Some people are finding creative ways to make money with Facebook these days. Yes, Facebook, the largest social network on the web with over 610,000,000 member profiles according to Fast Company magazine. Interestingly, there is now a Facebook profile for every eleven people on the planet. That’s quite an audience if you have a product or service you’re interested in marketing.
Many people have used eBay and Craigslist to sell items to earn extra money for paying off credit card debt, save more money and yes, spending. As you know, these two websites have changed the game for yard sales by allowing people to open up items for sale to the entire world, assuming you’re willing and able to ship it to them. Facebook is no different in that there are many market places growing within the social network.
Sell Children’s Clothes with Nexty
As an example, my wife has found a way to sell our children’s clothes on Facebook. Nexty is a community where people sell children’s boutique style clothing. My wife will often find great deals on consignment, or even through sales in stores. Our kids eventually outgrow them and as long as the clothes are in good shape, my wife sells them online via Facebook.
It’s really quite simple. She uploads a picture of the clothes and provides a description on Nexty. Interested parties can comment and ask questions. Invoices are sent via PayPal to the buyer’s email address. My wife ships the clothes after she’s been paid. The community itself protects against people who are dishonest by disliking their offerings or sharing about past experiences.
Nexty is just one example of a Facebook marketplace, but it gets even bigger. There is actually a Facebook marketplace similar to eBay. The marketplace currently has thousands of members who or selling, lending, giving, and searching for job listings. It appears to be the largest marketplace within Facebook today and is worth checking out as either a buyer or seller.
Beyond the Facebook Marketplace, you’ll find eBay and many other Facebook applications that will help you sell items. The eBay application installs on your profile which will then display all your listings from eBay. The nice thing about this particular application is your friends, who trust and have a relationship with you, can see what you’re selling. That makes for a pretty good selling opportunity (both parties win).
Create a Facebook Page
Many businesses are moving to or have moved to Facebook by creating their own Facebook page. Pages are like mini websites within Facebook which allow a company to interact and engage with customers as well as post content. This provides an entirely new form of customer interaction and allows a company to be more personable with their customers. No more being separated by a phone call! Plus, customers can often learn more about a company, products, and services via Facebook pages. For example, you can LIKE the ChristianPF Facebook page to get all the articles directly in your Facebook feed.
If you have a company, you need to seriously consider setting up a Facebook page to establish yourself in this market. Once you have a Facebook account, you can create a page and customize it with different apps such as your Twitter feed, YouTube videos, custom welcome page (via the Facebook Static FBML application) and much more.
It appears Facebook is here to stay and many people are already leveraging it for business and to make a little extra money.
Have you ever sold anything on Facebook? If so, please tell us how you did it!
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