Whether you’re selling your knowledge or products crafted by your own hands, there are online platforms to help you reach an audience of customers and make sales. Here is my top ten:
Business services If you’re an IT contractor, graphic designer, business coach or expert translator, these sites might help you:
Personal services If health, beauty and wellbeing is more your thing, here’s where to head:
Handmade crafts There is a growing number of sites for the artisan and handmade community. Here are just three of them:
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.
"So, what do you do then?"
If someone asks you to describe what your new business does, what do you say?
For many, this is not as easy as it sounds. Whether it's for your business plan, on your website or in person, you need a clear, compelling description. You need to get your idea across in a way that will really get the attention of potential clients.
Here are 5 crucial questions to help you communicate what you do in a way that people understand, and act on:
Whether you’re writing your business plan, web content or describing what you do in person, remember to answer these five questions. Don’t just talk about your products and services. Tell your customers how you solve problems for people just like them.
When they ask you what you do, this is what they really want to hear.