Ok, deep breaths everyone. We all know the situation we’re currently in. We’re furiously googling “how to sell products online”, and we’re super anxious about what the future holds. Watching Tiger King and sharing photos of people trying to cut their own hair will only do so much to alleviate the stress.
You’re here, which means you already know the best thing to do now is to take action, and you’re putting your business in the best possible position to survive the pandemic by researching what you need to do. Any good business owner will tell you that you need to adapt and evolve with the times. This situation is no different.
You’ve got this, and we’ve got your back!
Want Some Great News?
Of course you, do!
- Your clients haven’t disappeared, they’re just at home. It’s just a matter of reaching them.
- It’s never been easier for small businesses to set up an online shop and deliver their products to their customers. Imagine if this had happened 20 years ago? Now THAT would be tough.
- There are currently no restrictions on trade and cargo routes in the US
- There’s camaraderie in the business community right now, and lots of people are offering free advice to help small businesses through these times. It’s like the 60s, only instead of people handing out flowers, they’re handing out 90 day free trials.
If you haven’t already got an online store, now is the time to set one up. Before COVID-19 was even a thing, e-commerce was already an unstoppable trend. Worldwide e-commerce retail sales in 2019 amounted to $3.53 trillion and is projected to grow to $6.54 trillion in 2022. Pandemic or no pandemic, your business can really benefit from going online. So let’s get you set up.
Platforms for Selling Products Online
Right now, speed is everything. You’ve got to get up and running quicker than if someone coughed in line at the drugstore. That’s why in these times selling on a third-party e-commerce platform is your best option. Further down the line, you can look into integrating a shop into your website, but for now, let’s not complicate things. Most platforms have created offers to help small businesses. Here are three popular platforms you might want to consider. Open the sections below to read more about each platform:
You’ve Selected Your Platform, Now What?
Once you’ve chosen (and been approved by) your e-commerce platform, it’s time to upload your products. Since your customers can’t see or touch your products you’ll need to give them as much information as possible.
- Make sure you’ve got some high-quality photos of your products. Include pictures with them in use if possible. Most platforms recommend uploading at least one image of each product on a white background. This can be hard to accomplish if you don’t have professional equipment.
- You could hire a photographer, but sending them one of each of your products (especially these days) can be trickier than a Times crossword puzzle.
- These is an alternative: you can do a pretty good job photographing small products yourself with a light tent and some strategically placed pixar lamps, then hire a good graphic designer to tweak the images for you.
- Write detailed descriptions of each of your products. The most important details are the size and materials.
Once you’re up and running, you’ll need to make sure to get the message out there that you now sell products online. Next week, continuing our COVID-19 series, we’ll discuss how to stay connected to your customers in spite of social distancing.
In the meantime, there’s work to do before you begin to sell your products online. If you need help setting up your online shop, JDP can help you throughout the process, from deciding which platform is the best fit for your brand, to adding and editing your products. We can also set you up with a marketing plan that will boost your online success and keep it soaring long after the chaos of COVID-19 has subdued. Give us a shout, and we’ll be happy to help in any way we can.