More and more people are looking to trade physical and digital products, and even their skills online, as internet tools and software become more sophisticated. Coders, graphic designers, writers, and even musicians are among numerous professionals joining communities in order to find clients and collaborators.
In addition, people are becoming members of online interest groups and forums to trade vintage items, art, clothing, books, and other physical products. Most recently, the selling of different types of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) has resulted in interested parties setting up online spaces where people can share in related discussions and events.
These are just a few examples of how online communities can be used to facilitate trading among members. You can pull this off in several ways. One approach is to set up a different page or member’s area within your online community where people get to display their wares for free — whether it is a product, service or skill. With each confirmed sale, you get to earn a cut of the revenue.
Another approach is to make money by charging a membership fee to simply access the trading area, independent of any sales that might occur. You could also put a paywall on users’ ability to post their offerings in the community.