You may notice that I lean heavily towards becoming a clothing reseller for newbies. Here are the top 5 reasons I recommend newbies become clothing resellers.
Free start up inventory
Most people have at least 10 items of either gently worn or never worn clothing items in their home they can use to start their online reseller business. These items were just collecting dust and taking up space. Either the aspirational, “I will diet myself into this size” dress or the “I don’t know why mom thought I would like this” sweater will do for your first products. These items are basically free, so you can price them to sell fast and start to build a good seller reputation and earn quick cash for motivation.
Zero cost beginner marketplaces
There are many clothing reseller apps that have zero membership or start-up fees. You only pay when you sell an item. That cost is deducted from your earnings so no upfront out of pocket costs for you. Your business can be as small or as big as you can handle, all with no monthly or per listing fees. So very little risk if you don’t sell anything.
Low operating costs
Because the common clothing reseller apps charge zero monthly or listing fees, you can funnel your earnings into increasing your inventory. Clothing is one of the easiest and, most importantly, cheapest forms of inventory to acquire. All year round, there are clearance sales and thrift stores offering items for a few dollars or less. Plus, because clothing items are usually light and easy to package, the free USPS shipping supplies are sufficient for beginners.
Easy to expand
Starting small on one of the clothing reseller apps is quick and easy. But because the operating costs are so low, there’s more opportunity to pour more of your earnings into expansion – buying more inventory, investing in nicer inventory storage options, investing in nicer shipping supplies, and even doing a little paid social media marketing.
Small learning curve
If you’re not tech savvy, starting an online store may seem intimidating. And if you’re low on start-up cash, paying for help may be out of reach. With the clothing reselling apps, all you need is your phone, a small clean space to safely store your inventory, and a near by USPS. You can be up and selling in 30 minutes, no web skills needed. The interface is easy to use, and the listing requirements are simple and laid out logically, so you won’t need a tutorial or “guru” to help you figure it out.
Part of the barrier to being an entrepreneur and creating a second stream of income is fear. Fear that you don’t know where to start. Fear that you don’t have enough money to start, or that you will waste too much money if you fail. Fear that you don’t have the knowledge needed to set up a store. Reselling clothing removes a lot of these fears, and I think is a good way to start on the path of financial independence through a small business. If you don’t at least try, the answer will always be no.