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Here in the UK schools are still out and people are enjoying the summer holidays with many people7359867_S going on holiday either here in the UK or travelling further afield and visiting some far flung counties around the globe.

Now I know you are on holiday, but why not use these times when you are away from your home turf to go and visit some of the Charity Shops, Car Boot Sales, Famers Markets, Gift Shops and Markets where you are staying.

And if you are not going away why not just go out for the day jump in the car or take a train or bus ride and visit a new town or city and go and do some sourcing.

It is really amazing that by visiting a new place can open up a treasure trove of sourcing potential. And who knows you might even make some new connections that will provide you with new stock and supplies for many years to come.

Now of course I am not talking about doing this everyday – I mean you are on holiday after all, but keep those eyes and ears open to what is out there. But also I do know people who will go on sourcing weekends or weeks. This is where they will take off for a weekend, drive to a new area and just hit all the Charity Shops, Discount Shops, Markets and Farmers Markets.

They will pile up the car with the new goodies and come back home and list and sell.  This is a fun and flexible business and allows you to source products and ideas where ever you are and go.

Also by visiting new areas you are often met with different prices some more expensive and then the ones we like prices are cheaper. This is where you can make some good money and extra profits.

So why not give it a go – bring back a few items and gifts and list them on eBay or Amazon and see what happens, and let us know how you get on.

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.

Today I want to share a simple tip on how to get an almost limitlessness amount of items that you can sell online on sites such as eBay and Amazon. And also at no cost to you.12424141_S

Yes I am talking about consignment selling, but with a slight twist. Most consignment selling is done with people in your local area – and to be fair if you market yourself correctly and to the right people you can have your phone ringing none stop with people wanting your help.  But what if you live in a rural area?

Well you can still run this type of consignment selling and all it takes is a bit of thinking outside the box. This will work for eBay and Amazon MF items.  It takes a bit of time to set up but once this is done it money all the way.

All it takes is adding a piece of paper to all your out going boxes to your customers and on this bit of paper, you add a list of products that you want to sell (yes when people call you are able to say yes to most items, but by having a list you can get people thinking and also go for those higher price items)

So as I mentioned you put out a list of items you would like to sell and add these to all your out going boxes, packages, and I have even added them to bills I am paying and have had a few calls from people.

You put your mobile phone number (cell phone number) and email address. Simple the more you put out the more calls you get.

When people phone you go through the sales pitch explain you charge a 40% fee (or what you want, but remember you need to cover listing fees as well as your commission so do not go to low)

If they are still interested ask them to email you pictures and descriptions of the items they want to sell so you can see what they have got and what condition they are in.

Then if all is good you send them a contract explaining the deal and commission.

Next you get them to box the items up and send to you – this can be at their expense or yours. Often what I do is explain I can use my own carrier discounts and get them to pick up from and then will deduct this charge off the money owed to them

You explain how to box up items, weigh and measure the boxes.

Then ask when is the best day for carrier to call or can they drop them off at a drop of place.

You then purchase and print labels and send them off to the people.

You just rinse and repeat this process.

 

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.

Can you believe we are into the 2nd week of August already where are these months going to. 10531337_ML
This year has just seemed to have flown by I don’t know what you think?  Guess I am having so much fun in my businesses. Yes I did say fun, I really love what I do, I hope you do to.

Being in business for yourself can be hard and often lonely at times – so it is a good idea to go out product sourcing networking at least a few times a week especially if your business is all online buying and reselling.

Can I ask you a question? Do you have a plan for your business? I know I and others keep on about plans for your business, but it is very important for if you do not have a plan written down then you do not know where you will be heading with your eCommerce business.

But as well as a plan, you then need to go and put into action what you have planned. All too often we work on plans, have great brain-storming sessions, and then out plans are stored in a note book or something like Evernote.

If you have business ideas, plans, new products to source why not once you have finished reading this article, go and take a look at your business note book and choose an idea, new product idea and then put into place a mini action plan and then take action.

For instance you might have an idea for a new product you have seen and thought it would be a good product for your Amazon business. So you will need to see if it is selling online, what sales rank is like, where you can source it from locally or nationally or do you have to import from China.

Make a time line with costings and then make it happen. And once it is going cross it off the list and then take action on another one of your ideas.

You will be surprised at how simple it is to take these action steps, and you think why did I not do this sooner. And remember for each successful product you launch means more money in your bank account.

An idea in a book or Evernote is just that an idea. But by taking action you breathe life into it, and that life means profits. So what are you waiting for? Go and take action.

