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Ready to make money? Let the bestselling eBay author guide you to online business success!
You've been flirting with the idea of launching an eBay business. Now you don't have to go it alone! Marsha Collier has been a runaway success on eBay for more than a decade, and she willingly shares her secrets in this fun, easy-to-follow guide. Here's how to get started, discover what sells, manage your business, handle marketing, and make money!
Lay the groundwork — decide how much time you can give to the project and what to sell, get your equipment, and set up shop
All about inventory — get great tips on where to find merchandise, how to price it, and where to list it
The Web and more — see how a great Web site and social media marketing can bring in business
Seller beware — learn about eBay's fees, handy tools to help you calculate expenses, and how to budget
Super selling — find out how to take photos and write listings that showcase your items
Show me the money — discover what you need to know about payment methods and how to protect yourself from fraud
Ship shape — compare shipping carriers and find out how to get the best deal
Keep the tax man happy — all about licenses, taxes, and foolproof bookkeeping
Open the book and find:
How to turn your passions into eBay profits
All about eBay's seller services
Surprising places to find stuff to sell
Customer service tips
How to get free shipping materials
Tips for stocking an effective office for your business
Advice on staying legal
Real-life stories from happy eBay sellers
Set up a store and follow eBay rules
Source and price merchandise, keep your books, and stay legal
Establish a Web identity through social media
Use software to help you budget, ship merchandise, and serve customers
This long time best seller has helped over 200,000 readers kick start their eBay business. This new edition offers up the same solid advice on turning eBay sales into a steady revenue stream as previous edition. It also adds in key revision points covering the latest tech changes at eBay and new avenues for building a business. Parts cover: Getting Serious on eBay - laying the foundation for a business including setting up a store and knowing the rules and laws of selling Setting Up Shop - sourcing and pricing merchandise along with establishing a Web identity through your own site and on social media sites Business is Business - an MBA in a nutshell covering software made for managing a business, budgeting, money transactions, customer service, and shipping Your eBay Back Office - both?a figurative back office (how to keep good books and stay legal) and literal back office (creating space to run a business and store merchandise) The Part of Tens - tips on other places to sell and insight into sellers who were successful on eBay
The gold standard for eBay users who want to get serious about selling
Want to turn your eBay use into a steady revenue stream? Come to where everyone starts, with a copy of the latest edition of Starting an eBay Business For Dummies. EBay superstar author Marsha Collier packs the fourth edition of her mega-selling book with everything you need to know, from how to tap the explosive power of social media for promoting your business to the very latest on eBay?s fees and payment structure, how to maintain your own customer service center, ways to build an audience, and much more.
- Shows you how to lay the foundation for a business by setting up a store and reviews legal requirements and restrictions
- Helps you price and source your merchandise
- Explores how to attract an audience using social media through your own site
- Gives you a quick MBA in budgeting, money transactions, customer service, shipping, and more
- Offers insight on other sellers who have been successful on eBay and what you can learn from them
Kick-start your eBay business and get profitable with this must-have guide from eBay superstar Marsha Collier.
About the Author
Marsha Collier is a world-renowned eBay maven, sought-after speaker, and bestselling author on eBay topics, with more than a million copies of her books in print. She has written all editions of eBay For Dummies, Starting an eBay Business For Dummies, and eBay Business All-in-One For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Serious about eBay.
Chapter 1: Launching Your Business on eBay.
Chapter 2: The Finer Points of eBay Selling.
Chapter 3: Cool eBay Tools.
Chapter 4: Safe Selling Equals Profitable Sales.
Chapter 5: Expanding Sales with an eBay Store.
Part II: Setting Up Shop.
Chapter 6: Finding Merchandise to Up Your Profits.
Chapter 7: Pricing Your Items to Sell.
Chapter 8: Establishing and Marketing Your Web Site.
Part III: Business Is Business — Time to Get Serious.
Chapter 9: Software Built for Online Auctions.
Chapter 10: Dollars and Sense: Budgeting and Marketing Your Sales.
Chapter 11: Setting Up Listings That Sell.
Chapter 12: Providing Excellent Customer Service.
Chapter 13: Collecting Your Money.
Chapter 14: Shipping Your Items: Sending Them Fast and Saving Money.
Part IV: Your eBay Back Office.
Chapter 15: Getting Legal: Understanding Taxes and Licenses.
Chapter 16: Savvy Record Keeping — Keeping the Tax Man at Bay.
Chapter 17: Building an eBay Back Office.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten (or So) Sellers Who’ve Made the Jump from Hobby to Profits.
Chapter 19: Ten Other Places to Move Your Merchandise.
Appendix A: eBay Business Glossary.
Appendix B: The Hows and Whys of a Home Network.