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Adventures In Drop Shipping

This week’s adventure started with one of the websites I told you about last week. I signed up for Freelancer.com and started filling out all my skills and went through looking at different jobs I could put bids on to try to get the job awarded to me and make some money. I didn’t even know this was something you could legitimately do and make money off of until I found it and I am so glad I did. You know that lady in The 40 Year Old Virgin? I have her job! I literally sell your shit (and some of mine) on eBay. The only thing required for this freelancing gig is an eBay account in good standing (usually with 90% or above in feedback), basic data entry skills (usually just copy and paste), eBay selling knowledge, and spreadsheet making skills.

I was contacted through the Freelancer website and offered a job of being a drop shipper after adding eBay knowledge to my skill set. Drop shipping basically is you sell the item and make a commission off it and the other person actually has the item and ships it to the customer. It is basically a data entry job and it’s so easy that my kids could even do it!

After I get the information from the item owner I enter it all in on eBay and list it in my store. Once the person buys it I get in contact with the item owner and give them shipping information and wait for the tracking number. After I have shipment confirmed I enter all the tracking information into eBay and the customer gets an update and can keep an eye on their item. Once the item is received you deduct fees and commission out of the total and send the rest to the item owner. I also write out sales report breakdowns for this person but you may not have to do that with all of them, you will work out all the details and payment amount with the person you end up working with.

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The beauty of being a drop shipper is you don’t have to do much work and you can still make a decent amount on commission depending on the item sold and how much the customer paid for it. You can also work with more than one person. The issue with this is you have to be extremely organized and keep track of everything to make sure you send the right information to the right person and you know what money goes to whom. As long as you can keep it straight you can sell things for as many people that want you to.

Some people will want you to sell multiple items at once and others will only give you a set number per day, week, or month. Some people may not like this as a job because you don’t make big bucks on every sale. It is a business of quantity and the more items you are able to list and the more expensive the item is, the more money you make. Before you start you may want to learn as much as you can about eBay and selling on their platform. There are rules and policies you have to follow and if you don’t your account will be suspended and you won’t be allowed to sell or even buy on eBay for the rest of your life! There are ways around this but if they catch you they will just suspend the other accounts too so it isn’t worth the risk and paranoia of getting caught and losing everything!

****For the guidelines to getting started on selling with eBay click here >>> New Seller Requirements

****Sign up to be a Freelancer and start bidding on jobs here >>> Freelancer

 

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