Let me start off by saying that I am not an expert at selling whatsoever, but for some reason I wanted to write this down as a blog post.
I will also reference crystals & stones here because that is what I sell and that is what I know and have experience with.
Tip 1: Take pictures in natural lighting
You don’t have to add ridiculous filters to make your product photos stand out. Keep it simple. I personally just take photos with my iPhone in natural or indirect sunlight.
Tip 2: Have an online location where customers can buy
People often tend to post pictures of what they’re selling, but as soon as someone wants to buy – they don’t have anything ready for the person inquiring.
If you don’t have an online location (Ebay, Etsy, your own website), then at the very least let people know you accept payments through PayPal.
Tip 3: Get to know the USPS, their box sizes and their shipping methods.
I have to admit, shipping was the most confusing thing for me to understand when I first started selling; I’m not very good with math & measurements so I left it to my husband to figure it out since he has more experience selling stuff online.
Eventually (about 2 years later), I finally got the hang of it and it basically goes like this:
+ Anything over 13 oz will be sent Priority Mail
+ Anything under 13 oz can be sent First Class.
Of course you can read up on the other types of shipping but these are the most commonly used ones.
Which leads me to Tip 4: Get a scale
In the mineral world, price is often determined by the weight of the crystal or stone. When you’re sending out packages, it’s important to know the weight and dimensions of the package you’re sending out so postage can be calculated accordingly.
So get yourself a scale, the one we have is digital.
There’s probably more things I could add to this, but I can’t think of them at the moment. I will keep adding once I remember.
If you want to get serious about making money online or having passive income, then a system needs to be in place in order to receive payments as well as to mail out products.