The Work at Home Woman has a great article entitled, 5 Ways to Make it as a Successful Reseller.
For anyone looking to resell, these are some really good things to keep in mind when thinking of reselling.
5 Ways to Make it as a Successful Reseller
The Work at Home Woman
One of the cheapest businesses to start out of your own home is the business of reselling. Most people begin by selling their items that they no longer want. Once you’ve sold everything in your house except for the family dog, then you’ll need to restock to keep reselling.
Fortunately, there are several places to find items to resell without paying too much. Yard sales, thrift stores, auctions, and tag sales are all places that you can find bargains. It’s even possible to find items online to resell online. It sounds crazy, but I do it all the time.
If you’re serious about reselling as a full-time job, then there are some key traits that will benefit you in the long-run. I’ve been reselling items for the past ten years casually. It wasn’t until the end of 2014 that I took it to the next level of making it my full-time job.
Over the years, I have witnessed how possible it is to make this your full-time job. Anyone can do it if they’re willing to stay dedicated, market their items, and stay focused.
Here are some of the most beneficial tips that will help you make it as a reseller:
1. Be Honest
Honesty is always the best policy when you’re trying to run any business. The same is true for anyone serious about reselling items as a full-time job. It’s extremely easy to buy a piece that appeared to be flawless. Then, you bring it home, and it is practically worthless because of a hairline crack down the middle.
Don’t worry; it’s okay to try and resell it. “Try” is the keyword. Always be 100% upfront about any damages to the items that you are trying to resell. Otherwise, you will earn a fast reputation for being a liar or crook.
Nowadays, selling on the internet from your own home is one of the most convenient, low-cost businesses. One negative feedback can ruin your reputation as a seller. Not only can it drain your enthusiasm and confidence, but it can caution future buyers from making any purchases from you.
However, you will also have to deal with people who may not be so honest. Be prepared to deal with dishonesty, which leads me to my #2 tip for making it as a reseller.
2. Be Professional
If you’re planning on reselling items entirely online, then expect the unexpected. While it’s convenient and easy to earn a living behind the screen of your computer, it’s also easy to act in a way that is unlike the “real” you.
You may find yourself conflicted between the devil on one shoulder and the naive angel on the other. If you ever feel like either one of those extreme personalities, then, by all means, take a break. Take advantage of your internet business and step outside for some fresh air to clear your mind. Once you’ve rationalized the situation, whatever it may be, then respond to the buyer appropriately.
It’s not often that you should encounter a situation that makes you feel like you need to take a time-out. As long as you’re honest, you shouldn’t have many problems with buyers.
Here is a shortlist of do’s and don’ts for professionalism as a reseller:
Respond to the buyer in a timely fashion.
Use proper language and punctuation at all times.
Tell the truth about everything you know in regards to the item for sale.
Use swear words.
There’s a good chance that someone may not understand internet abbreviations. Always spell everything out.
Also, don’t abbreviate things that shouldn’t even be shortened. Examples: “Plz, thnx, u” for “Please, thanks, and you.”
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