Ebay has been getting a lot of attention lately as a way to start your own home-based business or supplement your monthly income. Many articles have been written about what a genius idea this is, and many are geared towards domestic engineers (aka housewives). Unfortunately, these articles lack one important feature: how the heck do you actually do it?
For students, singles, moms, dads, grandparents, anyone with half a brain and with “useless” junk around the house, Ebay is a smart move. And finally, here is an article to help you get started. Anyone with a computer, a bank account, and an internet connection can learn to use Ebay to their advantage. Read my how-to and start selling!
1. Set up an Ebay and PayPal Account This may be one of the easiest parts of the whole deal! Just pick out a user name and set up both accounts. Paypal requires that you verify your bank account, so you will need to set up online banking (free through every bank) to do so. A word of caution: if you have a PO Box, you will need to provide both PayPal and Ebay with your physical address. This is where your items will be shipped if you win an auction. Unfortunately, UPS, a popular alternative to the USPS used by many sellers, does not ship to PO Boxes.
2. Find Some Junk to Sell Now this, this, is the easiest part. Everything from old jewelry, knick-knacks, books, kid’s toys and clothing, stock car parts, to broken electronics, everything sells on Ebay. If you’re not sure that your item will sell, look it up on Ebay and see if there are similar items up for auction.