How to Create Physical Products to Sell As An Internet MarketerInfoZIPs Staff
A lot of internet marketers are lazy. There, I said it!
That is to say that they decide they want to make money online but partly the reason for this is that they want a job where they don’t have to leave the house, don’t have to interact with people and don’t need to invest any time or money into what they’re going to create.
That’s not an ideal motivation as you might imagine!
But it explains why 90% of internet marketers that refer to themselves as such, will focus purely on making products that are digital in nature – like ebooks and courses. They rarely make the effort to sell anything physical because they don’t know how, they don’t want to invest in materials and they don’t want to deal with delivery!
But I’m here to tell you that you should change this habit and start selling physical. Why? Because it will open you up to a much larger audience.
Fact of the matter is that digital products will only ever have a limited appeal. Realistically, can you imagine your grandma buying an ebook? Most online sales are still physical products. Physical products tend to come from real, reliable businesses, and they also allow you to create things that are much more required by your audience and that have clear and obvious value.
And it’s not as hard as you think…
Options for Selling Physical
If you want to sell physical products, then you can always sell something as an affiliate. This means that you’ll be selling products that someone else made – such as Amazon – and keeping a percentage of the profit.
Better yet, if you want to put your own brand on those products and pretend that you were selling them directly, then you can look for dropshipping opportunities. Sites like Alibaba will let you find dropshippers and in short, these are affiliates that don’t include their branding anywhere and that permit you to claim you manufactured the products yourself!
Another option is wholesale reselling. Just buy products in bulk, then sell them on at a profit online. You can even do this through eBay!
Or how about selling your own products that you made using skills like painting, sculpting or woodwork?
Better yet though is to genuinely create something yourself from scratch. And even that isn’t as hard as you may think…
How to Create Original Products
First, you need to know how to create 3D CAD files (computer aided design). These are files that are used in CGI but which can also be used to design products. Use a tool like Blender and you can do this entirely for free!
Ideally, you should also create a prototype. You can turn a CAD file into a prototype by looking for a 3D printing company like Shapeway. Send them your STL format file and it will be printed in 3D! You can also try creating a prototype of your own.
Using this, you can raise funds on Kickstarter and discuss with a manufacturer the option of making more. Or you can go straight to the manufacturer and discuss prices you can afford without financial backing. You’ll also need a BOM (Bill Of Materials – a list of all materials you’ll need) and ‘Functional Specifications (a document explaining what your product should do, how much it needs to cost etc.).