Although there are advantages to selling other
people`s products and services, there are also
drawbacks. For example, the lack of exclusive
rights to your own proprietary product can mean
that you are just one of thousands selling the
same thing. Excessive competition can cause
you to drop your prices and to lose sales, thus
affecting your profits and cashflow that are so
essential to your business survival.
For this reason, you may decide to develop your
own proprietary products and services, either
exclusively, or to complement your line of other
After creating your own proprietary product, you
could spend millions in manufacturing and marketing
costs. You could go bankrupt before you even had
your first sale.
Here, then, are just a few, low-cost ways to profit
from selling your own proprietary products and
Instead of trying to finance the manufacturing and
marketing of your invention, why not license it to
a company with the expertise and capability required?
You will then receive royalties in return for your
To learn more about licensing, visit
Exporting your product to other countries can
dramatically increase your sales. Hiring an Export
Management Agent can keep your fixed costs down.
To learn more about exporting, visit
3. Offer Commissions and Finders` Fees
Recruit independent sales representatives and agents.
Offer commissions and finders` fees in order to sell
your products and services.
To learn more about finders` fees, visit
4. Online Auctions
You can also sell your own proprietary products
through Internet auction sites such as eBay or
To learn more about online auctions, visit
5. Start Your Own Associate or Affiliate Program
Multiple web sites and distributors selling your
product can result in increased sales and profits.
Unlike conventional advertising, affiliate programs
pay only for performance. Commissions are not paid
out unless sales are made.
To learn more about affiliate programs, visit
6. Participate in Joint Ventures
Joint venture arrangements can be profitable. As an
example, you could offer a commission on the
successful sale of your product featured in someone
else`s e-zine or newsletter.
To learn more about joint ventures, visit
The above list of low-cost ways to make a profit from
your own proprietary products and services is by no
means exhaustive. However, it certainly illustrates
that, with some effort, your own products could make