 

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 have been selling online for sometime you will have heard and I guess also seen the website4959863_M Etsy.  Etsy has been around sometime now and is growing all the time, but there is one thing that makes Etsy standout from the crowd, they have always stuck to the three areas they started out on and they have not gone away from that format – and it works for them

Vintage
Craft / Handmade
Craft Supplies

Now if you are selling on eBay you may be able to take some items and sell them on Etsy. Vintage is anything over 20 years of age so anything made pre 1994 can be sold – that is a lot of items.

If you are looking to get into the wholesale selling area and selling craft supplies then take a look at the supplies area of Etsy. Yes small spend amounts but if you offer a good customer service these people will keep coming back time and time again. Crafters spend large amounts of money on their hobbies.

Lastly where the big money is made is the homemade section – now I can hear most of you saying I do not have the time to make things by hand or I do not know how to start making hand made items. Ok if that is the case I have something that you can do.

You see a lot of craft people love making their items and they just do not have the time to attend trade shows or go about listing items on Etsy and a lot just do not know how to set up an Etsy Shop. (Now the way Etsy is set up it is not really possible to become a TA). So……………………..

We connect with these crafts people, and tell them you will set up an account for them in their name, you will add their products and help manage it for them – leaving them to do what they love. Making handmade items.  A simple business that we know how to do, how to set up and make the site sell their items.

We will look at how to connect with these people in a later post.  Hope this gives people some ideas and any ideas or comments leave below.

 

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.

How serious are you with your online business?  Starting your own business either online or offline is10746232_ML a big step to take. There are times when people mostly with good intentions can put doubt in your mind, some make fun of you.
The making of fun often comes from the fact they just wish they had the guts to step out and do something on their own.

You can run your business full time, or part-time, you can even run it along side your job. In fact I know a few people who have large successful eBay and Amazon businesses and they still work at their old job. Why? Well they enjoy it – you see once they had a job to provide the money to pay the bills, now they go to work on their own terms because they love it. 

But taking that step and saying next week I am leaving my full-time job and going full time into my Amazon / eBay business a big step. Yes you will have set everything up, yes you will have made sure you are making the income you need from the online venture for several months before handing in your notice.

Having your own online business is fun and it gives you freedom to do things during the day that you only could dream of. For example if you have kids you can go to all their school activities, attend sports games, take them to appointments, be there to support your wife or husband in the home – the list is endless.

But you need to set up some ground rules and stick to them as much as possible.

Have a set time when you start work
Sit down at your computer dressed, washed and ready for the day ahead – imagine turning up for work scruffy. (Now at times there is no harm in working in your PJ’s just don’t make a habit of it.

Have set times for lunch, dinner and when you finish

You will find family and friends asking you to do things as you are now at home so much – erm sorry have to say no. Now of course if it was an emergency or something then yes. But if you worked for a company you could not have the freedom

People will respect you for this and honor what you say. If  you are going to grow a serious business you need to have it all in place just as if you worked for someone.

But having said all that you are in business for yourself and one of the top reasons normally is to have the freedom an internet business gives you. You are your own boss and if it is a lovely day go out and have fun, re-charge those batteries.

Remember this business is about sourcing, listing, make it fun have those goals set and have fun.

Hope this helps any questions please ask

When you list items on eBay how many times do you use the “Make Offer” If you do not use it or just do not think it is worth using stop right there you are losing a lot of money as Buy it Now with Make Offer really does work. But there are a few steps that I use to guarantee you make money and do not loose out. 

Step One – Make your listing as usual add pictures and item specifics like you normally do, everything stays the same until you get to the pricing.

Step Two – Choose Buy It Now only (No Auctions here)

Step Three – Lets say the item sells for £50.00 I would put a price in for £54.99 or a bit higher.

Step Four – Choose the Make Offer and check the box.

Step Five – You will see another few questions now appear – over the years I have not used them. Yes you maybe thinking it will save me time answering all those low offers. Yes it will but it can and will cost you sales. For example let us say you put offers below £49.99 to be automatic rejected by eBay and someone offers £49.98 the system will say NO. But if you leave that section empty you will get an email saying this person has offered £49.98 and I think and hope you would except the offer. Yes you will get silly offers come in but it takes seconds to do a counter offer and often when you counter offer the people buy. They are just testing the water.

Now talking about testing the waters, you may have a product where you do not know the price. One way is to try an auction and let it run. But another way if you are looking to introduce a new line and trying to price test is put the item up for sale with Make Offer. People will either pay the going price or you will start to get offers coming in. Now this is where the testing comes in. Let’s say you ask £50.00 put 80% of the offers are around the £40.00 mark – this tells us that the market price people are willing to pay is £40.00. Hope this helps and if you have not tried Buy It Now With Make Offer give it a go and see what happens.

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.

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.

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