Whether you’re selling knowledge from your head or products crafted by your own hands, there are online platforms to help you reach an audience of customers and make sales. Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation offers a top ten listing.
Are you an IT contractor, graphic designer, business coach or expert translator? These sites are a good match for your talents:
- Peopleperhour.com – over 45,000 freelancers use this site to source work and new clients. As the freelancer, you respond to job opportunities, pitch for work and receive payment, all via the site. www.peopleperhour.com
- Business Smiths – companies needing anything from business plans to web design head to this site to find experts who can help. Could you be one of them? www.businesssmiths.co.uk
- Wooshii – a new kid on the block, this site has been created for creatives who produce video and rich media. Companies upload their projects and Wooshii registered creatives respond with their best offer. www.wooshii.com
- Lingo24.com – for linguists, Lingo24.com can become your business development tool as work is sourced on your behalf. Clients include multinational companies and government bodies and Lingo24.com services these clients with a workforce of thousands of freelance translators spread across the globe.
If health, beauty and wellbeing is more your thing, here’s where to head:
- Return to Glory – London’s largest home massage and mobile beauty company, the site is a displaying ground for beauticians and health experts who deliver treatments in the clients own home. www.returntoglory.co.uk
- Wahanda – welcome to the world of therapists, stylists, practitioners and trainers. They gather at wahanda.com as customers come looking, ready to order their services. www.wahanda.com
There’s a growing number of sites catering to the artisan and handmade community. Here’s just three of them:
- Etsy – the mother of all craft sites. Since the company launched in June 2005, more than 250,000 sellers from around the world have opened up Etsy shops. www.etsy.com
- MyEhive.com – launched in September 2008 to promote the products of handmade devotees. www.myehive.com
- Notonthehighstreet.com – this site offers personalised gifts and other delights you – as the name suggests! – won’t find on the high street. At the end of 2009 the company reported 1,500 craft designers using the site with sales of £6.4m. www.notonthehighstreet.com
- Alibaba.com – through this site you can make your niche manufacturing dreams come true by sourcing production in China and then selling the finished item. www.alibaba.com
There are many more sites like these; sites which make selling so much more straightforward for the freelancer/home business owner/5 to 9’er. Test them out and watch those sales roll in!
About the Author: Emma Jones is Founder of Enterprise Nation the home business website and author of ‘Spare Room Start Up – how to start a business from home’ Her next book ‘Working 5 to 9 – how to start a business in your spare time’ will be published in May 2010.