It’s pretty common for sellers to
get a bit too comfortable with a single revenue stream. In most cases what
happens is that you carve out a successful niche for your business and you
start to crush it! Great sales and healthy margins but all too commonly some
variable outside your control can rapidly change your sales. Online resellers
know this fact all too well! Small changes in your preferred selling platform
can cause your sales to plateau or shrink, if you’re not carefully monitoring
every small change to the marketplace, be it changes to commission fees or
tweaks to a sites search engine. Ultimately your goal should be to have a
diverse group of revenue streams instead of a single river of income. How do
you accomplish this? Start making some new streams. Let’s look at a few
pointers on making new streams and then nurturing those trickles of income into
a steady flow of sales and profits.
Expand your footprint– Too many online resellers get
started selling on either Amazon or eBay but do not branch out from there.
Granted both are dominant marketplaces, and you should consider both as viable
channels but don’t stop there. There are literally hundreds of other avenues
you should consider, some of which may be ideal for your particular niche
business. Want a few options? Consider some of these: Walmart, Facebook,
Pinterest, Poshmark, Craigslist, Tradesy, Letgo, eCrater and Bonanza to name a
few. Have you ever considered creating your own site? It’s easier than ever to
do, plus you can have complete control, set your own rules and pricing and there’s
no go-between now looking for their cut of the profits. The more platforms you
appear on, the more impressions and ultimately more sales. Don’t get stuck
treading water in a single location, otherwise you may miss out on that sea of
Expand your brand’s awareness– now that you’re on multiple
platforms get the word out! Promote the heck out of your business and get
people going to wherever your goods are available to buy. Get some buzz going
on social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. The
great thing about this is you can drive those shoppers to your preferred venue
like your own site where you can pocket all of those profits.
Expand into other categories– Once you have mastered multiple
platform selling start expanding out into other categories that best complement
your core business. Say for example you specialize in women’s
clothing, why not also try out accessories as well? Sell your client the
perfect belt or scarf to complete that outfit. Breadth of offerings is
key to keeping your customers coming back for more in the future.
There is a world of opportunity out
there for the enterprising entrepreneur, don’t be afraid to get out there and
explore them all.
Want some more info on expanding your sales? check out our video which covers some helpful tips on improving your online sales.