Christmas CountDown Has Begun, Are You Prepared

Can you really believe it we are almost into November and Christmas is just around the corner? While it is still possible to make money starting from scratch, you should really now have bought all your Christmas stock and had it prepped a few months back.

But for today’s blog post I want to cover some very important areas you need to have down in stone to make sure you are well prepared for the Christmas Countdown.

  1. You need to have near your shipping station for eBay and Amazon Merchant fulfilled products the last dates for shipping around the world and also within the UK or your home country.
  2. Make sure you have all the shipping and postal supplies you need, as the nearer we get to Christmas you suppliers might run out of stock.
  3. Also, have a backup shipping company just in case your original one lets you down.
  4. Keep your customers up to date if there are any challenges with the shipping
  5. Update the tracking number as soon as you can, this keeps eBay and Amazon happy
  6. And chill have fun……………and yes keep on listing
  7. And start thinking about Valentines Day, Mothers Day (here in UK) and Easter, they soon come around.

Hope the above tips help you.

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon
for many years 
and is now helping many others from around
the world learn the 
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay
can bring. Andrew is currently 
working with Jim Cockrum
as an Amazon Consultant and eBay Consultant and offers coaching 
through their coaching programs.
For further information please fill out the box to the right.

We Are About To Enter Q4….Are You Ready

Well, summer is almost over here in the UK, Officially it is Autumn, schools are all back, and the nights are getting darker earlier.
Also, we are on the countdown to Q4, the busy season for all e-commerce sellers………….. So now is the time to start listing items. Set yourself a listing goal – remember the more you list the more you sell.
 
And yes I am talking to myself, most of you will remember last November time I went into the hospital and five months later I came out – having missed Q4, Valentines Day, Easter and Mothers Day. This year I need to make up for lost time as I have a storage Unit full and a house full of stock I need to sell and make some money for my clients and myself.
 
So if you have questions, need help with listing ideas please leave comments below and let’s make Q4 2017 the best ever
Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon
for many years 
and is now helping many others from around
the world learn the 
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay
can bring. Andrew is currently 
working with Jim Cockrum
as an Amazon Consultant and eBay Consultant and offers coaching 
through their coaching programs.
For further information please fill out the box to the right.

Getting Back To Normal

I have called this post getting back to normal whatever normal is………………………….  As many of you know my life took a sudden and unexpected change at the start of November 2017. What the Doctor said was a sprained ankle and told me off for wasting their time turn into two major spinal operations 24 hours apart and five months in the hospital.  7 Weeks in Nottingham Queen Medical, and 12 weeks in Sheffield Spinal Reb unit. And only just now do I feel like getting back into my online selling.

But more important, I feel ready and able to get back to my blogging and sharing hints, tips and inventory opportunities with all of you. I have really missed the sharing with you and also the writing of it.

So keep a look out for up and coming articles, hints, tips, wholesalers to help you build your online businesses.

 

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon
for many years 
and is now helping many others from around
the world learn the 
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay
can bring. Andrew is currently 
working with Jim Cockrum
as an Amazon Consultant and eBay Consultant and offers coaching 
through their coaching programs.
For further information please fill out the box to the right.

Why Multi Channel Selling Is Good For Your Business

Multi-Channel selling is a great way to add more profit to your business and also help you reach a bigger customer base. How many of you right now are selling on more than one eCommerce platform? By this I am talking about Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Your Own Site, One of the many sites such as Bigcommerce, Craigs List, Facebook and the list goes on and on.

Now if you are very new to online selling I would not suggest you jump into all the above, Pick one of them, learn how to sell there and then move on to the next and so on. Now while some of you may sell on all the above most people will work on just three or four.

Personally, I sell on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Facebook Buy and Sell Groups and Gumtree. I used to have my own online store but I have slowed that down over the past few years. I still have it, if I need to get it back up – just in case.

So why do we need to sell on the different platforms?

  • Well the first one is quite simple the more areas you decide to sell on the more money you can make as you are selling to a bigger and bigger audience and reaching a massive buyers pool. But like I said earlier take this a step at a time, start with one, learn the ropes, make some money and then add another one. I would suggest you start with say eBay or Amazon, grow this and then do the other one. Then you can branch out.
  • Another reason you want to sell on different platforms is because different people hang out in different places. As an example some people love Amazon and just buy from there, and if you only had your product on say eBay you would be losing out on a lot of extra sales. It is just like the retail outlets in the real world, different people shop in different shops, so by having our items on the different platforms we can take advantage of all these buyers with their buying habits.
  • Another reason is more as a safety net, imagine if you were banned from one platform and that was the only place you sold on. It would take you some time to start up from scratch, but if you sell on multiple ones and you do get banned from one it will not hurt you as much.
  • A reason a lot of people do not realise straight away is by selling on say eBay, Amazon, and Etsy when you are out product sourcing it gives you a massive pool of products you can source from. As you are going around sourcing you can think is this for eBay, Amazon or Etsy. And yes it means more products and more products means more profit.

