can i use pen names for selling our own products

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I am interested to sell my own products in some niches where I dont have any knowledge on them.

So, can I use pen names (say 'john william') and then create posts in websites and sell my produtcs?

So, is that wrong using pen names and sell our created products?

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Yes, you can use pen names whenever you want. Who is going to stop you?

    If I were you, however, I would think seriously about your first statement:
    "I am interested to sell my own products in some niches where I dont have any knowledge on them."
    Why would anyone want to buy a product from someone that didn't have any knowledge of the product niche? It makes no sense.

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    • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      Yes, you can use pen names whenever you want. Who is going to stop you?

      If I were you, however, I would think seriously about your first statement:
      "I am interested to sell my own products in some niches where I dont have any knowledge on them."
      Why would anyone want to buy a product from someone that didn't have any knowledge of the product niche? It makes no sense.

      Steve
      In all fairness, there are people who satisfy the needs and wants of their markets without actually being an expert on the matter.

      However, I'm mostly thinking of brick and mortar business owners who hire others to do the technical work that they lack the knowledge or experience to do themselves.

      Case in point, I know of a resourceful fellow whose business provides computer repair services.

      The fellow in question doesn't know anything about repairing computers... but his customers don't know that.

      He hires someone else to do the actual repairing, and the owner himself takes care of everything else (along with the rest of a small staff, I presume).

      With that being said, it sounds like the OP is talking about selling an information product (based on the pen name question) and that raises some causes for concern.

      If the OP wishes to outsource the product creation, he better make sure that he's hiring someone who actually understands the market.

      Also, there's the concern of not properly addressing an actual need in the marketplace - someone who doesn't know the market might create a product that doesn't really have much scope to do well regardless.

      Good point raised by Steve, and something I urge the OP to consider.

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      Daniel
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      • Profile picture of the author gillw254
        Originally Posted by danieldesai View Post

        In all fairness, there are people who satisfy the needs and wants of their markets without actually being an expert on the matter.

        However, I'm mostly thinking of brick and mortar business owners who hire others to do the technical work that they lack the knowledge or experience to do themselves.

        Case in point, I know of a resourceful fellow whose business provides computer repair services.

        The fellow in question doesn't know anything about repairing computers... but his customers don't know that.

        He hires someone else to do the actual repairing, and the owner himself takes care of everything else (along with the rest of a small staff, I presume).

        With that being said, it sounds like the OP is talking about selling an information product (based on the pen name question) and that raises some causes for concern.

        If the OP wishes to outsource the product creation, he better make sure that he's hiring someone who actually understands the market.

        Also, there's the concern of not properly addressing an actual need in the marketplace - someone who doesn't know the market might create a product that doesn't really have much scope to do well regardless.

        Good point raised by Steve, and something I urge the OP to consider.

        Regards,
        Daniel
        Daniel,

        I might not having a knowledge on niche, but I am good at market researching and I knew on what topics to sell on.
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        • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
          Originally Posted by gillw254 View Post

          Daniel,

          I might not having a knowledge on niche, but I am good at market researching and I knew on what topics to sell on.
          Fair enough.

          I'm not knocking your choice, just pointing out some things worth addressing.

          If you can truly provide a product that satisfies the needs (or a need) of your target market, then go for it.

          I have no way of knowing if that's the case, so I gave advice to cater for the chance that it isn't.

          Daniel
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    • Profile picture of the author gillw254
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      Yes, you can use pen names whenever you want. Who is going to stop you?

      If I were you, however, I would think seriously about your first statement:
      "I am interested to sell my own products in some niches where I dont have any knowledge on them."
      Why would anyone want to buy a product from someone that didn't have any knowledge of the product niche? It makes no sense.

      Steve
      Steve, How does a visitor knew whether I had a knowledge or not? All I try to do my best to provide value for my product which I am selling.

      So, cant we able to sell our own created product in which I don't have any knowledge on that particular niche?

      As far as I know , here there are many marketers in different niches, but iam not sure how they are doing selling their own products?
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Originally Posted by gillw254 View Post

        Steve, How does a visitor knew whether I had a knowledge or not? All I try to do my best to provide value for my product which I am selling.

        So, cant we able to sell our own created product in which I don't have any knowledge on that particular niche?

        Gillw254,

        Yes, you can sell a product in a niche where you have little or no knowledge but that product will usually be created by someone else who is an authority in the niche.

        When you said it was your product I was thinking you were creating the product yourself. Usually, as a product buyer, you want to be assured that the product is genuinely helpful and authoritative and that means it was created by someone that had experience and knowledge in the niche.

        Of course, affiliate products are often marketed by people that have little working knowledge of a niche. You can also license products to sell in niches that you may not be familiar with.

        You can also start out knowing nothing about a niche, do lots of research and study, and become an authority in time.

        I was simply responding to your initial statement that your wanted "to sell my own products" in niches you didn't know.

