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How to Open an Online Store for Free

Updated on March 20, 2013
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If You Have to Work, Shouldn't it Be for You?

Have you ever wondered how to make a living online?

Do you have a talent that people are always telling you to do something with?

Maybe you make crafts at home in your spare time or maybe you love taking pictures just for fun ... why not make money by selling those crafts or turning those photographs into artwork?

Here are some simple ways to get started online and most are free to start:

Etsy.com

The new thing online is Etsy.com, a great site to sell or buy items made by people just like you!

Shopping online is quickly becoming the only way people shop. Unique or original items are just what they are looking for. Add your items to this ever expanding market.

You can open a store by simply taking pictures of your products, setting a price point and writing a short description.

There is no charge to open the store though there is a charge of .20 per item that you will be charged every month to list. Then, if you make a sale, they charge you 3.5% of the purchase price.

Not expensive to list your items in a professional store setting.

Ebay.com

You're familiar with Ebay unless you've been living under a rock for the last decade. Guess what? It's still a viable way to make money online.

To open a seller account is free though there are small fees associated with listing an item, anywhere from .10 to $2.00, depending on the list item price.

When you sell an item fees can range anywhere from 7% to 13% depending on the category you list the item in.

The seller fees are pretty reasonable and using PayPal has a minimal fee as well.

CafePress.com

Another great site is CafePress.

This site allows you to design everything from T-shirts to Greeting Cards to Coffee Mugs and more using your own designs or using their online tools to create new products.

To open a shop is free, to list items is free and you set your mark up from their base price to earn commission.

You even get your own custom URL to refer people to. Utilize your social networks to get your site out there and draw in traffic.

Hubpages.com

A great site for all the writers out there is Hubpages (obviously) which allows you to write hubs (or articles) and post for free. T

here is never a charge for publishing your work but you make money off the traffic that visits your pages.

Hubpages can turn into a great way to supplement your income if your steady in writing articles and getting traffic.

Craigslist.org

If you're not looking to make a full-time living from selling items online then consider Craigslist to post your items occasionally.

Click on post to classifieds from the home page. You'll then select your category, typically the only fees on their site are for posting job listings.

Post your item and make sure to include a picture, set your price, enter your description and submit.

Fiverr.com

Fiverr.com allows you to post a service that you can sell for $5. It's just that simple.

Get creative, be original and offer a unique service to achieve success on this site.

There is no charge for setting up an account and the fee is minimal if you sell a service. Something like $1.00 in total comes out of the $5 which means you'll bring home $4. Not bad for a couple minutes of work, depending on what you are selling.

Start Your Own E-commerce Site

Do your research when starting out online. Discover what others are selling, how they are selling and what you'll need to get started.

You can always get your own domain name and have a site built to start your own business online that features products or services you offer.

The market is there for online shoppers, don't let the opportunity slip through your fingers.

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    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Concise article with a mother lode of information! Thank you very much for writing this!

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      Debbie Pinkston 

      5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Thank you for such great suggestions and information! I may just open an Etsy account and post my watercolor paintings!

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