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7697214_MMake that to-do list before you go to bed. Have you ever woken up in morning and thought what shall I do today in my Amazon business (or eBay)? And while you think you read the paper, make a few calls to some mates to arrange lunch, then thought I will just catch that program I recorded last night – then will get to work – by then it is lunchtime and soon the day has gone

Or do you wake up with a panic thinking where do I start I have so much to do, you just flip from one bit to the next and again a lot of wasted time and nothing done to build your Amazon or eBay businesses.

Well why not do what the top earners and business people do?  They create a to-do list each night (some do the list in the morning, but by doing it nightly you wake up fresh and ready to start the day)

On your list you need to add everything you need to do that day. Some of the things may be the same for example I need to list 20 items a day. This goes on as if you are not listing, you are not selling.

Something else maybe the orders that need to go out or the boxes to Amazon. Lunch needs to go, In fact everything to do with your working day goes on the list. And when you have done it – cross it off the list. It is so motivating to see things crossed off.

Another tip is to number the things in order of importance – for example listing should be higher up the list than emptying the office rubbish bin – but of course the bin has to be emptied sooner or else there is rubbish on the floor.

Award yourself when everything is done, and please if you do not cross everything off the list do not get cross with yourself, just add it to the list next day…………………  If it is important mark it as 1 or 2. And if it is not that important ask yourself does it really need to be on the list.

Try keeping a to-do list for 30 days and see what a difference it makes to your business and personal life, and come back and let us know.

Andrew Milburn is an eBay and Amazon Consultant Based in the UK, helping people to grow
their businesses to the next level. Andrew is able to help you start an online
business through to helping manage an existing business.

The past week I have looked at my online sourcing and decided to look at the different ways we can source items to re-sell on Amazon and eBay. One of the main points with online sourcing you need to have a system in place that works for you and your business and your lifestyle.13223732_M

What works for one person may not work for another person, at times we can just tweak a system or we may need to go back to the drawing board and start from scratch – only you know.
This week I decided to look on eBay for items to source to buy and flip to sell on Amazon. And for my eBay business I bought from Aliexpress, from a company in India and one in China.

The system I use for eBay sourcing is to go to wholesale / joblots then set the search to ending soonest (this then gives us items closing right now, and you can get some wonderful buys doing this.

The other tip is do it late at night, first thing in the morning or at other odd times when others are at work, in bed asleep. Seriously you can win some fantastic deals. And if it is during the night set yourself a maximum bid and let it run it run. You will wake up to some great buys at low prices.

Often you do not have time to in depth research. The other day it was around 12.30am and saw some DVD job lots going at auction and no bidders – I quickly looked at the photos and nipped to Amazon and did a search for a few, everyone I saw sold for nice prices. I just needed to sell 6 at the low end on Amazon and my costs were covered and I had another 250 to list.

Honestly you can pick up wonderful buys on eBay just by looking at the platform odd hours of the day and night.

So what are you waiting for – give it a go and see what you can find and flip to resell on Amazon – all from the comfort of your home.

Andrew Milburn is an eBay and Amazon Consultant Based in the UK, helping people to grow
their businesses to the next level. Andrew is able to help you start an online
business through to helping manage an existing business.

Who remembers the Bible story about the wise and foolish builders? One built their house on sand6386045_L and the other built their house on a rock…………………. Or the story of the three little pigs, – the house of straw, the house of sticks, the house of bricks.

In the stories the house built on the rock survived and so did the house built of bricks, yes both of these would have taken longer to build and design but they with stood the time and what life had to through at them.

By know you may be thinking what has this got to do with my Amazon and eBay businesses, well not a lot really but if you look deeper it has a huge amount to do with running a business.

Another example is one of these massive amusement rides people go on for fun, being dropped or thrown in the air – have you ever taken a look at what is happening deep down in the ground?

These rides have huge foundations steel, concrete, wire and foots that are designed to withstand massive amounts of force, they are built many times over what they meant to take. Why? Well apart from peoples safety they are built to last trying to get back the millions it cost to build them.

The same goes for your online business, we can go out and buy some items and list them on Amazon and eBay, some may sell and others may just sit there. But if you continue to build your business like this then sadly it will last short term, but will not go long term – Just like the foolish builder and the the pigs who built their homes from straw and sticks.

If we spend time reading and learning and then taking what we have learnt and put that into action we will build a business that will stand what life and business has to throw at it, it withstand the down times and up times – just like the wise builder who built his house on the rock, and the little pig who built their house from brick.

