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How To Run an E-Commerce Store Without Inventory

by Felix Omondi

You have always wanted to own your own business, but you thought you could never afford to rent a store. You have thought about selling items online, but you thought you would need a warehouse for your products. Nowadays, a person with a great idea can run an e-commerce store without having a warehouse or even any products on hand.

The internet has enabled people to start businesses while sitting at their kitchen table, from their laptop. You can sell everything from instructional videos to handmade crafts and novelty items without having to worry about maintaining an inventory. There are a few products and services that are especially easy to sell online.

Teach Classes

Are you good at painting or cooking? Do you know how to speak a different language? If you do, you can teach classes online. There are websites that will let you offer your classes to the public. You can advertise your classes on social media.

If you have a computer with a webcam, you can start making videos right away. You won’t need anything but yourself and whatever materials you may need to practice your craft.

If you think you don’t have the necessary skills to teach a class, think again. You can be an instructor in virtually any subject. If you like to exercise, you can make fitness videos. If you are a good dancer, you can teach other people how to cut a rug without embarrassing themselves.

You can teach soft skills as well. If you are good at dealing with people, you can teach such things as conflict resolution and coping skills.

Sell T-Shirts and Novelty Items

T-shirts with witty sayings on them have been popular ever since the 1970s. T-shirts are one of the most popular items you will find in a gift shop.

If you can think of a funny catchphrase or an inspirational saying, you can put it on a shirt and sell it online. You will not need a printer, shirts, or a warehouse.

A site like will let you create your t-shirt on their website and advertise it on your online store. They can print and ship your shirts on an on-demand basis. When someone orders a shirt, they will print the shirt and ship it to the customer for you. You can also create keychains, mugs, and other novelty items this way.

Write a Book

If you have been working on a novel or non-fiction book, you may have wondered how you will ever get it published. Sending out query letters to publishers is very expensive and time-consuming.

Fortunately, you can self publish your book. Sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble will let you sell your book online. People can buy and read your book right from their phone. You can also sell a hard or softcover version of the book. Copies will be printed on demand.

E-commerce is one of the fastest-growing ways to do business in the world. If you do not need an inventory, you will have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you start your online business.

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