Selling on eBay is easy. eBay work hard to make it appear easy, so does that mean that running a successful business on eBay is also easy? NO!
Successfully running a business on eBay requires hard work and determination – but the good news is that you can learn some simple processes to make it a more profitable venture.
What are the secrets? How can you make more money on eBay, get great search results and good sales?
In this article, I’m going to explain exactly what you need to be aware of to start and grow your eBay business, and reveal some insider knowledge to make your path a little smoother.
First you need an account. Many businesses make the mistake of creating a new account to start their business on eBay, when actually it’s much better to convert an existing one, even a personal account.
eBay has limits (selling restrictions) on what new sellers can sell, so be prepared for it to take a while to build sales. Selling restrictions means that a new account can only list for sale 10 items per month, and a maximum amount of £650. You will not be allowed to sell internationally for 90 days either.
It may be possible to have these allowances increased straight away by phoning eBay and proving to them that you are reputable – they will take into account your website for instance if you have one.
To change a personal to a business ID, sign in to My eBay and go to Account – Personal information, to the right-hand side is an option to Edit, click on that and follow instructions to register as a business.
It’s not automatic to go back to having a personal account when it is a business, you need to contact eBay and prove that your business has stopped trading.
Once the account is a business, you can change the name using the same method – choose a name that reflects your products – cute_phones_4_girls is a better name than kazrox6823.
How do I find products that will sell on eBay?
This is the key question and I’m afraid there are no easy solutions – in fact be very wary of anyone who says they have a sure-fire product that will make you a fortune! It’s really important to check first that you can make a profit –be savvy and don’t take anyone’s word for it.
Research, Research, Research – Check what buyers are actually looking for
If you go to the search bar and type in (for instance) Adidas Trainers Size 8, there will be some suggestions offered as you type, similar to Google Instant. These suggestions are important as they are (in order) what buyers are actually searching for. This means you can check to make sure there is a demand – if no suggestions appear then no one is looking for that item – see below: