When you first get a business idea, it can be electrifying. Yet, it’s not always that straightforward. Because going into business is always a big deal. It’s just how things are. You may also feel overwhelmed and intimidated – perhaps because you do not know all that much about business or what you’re going to do. So, you need to change that. You need to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge necessary to build the company of your dreams. One of the areas that you need to be able to do this for, is actually getting your product out into the world – a.k.a distribution! So let’s consider your options for this.
The very first option you have is online. And here, we’re not talking about selling products online in its entirety – because for that, you still need to send products out. But instead, what we’re talking about, is that you’re delivering the products online. So maybe you’re teaching a course or you’re creating words or images online for others? Providing a service like this is a great option.
2. Digital Downloads
But then also, as a step on from that, you’re then going to want to think about the kind of digital download products that you can sell – and there are many! So think about your audience and what you’re doing. Is there something that you can sell that can be downloaded? Essentially, you’re making one product online, and then it can be downloaded again and again and again by different people – even while you sleep.
Now, when it comes to a physical product, you will have to make sure that you are getting it from you and out there to the customer. So how are you going to do that? One of the ways that you can do that, is to make sure that you are delivering it yourself. It could be that you look into van hire to deliver in your local area. Or maybe you then have a local store or pop-up stores across the country? Because one option is to just do it yourself.
And then there’s the regular shipping option that you’ll probably be a bit more familiar with. Here, you’re going to want to get a contract with a big shipper. Sure, you could send things out via the postal service yourself, but it can be more economical for you to get a shopping package set up.
And finally, if you don’t want to think about having to deal with everything yourself, then you need to find a company that is going to fulfill all of it for you. See it as an extension of what you’d do with a shipping company. But instead of you picking and packing the items and then waiting for them to be sent out. Instead, a company would literally do all of it for you, so that you free up time and are able to work on other areas of the business.