You make stunning baby clothing, gift baskets or custom decals to sell; do you need a website, or can you sell just through Facebook? Running a small business is exciting. It is also time consuming and is often stressful. From knowing how much to charge for your handmade products, through to deciding what to make, taking orders, organising shipping and whether you want to sell wholesale or not, there is so much to think about.
We'll take a look at the pros and cons of selling through a website and selling via Facebook, plus share some tips on how to price your products.
Using Facebook to advertise and sell your products through is a common strategy for Mums running a business from home. It's free, you can grow an audience of followers and can use the messaging system to take orders for your handmade products.
However, there are a few problems with selling through Facebook that you're likely to come across:
It does have some pros though, which are not to be sneezed at. It is free, it's used by millions of people worldwide and you can run a small business though it, but with limitations. However, to:
you need a website for your business!
To sell more, reach more customers, and grow your business, you need a website. Here are eight reasons why you, as a Mum in business, need a website:
When pricing your handmade products, you need to take into consideration the cost of materials, the cost of your time, expenses such as electricity and product storage, plus the amount of tax you will pay. A general guide of thumb is to add all of these things and then double them to get your purchase price. There is a great article on the Business Networking NZ website which discusses in detail how to set your wholesale prices that is well worth reading!
Hundreds of Mums like you have used our free website builder to create their own website. We'd love to offer you a 30 day trial to get you started. As we're based in NZ, our support team are available when you need us and we also have a free Facebook Website World support group too.
Don't forget that networking with other mums in business is also important. Come and join the free Facebook networking group Business Networking NZ for some help in growing your business!
Posted: Thursday 14 June 2018