Your ideas and imagination are the only limits to the choice of products you can sell online. There are countless handmade African products that are in-demand for home and garden decorating, fashion and fashion accessorizing, as well as a vast array of raw materials for artists and craft makers.
Several African contemporary and traditional utility objects such as, handmade chairs, stools, coffee tables, etc. make ideal accent furniture. Iconic pieces such as traditional Bamileke and Nupe stools are found in some of the most fashionable homes in the Americas, Europe and beyond.
Not to be out-done, the decorative accessories segment is a potentially a very large area, including pottery, baskets and woven objects from across the African continent. Some of the best examples are found in Ghana, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, etc. Other decorative accessories to consider: wooden or woven fruit bowls, candy jars, make-up trays, etc. In addition to these, you can market assorted woven fabrics and textiles such as adire, bogolanfini, batik, akwete, swange cloth, blankets, cotton cloth, kuba cloth, etc.
For the floor, the assortment include, leather rugs, grass fiber mats, leather poufs, etc.
Your choices in wall decor range from fine art pieces by contemporary artists and include paintings, water color, illustrations and sculptural pieces. You can also offer traditional pieces such as flat baskets or gourds (calabash).
Also consider objects d’art such as the iconic Chi wara, Bamileke feather headdress, Tuareg leather pillows and much more.
You can design and build your own unique birdhouses. The only requirements for starting a business that hand makes birdhouses is to have basic woodworking tools; but more importantly – skills. The choices are unlimited in terms of design and materials. Birdhouses can be made out of wood, bamboo or woven with grasses. In some cases, they could be actual birdhouses that have been abandoned by the host birds. Potential customers will be nature lovers and bird enthusiasts, as well as people who enjoy arts and crafts.
If you love animals, you can start an animal photography business. Owners of dogs, cats, reptiles, horses, livestock, birds, and even fish can all be potential customers. Seek out unique scenery and be patient and wait for unusual situations during photography sessions.
Fashion and accessories:
Depending on the style, your customers may be young hip teens and women in their early 20s, or they may be career women in their 30s and 40s. You could begin with fashion accessories such as jewelry. The style can be contemporary jewelry in silver, gold, etc. or traditional jewelry such as Tuareg and Berber crosses, pendants and bangles, assorted beads in wood, shells and metals, etc. You could possibly branch out into totes and large baby bags for mothers or large beach bags. You could even create messenger bags for men. The choice is endless.