• Getting Started
o EBay registration- Before you can start selling or buying on eBay you must first become a registered eBay user.
o When registering on eBay you must register as a buyer and as a seller. Both of these registrations are free just take a bit of time to complete. You will need to go to www.ebay.com and click on the register link at the top of the page and follow instructions from there.
• Pay Pal registration
o To register on pay pal go to www.paypal.com. Click on the sign up link at the top of the page. From there you will asked what kind of account you want to have on Pay Pal. Make sure to select “Premier account” From there they will ask you for a bank account. You will need to provide an account that they can have on file. Pay Pal will then need to “Verify” you account and to do this they will put two small deposits in your account. What you are required to do is go back to Pay Pal and tell them what those deposits are. Once they have the deposit amounts you will become verified.
• Buy something on eBay
o Spend some time buying something on eBay. It can be anything just buy something to get some experience on how the process works, the emails you will receive and getting started on building a feed back rating.
• Finding items around the house
o Search around your house this week and come up with at least 10 items that you can list for sell on eBay. It can be anything that you no long have a need for.
• Taking good pictures
o Taking pictures is an important part of selling an item. When people buy an item on line but specifically eBay, they are buying the picture and description of the item. They can’t pick up the item and look at it so it is extremely important to take a good picture. EBay will give you the first picture on a listing for free but they are $.15 per additional pictures. So for lower priced items make sure you have 1 GOOD picture. When you are taking pictures of the item, use a light colored background that lets the item stand out. Take several pictures of the item using only the best one.
Register business with the state. If you are doing it on your own, start with sole proprietorship. It is the cheapest and easier way to get started. You will need to choose a name, you can choose whatever name you want, but keep it general as to encompass all product ideas.
• EBay education www.ebay.com/education