Research or Savio.
For those with photo editing experience, you can create Photoshop or Lightroom actions and then offer them for sale on FilterGrade or Etsy.
Similarly, you can sell stickers, fonts or other graphics that people can use in their own marketing or branding materials. Sites like Graphic River and Creative Market can help you get your graphics in front of potential customers.
About the Author:
My name is Anita Campbell. I run online communities and information websites reaching over 6 million small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, including Small Business Trends, a daily publication about small business issues, and BizSugar.com, a small business social media site.
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