As many of us who have started on Ebay, you may find yourself looking for an additional stream of income and you are questioning whether Ebay is a good solution. What is Ebay? At it's core, Ebay is a venue for individuals/businesses to bring to consumers products and/or services that they may be looking for.
Ebay is also a community of trust where a philosophy of “thinking outside of the box” is expressed daily. As a business person, and when you begin to sell on Ebay you go from being an individual to being an entrepreneur, there are many options to bring your product/service to market.
You can start a website, sell on Craigslist.com or Amazon.com, advertise in the newspaper or on television, open a flea market booth, sell door to door, sell over the telephone, or open a brick and mortar physical store, to name a few options.
There are many advantages and disadvantages to each of these options. Some to be honest, can be used in conjunction with an Ebay business. Listed below are some of the best reasons to choose Ebay:
- Ease of entry into market
- Low cost to bring to market
- Number of built in tools, such as Paypal
- Picture hosting
- Buyer and Seller protection
- Integrated shipping options
- Tutorials on using Ebay
- Wide array of products and services supported
- Immediate turn-key business
- In-depth research tools
- World-wide market exposure
This is a very condensed, short list to be sure, but includes some of the most powerful aspects of Ebay for the business owner. It will be my goal to go into great depth on each of these strengths in future blog postings.
In today's job market many of us are researching ways to supplement or perhaps even replace our primary income. Ebay can be a wonderful tool to accomplish this. One of the best aspects is that you can start out as small as having one item to sell and you can grow to as large as your imagination can take you.
The size and scope of your Ebay business is in your hands. If you have the belief, you can add education and some good old “elbow grease” and take your business as far as you would like.