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Top 11 Cost-Effective Ways To Sell Your Products

Top 11 Cost-Effective Ways To Sell Your Products

Whether you run a large ecommerce site or simply sell your merchandise from home, there are a vast variety of options for effectively selling your products online. Alas, some are more costly than others and not everyone has the money to pay for the more upmarket methods, especially if they’re just starting out. Here are some more cost-effective ways you can ensure your products reach the right audience and that you sell your products.

Social Media

  • Promote On Facebook

Chances are you’re already aware of Facebook and know how to use it socially, but have you tried promoting your products on the social media giant?

When you actively promote your merchandise on Facebook by sharing information, connecting with friends or followers and promoting sales and competitions you can persuade your audience to not only look into your store themselves, but also get them to share with their friends, thereby reaching a wider audience.

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  • Share On Twitter

Once you have a foundation of followers and a reasonable knowledge of how to utilize hashtags, you can easily promote your products to your Twitter audience. If they like what you’re selling, chances are they’ll retweet or mention you to their followers and so, much like Facebook, you’ll reach a wider audience. Using Twitter does require time, patience and effort, but once you’ve gotten the ball rolling you’ll soon see the benefits.

  • Pin On Pinterest

Pinterest is a relatively new social platform compared to the others, but it’s extremely popular. You can create themed boards where you can pin images from your website and online store, which others can easily re-pin leading to great exposure. Pinterest is entirely free and incredibly easy to use, so get pinning regularly.

  • Use Daily Deal Sites

There are absolutely loads of daily deal sites across the web, most notably Groupon and Living Social. These sites offer their audience deals on everything from gifts to holidays, as well as local bargains. If you choose to use a daily deals platform you should expect a huge number of sales in a short period of time, and it’s likely that many initial buyers will return if they like your product. However, make sure you have enough to sell before you place the ad, as not fulfilling orders can be bad for your reputation.

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Ecommerce Stores

  • Start A Store On Spaces

Also known as Go Spaces, ecommerce platform Spaces is a relatively new site having been originally thought up back in 2013. You can sell clothing, jewelry, digital downloads such as eBooks, and a whole load of other products on your own customizable store page (or ‘Space’), all for free. There is no limit to the amount of Spaces you can create or products you can sell, and they’ll even take care of all the boring payment stuff behind the scenes.

  • Sell On Shopify

Like Spaces, Shopify is an all-in-one ecommerce platform that allows you to set up your own online store without having to build your own site or pay someone else to do it for you. Your page is easy to build and thoroughly customizable, so you can ensure your brand and page use similar color schemes and create the same atmosphere. Shopify isn’t entirely free, but there are various pricing plans you can choose from and the exposure you’ll receive will probably outweigh the costs.

  • Make It Big On Big Cartel

Big Cartel aims to promote products from clothes designers, jewelry makers, bands and other such creative entrepreneurs. They offer customizable pages and take absolutely no percentage of your sales, making this perhaps the best method for beginners and smaller businesses operating within specific markets.

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Other

  • Sign Up For Google Shopping

If you’re selling online, it’s crucial that you’re listed in Google Shopping search results. To do this, you must first sign up to Google Merchant Center and upload information about your products. After this is completed, your products are likely to appear with relevant search queries, leading to more business and website traffic, especially if your products offer better value than the competition.

  • Make Product Videos

Sites like YouTube have an absolutely massive audience; so tapping into their site will probably get you at the very least a small percentage of their views. Consumers are likely to search for all sorts of media relating to products they wish to invest in these days, as they often don’t have access to the hands-on experience of checking out the product in person before making the purchase. By creating thoroughly planned, informative, good quality videos displaying and explaining your products, those who come across them will be more likely to delve further into discovering the wares you have on offer.

  • Write Reviews

Review sites such as Review Centre and The Best Of can make all the difference, as good reviews will encourage those who would otherwise shy away from the lack of information and personal experience available to them when buying online. Ensure you’re listed on as many review sites as possible so that your customers can share their positive experiences with you and your products. When others see you have happy customers, they’ll most likely want to become one of them too.

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  • Send Emails

Email may be one of the oldest web methods of selling products available, but it’s still incredibly effective. Email accounts are still a hub of information for many of us online as it’s where all of our social media notifications, shopping receipts, newsletters and personal information is sent and stored. So, if someone’s willing to give you their email address, chances are they’re interested in what you’re selling. From then on you can share highlights, news, special offers and sales right to their personal hub.

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Published on September 16, 2020

12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

1. Organization

When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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2. Flexibility

You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

3. Collaboration

As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

4. Poise

Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

5. Communication

Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

6. Good Computer Hygiene

Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

8. Respecting Feedback

In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

9. Project Management

Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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10. Staying up to Speed

Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

“Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

12. Teamwork

Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

Final Thoughts

Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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