How to Start Your Own Profitable eBay Home Business
Many individuals have successful work-at-home businesses selling products on ebay. If that sounds interesting to you, why not try it yourself? Once you have made the decision to start your own ebay home business, here are some suggestions to help you get started.
Make sure you have a good digital camera. Every product you put up for sale should include several clear photographs from different angles. Use outdoor lighting when possible and make sure the photos are close ups.
Set aside a designated amount of time each week to work at your business. Don’t become distracted. Remember this is a business and not a hobby. It is important to treat it just as seriously as any other owner treats their brick and mortar business.
Good feedback is essential on ebay. To start off, list just a few insignificant things and sell them at a low price. Make sure your customer is happy and is willing to give you positive feedback. Once you have 20 separate positive feed backs you are entitled to additional privileges as an ebay seller.
Find a way to accept debit and credit cards. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for a PayPal account. You can also use snail mail and accept money orders or cashiers checks. Don’t take regular checks and be cautious before you accept buyers from third world countries. There was an outbreak of buyers in Nigeria using stolen credit cards. When accepting payment from overseas it is best to accept only PayPal.
Watch your listings closely. When people ask questions answer them immediately. This will keep your customers happy and will earn you positive feedback. Always know when each auction is due to close and then act immediately once it closes. Always keep a professional attitude and treat every transaction seriously.
Ship sold items immediately upon receipt of payment. This is vital because nothing will earn you negative feedback faster than slow shipments. Make sure that you fully disclose how your items will be shipped and what you will be charging for shipping and handling. Don’t overcharge for shipping and handling, but don’t cheat yourself either.
Learn how to package and ship your items safely and efficiently. You don’t want items to arrive broken or crushed. You can actually use PayPal now to print shipping labels for the post office. Take the time to learn about all the different shipping options available to you.
Learn all the ways you can save money on ebay. For instance, you don’t have to pay an additional charge for each photo you post. You can join a photo hosting site, upload your photos onto this site, and then post them on ebay at no cost. Learn about the different ebay stores and programs. Start off with as little expense as possible and add more features (if you need them) as you start making money.
Many individuals just like you have started their own home businesses selling products on ebay and have been very successful. There is no reason why you can’t be successful, too. Once you make the decision to get started, work hard at it and follow these helpful suggestions.