Many people are stuck in the rat race and are desperate to escape and live the life that they have dreamed of. With the economic climate that we are in, more and more people are looking for a great bargain to stretch their budget. Why not sell to them, and own your own business? It really is possible to change your life and start a successful eBay business.
Things You'll Need
Digital camera or scanner
Items to sell
Access to a wholesaler or drop shipper
1 - The first step in starting your successful eBay business is to sign up with eBay and PayPal. Both are free to register and will only charge you a portion of the sale for their fees. While many may not like the fee structure, eBay has a significant portion of the online auction market and if you want to own a successful online business, you need to go where the customers are.
2 - When starting out, the easiest way to get your feet wet is to sell items around your house or apartment. Everyone has gifts or items that either never get used or haven't been used in a long time. Starting your successful eBay business is great because not only are you getting rid of clutter in your house, but are basically getting paid for it. You may not get a whole lot of money to get started, but you will get something. Find your stuff that you want to sell and lets get started.
3 - Now that you have gathered your items that you want to sell, you must take photos of all the items. People want to see what they are getting, and accurate descriptions are a must. Using your digital camera makes this very easy, but if you don't have one yet use your traditional camera. Many photo processing places offer to put your photos on a CD, and from there you can use the digital pictures to upload to eBay.
4 -Once you have your photo, you need to write a compelling listing. One of the key items that will help your eBay business become a success is the listing itself. eBay gives you 55 characters to describe your listing...use them. Be specific in what you are selling so they will open the listing and look at the item. It doesn't matter if you are repeating the category, list everything that could describe the item to help people find it. List color, size, brand, designer and more. Put as much in as you can to help people find your listing.
5 - Once you have your title, now you have to create your listing. This is the easy part. Since you have described your item in the description, you do it again, but expand a little. People want to know more about your item, otherwise, they wouldn't have opened the listing. You have to reel them in; they are already interested, now make the sale. Don't just give them the features of the item, give them reasons why it will make their life better or easier if they purchase it. If you have a great story that can be attached to the item, then they are not only buying your stuff, but the story that goes with it.
6 - Now that you have cleared out all of your old junk, you are ready to step your business up a notch. Many people want to take their eBay business to the next level, but that requires finding product to sell. Thankfully, there are services out there that can help you partner with wholesalers and drop shippers. With a little bit of help, you too can become the next power seller and truly have a successful eBay business.
Tips & Warnings
Don't get frustrated if your item doesn't sell. Take a look at other items that have sold that are similar to yours and see what made them stand apart from yours. Don't copy them, but try to emulate their success with your listings.