When was the last time you logged onto Facebook? 1 day ago? 1 minuted ago? Believe it or not, Facebook has over 1 billion daily active users (Zephoria, 2017)!
People use Facebook for a lot of different reasons like socializing with family members, coworkers, friends, and classmates they haven’t seen in 15+ years as well as to catch up on the news, play games, and even shop. Yes, people buy things on Facebook every single day. And where there’s someone buying… there’s got to be someone selling, right? Shouldn’t that someone be you?
Welcome to How to Sell on Facebook: 3 Ways to Make Quick Cash. Let’s make some money together!
While learning how to sell on Facebook is pretty easy, it is quite different than other options such as Amazon. In fact, there are 3 different ways to learn how to sell on Facebook:
- Sell to family and friends.
- Sell in a Facebook group.
- Sell in the Facebook Marketplace.
Before we dive into each of the options you have for selling on Facebook, let’s talk about why selling on Facebook is a good idea period.
Why You Should Learn How to Sell on Facebook
If you have stuff you’re trying to unload, you have a lot of options. You could sell it in a garage sale, on Craigslist, on Amazon, on eBay, or via your local newspaper (just to name a few). So why Facebook?
Well, for starters, Facebook has a huge reach. That’s going to mean a lot more eyeballs on that ugly sweater you’re desperate to unload for quick cash. Some other reasons to learn how to sell on Facebook are:
Push It Real Good
Many people have push notifications set up for Facebook. This means if there’s a new post in a group they belong to or a post they’re tagged in they’ll get notified right a way. This gives you a great way to get in front of people quickly.
You Used to Call Me on My Cell Phone
You can communicate with people via private message instead of fielding a ton of phone calls and text messages from people at all hours of the day and night.
(Sorry, I ran out of song titles that were appropriate for headings!) A lot of selling options cost you money or the site takes a cut of your sales but Facebook is fee free.
How to Sell on Facebook to Family and Friends
Perhaps the easiest way to sell items on Facebook is to your network of family and friends.
The best way to approach this will probably depend on how many items you have to sell at once. If you only have one or two items to sell, simply put up a Facebook post.
Pro Tip: Tag contacts (by typing @theirusername) you think would be especially interested in this item to ensure they see it.
If you have several items to sell consider creating a whole photo album. You can add product info (price, description, etc.) in the photo captions.
Here are some pros and cons to this option.
- Quick and easy – you can throw up a Facebook post in a matter of minutes (if not seconds).
- Safer – this option may be a bit safer than other approaches as (in theory) you’re dealing with people you already know.
- Limited reach – The main con to this approach is that you’re limiting your selling potential to your group of contacts. If you’re a social butterfly with thousands of friends this may not be so bad but for the average individual it can really hinder sales.
Pro Tip: Keep in mind that people outside of your immediate friends and family may see your item. Depending on your privacy settings, if your college bestie shares your post, all of her contacts will see it even if you aren’t directly connected to them.