Welcome to Online Selling Experiment!
If you want to learn how to make money by selling things online, you’re in the right place.
My name is Ryan, and I have two main goals for this site:
- To help other people follow in my footsteps and establish a successful online selling business.
- To experiment and find new ways to make money online and expand my business.
This page is designed to serve as an entryway into all the content that is available through this site.
I have courses, books, and over 100 articles and blog posts to explore – including a series of financial results posts from my own 7-figure business and in-depth guides on how to get started.
I also regularly update a Resources page that includes the products and tools I use and recommend.
You’ll probably notice that so far I’ve heavily focused on Amazon. There’s a reason – Amazon is where I started and what I know the most about.
Moving forward I plan to continue writing about Amazon while dedicating additional time to new experiments and exploring new ways to make money selling online.
Where To Start If You’re Just Getting Started
A lot of first-time visitors to this site don’t have anything but a dream of selling online. They don’t know the first thing about selling online or even what they want to be selling.
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. We all start in the exact same place: with nothing to sell and not a single sale to our names.
One of the hardest parts about starting an online selling business is knowing where to start. There’s tons of advice out there on the subject, but I’ll make it simple for you:
Start selling online by using retail arbitrage techniques to sell on Amazon.
This is the lowest-cost, lowest-risk option out there.
Using retail arbitrage techniques allows you to source items from local stores without having to make huge upfront investments in inventory. Using Amazon allows you to tap into the most sophisticated logistics network in the world and avoid the hassles of fulfilling orders yourself.
The best way to start learning about this approach is to enroll in my free, 8-lesson email course called Get Your First Sale on Amazon (launching by 2/6/18, so check back soon!) .
I also have a very popular post on the subject called How to Sell on Amazon for Beginners — The Ultimate Guide.
If you’ve already enrolled in the email course and read that post, you can continue learning by heading over to this page on retail arbitrage. It goes into more detail on retail arbitrage techniques and includes links to articles on specific topics.
If you are overwhelmed by all this information and still aren’t sure what do to, consider enrolling in my premium retail arbitrage course called How to Make $1,000+ Per Month Selling on Amazon. This is a great option for people who don’t mind paying to save time and frustration (plus make money faster).
Peek Behind the Curtains of My Business
When I first started Online Selling Experiment I wrote a monthly financial results post for my business.
I believe these posts are great for anyone to read through. It shows how my business grew from basically just getting started in September of 2013 to doing over 6 figures in sales per month.
My hope is that these posts provide some motivation and give insight into the financial aspects of selling on Amazon.
If you’d like to start at the beginning, read the October 2013 post here.
Or click here to read about my best month during the time I was posting my results (over $225,000 in sales).
If you find navigating those old posts difficult, I’ve also put every one of my financial results posts into one PDF document that you can download by clicking here.
More About Amazon
To develop a deeper understanding of Amazon and the different ways you can make money on their platforms, check out this page. There you’ll also find a lot more links to articles on specific topics.
I try very hard to publish some content for beginners and some that will help more experienced sellers.
Posts like this Guide to Creating your first Amazon FBA Shipment or these 10 Tips for Sellers Just Getting Started Selling on Amazon are particularly suited for beginners.
This post on What would I do with $1,000 and no prior knowledge of FBA is also a good read if you are just getting started.
These posts are all great for more experienced sellers:
- The story of my Amazon Seller Account being temporarily suspended
- How to Get a Free Year of UPS Smart Pickups
- 7 Options to Obtain Reimbursements from Amazon
I also keep a list of all the tools and services I use to sell on Amazon, which anyone could benefit from reading.
Selling on Ebay
While Amazon is the bread and butter for my business, we also earn a nice revenue stream from selling on eBay.
If you’re interested in selling on eBay, a good place to start is this post that explores why and how I decide to list things on eBay instead of Amazon.
This post about the time I sold a $6 faux fur coat for $112.50 by positioning it as a good Macklemore costume is a quick read and popular with readers.
There’s also this post on Items to Sell on eBay from Big Lots and Thrift Stores.
To browse every post that deals with eBay, click here.
In late 2016 I started my biggest ‘experiment’ to date – I bought an existing Shopify store for $6,463.28.
I only have two posts published about it so far, but I’m planning to write a lot more about it in 2018.
The first post is How to Buy an Existing eCommerce Store – December 2016 Results.
The second is June 2017 Financial Results from my Shopify Store Experiment.
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