Do Lists Work?

Do Lists Work

I guess you have asked yourself and others the question “Do Lists Work?” And over time you have got many different answers, but let me tell you if you set yourself up with a system then yes they work big time and and help you grow your business to the next level and beyond.

You can have your lists on sheets of paper, a book / journal or online using evernote. For me I tend to use the Evernote moleskin journals and add to evernote to keep track. This is the system I use for long term list and business ideas.

Now for my day to day lists – what I am doing each day I use the Evernote system and use the tick box so I can tick off each task once I have done it. This allows me to have my daily to-do list anywhere I am as it is on my phone, tablet and computer.

I make up my to-do list the night before, and put on the regular tasks such as product sourcing, pictures, descriptions, then I add the tasks for that day. So when I wake up I know what I am going to do. Yes at times I need to add new things to the list if an emergency crops up or I have finished all of the things (not often).

Like I said yes lists do work, but only if we use them on a regular basis, and make them apart of our lives both personal and business. And remember if you do not complete all the tasks on a certain day do not beat yourself up, just add them to the items to be done on the following day.

So if you have never used lists in your business to make your daily pattern flow better try making that to-do list tonight and in the morning you will wake up with a focused plan for the day ahead.

Andrew Milburn is an eBay and Amazon Coaching – if you need help with any aspects of your business please either send us an email, or fill in the box to the right for further details.

UK Wholesaler – Cleopatra

Today we have another UK Wholesaler and this time we are looking at the gift niche and category. They have a product range of over 10,000 items so there should be something for almost everyone.

Cleopatra Trading Limited,
124 Cheetham Hill Road,
Manchester M8 8PZ
Tel: 0161 832 8184

UK Wholesaler – Northern Lingerie

UK Wholesaler 001 – Yes it maybe summer outside but soon the nights will be getting colder and the holiday season will soon be here. Now the chosen companies items sell all year round but a lot of the items are given as gifts at Christmas, and then some of their other lines are given at Valentines Day time.
This looks a small wholesaler the prices are very keen, and like with anything you need to do your own homework, call and check them out.


Northern Lingerie
Euroway Trading Estate

Holidays And Sourcing And Building Your Online Business

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.

How To Get More Consignment Clients For Very Little Work

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.

Time To Take Action

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.

How To Make Money On Etsy Without Making Anything.

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

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?

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

Why I Use Make Offers On eBay

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.