Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Obvious "Secret" All World-Class eBay Sellers Obey

Home-based eBay sellers are constantly assaulted by temptations, distractions and diversions. The Tivo is full of your favorite recorded shows. Your children need some sort of assistance. The fridge beckons. A new article (or blog post!) grabs your attention. All these things take you away from your most profitable activities – which include listing, site design, promotion, PR, branding, direct mail and so forth.

Everyone talks about how “ACTION” is so important. But, beneath that little secret is the real one – “The START.” The start is crucial to action. Starting something -- anything -- is often the eBay seller’s biggest challenge. There are so many reasons not to start. But the accumulation of false starts, and start denials eventually adds up to poor performance and results. The mind that doesn’t start is the bad mind at work. It’s the same one that doesn't want to get up at 5AM. The one that goes for chocolate rather than broccoli.

If you start something.. anything.. however.. it eventually produces good stuff. A plan, process or outline that’s in place helps guarantee good stuff. Because, everyone knows that some do’ers do the wrong thing. That can be very dangerous.

There’s a science that studies “bad actions,” and it’s covered quite well in a book called Deep Survival. This is where people make rapid, “blink” decisions in survival situations and fail miserably (usually resulting in death). Fortunately eBay is a more forgiving environment. If you fail, you get tons of data that shows you where you went wrong. And you can always fix things and try again. That’s not so when you’re climbing Everest.

Now.. in the interest of starting something, I’ll clam up and let you launch that next critical action.

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At 1:07 AM, Anonymous Social Network Web Design said...

It's really actually difficult to work from home because of all the temptations and diversions. And it's true, one thing that's hard is to actually START doing something. Most people think it's easy to work from home but they don't realize this.

At 12:29 PM, Anonymous dropshipdesign said...

Great post! Very insightful.. and its so true. There's oftentimes a huge focus on "action" but starting is arguably even more important! Great stuff! Keep it up!

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At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Ruth said...

All the diversions and distractions represents the downside of working at home, and you must find a way to schedule your time and stay focused. It gets down to self-discipline. You must be self-disciplined in order to do this business.

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At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Making money on eBay is not as easy as it once was. But that does not mean that it’s an impossible task. If you have patience and the right strategy there is still a ton of money to be made on eBay. You just need to know where to look.

Before you go any further get familiar with how the auctions work, different types and what you can sell. Take action by starting to buy and sell. Don’t be worried if you make any small losses its all part of learning the ropes. Really there is no substitute for actually getting hands on experience of what sells and how and what does not. No guide could really give you that vital knowledge other you trying it for yourself.

However there are a few guides out there that can help you get a head start on some crucial strategies such as the excellent but again you must realise that without trying and making mistakes any guide will not give you that magic formula.

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous DiscountTopia said...

Getting started selling on eBay is the hardest thing. Once you start you realize how great it can be. It truly is very easy and can also bring in nice income selling almost anything.

At 8:50 PM, Blogger DanThoms said...

I understand. I sold on eBay full time for about a year. I'm still a power seller but now its just part time if that. I posted a few tips for sellers on my blog just recently.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Perry said...

A lot of power sellers I know have their own network of sales agents. If you are one of them, then part of starting should be lead distribution. Who are going to work on what type of leads? What makes them capable to do so? Lead distribution is a crucial aspect in taking care of your potential customers. If they are not worked on by the right salesperson, then you may eventually lose them.

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Sue @ TameBay said...

Really great point - and not, of course, just limited to eBay sellers.

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Cruises Index said...

Do you need a warehouse to be a power seller?

At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Online Auction said...


Great information in this post and these things take you away from your most profitable activities – which include listing, site design, promotion, PR, branding, direct mail and so forth.

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At 9:06 PM, Blogger RickG said...

I agree with some of the comments here 100% that starting out in Ebay is daunting and rediculously hard. There are so many other easier way to market online but none a profitacble as Ebay can be if you stick it out at the start.
I beacme a Gold powerseller in 6 months and i don't have a sales team! Just my wife at home answering a lot of stupid questions, posting items and re listing auctions, it really is "Sausage factory" work.
Powerseller guide to Ebay

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Phil Dunn - said...

@Cruises Index - You don't need a warehouse. You could drop ship. Ship from your house, etc. It all depends on how much volume and revenue you do. Check out ebay's resources on powerseller levels and thresholds. Thanks for the comment.

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Niche Internet Marketing said...

I don't think I would try selling on ebay. Niche marketing seems easier but just like anything with Internet marketing it is getting harder.

I work from home, but find that I am most productive if I work from the library or a cafe. Working at home is not what I though it would be.

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