THE TRADING ASSISTANT’S ASSISTANT: HOW TO START A PART-TIME JOB OR FULL-TIME CONSIGNMENT DROP OFF BUSINESS ON EBAY
Priced Nostalgia Press
PO Box 1118, Denville, New Jersey 07834
Rating: 5 Cups
Hilary DePiano is an eBay expert, and has been selling on eBay for over a decade. She jumps right in with explaining exactly what a Trading Assistant is and is not. A Trading Assistant is someone who sells items on eBay for others, and as such makes a certain amount per item based on fees, his/her commission, and even what the person who owns the item expects to get for it is taken into account. Ms. DePiano mentions some advantages such as being able to work from home, make your own hours, and the possibility of becoming a Powerseller. However, she also outlines disadvantages such as needing storage space for your client’s items, long hours, and having to possibly clean and restore items to name a few.
It does not take that much to become a Trading Assistant according to the author, simply an eBay account in good standing, a 100 feedback rating where 97% is positive feedback, 4 items sold per month over a 3 month period, and complying with eBay rules and regulations. Once these requirements have been met then anyone can become a Trading Assistant on eBay.
Corporate clients are the best clients for a Trading Assistant because if they like you they tend to do repeat and ongoing business. While individual clients are also good, once their attic or basement has been emptied and you have sold everything for them, generally that is it. However, an advantage to this type of client is that they tend to tell their friends, so if they were pleased you can get business via word of mouth. This type of selling tends to be regional, meaning your clients will come from your local area. Marketing online is not as useful as posting and handing materials out for the beginning Trading Assistant.
The Trading Assistant’s Assistant has everything you need to know to become a Trading Assistant, even if you did not know what that is before picking up this book! Jam packed with information, this book is a delightful bout of straight talk. I truly enjoyed reading it, and I especially liked the concise explanations of everything connected to becoming a Trading Assistant. The section on how to handle fees, billing and payment was particularly insightful. Even how to register as a business and what financial software packages are most useful is discussed. This is not one of those “get rich quick using eBay” books that we have all seen. Ms. DePiano leaves no stone unturned, and even a novice could read this book and set themselves up as a Trading Assistant. If you want to work from home, and you have always been interested in eBay, then this is the book for you!
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