Work from Home – eBay
This is the 6th in my Work from Home series where I am showing some of the many different ways you can earn an income working from home. You can find the others at
- Work from Home,
- Work from Home – Internet Marketing
- Work from Home – Affiliate Marketing
- Work from Home – Network Marketing
- Work from Home – Blogging
Now we are going to take a look at eBay. I am going to discuss how you can make money on eBay. This is not be a lesson on how to use eBay as their site gives great instructions. It is how you can make money and some examples of people I know selling there.
Work from Home – eBay
What is eBay?
I am sure you are familiar with eBay but if not eBay was launched in 1995 and started as a place to trade collectables and hard-to-find items. Today eBay is a global marketplace where businesses and individuals can buy and sell practically anything.
You list an item for a time of 1,3,5,7 or 10 days. You can choose to either have a set price or go for the auction format. Generally with an auction you nominate the starting bid low to get people bidding. $.99cents is common.
Who sells on eBay?
People looking for some extra cash
I will start with my story. When I was leaving my last corporate role I decided I wanted to work from home.
At the time I had been the CEO of a company in Australia who promoted speakers and trainers on a variety of topics. The latest person we were promoting was a guy called Adam Ginsberg who had a course called “Fast Cash on eBay”. I had the course in my possession and had attended Adam’s seminar weekend.
We were at the time getting ready to shift states in Australia and I wanted to sell a heap of our “stuff”. So I did. I started with small items like clothes and worked my way up to some large expensive pieces of furniture. I was happy with the result but that pretty much ended my eBay career except for the odd item I have since sold.
It ended because I decided to go in another direction but I could see that eBay could work as a business.
Friends on eBay – I had one friend who helped me get started. She was a “pro” in my mind. She goes to garage sales each weekend and picks up items to list on eBay. She was making around $1000 a week profit doing this very part time.
Another friend recently sold most of the contents of her deceased mother-in-law’s on eBay and did quite well from it. I also have a friend currently going through her house listing items she has not used for some time.
I think for many of us we could go through our homes and closets and make some nice pocket money.
There are many businesses that have an eBay store as either their total online business or as part of their online strategy. In some cases sellers will use eBay as a vehicle to generate traffic to the seller’s other items located off eBay.
My tips for selling on eBay
- Start by buying some items to get a feel for how eBay works and get a feedback score (explained on eBay)
- If you use the auction style to sell then start at a price you are comfortable for the item to be sold at (if you would hate to sell it at $.99 then don’t list at that price!)
- Add a “Buy it Now” price or the “Best Offer” option
- Have good accurate pictures
- If there are any flaws in what you are selling state them clearly
- Complete all the areas in your listing and give a full description of the item
- Start your listings at buyer friendly times as they will end at the same time
- Read eBay’s guidelines and rules before you start and watch their videos
- Give feedback to the buyers and request they give it to you
That wraps up Work from Home – eBay.
If you found this post of value please leave me a comment below and let us know your experience with eBay and please share it with your friends.
The next post in this series will be my last and will combine several other options or how you could make money from home .
P.S. If You Don’t Have a Step-By-Step Blueprint For Generating More Leads, Check This Out (Unless You Already Have Too Many)