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Make Money From Your Ebay Business

Aug 17, 2007
Making money online has never been more possible than it is now. One of the prime home business opportunities that exists today is with eBay, and soon, some other auctions. EBay, of course, is the revolutionary auction site that is now beginning to circle the globe that started when a nice young man was collecting Pez containers for his girl friend.

As with all other business opportunities, conducting research is essential. The old Merrill Lynch advice of, investigate before you invest, is one of the most important learning phrases we will ever have access to in our lifetimes because it mercilessly cuts down our mistakes.

When you partner with eBay, you are essentially becoming a merchant of sorts, using the site to reach a very large market. As a merchant, the basic questions you should be able to answer are: what will you sell, and where will you buy? For all the obvious reasons, you want to provide a unique product, or niche, hopefully filling a market need.

The key to success is to find a profitable niche where you either can dominate the competitors or one where you have no competitors at all. Having a lot of business isn't bad either, competition or not.

One of the great secrets of selling anything is, if you can buy it at the right price, you can sell it at the right price.

There are two main types of sellers on eBay. There are business sellers and garage sellers. Garage sellers, as the term implies, are those who sell various personal knickknacks on the web, much like in a garage sale, albeit to a large customer base. The items are usually pre-owned. More than earning a profit, garage sellers usually just want to get rid of some of their older property and have some fun doing it.

Business sellers, on the other hand, are those who operate on eBay for the primary purpose of earning a profit. While still a minority, many people are being added to this category daily. Some have earned so much that they have found keeping their day job unnecessary or even a drag. To attain this level however, you will have to keep a few things in mind.

First,
treat your eBay venture like a legitimate business. The trick to making money with an eBay business is to simply treat it like one. It might start off as a hobby or a sideline, but you should very quickly get serious if you want to earn significant amounts.

You may want to create a business name, open separate bank accounts, and accomplish the necessary paperwork to establish your venture. After that, give it your best shot. Offer great products at low prices, back it up with excellent customer service, and you have a recipe for success. Sound good? It is!

Second,
specialize. You can't be an expert in all the categories in eBay; you can't understand the value of all products. You will get too confused, disorganized and get discouraged and quit. To be successful, you should concentrate on just one or two areas, and focus all your energy on those areas. Toys, shoes, clothes, women's or men's undies, Japanese electric toys.

Whatever you find interesting or have a natural knack for making good decisions on. Become an expert in your chosen areas, by doing some work on them almost every day, and the chances of making good trades (and therefore making more money) exponentially increase.

Third,
learn to communicate well. Napoleon used to tell his secretaries, "Be clear, be clear, be clear!" You must follow the same policy. Learn how to write auction listings that accurately describe your product, and don't neglect to include all relevant details, such those involving shipping and handling, return policies, etc. Not only must you communicate well, you must communicate in a timely manner.

Try to respond to all questions promptly and courteously, and try to be in touch with your winning bidders from the start of the transaction to its close. This is the secret to making money with an eBay business. This last two paragraphs is powerful. Understand it and you will be on your way.
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James M. Lowe writes original articles about home business opportunities .
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