With the rise in cost of living in kenya , one has to find extra ways of earning income . Most of the youths are jobless leading to a high crime rate. There are many ways of making extra income including running an online business on instagram.
First ,you need to have a working smartphone or a personal computer . We advice a smartphone since it’s portal . Portability enables you to run your business from anywhere. You also need internet connection on your smart phone since Instagram uses bundles .
Second ,you have to download Instagram application from AppStore or play store depending on which phone you are using. You also need a working phone number that the customers will use to call you . After downloading the Instagram account , you create an account on the Instagram application for the business or services you want to offer . Describe your service or product you are selling on the Instagram profile and write your number on the profile.
Thirdly ,you need an idea of whatever service or product you are selling . Do a good research before deciding on the business or service you are selling . It should be a field where you are well conversant with that’s why the research is necessary.
Fourth , you need a location of your business or a pick up point of the product you are selling . Pick up points are mostly available in Nairobi Town . The pick up points charge a monthly rent of between 1000 ksh to 3000 Ksh depending on the one you want to use . A normal Pick up point is where you drop your product that is after a client has ordered for it . This will enable the client to pick the product any day when he or she is free. Pick up points also cater walk in sales, where by one will come and buy the product from the pick up point location without having to order online . This is why it is necessary to include the pick up point location as your location.
Once all these are in order you take photos of the product you are selling and post on the Instagram account . Remember to include the price of the product under the post . This enable clients who are serious about buying your product to buy from you easily without having to worry about the price .
Instagram also enables you to advertise your business through paid advertisements . Turn your Instagram account from a personal account to a professional account in the settings .Once you turn your Instagram account into a professional account , go to yours posts. At the far right of an Instagram post you will see a button for written boost post. Click there and follow the guidelines for advertisement and pay for advertising through your bank account card.This will enable your business to reach more people and will bring in more sales.
That is what you only need to do in order to start an online business on Instagram. You will also need to be consistent in your business to make profits . And there you go ! Congratulations on your first sale .