Saturday, March 17, 2012

Make Money From Home with a Children's eBay Business Review / Giveaway

Starting a home business is an excellent way to create extra income to help you meet your financial goals, whether your goals are paying off debt, creating an emergency fund, or save for a large purchase. Here on Frugal Follies, I recommend many ways to bring in extra income, including selling items on eBay. To make extra income in the past, I've sold children's books, clothes, and toys on eBay, but I wasn't sure if I was maximizing the amount I could be making.

So I was really excited to read Make Money from Home with a Children's Ebay Business: Work from Home and Make Money on Ebay Selling New, Outgrown and Unwanted Kid’s Clothes, Toys and Baby Items by Carol Woods. This is exactly the guide I needed then.

Woods, also the author of five Lightning-Fast Language books which teach children foreign languages, covers everything you'll need to know about selling children's items on eBay.  Throughout the book she uses children's clothing as examples, but the principles are good for any child's item.

She starts with the basics of getting set up as an eBay seller, then moves into whether you should sell items in groups or lots, or if you should sell them individually.  This was always a challenge for me.  She has some great advice on which items sell best individually and how to create lots that will sell at the best possible price per item.  I have a bunch of children's designer clothes that I was planning to sell as a lot, just because it was easier for me.  After reading Woods's advice, I'm thinking of pulling some individual items out and doing research to find out which designer line they are from, then selling those items by themselves, and creating smaller lots from the rest.  Although it's a little more work, I should make more profit from this strategy.

Woods moves on to give great advice on pricing and dealing with spots and damage, and the best times to sell various children's products.  I always had my auctions end on Sunday night, to take advantage of eBay buyers searching during the weekend.  This is the standard eBay seller advice.  But Woods points out that buyers of children's items are usually moms who often use their children's naptime to search for items.  She's found that for children's items, an ending date of a weekday afternoon is best.

She discusses making best use of the auction form through creating great photos, choosing the product category carefully, and writing a detailed description and most importantly, a great auction title.  Finally, she addresses shipping and auction management, as well as managing your eBay business.

One small downside to the books is that the author assumes that you already understand basic eBay lingo.  If you've ever bought anything on eBay, you probably will understand the phrases specific to eBay, like Buy It Now.  Still, an appendix covering basic terms would have been handy.

This book is great for anyone who is thinking of selling anything related to children on eBay, whether it's just a few items to make a few extra bucks or if they are planning on starting a full-fledged business.  Even if your product is not child-related, the book still has some great advice.

Would you like to read Make Money from Home with a Children's Ebay Business? It's available from, both in paperback or in a Kindle version. If you don't have a Kindle, you can get the free Kindle Cloud Reader for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, or other operating systems.

Or would you like to get it for free?

Frugal Follies is sponsoring a giveaway for a free paperback copy of Make Money from Home with a Children's Ebay Business!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below!  The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and older only. This giveaway will end on Thursday, April 12th, at 12:01 am Eastern time. One winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the giveaway.  If you are the winner, I will contact you shortly thereafter, and you will have 72 hours to respond.  If you do not respond within that time, your entry will be declared invalid, and a new winner will be chosen.

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Debbie Kennedy,  March 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

I have tons of kids clothes, toys, books etc and even some things from when I was a child!
cleaningrhouse at yahoo dot com

tls271 April 8, 2012 at 1:41 AM  

I would sell boys clothes, toys, equipment but need some help. Thanks, Tracy Simms

Kelly Marceau,  April 8, 2012 at 5:45 AM  

I have LOTS of stuff, clothes, toys, books, movies.
Straw Berry

Peggy April 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM  

I would love to sell baby clothes since you can usually find them in great condition at thrift stores.

ani hearts japan April 10, 2012 at 9:23 PM  

I'd be interested in selling clothes and baby bedding.

aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

julescar74 April 11, 2012 at 1:55 AM  

I'm always on the lookout for amazing books for my kids interest to be peeked so they;ll read alot.

Jessica April 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM  

I would love to learn how to maximize profit on my daughter's old clothes
jjak2003 at gmail dot com

Farrah Shumway April 11, 2012 at 5:48 PM  

I have all of my little guys stuff still. His bouncer Rocker, Swing. Toys like you wouldn't belive :)

Anonymous,  April 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM  

I have some kid's jackets that are still in good shape, and I'm curious how much they would sell for.

helpful heather April 11, 2012 at 11:26 PM  

i would like to sell crafty items to decoare room heather loftus

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