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The Ebay Revolution - A Beginners Guide
Date: Monday, January 24 @ 03:21:59
Topic Business Opportunities



The Ebay Revolution - A Beginners Guide




With E bay being one of the most searched for terms on the
internet today,approx 24 million people last month, it
is hardly suprising that more and more everyday people are
turning away from the 9-5 job scene, and looking at the
income opportunities that this hugely popular forum has to
offer.

So just what are the benefits of starting your own E bay
business, as opposed to the more traditional self
employment options, such as buying a business, or becoming
a franchisee?

Well the first and most obvious benefit is the financial
one, you can start an E bay business on a shoestring,
whereas buying a franchise or setting up on your own will
in all probability cost you 10s of thousands of dollars.
Secondly, the element of risk is fairly negligible with an
E bay business BAD URL -- remove all of <, >, "

Thirdly you can start up in your spare time, without having
to give up your day job. This allows you to test the
water, and see if you actually enjoy running your own
business, before you actually take the plunge.For many
people Ebay is simply a profitable and fun sideline or
hobby, and thats fine, but you need to make the choice if
its a hobby you want or a business.If you make the
decision that its to be a business,then you need to keep
professional records, pay tax etc.

Another beauty of running an online business is that you
can do your business activities when it suits you.You can
organise your auctions at 2 am if you so choose, and people
will still be looking at what you have to offer!

A final benefit,and this list is by no means exhaustive
is that unlike a traditional business, your marketplace is
unlimited, you can sell your product anywhere in the world,
you have a potential marketplace of millions upon millions
of buyers

The most common question for many people is how do I get
started ?. The first step if you havent already done it,
is to get on Ebay and have a look around. Ebay itself
offers great informative resources and tours for the
uninitiated. Have a look at some auctions in progress, see
how people list and display their products, bid for
something you would like BAD URL -- remove all of <, >, " Have a look round
your home for unwanted items, run some auctions of your
own, its fun, and youve nothing to loose but your junk.
This is a great way of dipping your toes in the auction
pond.

So, after having done this you decide that you would like
to get serious about building an E bay business, what
should you do first? Here is a shortlist of some basic
first steps.

1. Choose your product- Everything from baseball cards to
luxury homes is for sale on Ebay.Research possible product
choices by looking at what your competition is doing.If you
have a particular area of expertise, or a passion which
others share, choose your product accordingly. TIP- A great
research tool is available at www.overture.com . Its called
the keyword selector tool, and it enables you to check how
many times a certain word or phrase has been searched for
on the internet in the previous month ie rolex watch. If
few people have been looking for what you want to sell,
chances are it will be a non starter on Ebay.BAD URL -- remove all of <, >, " on the other hand if your
product is frequently searched for, you may be onto a
winner.

2. Dont sell poor quality products.There is nothing more
disappointing than receiving a purchase only to find it is
inferior quality junk. Ebay has an excellent feedback
system, which it uses to rate traders.This feedback is
available to both buyers and sellers, so if you get
negative feedback, this can seriously jeopardise your Ebay
reputation permanently

3. Start small. Unless you are utterly confident in your
product, and in a very secure position financially, start
things off on a small scale, and increase your spending
only as your results justify this.

4. Test, Test, Test- Try different products and
combinations of products to see what works best, and always
use photos,as many people buy what they see not what they
read.

5. Commit from the start to offering exceptional service.
Treat others as you would like to be treated, and you will
soon get a reputation as a trader to be trusted, and from
whom you can buy with confidence.

6. Dont always try to make a large profit. Many of the
powersellers on Ebay make small but consistent profits,and
run a lot of auctions! Always ensure that you cover
shipping costs, and any costs incurred in running your
auction.

7. Many of E bays top sellers sell other peoples products
which they neither stock or in most cases even see, through
a process called dropshipping. A dropshipper is a
wholesaler, who also takes care of all the product shipping
details on your behalf.There are many dropship companies
who tailor their services around the Ebay auction scene,
and who can provide you with quality products, at very
competitive prices shipped directly to your buyers [ if you
plan to be in Ebay for the long haul, it is well worth
giving this option serious consideration, as you really
need to have a steady reliable source of cheap quality
products.


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Adrian Ryder is a University Honours graduate, internet
entrepreneur and researcher. For some detailed E bay
success resources, dropshipping & wholesale directories,
and work at home opportunities, check out his affiliate
site at
http://www2268.dropshipwholesale.net
Adrian regrets that due to time constraints he is unable to
enter into personal discussion/queries regarding his
article.







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