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How An Online Marketplace Helps Parents Become Entrepreneurs

Parenthood is an exciting journey. You might find yourself buying different Items that you think your baby would need while growing up. But children grow fast. The item that you purchase now may no longer be useful in a few months. It may prompt you to wonder if you can sell these slightly used baby stuff.

Stephanie Cartin, the Markid app’s co-founder, had the exact thoughts when her daughter turned eight months old. She discussed how the marketplace app that she helped establish is helping parents like her become entrepreneurs.

In an interview, Stephanie shared that she noticed how the baby stuff she bought for her daughter is no longer useful when she turned eight months old. These include larger items like the baby bouncer and bassinet. She also said that she needed to buy other items for the baby at the time, but her husband told her to get some of the items that they no longer use out of their tiny apartment before she can buy other items again.

It prompted her to think about how she can sell her preloved baby stuff. But then she realized that was no available marketplace for a parent to sell and buy slightly used items at that time. She thought that if she encountered a problem like that as a parent, other parents like her have the exact problems.

That situation made her text her Socially business partner immediately and told her that she has an amazing business idea. It also happened that her partner knew someone who was developing a marketplace platform that he called Markid but looking for someone to market it. So they chose to work together to launch and expand the present Markid app.

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How Markid works?

When asked about the process regarding Markid, she revealed that it was a very simple and straightforward app that anyone could use. If the buyers know the product they are looking for, they can search using the app’s dedicated categories. They may also look for items with specific brand names.

As soon as the customers spotted the item they are looking for, they can start messaging the seller or making them an irresistible offer.

On the other hand, sellers can establish a seller profile and begin listing down the items they want to sell. They can also take some good pictures of the items and provide a detailed description. It must include information about how gently the item was used and what they want to sell it for. All they have to do is wait for the buyers to send a message to inquire about the products.

Stephanie and her partners also collaborated with Beam so they can integrate seamlessly into the platform. It will allow parents who are selling over the app to have the means to give back to charity for every item sold. The company also have its way of giving back and donating a portion of their revenues to nonprofit organizations that they chose.

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The Markid co-founder also shared several tips to become successful in the app. According to Stephanie, it is very important to check them constantly to see if they receive new messages. She also said that they constantly provide other tips and insider information on buying and selling through their social media channels like Facebook and Instagram.

Finally, Stephanie offered some advice for budding entrepreneurs who launched their companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to her, the situation may be tough, but anyone can always find new opportunities along the way. If people begin to have a brilliant business idea, they must nurture and develop it right away.

Entrepreneurs must never way for the perfect timing since other people might find a similar idea and take the opportunity away from them.

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Lisa Lee
Written By Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee is a proud mother of three living in sunny San Diego county. With three children under 10 years old and a pet pug named Daisy, Lisa sure has her hands full. Before starting her career as a family lifestyle writer, Lisa worked as a third grade elementary school teacher. Through her time teaching and parenting, Lisa has become quite the expert at dealing with children and wishes to share her vast knowledge and experiences with other fellow parents.


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