So as you go forward with your eBay and Amazon businesses, take time – build a strong foundation, learn from others who have gone before, but above all take action and build a large healthy eCommerce business.

 

Andrew Milburn is an eBay and Amazon Consultant Based in the UK, helping people to grow
their businesses to the next level. Andrew is able to help you start an online
business through to helping manage an existing business.

If you follow any of the forums or Facebook groups to do with Amazon and eBay one of the currant7697214_M themes people are talking about is how slow sales are. So today lets take a look on how you can Turn slow sales on Amazon and eBay to your advantage.

But first just because sales seem slow or are slow, should not mean you are just letting things go slow and wait until schools are back before you start to list items again. All around the world their are people who have credit cards in their hands waiting and wanting to but items from sellers. Yes you may have an item that is sitting there in a box waiting for the colder weather to come and for you to start to list……………………. but someone somewhere in the world wants it today, and if you not list it some other person with the same item will be listing and they will have the sale. I have seen this happen so many times over the years – do not get caught out.

A little while ago I mentioned people may be waiting for schools to go back before they started to list, but did you know the back to school niche is white hot at the moment, parents, grand-parents and students are buying school, college and University items right now – have you looked at this niche and though how can I take a piece of the action and make money?

Also we have seen some major sporting events happen over the past few weeks – Wimbledon, World Cup (football), many people around the world have stopped up late to watch these events (or early in the morning), and instead of being on Amazon and eBay they have watched sport – but there again you have people who hate sport and have never used Amazon and eBay in their lives and they decide to go and take a look, and treat themselves to items. Yes this does happen all the time.

Also if you are finding sales are slow, take time and research new niches and new products. look online for new suppliers. List items on a regular basis, treat your business as normal, and by doing this when things get back to normal you will be well ahead of the game.

Here in the UK in a few weeks we have the Commonwealth Games and again sports mad people will be glued to their TVs watching their favourite sporting event and cheering their favourite athlete on? Will we see the same attraction as we did in the Olympic Games a few years ago? Time will tell – but what we will see are people attracted to a sport and thinking I can do this, and going out and buying clothing and equipment.

Now as online sellers we can take advantage of these trends, this is where we can turn slow sales on Amazon and eBay to your advantage be clued up on the sports that will be happening sourced books, DVD’s, Videos and have them ready in your Amazon Store. Now do not go mad, but see what is out there, buy a few of each get them listed and sent into Amazon and see what happens.

Yes you must still research, look at sales rank number of sellers, but having done this I know it works.

As an example few years ago I sold a rudder from the 1912 Boat Race, it sat there for weeks, then months, then the week of the Boat race it sold!!! Why? Well I believe people knew the boat race happened every year, but that week it was on TV, the papers were full of it and it got people thinking – thus the rudder sold.

Hope this has helped some people think outside the box and take advantage of the slow sales.

One of the challenges with working in an online business and internet marketing is informationblog-writer-944195 overload. Selling on sites such as eBay and Amazon is the fact that each and everyday we have emails coming into our inbox, magazines and newsletters popping through the door, all telling us of new ways to build our online business.

Then we have podcasts and online videos and spreecasts. Now while all of these are often good for us and our businesses, they can at times knock us off course. Our mind is a super computer and it takes tons of data and stores information for us and when we need something it tells us what we need – just like the computers and phones we use. But at times we feed so much information into our brain that it says hey too much – it is at this point we have information overload challenges.

If we are all honest we suffer from this overload, but we need to be able to recognize it and pull back, look at what we have learn, put into action the training and information we have at the moment and then and only then look at something else – if needed.

Selling on Amazon and eBay we need to be up to speed and up to date on what is happening in the business and our chosen niche – nothing wrong in this. But what I have found over the years is do we need all this information, and choose who we learn from.

The next time you see a new course, spreecast, Facebook Group opening take some time and ask yourself a few questions :

  • Will this Spreecast, Facebook Group or Course take me nearer to my goal.
  • If it is a new course and you have ticked the first box, look at who is running the training, what their background is and how long they have been selling on Amazon and eBay.
  • Can you afford it without stretching yourself or worse going into debt
  • Is there a money back guarantee
  • Do I have the time to invest in the new learning

Remember as I have mentioned it is good to learn new things, and yes it is important at times to pay for this training as people have invested time, money, their own learning into creating this information and it is only right and fair we pay for it.

