Face­book groups for busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Content - Text: Chris­tian Jay B. Quilo Writer

With a lot of our fa­vorite stores and restau­rants closed dur­ing the quar­an­tine, Face­book has be­come a vi­able plat­form for en­trepreneur­s and smaller busi­nesses. Since the ECQ, there’s been a surge in on­line buy-and-sell groups as well as the rise of barter, a rather atyp­i­cal means of procur­ing goods. If you’re new to the e-com­merce scene, these four groups on Face­book are a good place to start.

Cebu Barter Com­mu­nity 167,000+ mem­bers

For those who don’t know, barter is es­sen­tially the ex­change of goods be­tween two par­ties with­out the use of cash—a mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial trade, if you will. You can put ba­si­cally any­thing up for barter, may it be a pair of un­used shoes, some old books or even your ser­vices. It’s just a mat­ter of find­ing the right per­son to barter with. Friendly ne­go­ti­a­tions are al­ways wel­come.

Busi­ness World Cebu 85,000+ mem­bers

Like Cebu Buy and Sell, this group also doesn’t have any re­stric­tions as to what to post (grant­ing they must be de­cent and ap­pro­pri­ate). Aside from the usual sus­pects in groups like pro­duce and gad­gets, you’ll be sur­prised to find more off­beat items like Yakult and hair dye, heav­ier pur­chases like real es­tate and even the oc­ca­sional job list­ing.

Let’s Eat Bai 109,000+ mem­bers

This group is one of the most es­tab­lished and pop­u­lar food-sell­ing groups on Face­book, with mem­bers that in­clude home-trepreneur­s and our fa­vorite lo­cal busi­nesses. It’s also a pri­vate group that’s well-mon­i­tored by a group of ad­min­is­tra­tors, so sell­ers are guar­an­teed to be le­git and safe. As the group gets a lot of posts in a day, cus­tom hash­tags have been made for an eas­ier search.

Cebu Buy and Sell 74,000+ mem­bers

The prod­ucts up for sale on this group run the gamut from fresh food and gro­ceries to gad­gets and cars ( yes, ve­hi­cles!). It’s a trea­sure trove of ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing you need and don’t need. Just browse through the page and if you find any­thing that catches your eye, sim­ply drop a com­ment on the post or di­rectly send a per­sonal mes­sage to the seller to dis­cuss the pur­chase.

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