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WAHM > Stay at Home Mom Work Ideas > Traditional Product > Start an Online Auction Business

Make Money from Your Website - Start an Online Auction Business

An online auction business means you sell your goods and/or services on an Internet auction like eBay. This is a low overhead business that keep can keep you as busy as you'd like to be. You can sell as few or as many items as you'd like on eBay.

Online Auction Business

What you will be doing. Online auction houses are the place to be these days. Just about anything that you have can find a place to be sold at an online auction. Clean out your closets, attic, garage, storage building, and crawl space. An online auction could be the lucrative way to get rid of these items that you don’t need.

Online auction houses like eBay help you to get started. They walk you through the process of showcasing your items for sale and setting up the auction. To run an online auction business, you will need additional items besides those that you find in your home. Also, you will need items that others will buy at a good price that will bring you money.

How to start. Know your target audience. The quickest way to make money on the Internet is by doing a bit of legwork. What are the most popular items for sale? Who is buying them? What can you offer that no one else has? How can you translate your closet stuff into hard cash for your business?

Learn all you can about the auction business. The fees are not exorbitant so you will be able to afford them, especially if you save money on inventory by using items that you have in your home to start. Find out the rules of auctioning and what the policies are for returns, refunds, and disputes. You hope never to have unsatisfied customers but it does happen.

Niches are key markets. A general inventory may be too broad to keep your business going. Choosing one area of products to offer where you can specialize will increase the demand. Once that part of the business takes off, you can expand.

Start up costs. Online auctions don’t take a lot of capital to get started. Selling products around your home to get “your feet wet” in the auction industry can bring in enough money to fund more inventory. Shipping the items you sell is going to be part of your job. You will need the appropriate materials to make sure that packages arrive undamaged and in a timely fashion. Insurance on large or rare packaged items is prudent in case they are lost.

Taking out a loan is not necessary. If you don’t want to spend the money on surplus inventory, develop a network of reputable wholesalers who will ship the products that you order to the address of your clients. The cost and labor of shipping will go down as well.

Skills needed. Marketing degrees are not necessary, but sellers should know how to market their products. In order to reach the public, you need to be out there. Use every avenue available to learn how to make your products stand out from the rest.

People in this business should be organized and have time to surf the Internet. You will need to do market research and converse with buyers about your product. As the client base grows a system orders filled and to be filled will keep the business running smoothly.

Marketing. The Internet is your marketing spot. Start a website so that you can link back to it with each product you sell. Advertise upcoming auctions and advice for those wanting to break into the online auction business.

The online auction business is booming right now. New business owners need initiative and very little capital to get the ball rolling. Decide what you want to sell and get it seen by as many people as you can.

Recommended Resource For Beginner Sellers:

Moms Talk Biz Guide to Ebay: - what to sell, how much to charge, keeping your business legal, managing your business & customer service issues.

More Resources

Starting Your Own eBay Business.


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