Selling on eBay
is gives you an opportunity to start a home based business. Many people have
already started a home based business selling on eBay and many more will do
the same. Virtually anyone can do it.
This guide will walk you through the basics of starting a home based
business selling on eBay.
What you need to Start a Home Based Business Selling on eBay
You will need a computer, an internet connection, an eBay account which you
can get free at the eBay website. You also need to be familiar with how to
list items that are sold, and you will have to be able get the products sold
to the person(s) who buys from you.
Getting Started Selling on eBay
Before selling on eBay as a business, you will have to familiarize yourself
with the eBay format if you have not already done so. Simply go to eBay.com
browse through the categories that you feel you will be selling in. It is
also a good idea to register (for free at eBay.com) and buy a few items
yourself to get a feel for the process.
A few of the questions you will want to answer are what are you going to
going to sell, where you will get products from and at what cost, and who
are your buyers going to be?
If you are serious about making serious about starting a profitable home
based business selling on eBay, you are going to have to develop a marketing
The first important decision that you will have make is What to Sell."
What to Sell
What can you sell on eBay? Pretty much anything. When you first start
selling on eBay, the items sold will most likely be things that are "lying
around the house unwanted."
It is almost always better to focus your time and energy on selling a few
items or related items.
Where to find Products for Sale?
A major part of the success of your home based business will being able to
reliably find products that you will be able to sell for a profit.
Personal items - Selling personal that you do not want is a great place to
Garage and yard sales - You can spend some of your time shopping at garage
and yard sales looking for items that you may be able to sell for a profit.
Estate sales - If you have a way of moving a lot of items that are being
sold at estate sales, you can make a good profit by practically buying whole
estates. However, if a professional is handling the estate sale, you may not
be able to buy the items at a low enough cost to benefit you.
Established retailers - You may be able to buy overstock, discontinued,
damaged, seasonal products that were not sold from retail stores at a
Buying from wholesalers - If you are careful in who you choose to buy from,
what to buy, and all of the costs associated with buying wholesale, this can
be a good way to have a steady stream of products to sell. The most
important decision may be who you choose as your wholesaler.
Finding a Niche Market
Once you have an idea of what you want will be selling on eBay, you need to
focus your efforts more and find one or more niche markets. If you sell
books for example, you can consider selling mainly college textbooks. This
will allow you to better know the items that you will selling and more
importantly your target customers and the categories which they buy from on
Choosing Categories to list your Products in
Browse the eBay categories that are most relevant to the product(s) that you
are selling and list them in the categories that have the most visitors and
buyers also the ones the ones that are the most specific to what you are
selling. In most cases, you should list your items in no less than 5
Keeping Track of you Auctions
You will need to be able track an auction from beginning to end. When you
begin to have a large number of products listed for sell, you will need to
develop a system to keep track of all of them. If you list only a few items
at a time, you may be able to keep track of them with a spreadsheet or on a
piece of paper. If you will be listing numerous items at once, you want to
If you will not be using software to keep track of the listings, be sure
write down the item number, URL, listing price, listing date and time, and
When an auction ends, write down the time it ended, the selling price if
any, and the buyer's contact information. Index the auctions by auction
number for future reference. This system works if you have only a few items
listed at a time. It is very important to keep track of all of your
auctions, especially for tax purposes.
One aspect you will want to become very familiar with will be posting
quality pictures. If you will be selling any physical product, this is
essential. All that you need to post a picture is a digital camera and a way
to upload the image(s) to your computer.
Develop a Strategy for Selling on eBay
Again, I have to stress that when starting an eBay business, treat it like a
business if you are serious about making real money selling on eBay. Develop
a strategy before you begin to invest any significant amount of time, energy
and money into your eBay business. Ask yourself questions such as: What will
I be selling? Who will I be selling to? Where will I get the products? Will
I be selling a high volume of products at a low profit margin or a low
number of items for a higher profit per sale?
Many people have already started and are operating a successful home based
business selling on eBay. If owning and operating a home based business is
what you want, selling on eBay is one more idea and opportunity to do so.
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