Most People Lose Money Selling on eBay Due to Those 5 Reasons. Do You? 124

Most People Lose Money Selling On eBay Due To Those 5 Reasons. Do You?

This post was written by Elizabeth Lee, a self-improvement addict and a blogger, currently supporting PACK & SEND.

You know you’ve got the perfect product and that people are dying to get their hands on it. But you’re selling on eBay and your profits aren’t as perky as you’d like them to be.

If you’re losing money on eBay, it could be down to one, or all, of these five reasons:

Creating Auctions rather than Fixed Price Listings.

Sure, a tempting item on auction with a low starting price may generate a lot of interest. If the right people see your item at the right time, there’s the possibility of a bidding war and selling your item for much more than you thought possible. There’s certainly a place for auction listings within your eBay selling strategy.

But beware! Auctions are unreliable. You need to include some fixed price listings into the mix too. These last for longer and guarantee that you’re not selling items at a loss.

Poor Delivery Options.

eBay is pushing all sellers to provide excellent delivery options in a bid to keep up with the competition. Customers want good variety when it comes to choosing their delivery. A free postage option plus faster paid services covers all bases for your customers.

You could also sign up to a click and collect service to cater for working customers who aren’t home in the day to accept parcels.

Once you have your postage options sorted when selling on eBay, you need to make sure your delivery operations are faultless. That way you can boost your revenue with repeat customers, impressed with your level of service. You need a quick turnaround time for dispatch and reliable systems.

If you don’t feel you have the time to manage your dispatch effectively, search for a reliable logistics company who can take the hassle off your hands.

Not Contesting Bad Feedback.

As an eBay seller your customer reviews are your business lifeblood. You need to maintain Top Seller status to get seen at the top of search results and to instill confidence in your customers.

If you get a negative or neutral review, do your best to contest it. If you feel that a customer is being unreasonable and this is apparent from the comment they’ve left in your feedback section, talk to eBay. They may be able to delete the feedback if there’s enough evidence that the review is unnecessarily harsh.  

In addition, always respond to bad or neutral feedback on your feedback page. This gives you an opportunity to give your side of the story. Be careful of your tone and be unswervingly professional and courteous. But use this platform to show other prospective customers that you care about feedback and want to do right by them.

Not Keeping an Eye on Listing Fees When Selling on eBay.

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eBay offers a variety of store subscription levels. Each level comes at a higher price but with benefits too, including a number of free listings.

Depending on how many listings you put up or relist every month, you could be better off subscribing to a higher store level. Similarly if your turnover into your Paypal account is over a certain amount each month, you can be eligible for a reduction in Paypal fees.

Something else to consider is how your listing fees mount up. Including a subtitle or putting your item into more than one search category can increase your listing fees. Do an experiment with a section of your stock to see if subtitles or extra categories really do make a difference to your sale volume. That way you can make an informed decision about whether the extra listing fees are a good investment.

Not Thinking About Scheduling.

Both auction and fixed price listings get a boost and are seen further up in search results as that listing comes to an end. Therefore it’s incredibly important that your listings end at the right time, when lots of people are online (at the weekend for instance). Rather than setting an alarm and uploading at just the right time, use a listing scheduler. There’s one available through eBay and plenty of eBay compatible schedulers across the internet that will help to maximize the exposure your listings get

Selling on eBay can certainly have its ups and downs. Make sure you experience more ups and more profit by working to rectify any of these problems your eBay business currently has.

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How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs 4

How Co-Working Spaces Can Be a Great Benefit for Entrepreneurs

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.

And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.

12 Benefits of Co-Working Spaces

1. Low startup cost

If you’re just starting out, you’re probably looking for premises that won’t drain your budget. By moving to a co-working space, you’ll eliminate the costs of fire insurance, office equipment and various similar expenses.

Not only that this will help you save money, but less time and energy will be needed for sourcing things like this.

2. Increased flexibility

Another great reason to opt for a co-working space is increased flexibility.

This means that the more your business keeps growing, the easier it will be for you to expand your office space. Most of the experts who are running co-working spaces will allow you to tailor your contract according to how well you’re doing.

3. Less risk

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When moving into a traditional office, there’s always a chance you’ll lose the money you’ve invested in it if your business fails. And selling all the office equipment and furniture isn’t always going to be easy. But if you take your business to a co-working space, you won’t have to worry about risks like this.

4. Short setup time

One of the biggest problems small businesses face when moving into a traditional office is the long setup time.

For small businesses, time is an important asset and the last thing you want is to lose money while moving. Luckily, with co-working spaces, not too much time is needed in order to get everything in the right place.

5. Fast internet

Modern-day businesses in just any industry need internet and they need it to be fast. This is probably the case with your business as well and fast internet is another reason to join a co-working space. And even if there’s something wrong with the connection, you won’t be the one having to deal with the issue.

6. Collaborative atmosphere

Some people would have you believe that having people from other companies around your team makes them less productive. But the truth is, it’s easier to perform when you know there are other teams doing the same right next to you.

Another important thing to mention is that too much familiarity traditional offices offer makes your employees less productive.

7. More opportunities for networking

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When running your own small business, you’ll have to put some extra effort into meeting as many businesspeople as possible. The more of them you meet, the better. If you decide to move into a co-working space, you’ll have all the networking opportunities you need.

8. Easier to get

Let’s face it, finding a perfect traditional office for your business is difficult. What’s even more difficult is actually obtaining that office.

With co-working spaces, you won’t have to worry about things like this. This is the case because there are plenty of these out there you’ll be able to choose from.

9. More flexible access

Most co-working spaces out there are run by its landlord and the building management. What this means is that your employees will be able to work whenever necessary, since the office will be open even during Sundays and public holidays.

Also, when working on a big project, your employees will be able to access the office 24/7.

10. Better design action guides

Another issue many entrepreneurs face is designing their office. Not only that this can take money, but it also requires a lot of effort.

However, with most co-working spaces out there, what you’re going to get is a beautiful office you can move into. This means your new office might be equipped with things like a green wall and comfy furniture.

11. Premium brand imagery

In the business world, it’s very important that you give your brand a boost by using premium facilities. In fact, this is something that’ll help your business obtain more loyal brand followers. When working in a co-working space, you’ll be provided with all the nice-looking facilities your brand needs.

12. Happy hours

No matter how many employees you have, they’ll want to be surrounded by people they consider friends. If you join a co-working space, there will be plenty of opportunities for your employees to hang out with other people from the building. This translates to more drinks after work and more motivated employees.

Co-working spaces really are the way to have it all without having to break the bank. So, no matter if you’re moving from your garage or a traditional office, you’ll definitely want to think about joining one of these. Luckily, more and more co-working spaces are popping up all over the world.


This is a guest post by Derek Lotts.

It seems like co-working spaces are becoming a huge thing. More and more entrepreneurs out there decide to ditch their traditional office and take their business to a co-working space.  And if you’re running your own business, chances are you’re already aware of some of the benefits co-working spaces bring. However, here, you’ll find a few more reasons why joining a co-working space makes a lot of sense.