Online Selling Tip of the Week

October 31, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Selling Tips, Working At Home

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Don’t go to the Post Office.

You read that right, save yourself the hassle and just don’t go to the Post Office.

Why stand in line when you can be at home listing, shipping, answering questions, or even better yet spending time with your family?

Take a few minutes to set up your

*eBay shipping

*Usps.com account

*Stamps.com account

You’ll save yourself so much time doing it all at home, you’ll absolutely LOVE it.

As soon as I see that I’m running low on PRIORITY boxes, I go  to USPS.com and order the boxes I need. They’re at my front door in just a few days. It’s much faster than making a stop at the Post Office. Once your account is set up, it just takes a few seconds to order them.

Then learn how to schedule a carrier pick up so that you don’t even have to go to the Post Office to drop off your packages.

I can’t  remember the last time I stepped foot in the Post Office. I have so much more time to work on increasing my sales.

Rachel

Online Selling Tip of the Week

Keep up with your shipping as items are paid for over the weekend so you’re not bombarded on Monday morning.

There’s nothing worse than a hectic Monday morning, right?  Who really likes Mondays anyway?

When I first became self-employed, I figured, “oh well, I’ll do it on Monday morning.”  I soon learned that I could leave my weekend shipping till Monday morning, but it wasn’t any fun spending the whole morning shipping, when what I really wanted to to was be listing.

I started shipping items that were paid for on Friday afternoon, again at some point on Saturday, and again at some point on Sunday afternoon or evening.  That way, I just have to package up a few items each day and when Monday morning rolls around, I usually have a few more that have to be packaged up and shipped out, but it’s not 12 or 15 items to package and ship all at once.

Staying on top of shipping over the weekends has helped me reclaim and enjoy my Monday mornings once again.

Rachel

This Week on eBay

October 24, 2011 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Ebay, Working At Home

It’s been pretty busy around here this week.

I spent the last couple of weekends cleaning out our closets, taking the Summer clothes out and putting the Fall clothes in.  Of course, I found lots of Summer items to list on eBay, and even found a few Fall/Winter things from last year to list too.

I love being able to have inventory that I didn’t have to spend any extra money on. :)

Several of the items have already sold, so that’s always exciting.

My sales have been pretty good this week, and are headed in the right direction.

One thing that I’ve been selling quite a bit of this week is sweaters.  I’ve sold several cashmere sweaters, a Quacker Factory sweater, and a couple sweaters that I had listed out of my closet.  It’s getting close to that time of year again :D

I’ve also sold a few Halloween costumes this week.

During the school year, I don’t have tons of time to list like I have during the summer, but I try to list on Monday afternoons, list a few items on Tuesday evening, Friday afternoon and evening, and I usually spend Saturday afternoon working on listings.

I work all year to get my store stocked up for this season, but I still try to get everything I can listed between now and Christmas.

Hope your week has been great!

Rachel

Online Selling Tip of The Week

Support the eBay economy and purchase your shipping supplies from a fellow eBayer.

You can find deals on poly-mailers, packaging tape, shipping labels, bubble wrap and more.

The best part is you’ll save time and money by having your supplies come straight to your front door.  That means more time to work on listing and shipping, and ultimately, more time for your family.

Rachel

Update on FREE Shipping

Awhile back, I told you that I was going to start offering FREE shipping on light weight items. I  attempted avoiding low marks on my  DSR’s  (detailed seller ratings) for Shipping and Handling Charges.  The idea was given to me by a couple of eBay sellers and I thought it worth a try.

It’s been a few months, and I can honestly say, it has has helped my sales and my DSR’s. I made Top Rated Seller in June because I was able to get a few low DSR ratings to fall off from last year without being marked down from recent buyers.

I also believe it’s increased the dollar amount of my sales.  I have a lot of free shipping items going out the door, and I haven’t noticed it costing me very much to offer free shipping.  Most of the items I offer free shipping on are items that can ship out 1st Class anyway, so at most, it may cost me around $3 to ship an item to a customer, but on a $25 sale, what’s $3, really?

Some sellers don’t like offering free shipping for whatever reason.  It’s really up to each individual and what works for their business model, but I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to at least try it for a few months and see if it made a difference.

I knew that I needed to do something different.  I’m a firm believer in:

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.”

Rachel

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