In this article, I thought of sharing my thoughts on starting an online business in Malaysia and Singapore without having a web site in 2020.
If you are a full time mom or you have a full time job, you can start a part time online business without having to deal with domain registration, website hosting, setting up shopping cart etc.
There are other options available for you and in this article, I will share with you what I’ve learnt and experienced in 2017 to 2019.
Online business without a website
Is it possible to start an online business without a website?
Yes, it is possible.
You do not need a web site or an online shopping cart or an app.
What you’ll need is a:
- Unique product
- A large potential market
- A platform to communicate with the market about your product.
If you want to start an online business, make sure you choose a unique product that others cannot find anywhere else.
If it is a cheap mass market product such as trinkets, accessories or clothing, others can simply buy those from China through Taobao and have it shipped to Malaysia.
You also want to make sure the product is not available on Lazada, Mudah, Carousell or other online marketplace platform.
Large potential market
Next, the product you’ve chosen need to have a large potential market.
Preferably, it has to be usable and valuable to both men and women and suitable for potential demographic age between 25 – 60 years old.
The key here is, bigger the market, bigger the potential for you.
The last piece of the puzzle for starting an online business in Malaysia and Singapore is a platform to communicate with your potential customers about your product.
Here, I would suggest making use of social media…Facebook in particular.
Facebook is a very large social media platform. To start an online business, you have to know how to leverage on Facebook Groups.
You have to know how to find the right Facebook Group for your product and also know how to get into a conversation thread to promote your product.
The key here is to be subtle.
This is a special skill which have to be learnt from practice.
Finally, you have to know how to get the members in the selected Facebook Group to initiate a Private Massage (PM) with you.
The PM session through Facebook Messenger is where you start sharing more benefits of your product.
If you like, you can also continue the conversation in WhatsApp which is very common in both Malaysia and Singapore.
If the other person wants to buy your product, the payment can then be done through online banking.
Notice the entire process does not require a web site at all?
The method I shared above is not theory, it is something I do everyday.
Everyday, I have multiple new Private Messages with potential customers on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
What is the unique product?
It is a special slimming pants know as Aulora Pants from Japan.
You can read my personal story on why I decided on the pants here.
Customer’s order in Johor Bahru
Customer’s order in Penang