So there we have a few different reasons why selling on different channels can help you grow your business. Over the coming months, I will be touching on Multi-Channel selling a lot more and suggesting different tools help you manage your growing business.

So if you are just selling on one platform at the moment set yourself a goal to look at the next one that suits you and your business, take the action steps to open the account and start listing.
Happy Selling

 

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon for many years
and is now helping many others from around the world learn the
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay can bring. Andrew is currently
working with Jim Cockrum as an Amazon Consultant and eBay Consultant and offers coaching through their coaching programs.
For further information please fill out the box to the right.

Earning Money By Becoming An Online Reseller

Well, can you believe it as I write this blog post we are part way through Q3 of the year and soon we will be in Q4 which for many sellers is their busiest time of the year,but before you can start to earn those big profits you have to put in some solid foundations. Building a business is like building a house you need to lay the foundations (studying courses) and then putting into action what you have learnt.

Building your business is a lot easier in 2016 than it was ten years ago. We have many tools you can access that us the numbers we need to know to make the right buying decision. Some of these tools work on our smart phones so we can use them when we are out and about, others work on our computers. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be looking at these tools in a lot more detail and how they will help us grow a solid online business.

So how ready are you for Q4? Have you made those plans? Have you started to place those orders for the items you will be selling? If not why not?  

If you have not yet, do not worry there is still time the difference is you will just have to work a bit smarter and harder to make sure you have it all mapped out and ready to roll once we near the end of September.

So a bit of homework – take your business journal and start to map out the type of products you would like to sell and then look for the suppliers you need to contact, then make those calls, send those emails and sign up for those wholesale accounts. Make notes of the Retail Stores you are going to visit to buy those items that you can buy low in the store and sell for a higher price on either eBay or Amazon.

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon for many years
and is now helping many others from around the world learn the
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay can bring. Andrew is currently
working with Jim Cockrum and Skip Mcgrath as an Amazon Consultant  and eBay Consultant and offers coaching through their coaching programs. For further information please fill out the box to the left.

July And August Are Great Months For Product Sourcing

Well summer is here once again. Schools will be breaking up over the next few weeks, andEbay, Amazon, Product Sourcing, eBay Consultant, Amazon Consultant people will have their minds fixed on holidays and how to entertain the children over the next six to eight weeks.

But did you also know that July and August are well known for something else………. (Apart from slower sales on eBay and Amazon). Yes July and August are fantastic months for product sourcing. To start with sourcing items online can be a lot cheaper. Why? Well because sales are slower online retailers will often slash their prices right down and for us who resell can take advantage of this and pick up some great bargains that we can buy and and then relist a bit later and make some very nice profits.

But there are also some other great places we can look for bargains that we can pick up for next to nothing.

  • Antique and Collectors Fairs. This niche also suffers badly during the summer, and this allows those who buy and sell in this niche to gather some fantastic items at lower than normal costs.
  • Take a look around those pop up shops that appear around this time of year. If the shop is in the last few days of their appearance in that area, they might discount their goods. Also if the items fall within your niche and you have some spare cash and it is the last day of the pop up shop and the owner has stock left over – ask them if they would be willing to sell their left over items to you for a very low cost. You will be surprised as a lot of these people will just say yes.
  • Try and attend as ,any offline auctions during this time as well, as very often there is a low turn out and the items go for very little money. Also remember you can attend these offline auctions by going online using sites such as i-bidder.
  • Carboot Sales
  • Jumble Sales
  • Craft Markets
  • Craft Fairs
  • School Fates
  • Church Fates
  • ETC, ETC

I hope the above has started the thought process and just write down all of those places you can go and source items. And once you have sourced you buy and then you need to list those items and then rinse and repeat.

Remember in all of this you are sourcing items for a low cost and reselling for a higher cost.

Happy Sourcing

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon for many years
and is now helping many others from around the world learn the
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay can bring. Andrew is currently
working with Jim Cockrum and Skip Mcgrath as an Amazon Consultant  and eBay Consultant and offers coaching through their coaching programs. For further information please fill out the box to the left.

 

Looking At Trends Will Help You Source Products

If you have been selling products for any length of time or even just interested in selling and sourcing products you will have heard or seen articles and programs that talk about trends. Now trends happen in all areas of our lives – in fact, every product we see and eat will have been affected by trends.

As resellers, we can use trends to help us spot if a product is going to be a winner or not. But more important we can use trend graphs to show us where we are on trend, are we at the very start, in the middle, at the top or are we on the way down. Now this short article will not go into detail about reading a graph, I am planning on doing a video on this as it will make it easier to understand.

