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Essential Tools for eBay Success

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Selling products on Ebay is easy if you have the necessary tools, oh yes it is, but hell it’s competitive. Selling products on Ebay is one of the best ways to start making money working from home because you do not need a lot of initial capital. This post outlines some of the essential tools that you will need if you are considering starting your own internet based business selling products on Ebay.

If you are serious about becoming a successful Ebay seller, then it is important that you get the tools discussed in this post as they will ensure that you succeed in your home business.

Assuming that you have a computer with an Internet connection, preferably with at least 2mb speed then you’re good to go.

  • Starting an eBay business means that you may need to communicate with your customers and send some documents and answer any queries. It is therefore important that you have your own business telephone line as well as a fax number, with the explosion of Instant messaging applications and Skype there is no reason why you can’t keep in touch. Remember it stands to reason if you communicate with your customers in a polite and helpful way then this will have a knock on affect and gain you authority and trust within the eBay community, this is worth its weight in gold.

 

  • Getting some business cards with your contact details is also important. From the customer’s point of view, it’s professional when you include your business card with your shipments. This also means your customers have all your contact details if they need to contact you. So a nice thank you message along with a “you may also be interested in this item” follow up, keeps your customers mind on further purchases, this is especially relevant if you remind them of the advantages of your future offers. Think about getting your own company logo, if your good with any photo editing software then you have a head start, even if you’re not you can still find plenty of online shops that will provide logo’s either free or for a small fee. (Google it!)

 

  • You will need some money to get you started. Although selling products on Ebay doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money to get started, you need some capital nonetheless. You will need this to buy some of the tools discussed in this article. Normally eBay charges you on a monthly basis and allows you a month’s grace before charging you. Depending on your eBay setup you can pay by credit card or through your PayPal account which is part of eBay any way. Make sure that you give careful thought about selling your product, if you can’t sell it within the month you still get charged by eBay.

 

 

  • If you want to earn huge amounts of money selling merchandise on eBay, then you can further enhance your chances of success by having your own website. It’s a good idea to have your own domain name for obvious reasons this will help your search engine placement. To market your products more effectively, you can create links to your Ebay store on your website. By driving traffic to your website, you will increase traffic that goes to your Ebay store, and this will increase your sales. Pay particular attention to eBay’s terms of service; as long as your link from the product provides further information and has relevancy then you won’t have a problem.

 

  • As a seller at Ebay, you will need to provide useful and accurate description of the products you will be selling. So having photos of the products is important because potential buyers can see the product.  You will therefore need to have a camera for taking photos of the products you will be selling, this doesn’t have to be expensive, I have used my cheap mobile phone camera and it works fine. If you are selling physical goods, it is recommended that you have photos of these products next to the items’ description. You may also need some software that you can use to adjust and resize the photos, although not always necessary because eBay does a pretty good job of resizing your images.

If you have these tools then your good to go, you will be able to make more sales and earn more profits from your home business. Succeeding in making money online and selling merchandise on eBay requires that you take your business seriously and not as a hobby. Get involved within the eBay forums, you’d be surprised at the information you can share here. Always do a good deal of research for the product you are going to sell, look out for the hot sellers, of course it’s always an advantage to have a few garages or attics you can raid if it doesn’t cost you anything. If you need to find out more about eBay then check out their extensive library of information.

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