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Beginners Guide To An eBay Business

Updated on September 27, 2013
How to work from home and make money on eBay
How to work from home and make money on eBay

How to earn money online from eBay

Working from home ideas are almost endless and very commonly we hear about making money on eBay as a great stay at home business.

Believe it or not, it is easier than you think.

If you want to know how to sell on eBay, what items to sell, how to make a living or even how to become an eBay Trading Assistant, you have come to the right place. eBay secrets will be revealed here.

I have successfully sold thousands of items on eBay not only personally, but also as an eBay Trading Assistant and made a work from home business out of it.

Being a Trading Assistant on eBay has its merits and can be a fantastic work from home job.

If you want to know more, and think you would like to make some money on eBay yourself, take a look at Trading Assistant on eBay for my secrets, hints and tips.

The following secrets will help you succeed. Whether you want to expand your business or fine tune your skills, there is advice here to suit everyone.

Let's get started.

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What to sell on eBay

Here are my top 5 steps to finding items to sell on eBay

  1. De-clutter your home, your garage, your shed.
  2. Ask your friends and family to de-clutter. The more the merrier.
  3. Visit second hand stores.
  4. Look for bargains at local fetes.
  5. Scour markets for dirt cheap bargains.
  6. Look for labels - Brand Names!

How to find items to sell on eBay

The first 'secret' is gathering items to sell and knowing what sells and what doesn't.

Look around your home. There will most likely be lots of unused items that you can sell on eBay and make money. Do a spot of 'spring cleaning' and declutter your home. Once you do, chances are you will be looking large pile of bits and pieces.

This could include anything and everything from:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Belts, ties and scarves
  • Books and magazines
  • Boardgames, toys and puzzles
  • Garden furniture, tools and plants
  • Paintings and frames
  • Computer software, cables, parts and pieces
  • DVDs, XBox Games
  • And the list goes on.

Group all of your items into 'New', 'Used', 'Broken / Parts only' and my advice now is to research research research! Yes, even broken bits and pieces sell.

eBay has a fantastic search tool. Search on eBay for similar items to the ones you are hoping to sell, and choose 'Completed' sales and this will show you the selling history.

  • Have similar items sold previously?
  • What prices have they fetched?
  • How were they photographed?
  • What condition were they?

This kind of information will help you ascertain the starting price for an item, whether there is demand for it and it will give you an idea as to how people write descriptions for similar items.

Research Research Research!

Highly Recommend

The book listed below for sale on eBay is one that I have purchased myself. I highly recommend it. It is a small book, but simply and precisely covers all you need to know. For the small price I would not hesitate to buy it!

Photograph, Description and Away we go!

Once you have completed your research, take your photos. Best to use natural light and backgrounds that provide good contrast.

The title of your listing is critical for success. This is one of my biggest secrets to you. The limited space you have and the way you use this space will not only help your listing stand out in the eBay crowd, but also make sure that it is picked up by search engines so that if people do a search on the internet for an item similar to yours they may actually be returned a result which is an eBay auction link. Bingo! Make sure you read all about my 5 secrets to ensuring your eBay listing is seen.

Write descriptions that are meaningful. Provide measurements for clothing. Describe colours, textures.

Be sure to add ANY imperfections. No matter how small.

Be honest, be open and be friendly.

For details on any or all of these aspects, take a look at my eBay guide to business success.

There is no need to watch your ebay items listed for sale ever minute of the day - although often I do as I am excited to see if there are people watching them and bidding - but what I do strongly suggest is to be on the lookout for questions.

If you receive a question from a fellow ebay member relating to the product, postage or any other specific be prompt in your reply. It goes a long way!

Make sure you adjust your settings so that you are notified via email (or sms alert if you prefer) when there is any movement on your items.

How to Find SECRET Items on eBay

If you have run out if items to sell on eBay did you know that there is a secret way to locate brand name products and re-sell them on eBay to make a LOT of money.

Make sure you take a moment to read all about how misspelled eBay items could be your ticket to earning a lot of money!

There is no denying that using eBay to buy and sell is time consuming, as we need to make sure that all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed however it is a very worthwhile avenue to pursue if you want to stay at home and make money online.

Selling your own items, selling those of a family or friend or selling as an eBay Trading Assistant are all methods worthwhile trying.

All Hubs are Original Material by 'Work At Home Mums' ©

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      4 years ago from Australia

      Hi peachpurple, it is definitely worth a try. You should qualify for a certain amount of free listings so it won't cost you to try it out. There is a LOT of competition though in cards and coming from China they will be very cheap. However if you position your listings with the right titles and descriptions you could find a niche.

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i want to sell handmade cards. DO you think it will work?

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      6 years ago from Cardiff

      Great Hub, I am looking to find work from home income as I am a freelance writer and want a job that will work along side that, ebay selling is definitely at the top of my list at the moment! Im already a seller and buyer with great feedback so its just a case of selling and sourcing more really. Thanks voted up!

    • mssmallbiz profile image

      Tammy Love 

      6 years ago from Brisbane

      Great hub! As a WAHM myself I think this was really useful and even helpful for those who want to start a small business on the side. Thanks!


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