If you are planning to start – or have already started – a business on eBay as a major source of income, you should approach the task as you would when opening any kind of business, whether Internet-based or not. You’ll need to know how to market your products to potential customers, which prices are appropriate to which items, and what tools are necessary for your success. Just like a physician can’t do much good without medical instruments, an eBay business needs certain tools in order to flourish. Following are five necessary eBay tools that will set you on the right path for your eBay business.
Necessary eBay Tools #1: TurboLister
If you are planning to run a successful eBay business, you will need a way to streamline your work. Just like a grocery store doesn’t order products one gallon of milk at a time, you don’t want to spend all day uploading items for sale on your eBay website. TurboLister allows you to input several items at once before uploading them to the site. It will save you time that could be spent scouting merchandise or shipping products. TurboLister is absolutely free and takes only a few moments to download to your computer. You can get the latest version of TurboLister at http://pages.ebay.com.
Necessary eBay Tools #2: Sales Manager Software
A good sales manager software program allows you to automate most aspects of your eBay business and helps you to stay organized when boxes are piling up in your office and orders have been waiting to ship for ten days. An eBay sellers life can become fraught with confusion and frustration because it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest changes. And when orders start pouring in, you’ll need a way to stay organized. Sales manager software can keep track of inventory, relist bulk products, organize invoices and even automate feedback. eBay has its own version of sales manager software (Selling Manager and Selling Manager Pro) which cost $4.99 and $15.99 per month respectively, or you can purchase a different type from your local computer store.
Necessary eBay Tools #3: Quickbooks (or similar program)
Even though you might not be operating a brick-and-mortar store, you still need to stay abreast of your financials, and Quickbooks is one of the best ways to do it. Quickbooks is available online as well as for Windows and Mac users at quickbooks.com. You can manage payroll (with automatic updates), print checks, download credit card and bank transactions, track budgets and create sales forecasts. There are several different versions of Quickbooks, so you can customize your purchase to meet your eBay business’s needs.
Necessary eBay Tools #4: eBay Store
If you are serious about creating an eBay business, you should consider opening an eBay store. This option should only be used for sellers who are consistently making at least 60 sales per month and have a reliable source of products. There are levels of eBay stores and they are relatively easy to operate, but this is not for the inexperienced or casual seller. However, once you open your eBay store, you’ll present a more professional image to customers and your products will be easily located for view and purchase.
Necessary eBay Tools #5: Organizational System
Many people who start in the world of eBay business mistakenly believe that all of their work will be completed over the Internet. This isn’t true. You will still need a place to store merchandise, a filing system, a desk and office supplies (including a printer, scanner and copier). Before you begin to do big-time business on eBay, make sure that you have the space and supplies necessary to run your enterprise. If you aren’t organized off the computer, your work over the Internet will become much more complicated and chaotic.