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  • Profile picture of the author GetPLRhere
    Well there are many writers and actors that uses pen names. As long as you don't put any fake credentials like adding M.D or J.D. after your pen name. That would be false advertisements.

    To be safe, you can also try an alias or use your initials instead. If you have 3 parts of the name, such as John Edward Arnold, go with J.E. Arnold.
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  • Profile picture of the author gillw254
    Thanks a lot for your advises
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  • Profile picture of the author JC Web
    OP, be aware that if you actually want to get paid under that name, you will need to register it as a business. I don't know how you plan on selling your products or what payment system you plan on using, etc. But if you want people to be paying "John Williams" and that is not your name, you will either need to register a business called John Williams or you will need to register a business using your own name or another business name and then register John Williams as a DBA/FBN.

    Also, if you are not knowledgeable about the subject, please hire someone who is to both create the product and provide support for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author gillw254
      Originally Posted by JC Web View Post

      OP, be aware that if you actually want to get paid under that name, you will need to register it as a business. I don't know how you plan on selling your products or what payment system you plan on using, etc. But if you want people to be paying "John Williams" and that is not your name, you will either need to register a business called John Williams or you will need to register a business using your own name or another business name and then register John Williams as a DBA/FBN.

      Also, if you are not knowledgeable about the subject, please hire someone who is to both create the product and provide support for it.
      Actually I am not from US/UK /Australia , do you think I still need to require register for the per name? For payment, I am using 3rd party service like JVZoo and incase of paypal, I use Business name as my website name so that there is no way my visitor get to know my actual name.

      The only thing I concentrate mainly on making sure the product is of high-quality.

      Please tell me whether I still need require to register or not?
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      • Profile picture of the author JC Web
        Originally Posted by gillw254 View Post

        Actually I am not from US/UK /Australia , do you think I still need to require register for the per name? For payment, I am using 3rd party service like JVZoo and incase of paypal, I use Business name as my website name so that there is no way my visitor get to know my actual name.

        The only thing I concentrate mainly on making sure the product is of high-quality.

        Please tell me whether I still need require to register or not?
        You should talk to a local lawyer where you you live and find out what you are required to do in your country and your city.
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        • Profile picture of the author gillw254
          Originally Posted by JC Web View Post

          You should talk to a local lawyer where you you live and find out what you are required to do in your country and your city.
          My doubt is: why do i really need to establish some company, just for selling some digital product.
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  • Profile picture of the author CityCowboy
    If you want to use pen names in your products, then that is okay, a lot of authors use pen names to protect their privacy... However if you're trying to create and sell a product that you are not knowledgable about, then that is very wrong, If you still want to do so, then at least learn and educate yourself about the subject matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author superprossd
    Are you sure enough of your product?
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  • Profile picture of the author Gari
    Yes, you can. As long as you give a great value for your buyer, you will be fine. Good luck for your product!
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    • Profile picture of the author superprossd
      Originally Posted by Gari View Post

      Yes, you can. As long as you give a great value for your buyer, you will be fine. Good luck for your product!
      Nice point.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by gillw254 View Post

    So, can I use pen names (say 'john william') and then create posts in websites and sell my produtcs?
    Yes you can. Just check and make sure your pen name is unique.... make it a point to search that nobody else already has your pen name (for exclusivity/uniqueness in your niche).
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Why would anyone want to buy a product from someone that didn't have any knowledge of the product niche?
    You could create one but smart people would recognize the lack of experience, I would think.

    Of course, affiliate products are often marketed by people that have little working knowledge of a niche
    I suggest the OP start here. When you have some experience you can create useful, valuable products for the niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pinkysoll
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    Yes you can use pen names . And if you did ot create the product yourself, it does not matter. Just make sure the product is high quality. Yo can verify that in a number of ways like finding a proof reader and editor on sites like fiverr.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pinkysoll
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    Yes you can use pen names . And if you didn't create the product yourself, it does not matter. Just make sure the product is high quality. Yo can verify that in a number of ways like finding a proof reader and editor on sites like fiverr.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by gillw254 View Post

    I am interested to sell my own products in some niches where I dont have any knowledge on them.

    So, can I use pen names (say 'john william') and then create posts in websites and sell my produtcs?

    So, is that wrong using pen names and sell our created products?

    How you doing?
    Of course you can... Is there any reason why you don't want to use your real name?
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  • Profile picture of the author feliblairyap
    Sure you can use pen name. It's one way to popularize not only your product but also yourself to be known by the consumer.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazimuhith
    Yes you can . As long as you can satisfy their demand, establish yourself as very close to an expert in front of your niche and follow them up in a proper way...

    There are a lot of niche books in Amazon under pen names and they sell pretty well.. They are doing this pretty successfully...
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  • Profile picture of the author enjamulahsan
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    Yes you can use, But I think it is good to use a unique name for your product. A unique name helps your ranking more faster and better for business promotion.
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