Online Selling Tip of the Week

My selling tip for you this week doesn’t get any more basic than this:

~List the items you’ve purchased before buying more inventory ~

In my early years of selling online, I was famous for having boxes and bins of unlisted inventory and leaving it sit there while I went shopping for more.  Not anymore.  If it’s not listed, it can’t sell, which means I have money invested in my inventory and it’s just sitting there with no chance for it to make me a profit.

Now I’m pretty strict with myself about listing what I have before buying more because so many times when I would list items that had been sitting around for months, the items would sell within days of listing them and I would be kicking myself……..why didn’t I list that sooner?

No more kicking myself.  When I buy it, I try to have it listed within 48 hours, and if I’m not able to list within 48 hours, I list it before I go out to buy more.  So give it a try, I think you’ll like the results.

Rachel

Online Selling Tip of the Week

My selling tip for you this week is: Do what works for you.

There’s tons of information on the internet about selling online.  While there are tons of successful sellers, not every business model works for every seller.

Only you know your family, schedule, budget and your resources for finding inventory.

Take bits and pieces from what you learn online and make it work for your business.

Rachel

Online Selling Tip of the Week

Build up your followers on Twitter and start using eBay’s app to automatically tweet your listings for you:

Froo! Smart Social is the name of it.

It will automatically tweet your listings for you or post them to Facebook, or both.  You set up the rules for tweets.  I have mine set to tweet all new listings, one listing per hour.

Rachel

Online Selling Tip of the Week

When listing, work smarter, not harder.

List similar items in a row.

Work on a pile of DVD’s or a basket of shoes and do them all in a row.

It makes your listing time much faster because you don’t have to change eBay categories or store categories (for the most part) just some words in your title, your picture, and specifics in your description.

Many times the price and shipping will be the same for similar items too.

Rachel

Online Selling Tip of the Week

If you have small children, bad weather, an illness, no transportation or any other reason why you are unable to get out of the house, you can still source inventory for your online business without ever leaving your home.

There are TONS of sites that you can order items from to resell.

Here’s a few ideas for you:

*Avon (either the catalog or online)
*dollartree.com
*ebay.com
*amazon.com
*bonanza.com
*addoway.com
*lakeside.com
*craigslist.com
*shopgoodwill.com
*Your local Facebook yardsale group

Please leave a comment to share your inventory sourcing from home ideas.

Rachel

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