A friend of mine, who moved to Australia from India a few years ago, told me she could sell her handmade goods on the internet to the highest bidder.
“I was stunned,” she said.
“The only thing you can sell on the online market is your handmade goods.”
When I moved to Adelaide from India, my friend told the ABC, I was a bit nervous because she didn’t know how to make a living.
I went to a workshop and got a lot of ideas.
But, I realised I can sell it on the website and sell it to anyone.
“She sold her items for about $15 each.
But she still needs a lot more capital to run her business.
My friend’s business is now thriving.
She can now get an invoice from a wholesaler and it will go directly to the vendor.”
I don’t have to worry about getting a payment from a bank.
It’s cheaper than a credit card,” she says.
What she found was that people could get a payment in two to three weeks.
There was no cost to the customer. “
We were able to use the Etsy site to get our invoice to the buyer.
There was no cost to the customer.
This is so great, I’m so happy,” she laughs.
When a shop is thriving, other businesses can follow suit.
And for some businesses, that can mean the world.
A friend of a friend, who lives in Melbourne, sold her handmade items online in the past year.
He sold his items for $3,000 to $5,000.
For a person like him, it’s a big difference from a year ago.
In the past, a person who lived in India would have had to pay $1,500 for a piece of handmade furniture.
They had to go through a lot to get a piece, he said.
Now, with online auction houses like eBay and Amazon, people can get a price on their items for a fraction of the cost of a local seller.
That’s a win-win for everyone.
How to get started with Etsy sellers: Find a small business online to buy items on the web.
Then, make sure you’re doing it right.
Pay the vendor directly.
Don’t be shy about showing your business to the public.
Make sure you don’t overcharge.
Buy the items on your own.