Starting a business can be daunting. Finding a market for what you sell and actually making a sale can be overwhelming right from the start. When you are decorating a home, finding just the right accessories can make or break the design. Finishing touches, such as drapes and bedding, can be difficult to find. When found, they are often the wrong size. This makes a business that specializes in custom work appealing to the consumer. Selling online will allow you to reach millions of customers with the click of a button.
Things You'll Need
- Digital camera
- Internet connection
Create descriptions of your items. You will need to mention colors, cost and size. Consider actual dimensions for the bedding as well as the standard monikers of "twin", "queen" and "king." Information on shipping costs also is important.
Take several photos of each item. Be sure that the photos accurately depict the merchandise. Because you are selling custom drapes, mention that the items can be custom sized.
Open an online store. EBay.com has stores that you can run, in addition to their auction site. Consider one of these stores for ready-made items such as the bedding. For the drapes, you can show fabric photos along with a list of the types of drapes you can make. Customers will choose the fabric and style that they want.
Create your own website. If you have the ability, you can create a website for your store and have more control over what you sell and the format in which you present it. Marketing will have to be done by you to assure adequate traffic.
Remember that customer service matters. Any site where you sell your merchandise will have some sort of rating system in place. Fast and friendly service will keep those ratings high. Fill and ship orders within whatever time frame you have specified.