Commission fees can be a burden, eating into our hard-earned money when working hard for our business. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur yet to build your business or a veteran business owner looking to maximize your profit, finding a way around these fees is crucial to a booming bottom line. Let's talk about a few effective strategies to help you escape the clutches of huge commission fees, empowering you to keep more of your money where it belongs - in your pocket.
Research and compare
The first step towards avoiding high commission fees is to research and compare the options available to you. Some platforms may seem to be the most lucrative due to their large markets. However, that often comes with a hefty price tag as well. Look for platforms that offer competitive rates and low or no commission fees. By comparing the offerings of different service providers, you can identify those that align with your financial goals and minimize unnecessary costs. With ChatGenie, only a flat P10 convenience fee is charged per successful transaction. Any other payment gateway fees can be seen below:
Read the fine print
Don't just think about how much you could be earning on any platform. Be sure to read about how much commission the platform will be taking (as well as any other fees!). Avoid bill shock by always reading over your contract and doing your due diligence. Don't be afraid to reach out to other merchants to ask them about their experiences and how much is really taken from their bottom line. You can also do an online deep dive and read about selling platforms and their respective paying practices. There are excellent communities and sources from real-life sellers on online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.
Time is gold
When it comes to online selling, disbursement cycles can make or break you. Always look into how and when you'll be getting your sales. After all, late payments can debilitate businesses of all sizes. Small businesses are especially vulnerable to getting paralyzed by inconsistent or delayed disbursements. Don't be another online selling horror story and make sure you're in the clear by reading up on all the details when it comes to disbursement: from method of payments to schedules and cutoffs. When you sell with ChatGenie In-App Commerce, all you'll need to remember is that disbursements are made every Monday while cut-offs per cycle are Fridays at 6 pm.
Diversify your platforms
Diversification is not only a sound investment strategy for managing risk but can also help boost your brand exposure. By spreading your online stores across different sales channels, such as Facebook Messenger, GCash via GLife, and Viber, you can sell where your customers already are. Target sales channels to different markets by investing in an In-App Store. Businesses that have a big social media presence on apps like Facebook can monetize their likes and followers by including conversion-increasing store links in their content. Need a direct line to your customers on a messaging app? Selling inside Viber is a multi-tasking strategy for you to talk to your customers while also making a sale. If you want to make a splash inside the country's biggest mobile wallet, GLife makes it possible for you to have your very own digital storefront on GCash.
Build your own base
If marketplaces and third-party app fees still don't faze you, consider investing in your own In-App Store to complement sales and give customers a way to support you by ordering direct. Leave a lasting impression by including special notes that thank them for their support while introducing them to your very own In-App Store. You can even feature a special QR code to take them directly to the link to make a purchase. Selling direct can help you build a stronger relationship with your customers while improving brand recall.
All in all, you can summarize these strategies with one word: research. Do the research to find out how much, when, and how you'll be paid. Remember, every peso saved on fees is a peso earned towards achieving your business goals - and you always have options.
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