But remember be careful of that information overload and shinny object syndrome.

A tip I use and teach others to use, when you are doing listings, scanning items into Amazon, packing boxes and processing orders use that time to listen to your favourite podcasts and SpreeCasts. By doing this you will learn as you earn.

So remember as these new courses come out just ask yourself have I learnt from the material I have already bought or is it still sitting in a box or on my hard drive. If it is spend some time each day and read and learn, and then put into action.

Then and only then look at some more training – but stay away from that shinny object and information overload place. Use what you have, take that action and watch your business grow.

Recently when I have been teaching and consulting with students the recurring theme I am hearing,5880857_M and one of the main stumbling blocks people are having is with product sourcing. How to go about product sourcing right through to how do we start to product sourcing.

Then when you look at the wider picture out there, again on forums and Facebook Groups you see a trend once again that shows people are having major challenges with this area. Yes you can have all your plans and structures in place, but if you do not have Product Sourcing sorted then sadly your business will not get off the starting grid. Sorry to be blunt, but it is the truth. Product Sourcing will help your business grow into mega businesses.

To start with we need to get your mind into a Product Sourcing mind-set, and to do this you need to be product sourcing on a regular basis. The more often you do it the easier it will become. We have all heard that saying. “Do something for 30 Days and you will form a habit” – In other words if you do something for a 30 day period it will become natural to you.

So today I want you to start on this journey. We are going to build some lists. Yes I know we often joke about doing lists, and having lists of lists – but once again they work, and in this business they work big time.

Now you can do your lists on :

Sheets of paper
Note Book
Computer
Notice Board
Evernote
Etc

Now I am going to be honest here, my chosen format is Evernote – the reason behind this is because once you have created that list using Evernote it will be on your computer, phone, tablet, IPad  and whenever you update something it will be updated everywhere. No more losing papers and forgetting to update a sheet.

So back to the Product Sourcing back to basics tip for today. I want you to look around you, and start to jot down the things you see. At this stage it does not matter the cost of the item or the size of the item or the age. What is important is the fact you are jotting down ideas.

Also at this stage if you see something and it sets of a trigger in your brain that makes you think of another item or range of items jot these down to. Do not think or say, I will do those extras later once I have finished. The chances are you will forget it. And who knows that could have been the winning product.

As a suggestion do this for about a week. Just keep adding to the list of ideas and products. Remember nothing is out of bounds at this stage. Every item is a potential winner. And remember if something triggers a thought and then another thought write them down.

This list will be your Master Product Sourcing Research file, or product sourcing brain dump. Do not panic though over time this big list will be worked on and made into a working document, that will help you have a constant stream of product sourcing ideas for weeks, months and years to come.

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Are you looking to sell Fashion items but stuck as you do not know what to sell, or cannot find out where you can source those brand name items? Well help is at hand, today we have come across a leading supplier of brand name ladies fashions at fantastic prices. 

For example you can sell brands such as :

  • Warehouse
  • Wallis
  • Topshop
  • RiverIsland
  • New Look
  • Miss Selfridge
  • Jane Norman
  • Plus many more

All the items are new and contain both current and clearance lines

Site : http://www.jothirty.com

eMail : info@jothirty.com

Tele : 0208 211 8320

Address : Lumen House, Vale Road, London, N4 1PR

When I chat with people about what I do for a living often one of the questions I get thrown back to10587530_S me is ok tell me in simple terms how to start a successful Amazon FBA Business. Well as soon as I mention work, a lot of people look at me as if I have gone mad or used a swear word – yeah guess to some people who are looking for that quick way to make money either part or full time time then work is.

  • So step one is Work and in the early days it can be hard hard work, but the rewards that are there months and years down the line it is well worth it.
  • Next Step is you need to scan anything and everything in sight be it in your home or when you are out and about in a store or shop. If it has a UPC Code / Barcode on it then scan it and see what the App says.A good one here in the UK for new people is ProfitBandit and you can either stick with this one or look at ScanPower. Both work on the Apple and Android Platform, and other the coming weeks and months we will be looking more at each one and what they can do for your Amazon Business.
  • Keep everything simple in the early days of the business. Yes you can get tools to do this, tools to do that, software that does this for you. But honestly in your early weeks and months you just need a computer, printer, smartphone and scanning app, and that is it honestly
  • Look for items to resell in your own home, family and friends, Charity Shops, Shops such as Tesco, Asda, ToysRUs etc, online stores, Car boot Sales, Church sales. And then when you have mastered this, you can move onto wholesale, and then importing. Again we will be looking at product sourcing on a regular basis.
  • Lastly Do Not be afraid to ask questions here, on other forums and Facebook groups. I for one love to help people and I know others from around the world love to do the same. Questions small or big are always welcome

Hope you enjoyed this small article on start a successful FBA business – there will be plenty more to come, and as I am based in the UK a lot of them will be aimed at the UK seller, but mostly you can take them and use them worldwide.

