Many people have discovered that one of the easiest and most profitable ways to start up a home-based business is to go piggy-back on eBay! All you have to do is open an eBay account and offer a range of products for auction or direct sale on eBay’s massive auction site. An eBay business costs little or nothing to set up and yet there are no limits to how far you can take it. Many people have used eBay to build businesses as profitable and successful as some leading independent companies. What does it take? First of all you must have a determination to succeed online and a willingness to learn new skills. You will need to learn how to do some basic market research and how to develop your marketing skills, but once you have acquired these skills you can make a success out of your eBay business. Many people were motivated to set up a business on eBay by little more than seeing other people selling off their unwanted goods, often for more money than they would’ve got advertising them in the classified section of their local paper. That’s how many eBay fortunes started. Take a look around your home and consider all the junk you have accumulated over the years. All that stuff which is collecting dust today could be making you money tomorrow. Do some basic research (in other words, simply browse eBay looking and what is selling and how it is going for) and see how much you could reasonably expect to get for your old, unwanted stuff. If the prices seem worth it to you, go ahead and start selling. By dipping your toes into eBay and testing the waters you’ll soon discover whether or not selling on eBay feels right for you as something you might want to turn into a major enterprise. The next thing you should do is to conduct further research into the eBay universe. First, make a list of about ten items you might be interested in selling on eBay auctions. Next, research those items and check out the competition. It is certainly not impossible to compete with established eBay companies, but this can be difficult for the inexperienced newcomer. It would be much better to find a niche that seems to be largely ignored, and target that base. It could even be a subgroup of a more popular and competitive market. You can build a successful business on eBay simply by more closely targeting a particular niche market. Another way to make money on eBay, with hardly any up front capital, is by selling informational e-Books. There is an whole section of eBay which is dedicated to these books. There is almost certainly something that you know how to do better than anyone else you know. If not, conduct some research. If you can write, then you have all the tools necessary to create a powerful money-making informational e-Book. It costs you nothing but a bit of time and effort, and once it is completed you can sell it for any price you wish. The result, minus insertion fees, is pure profit. Once you have gained some experience on eBay you will want to consider setting up an eBay store so that you can expand your inventory without having to manage lots of auctions all at the same time. The different ways of selling on eBay, whether through auctions, or by selling one-off goods at a fixed price, or by stocking up an eBay store, each has its own special role to play in developing your eBay business. As your experience grows you will discover that a mixture of different methods run in concert with each other will help your business to grow. Regardless of what you finally decide to sell, or how you choose to sell it on eBay, you will have to provide good products at competitive prices. Just as in the rest of the business world, eBay runs according to the iron law of supply and demand. There is simply too much competition online for you to imagine you can make a success of your eBay business with anything less than complete commitment and the determination needed to make any small business work in the long run. On the other hand, hitching a ride on the back of eBay is one of the best ways of achieving Internet business success.