How to make your first online sale

Nowadays an increasing number of entrepreneurs in the Philippines are creating online businesses. You can literally sell anything online, from your own homemade arts and crafts, to tutorials and even your services as a writer, blogger, artist, etc.

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Pink Fortune accessories 2011

Pink Fortune is now stocked with new accessories for 2011. I sent some of the new items at the Bloggers United bazaar last week. I uploaded a few at the Multiply site, I’m just sneaking taking photos while Gwen is asleep that’s why the slow uploading. I actually considered stopping selling accessories and just sell what’s left of my stocks but when I visited my supplier’s shop, I can’t help but share these beauties…

Fall in love with this Love Connector ring…

Love Connector Ring

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Pink Fortune accessories as gifts!

Can you feel the Christmas rush already? Christmas bazaars are everywhere and malls are teeming with people, and situations like this makes me more lazy to go to malls. The answer, online shopping in Multiply! Please don’t forget to visit Pink Fortune if you’d like to give accessories as gifts, we now have fashionable clothes too!

Here’s a preview of what’s in store:

The all-time bestseller in the shop especially during Christmas is the kidada charm bracelets, perfect to give for barkadas…

kidada charm bracelets, Php 150 each

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Level up my business

Online shopping in the Philippines has come a long way, from Multiply, online shops have conquered Facebook. But as I’ve said before, I don’t want to make my personal account in Facebook an online circus of some sort. But what I’ve been considering for months now is to buy a domain name for my site and set it up as a stand-alone e-commerce/shop site complete with shopping cart features. I think Philippine market is mature enough for this kind of shopping experience and I know a lot of Philippine-based online sites that are already successful with this kind of set-up.

I already have an existing web hosting for my blogs but I’m afraid that the space/bandwidth won’t be enough to accommodate the existing traffic my Multiply store has. One suggestion is for me to have my own server, but I’m too novice for those technical stuff. Having my own dedicated server might be an advantage for me in the future should I acquire more blogs and online shops but I’m lost with all technical jargons. But I found a great deal in Superb.net with their managed hosting, aside from their managed dedicated servers that I can acquire, it also comes with a 5-in-1 deal which includes managed backup, managed firewalls, OS hardening, patches and updates and proactive monitoring. Looks like a promising plan, right? And if all things became successful, I can even avail of their colocation plans to take care of my server.

Just sharing you some of my hopes on becoming a successful entrepreneur, but in the meantime, do check out the latest collection from Pink Fortune, multi-way bags that are definitely bang for the buck!

Chic Woven Round Bags

Promoting my online shop

Here I am again, creating an online buzz about my online shop that sells fashion accessories. Sales these past few months are kind of slow. Maybe because competition is stiff nowadays with a lot of online shops sprouting not only in Multiply but also in Facebook. I still refuse to migrate selling in Facebook because Facebook for me, is more of a personal account and I reckon this is also the case for others. So I’m happy with my current online shop in Multiply and swore to myself that I will not tag my friends in Facebook about my wares. I’ll just find other ways in increasing my sales without being too pushy and with a code of ethics in mind.

One way to promote my online shop, Pink Fortune, is through classifieds. Just like including our blogs in link directories, listing our online shops in different classifieds and directories will make it more visible to prospective customers and buyers. It’s also free so there’s nothing to lose, just hardwork and patience because creating and posting classifieds can be quite tedious especially when manually entering the details. But I promise, you’ll gain a sale/s from these listings. I once read that in sales, one must not stop marketing his/her products.

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Pink Fortune’s new look and new uploads

It’s been a more than a year since I changed my online shop’s layout, Pink Fortune. Maybe one of the reasons of my online selling hiatus for a few months is because I got tired of the new layout. I asked Ann of Design.Create.Art to revamp my site last April, but she got busy until now. Finally, my Multiply online shop has a fab new look and I love it to bits!

Pink Fortune

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Tired but blessed

In case you’re wondering, where the hell are the updates on this blog, well, there are a lot blog entries waiting to be written and photos lined up to be posted but due to some fortunate reasons, I really can’t find the time to update as much as I want to. Fortunate reasons because my previous employer from Odesk made contact with me for a new project and my online shop is kickin’ because it’s Christmas season and more and more shoppers are starting to fill up their Christmas loots. I’m pretty swamped and tired, but I’m still grateful for all the blessings. Not having enough sleep, still go to work, shipping of online orders and doing an online job can get really chaotic…

tired

tired

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Multiply supports online sellers!

It has been an issue since last year that Multiply deletes online shops since it’s a violation of their terms of service. Well, online sellers have a reason to rejoice because Multiply now supports online sellers. On your account info, you can now choose the account whether it’s personal or online shop so that you can properly identify your site. Below is Multiply’s official statement:

Until now, running a shop on Multiply has technically been a violation of our terms of service. As long as you didn’t spam anyone though, we simply looked the other way and let you go about your business. I know that this policy didn’t exactly give you all a lot of comfort, so I’m happy to announce that we’ve updated our terms of service to reflect the fact that running a shop on Multiply is now an officially endorsed activity.

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My uber cute business card and product tags

If you’re a blogger or a shop owner who wants to market your site, then you already know that giving out business cards is one great way to increase exposure with your site. Your card’s design can also make or break a possible visitor at your site or a possible buyer from your online shop. So having a well-designed business card and product tag is a must. If you’re giving out a rather dull and boring plain-text business card, chances are people might just forget about it or worse, throw them away. Now, if you’re card are cute and colorful, people have a tendency to keep it and therefore, they can have a recall of your blog or shop site.

Have you ever visited a candy store and felt so much joy just looking at the colorful candies? That’s how you’ll feel when visiting Sugarprints’ Multiply site. I first ordered product tags for my online shop from Ethel, next are stickers, then business cards for my blog. Come to think of it, sometimes I’m only trying to make an excuse to have another round of orders just so I can have my dose of cute stickers.

product tags for Pink Fortune
product tags for Pink Fortune

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Shop socks online

Online shopping is not only limited to fashionable clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and gadgets, search for anything you want in the Internet and I’m pretty sure there’s a certain store selling what you’re looking for. I’ve found a specialty store, Sock Socks.com, that primarily sells, well, socks. For busy people who really don’t have time to go to the mall, an online store is their savior to be able to buy their practical needs such as the lowly socks. Sock Socks.com offers different types of socks depending on your needs, for walking, for hiking, for work or for everyday wear. The site offers free shipping for orders of $49 or more.

shop socks online
shop socks online
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