Maybe You Shouldn’t Call It A “Guarantee”

I’ve been using the United States Postal Service for 99% of my eBay shipping ever since I joined back in 1999. Despite all of the bad things you may hear, problems are rare, though still inevitable due to the sheer volume of parcels they process. I’ve never hesitated to defend the USPS whenever I hear a snide comment about government incompetence. However, incompetence most certainly exists at USPS, and it’s not the government’s fault.

Whether it’s USPS, UPS, Fedex, DHL, or any other shipper, sooner or later a problem’s going to arise. I’ve had my share of problems with UPS leaving their sticky notes without actually making a delivery attempt. For the amount of packages I ship with USPS, they do a surprisingly good job. However, two weeks ago I probably had the worst customer service experience I’ve ever encountered with USPS. I’ll be taking my overnight shipping needs to UPS or Fedex, and once you’re done reading this story, you might want to, also.

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How To Avoid 5 Common eBay Mistakes

eBay is a fantastic way to make money cleaning up the clutter in your house or apartment. It’s a great business opportunity as there are many different markets you can potentially profit from. With these potential profits also come potential pitfalls, though. There are many aspects of selling that new sellers – and even some sellers who aren’t so new – tend to overlook or misunderstand. Since knowing is half the battle, here’s how you can avoid these 5 common eBay mistakes.

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Looking Back at Over 15 Years of Entrepreneurship

(WARNING: This post is somewhat political in nature. If this offends you, please hit the BACK button on your browser. You have been warned!)

It’s been over 15 years since I was “brainwashed” into thinking that being my own boss would be a good career choice, and that a job in America was no longer a secure way to make a living. I even tried to “brainwash” others in hopes that they would see the light and give entrepreneurship a try. However, my efforts were in vain. Most people prefer working by the hour, or for a regular salary – it’s the path of least resistance. Even falling job security didn’t seem to scare anyone I knew out of putting their livelihood in someone else’s hands.

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How Much Does An Online Business Cost? $6 Per Month.

Online Business - WHAT IF I TOLD YOU YOU COULD START AN ONLINE BUSINESS FOR $6 PER MONTH Matrix MorpheusWhether you are looking to make a full time income working from your home, or simply supplement your job with some extra income, starting a business online is a great way to turn something you are passionate about as a hobby into a way to pay the bills. Anyone can get started making money online without spending a lot. You don’t need an MBA, loans, or employees, either. Assuming you already have a working internet connection, getting started only costs about $6 a month. Here’s what you need to begin making money online.

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How To Pick a Selling Price or Research an Item on eBay

Researching the value of something on eBay is a quick and simple process. Whether you are looking to sell an item or simply research its value, the process is one and the same. You need an eBay account to use the advanced search features, even if you won’t be selling on eBay. If you’ve got a couple of minutes, you can look up the value of anything this way!

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5 Tips For Picking An eBay Trading Assistant

Selling on eBay is a great way to clear the clutter out of your home, and make some much needed extra cash in the process. If you aren’t comfortable selling online, eBay’s Trading Assistant Directory is a great way to find an eBay expert in your area who can list your items for you. This saves you the time of photographing, listing, dealing with customers, and shipping your goods. When picking a trading assistant to work with, here are five things you should look out for.

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How To Make Money With Your E-Zine or E-Mail Newsletter

E-mail newsletters, also known as e-zines, are an inexpensive and effective method of keeping in touch with your readers. Delivering your message directly to their e-mail box is a great way to avoid a lot of the noise of social media. As long as your e-mails aren’t spam (requiring confirmation of all subscriptions will help with this) you can also use your e-zine to make some money, too. Here are three of the easiest ways to start making money with your e-mail newsletter.

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Using Twitter For Your Business: 3 Twitter Tips For Beginners

With its constantly updating timeline, Twitter might seem like too much noise to be useful for your business. But at its root, Twitter is a fantastic tool for advertising, networking and staying current. Keep in mind there is more to it than just composing a 140-character message. Here are three simple ways you can get started using Twitter to help benefit you and your business.

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How To Sell Your Used CDs And Video Games On eBay

mailersIf you’ve got a bunch of old compact discs or old video games, you’ve got a few options. You can sell them to a pawn shop for a paltry amount. You can sell or trade them to your local GameStop for an equally paltry amount. You can try selling them on Craigslist, but customers there expect a really good deal. (Craigslist may not be a safe option depending where you live!) What’s the best option, then? eBay, of course!

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The Customer Isn’t Always Right… But You Shouldn’t Be A Jerk

You probably learned growing up that first impressions are everything. This is something that I see several business owners forget time and time again. I’ve seen eBay sellers with poor people skills, a local eBay Trading Assistant with a profile full of negative remarks toward potential clients, and an affiliate manager who talks down to his affiliates. I don’t claim to be a business scholar, but I’ve always believed the first rule of business is the golden rule; treat others the way you’d like to be treated. So why in the world would these people scare away potential customers and clients by being a jerk?

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