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So You Want Your Own Ebay Business

Aug 17, 2007
Ebay is the mega giant auction website where you can buy and sell products in an auction style system and it has become one of the largest and well known sites in the world. Ebay opens many income opportunities where you can earn money from the comfort of your very own home.

Ebay boasts a membership of over one hundred thousand people that make full time living buying and selling through their auction house and there are probably millions of people that are making a nice supplementary income from auctioning. Trading on Ebay just comes down to good business sense and professionalism, you can build a business using Ebay and you can make your full time living from Ebay but first you should study and learn how things work and what works the best.

In this article, I am going to tell you of five things that you should know and always implement in your Ebay business in order to be more successful and have a business that is profitable.

1) Finding a hot market. One of the most common mistakes made by new Ebayers is trying to retail a product that they are unsure of how well it will do. You should first always research and find out what products are selling well and find a way for you to provide those products to buyers. You can find hot markets by simply surfing ebay's finished items and seeing if there are regular sales of products. Another method to find products is via wholesalers and drop shippers.

2) Study markets competitors. When you have a hot selling product, study other sellers that are selling the same product and see how they operate their business, this is an excellent way to find out who the top sellers are, learning how they are marketing, finding ways you can improve your business and just basically finding out what works and what doesn't, you should always know your competitors and know why they are successful then you can simply implement what they do in your own business.

3) Always over deliver. When trading on ebay it is very easy to get lost in the crowd and lose your customers to other sellers and that is why you must over deliver. By over deliver I mean delivering extra value in your service and making your service more efficient, friendlier and more appealing for your customers. You can do this by providing extra gifts and bonuses with your products, sending your products first class and as soon as you receive payment, providing phone and support or other little things that will make a big difference to your customers and your long term success.

4) Be sure to be professional. Just like any other business you will find that some people are just impossible to deal with. Unhappy customers can create all sorts of problems, never be pleased no matter what you do and possibly leave you terrible feedback but you must not let these people affect how you run your business. When does something that is completely inappropriate it can be very tempting to tell them what you think of them but you shouldn't, you should always maintain your professionalism even if it is being tested to extreme levels.

5) Continue learning and tweaking your business. There are always new strategies or things that you can learn, even the most experienced Ebay seller is always looking for ways to improve so you should always be looking out for anything that can help your business to become more successful and profitable.
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Joe Russell is the owner of Proven Income Plans a website dedicated to online business and business resources. Joe has been successfully involved in online business for over 8 years you can visit his site at:
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