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How To Make Ends Meet...With eBay!


Downsizing, Outsourcing, Job Cuts, Pay Cuts, Health Benefit Cuts...just the sheer mention of these words can make most families cringe. Unfortunately, for many of us, facing these obstacles are the cold facts of life. Many families are working harder for less money, or worrying about the next round of cuts.

Finding ways to make ends meet can be a constant struggle for many Moms and Dads who are sitting at their kitchen table, sorting through a pile of bills. Everything from the price of quality child care, college tuition, mortgage or rent, taxes, utilities, food, and clothing, all seem to be increasing...everything except our paychecks. So, what is a busy mom and dad to do in order to make ends meet? Well, of course, working more hours, overtime, or finding a new or second job will help...But these choices are not always the best options for you, your children, or your family.

A good option to make ends meet, and still spend quality time with your family is to sell on eBay! eBay allows you to work from home in your spare time and make extra money. Of course, you will have to learn the rules of the game to successfully sell and make money on eBay, but once you get the hang of it...it's a fun, flexible way to earn some extra cash.

The nice thing about eBay is that it can be a "Family Affair." All the family members can join in and help, from the oldest member to the youngest. Each family member can select the eBay department that best suits their qualifications: The "Items Selection," "Research," "Photography," "Creative Writing," "Listing," "Customer Service," "Wrapping, Packing, Shipping," or "Record Keeping" Departments.

Selling on eBay can be a wonderful learning experience for children. Many small children love to get involved and help with family projects. Offer the little ones small duties to perform, and they will feel special when praised for their accomplishments. Older children can benefit by practicing their photography, research, computer skills, accounting, or creative writing skills. Teens may be reluctant at first, but once they realize that they can make extra money by selling items on eBay, they usually learn the online auction/e-commerce business rather quickly. Your teen can sign-up and register to have their own eBay membership, as long as he/she is eighteen years of age.

instant blogsIf you and your family plan to sell on eBay, obviously your goal is to make a profit. Therefore, first educate yourself, learn the rules and regulations, research different "Niche" markets, and practice. Remember, selling on eBay is easy, but successfully selling on eBay requires know-how, determination, and persistence. Some families have fun and sell on eBay as a hobby, many families make a nice extra income each month by selling items on eBay on a part-time basis, while others have made eBay their full-time income.

Whether families simply sell used or unwanted household items, bargain-shop to turn a quick profit, or use a Wholesaler or Drop Shipper to earn a steady income, eBay offers a convenient opportunity to earn extra money while staying home. We can only hope that the economy will bring brighter days ahead, however, if you and your family are looking for a way to make ends meet, while still having the work/family flexibility that we all cherish, then eBay may be a fun and profitable solution. Happy eBaying!
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About the authors

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Donna Boyle and Kim Vaughn are busy Moms and the Co-authors of "Auction Mommies" Ebook - The Ultimate Step-by-Step eBay Auction Ebook for Moms! Affiliate Program/Newsletter Available. http://www.auctionmommiesebook.com
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