If you have ever bought items from Amazon or eBay then the chances are that you will have noticed just how many different sellers operate via these sites, and just how many different items are available for sale. Whether it is brand new or used, pre-loved or second hand, there is likely to be a buyer out there willing to take your goods off your hands at the right price.
Which leads us to an interesting thought. Is it possible to develop a proper business selling items through these sites? The answer most emphatically is yes. There are many people who started off selling a few items on eBay from a spare bedroom who have gone on to develop full-time business enterprises, often employing many people into the bargain.
That is not to say that it is easy. However, with hard work, perseverance and some luck, it is possible. Here are a few of our top tips to help you get started:
Unless you have experience of trading online then it is wise to take things slowly at first. The last thing you want to do is to spend your savings on stock and then find that you don’t really understand how auction sites work and are unable to sell the inventory you have purchased. It is much better to invest just a small amount in a little stock to get you started. It is inevitable that you will make some mistakes when you are just starting out. The main thing is to make sure these mistakes do not cost you too much in the long run and that you learn from them as you go.
Start Off In A Market You Know Something About
Starting off any new business venture involves a learning curve to some degree, so while you are trying to get to grips with all that selling online entails, it helps if you are familiar with the products you are attempting to sell. That way, you are likely to have a better idea of which items are likely to be more popular and those which you should stay away from because they may be difficult to move on at a profit. If you have no clue about scented candles or home fragrances, don’t start a business selling these items. Stick to what you know and grow your business incrementally.
Make Sure You Deliver The Best Customer Service Experience Possible
Most online shopping portals include some way of measuring customer satisfaction that users can check to see whether they would be comfortable doing business with a seller or not. Many purchasers on sites like eBay and Amazon will not even consider buying from a vendor who does not have 100% positive feedback, so make it your goal to deliver the best service you can. It will pay dividends in the future as delighted customers will ensure your feedback remains extremely high, thereby generating further sales opportunities. Never forget that in most niches, prospective customers have plenty of choice. Make buying from you a compelling proposition by impressing not only with the quality and price of your products, but also your reputation for putting the needs of your customers first.
Develop Your Business As Time Goes By
Once you are more comfortable with what you are doing and have a firm grasp of what will sell and what won’t, you are ready to develop your business by adding more lines or offering goods at a range of different price points. You will almost certainly also find that price is not always the determining factor in whether something sells or not. Many customers will be happy to buy from you once you have established a track record with demonstrable positive feedback even if your prices are a little higher than a competitor who cannot offer potential customers that same peace of mind.