If you have a laptop or a smartphone, you can sell your products online without having to worry about how to get payment or delivery.
Even if you’ve never purchased anything online, selling your products is now easy and the learning curve is very slim. When it comes to buying stuff online, we know that we can rely on giants like Jumia, Konga, Dealdey and Olx. These people already have a huge slice of the market and many people already know that if they want to buy things, they can go to these sites.
What happens if you try to sell online?
Well, there are several things you would have to contend with. Setting up your website is only just the beginning. You would have to set up a payment processor so that people can pay online; then you would need to contend with delivery. Ordinarily, delivery should not be a problem because of NIPOST. If your customers have a NIPOST account, then you should have no problem with delivery. HOWEVER, a lot of people do not have a post office box so that could be a challenge. But you can still get around that by delivering to people at their homes.
So let’s assume everything is set to go; your site is ready, your payment processor is in place and you have you are able to do deliveries, you need to get people to know about your site. There’s a lot to discourage most people who want to sell their products. But now, a lot of these online shops have now made it possible.
Riding on the back of sales giants
If you are a small business, you could boost your sales by offering your products online. Even if you don’t have the capacity, you could easily ride on the success of these giants; they have made it possible for you to do so.
These retail giants boast of over 50 million customers and operate a reliable service. Plus they have a lot of subscribers. The sites that offer this service include Konga, Jumia, Kaymu, Olx and DealDey. Each one is different though and they have different requirements. For the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on just 3 of them: Konga, Jumia and Kaymu.
Selling on Konga
If you want to sell on Konga.com, simply go to konga.com/sell and fill the form. If you do so before October 1, 2014, you an sign up for free without any sign-on fees. According to their website, here’s what you get when you sign on:
- Free online storefront
- Sell on Nigeria’s leading E-Commerce platform
- Get a Personal Account Officer to help grow your business
Selling on Jumia
Selling on Jumia is a bit less straight-forward as you have to apply. But it can be done and you can find one of our Naija Housewives women, Sharonita Accessories with her own storefront on Jumia – jumia.com.ng/sharonita-accessories.
The instruction is here on this screenshot.
For more information check here.
Selling on Kaymu
For Kaymu, you can start with a fixed plan and it’s 100% free. Once you click on the option to start selling with a fixed price, then you fill a form. They didn’t state what benefits you get, but considering they have a Facebook page with over 1 million fans, then you get a perfect platform from which you can advertise your goods.
Finally . . .
Before you decide to sell on any platform, do your research. Call them and ask all the questions you want to ask. This is a wonderful opportunity for you if you’re selling goods, but make sure you do your due diligence.