Are you stuck with what to source or sell in your Amazon and eBay shops? Are you looking for help with product sourcing? Well today I hope to bring you some ideas that will launch your product sourcing to the next level and beyond. 14350876_S

Yes while knowing your numbers is important, and knowing how to pack boxes and deal with with customers both happy and cross, the main aspect of a retail business be it online or offline is how to source products. Once you have mastered this product sourcing you can almost write your own pay check.

Product sourcing is the corner stone of your business and myself and other consultants and trainers will always be teaching and training this side of the business as without a good source of products on an ongoing business will if not done, will be the end of your eBay and Amazon business.

Today we are going to look at some of the thought process of how to do go about the process and how to do it. Remember that saying “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day…………Teach a man how to fish and he will always eat”  The same is about Product Sourcing, no matter where you live in the world.

  • Tip 1 – What hobbies do you have? What are your passions? What is your work back ground? What do like reading about or watching on TV?  Make a list and this will start to open your mind as what you could be selling online.
  • Tip 2 – Have you ever looked in a shop online or offline and thought wow they are cool, or did you just see how fast those items sold they must be making a fortune, if only I could find hot products like that. Stop there take a look at the product and see if you too can sell it as is, or could you turn it in to a bundle and give it some extra special treatment – this makes it sell higher and also give you a higher profit.
  • Tip 3 – When you are thinking Niches take a look at some of the well known brand name stores out there, and again look at their business model and look at what they sell. For example ToysRUs – the name says Toys, does that mean they just sell toys? Well yes it does but look at the whole range of Toys they sell. Not just cars and dolls. They sell items from low cost to large expensive computer and gaming machines and everything else in-between. One niche but across many different categories.
  • Tip 4 – Keep those eyes and ears open and see what is selling. Look in magazines both consumer and business. These will show and tell you what is selling right now and what the up and coming trends will be in the next few months and into the next few years.
  • Tip 5 – Attend Trade Shows if possible in person, but if this is not possible sign up for the show and then look at the online list of exhibitors and make contact with those you are interested in. This will keep you with a constant flow of new product ideas and possibilities.

A good tool to keep all these ideas and notes in is Evernote. This is mostly a free tool that you can use on your Smartphone, Tablet and Computer, and once you have used it, you will see how powerful it is for your business.

In closing please make product sourcing an import part of your business and each day try and spend time sourcing items for your business.

Sourcing questions are one of the most popular set of questions I get asked by people – both new sellers and those who have been selling items for a long time. As we have seen there are many different ways to source items. But there is one that I will use often, I will do it in reverse.6735280_M I will go to say Amazon and start my journey there. Next I will go to a category, then I will look at the top 100 items in the category and sub category that I chose. Yes this takes time, but it allows us to see what products are selling and how well they are selling. Now we can either try and find these products from a supplier or wholesaler, look to see if we can Private Label them, or can we stand out from the crowd and be different and make up bundles. So how do I go about finding these top selling items on Amazon?

  • First of all I take at the New Releases that have been released in this category or sub category – here we are introduced to some fantastic new products that have recently been introduced into the Amazon Market place.
  • Next I look for the most wished for items – here as the list suggests we can see the top 100 items within our chosen category of products that people have added to their wishes list.
  • The next list that I will often take a look at is the most gifted list. This tells us the 100 items people have bought as a gift and asked Amazon to wrap it up for them.
  • Then the last area is Movers and Shakers. As well as using this list to find products to sell it shows us how a product is selling in the top 100, and how long it has been in the top 100. Some have been there a few days and others have been there a few years, and sometimes you find a product that has been there ever since Amazon started. This is powerful stuff and we can get a good feel for a product and if it is here for the long stay or not.

With all the above lists use them as a guide line – yes you can copy cat the product and sell it – but you can also use it as a Spring Board to find as like products, make up bundles, Make up packs the list is endless. So pop along to those pages and look for some new items to source.

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