One of the important things when reading, or looking at a trend graph is to see the big picture. How often have you heard a youngster saying how cool this new product is only to be told by a much older person we had something similar back when they were young. There are many times when a product come back into fashion after being off the radar for decades.

As an example look at the humble vinyl record. Back in the 1960’s the humble vinyl record was flying off the shelf, but over time the cassette tape came out followed by the CD. But now in 2016 the vinyl record is coming back into fashion and is trending. So if you are selling in the music niche maybe take a look at vinyl record niche.

So let’s bring this down to grass roots and how we can use trends in our Amazon and eBay business. There are some free tools and some paid for resources. The free ones are great and very useful and when you are making money you can swap to some of the paid for versions.

Ebay Resources

Completed Listings – This is a short term look at products, so not really trends, but shows if a product is selling and has sold in the past. (Free)

http://datalabs.ebay.com/popular.html – This shows us a lot of data – Products Sold, Watched, and viewed. The site works in UK, .com and .de . (Free)

Terapeak – This a fantastic tool, and I have personally been using it for years. It is a paid for tool, but if you are serious about eBay selling then take a look

Amazon Resources

Keepa and CamelCamelCamel – These again are free for the basic editions and to be honest they will do you. Both these sit within your Amazon page, so when you are looking for a product they will show up and you can see historical data for price and sales rank, and these will show you past trends on a product so you can make a buying choice based on what has happened over the past months.

Of course, there are many other programs and software applications that will help you grow your online business. And we will look at these over coming weeks and months.

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon for many years
and is now helping many others from around the world learn the
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay can bring. Andrew is currently
working with Jim Cockrum and Skip Mcgrath as an Amazon Consultant  and eBay Consultant and offers coaching through their coaching programs. For further information please fill out the box to the left.

 

 

What’s Selling On eBay Right Now?

As an eBay seller have you ever wondered what was selling on eBay right now? Yes you can buy Terapeak and to be honest if you are serious about selling on eBay this is a must have tool. But for the new sellers, this is not always possible due to the costs of Terapeak.

So is there another way? Yes, eBay has a great site called Datalabs where it tests out programs and pages that we can use to help build our eBay business to the next level.

The page I am talking about today is  http://datalabs.ebay.com/trending.html#/gb/index

This page updates itself every sixty minutes and you can set it to either selling items or watched the choice is all yours.

This is a very simple but powerful tool and it has helped me over the past few weeks find some cool items that I was able to buy and make some money on. But also it has helped me research ideas for bundles, and also ideas for Private Label (PL) items.

But with all things you need to think outside the box. Yes it tells us the fast selling items on eBay, but remember other people will have seen the data as well, so think big and think outside of that box.

Also you need to take action, the longer you leave taking action on a product the more chance you have for others beating you to the market. I can tell you over the years the number of times I have delayed taking action on an item. Yes at times it worked in my favour, but other times I lost out.

So why not go take a look and see what’s selling on eBay and then take action by buying some stock.

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon for many years
and is now helping many others from around the world learn the
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay can bring. Andrew is currently
working with Jim Cockrum and Skip Mcgrath as an Amazon Consultant  and eBay Consultant and offers coaching through their coaching programs. For further information please fill out the box to the left.

 

How Are Your Plans Going For Your Ecommerce Business?

So, how are your plans going for your eCommerce business?  The reason why I am asking you this question right now is because we are half way through the month of may and very soon we will be entering into June – Yes half way through 2016. How scary is that?

And then the clock is ticking away until that mad selling season of October, November, December. Or more commonly know to sellers around the world as Q4. For some sellers ,they can make as much money in those 12 weeks as they do all throughout the year. But it does come with some challenges –

  • Enough Stock,
  • Forward Planning And Thinking,
  • All The Dots Joined Together
  • Enough Help To Get Stock Prepped And Sent In
  • And Other Things…………………………….

So when do you need to get the ball rolling?  The basic answer is, as soon as possible.

For now, I would suggest :

  • You attend Trade Shows,
  • Look online for wholesalers,
  • Open accounts with wholesalers

Then do your research so that when you get to September you are ready to get those orders placed, prepped and sent into Amazon, ready for that crazy buying period. Also, I would be talking to some smaller suppliers and wholesalers asking about getting exclusive deals. (I will be doing some posts about exclusive deals and how to get them and how profitable an exclusive deal can be)

Help this helps, any question please ask.

Andrew Milburn has been selling on eBay and Amazon for many years
and is now helping many others from around the world learn the
freedom of selling on Amazon and eBay can bring. Andrew is currently
working with Jim Cockrum and Skip Mcgrath as an Amazon Consultant  and eBay Consultant and offers coaching through their coaching programs. For further information please fill out the box to the left.