Sixteen Essential Steps to Launching Your eBay Business

Step 1: If you don’t already have an eBay user ID, register for one. Anyone can browse through the millions of items for auction on eBay, but only registered members may buy or sell on the site. (You must be at least 18 years old to register.)

Registering to become a member of the eBay community is simple, and it doesn’t cost a thing.

From the eBay home page at www.ebay.com, click on the “Register” link at the top of the page. You’ll be prompted to enter your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Then, you’ll choose your eBay user ID, which is the name that all your customers will know you by.

Pick a name that will be easy for your future customers to remember. If you plan to expand your business, don’t choose a user ID that will hamstring you in the future. That’s why Grapevine Hill’s founders chose “grapevinehill” instead of something like “greatdesignershoes.” These Titanium PowerSellers knew that later on they might want to expand their offerings beyond great designer footwear.

To complete the registration process, you’ll have to read and agree to eBay’s user agreement and privacy policy and confirm your e-mail address. Then you’re ready to sell.

EBay has an excellent audio tour on its web site that walks you through the selling process in step-by-step detail. To learn more, point your Web browser to http://pages.ebay.com/education/selling.html.

Step 2: Find some merchandise. There’s a market for just about ...

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