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Career Story: Owner Of Small Antique Business Selling On Ebay

Owner Of Small Antique Business Selling On Ebay

Job Title: Owner Of Small Business

Education: none

Previous Experience: I had worked for other business's from the ground level and worked my way up to manager and was running someone else's business

Job Tasks: My Business deals with Antiques, antiquities and Collectibles. I travel to Estate Sales, Yard sales, Garage Sales & Flea Markets to find what I call "treasures" and then I clean the items up or restore them the best I can and then take digital pictures and measurements and then list them on Ebay, etc. to find buyers for these items. Once a buyer is found, I package up the item and ship it to them. I monitor those accounts daily and answer any questions they may have via email. I spend an entire day on administrative tasks, 8-10 hours daily. It takes time to take the digital pictures of everything and then upload all those pictures. Items do not sell very well or sell at a much lower price if you do not have the pictures. My cost for the digital camera was under a $100.00 so it was well worth it. Whenever I have a client that wants me to see some of THEIR items, I go to their home & take pictures and then they receive a percentage of that sale that I made for them and I also make money without having to purchase items outright with money from my own pocket.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts are meeting people and helping them (as well as myself) make some money on items they want to get rid of and I love the look on their faces when I present them with a check for something that they were ready to toss into the garbage because they thought it was worthless. The worst part of the job is that shipping anything international has become extremely expensive this past year.

Job Tips:
1. Research "makers marks" and centuries of particular items to make sure they are not "reproductions".

2. Ship out items to buyers quickly.

3. Always ship with a confirmation/tracking number which costs less than a dollar because unfortunately there are some people that will say they never received item when in fact they did. Your proof is the tracking info.

Additional Thoughts: Have fun and look for unique/odd items or things from the past that are no longer made.

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