A Picture Paints a Thousand Words and Creates Auction Euphoria on eBay

Written by Mike Ralph


Ever since I sold my first item on ebay I have been addicted torepparttar site and I have steadily developed it as a supplementary source of income overrepparttar 139834 last two years. As I gained experience from listing items, I rapidly became aware thatrepparttar 139835 inclusion of pictures inrepparttar 139836 listings was a major selling point as buyers could literally see what they were buying and as such create a greater interest and desire within them which in turn led to greater selling prices.

To sum it up in one sentance :

Pictures attract attention, help explain details and more importantly stimulates desire which leads to Auction Euphoria.

Auction Euphoria is that process wherebyrepparttar 139837 desire to own an item is that great that all logic goes outrepparttar 139838 window andrepparttar 139839 buyer rebids to ensure that they win it, thus increasingrepparttar 139840 selling price.

This simple bit of knowledge has allowed me to push my final selling prices up on average between 10-30% and as such it amazes me that so many listings do not include one picture and just type outrepparttar 139841 details in one long line of text (usually all in capitals!). I am not complaining however because this fact alone has allowed my auctions to stand out and makerepparttar 139842 money.

I started off using eBays add additional photo service to include extra images in my listings which people could use as a reference point and I found outrepparttar 139843 following :

1. Always make sure thatrepparttar 139844 image is clear and ofrepparttar 139845 actual item for sale, otherwise what isrepparttar 139846 point of including it? You will find that poorly presented pictures suggest thatrepparttar 139847 seller doesn't care and hence will devaluerepparttar 139848 potential selling price ofrepparttar 139849 item which is of no use to anyone.

2. Never use a stock photograph ofrepparttar 139850 item for sale, withrepparttar 139851 increase in fraudulant transactions (especially onrepparttar 139852 higher value items) this will serve to putrepparttar 139853 buyer off, again serving to devalue your final selling price. Taking a little extra time to get an actual photograpah shows yours buyers that you care and will endear them to you.

3. Where possible use a digital camera, these are very easily accessable nowadays and relatively cheap and they produce excellent images. A webcam can also be used but does give a grainier picture. Rememberrepparttar 139854 cost ofrepparttar 139855 digital camera can be offset byrepparttar 139856 gain in final selling prices.

Nothing Beats Working From Home

Written by Michael Harrison


Working from home - do you have what it takes?

According to a recent Harris poll, 72% of American households are thinking about starting a small business, home based.

This statistic left me wondering if they have what it takes? So I quickly ran through one or two questions in my mind and decided to set them down. Hopefully you will find some positives.

Which business is right for you? Do you have a real idea of what you want your business to be or are you just seeking a business as an escape from employment?

A vital question which needsrepparttar positive response.

Capitalising on your natural talents! You are going to use your talents and experience so where ever possible stay with what you know. You will know more than you think!

Right off, how about these business ideas?

Work from home on contract with you previous employer(s). Go on to cultivate new clients using your skills. Acquire additional skills. Cultivate more clients usng these new skills. Bingo youíve got your business!

Use your home PC as a profit generator. You can do this part time, acquire new skills and reach your target market. Hard copy or electronically.

Create a business around a;

Craft, say woodworking, there is great market for traditional rocking horses and they sell at premium prices.

Hobby, flower arranging, I have two friends who are in constant demand for weddings, parties etc.

Vocation, I have friend who is very un-happily employed. He is a superb model maker, e.g. scale models of steam locomotives, and he has all ofrepparttar 139807 necessary equipment. He could offer a range of manufacturing services. Despite his employment situation he will not go it alone Ė nor should he if itís not right for him. Nevertheless you get my point? Profession. If you have a profession what is it? Can you offer products or services? Yes if you think about it and you want to.

Decide clearly and without emotion what it is you want to do and do it, focus on it and provided there is a market use innovative methods to bring your goods/services torepparttar 139808 market. If there isnít a market do not become a missionary. It wonít work Ė no matter how much you would like it to and no matter how hard you try.

That part is onlyrepparttar 139809 start!

You will have issues;

Setting Up Your Home Based Small Business, have you got room? I have come across an addition torepparttar 139810 SOHO (small office, home office). How about SOGO Ė small office, garden office. Apparently there is strong demand for garden offices.

I love it, another innovative market opening up; itís all around us. The knack is to see it.

What's in a NAME?

Donít try to flatter yourself by using your name. Your business name should wherever possible describe what your business does because you need your client targets to know withrepparttar 139811 minimum of effort. You only use your name if you have a particular reputation well known in your market. Itís best to be as descriptive as you can.

Creating a budget you can live with.

You wonít start earning immediately so you will need reserves and a Business Plan to projectrepparttar 139812 cash demand on your business. This is a big issue and a vital topic.

Carving your NICHE.

You will also need a sales and marketing plan to ensure a steady stream of customers/clients. When you are busy operationally you will be in danger of not marketing and selling. This isrepparttar 139813 real dilemma for all small business owners, so really work out where your regular stream of business will come from and make it a priority. No clients/customers, no business.

Running Your Business.

Administration/accounts can deflect you from developingrepparttar 139814 business. If you can get reliable help Ė spouse? Do it. You work on developing your business. Noterepparttar 139815 expression work on. It is a key objective to stop being employed by yourself working Ďinírepparttar 139816 business to working Ďoní developingrepparttar 139817 business. Try to have this in mind at all times.

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