Simple Steps to Set Up an EBay Store

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Moms–are you looking for a hobby or a way to consistently make some extra income? Maybe there’s a special piece of jewelry you desire, or a much needed vacation that just doesn’t align with your current budget? Although anyone can sell items on eBay via auctions and the “Buy it Now” process, there are several perks to opening an actual eBay store. For example, this will allow you to become more visible to consumers, and it will also enable you to customize your storefront to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

Due to this, creating an eBay store can help you turn the clutter in your home into a viable source of income. In fact, this is the perfect way for stay at home moms to create an easily managed home-based business. Once you’ve had a few sales, you might catch the bug and start shopping for low priced finds at flea markets, thrift shops, yard sales (and friends) which can be converted to larger cash in your store. After fees and shipping are paid, there will be enough money reaped to purchase yourself a great guilt-free gift, such as a fashionable ring from the online store Icing On The Ring.

Guide to Setting Up an eBay Store

1. Create an Account. If you do not already have an account with eBay, you will need to create one. This will require you to provide eBay with payment information so that they can bill you for your store subscription, listing fees and their percentage of each sale, and you will also need to have a verified PayPal account.

2. Pick a Package. There are several perks associated with having an eBay store, including reduced listing fees. Additionally, your monthly subscription comes with a predetermined amount of free listing. For example, if you opt for the basic package, you will receive 150 free listings each month, and you can also save $48 by paying for the entire year upfront. Most people who are selling items out of their home will have their needs met with the basic or premium package, but power sellers will receive the best value by subscribing to the anchor package.

3. Build Your Page. You will have the option between using a basic template and creating your own look with HTML. If you do not have any experience with HTML or creating templates, it will be best to stick with the basic layout. Fortunately, you will still have the opportunity to customize your storefront by uploading a logo, writing a description that makes it easy for people to determine the type of items you sell and selecting an eye-catching color scheme.

4. Post Your Listings. Posting listings with a store account is easier than using the standard auction approach because you can upload multiple things at once. Additionally, you will be able to save basic templates for items that you plan to sell often. Keep in mind that the store format also enables you to set a specific price for your items instead of operating your listings in the typical auction format.

5. Promote Your Store. Anyone who has an eBay store can take advantage of the site’s many promotional tools to increase their sales. For example, your buyers can sign up for your newsletter so that they can be the first people to hear about your latest listings. You can also highlight some of your listings to ensure that they become more visible. If you have social media accounts, it’s productive to promote your links there too.

Setting up an eBay store does not need to take a lot of time. In fact, most people who choose the basic layout can have everything in place in less than an hour. Once you have taken care of the necessary set up, you will be well-positioned to begin making money out of your home. This will allow you to get rid of unnecessary items, and you will have enough extra cash to splurge on something that you really want.

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Teresa Stewart is an ex-corporate grunt turned entrepreneur, website publisher, free-lance writer and author whose travel throughout the US and overseas created a multi-passionate personality. Fueled by experience and curiosity, she enjoys researching and writing in a variety of arenas.


  1. I’ve thought about doing this, but not in a concrete way. Perhaps I still will someday.

  2. Thank you, Teresa. I’ve always wondered how people do this. I have a bunch of stuff I need to get rid of a friend recommended selling them on Ebay. Totally clueless on how to….until now.

    • I sell on eBay regularly but not in the store format – just regular auctions. It’s a great way to get rid of items and it’s fun too!

  3. Bonnie a.k.a. LadyBlogger says:

    Wow! I looks like it’s a pretty easy thing setting up an ebay store! Thanks for the information!

  4. I have SO much stuff in my closet and garage that I need to get rid of! I haven’t determined what I want to do with it yet, I’m ready to clean it out though. This is a definite option! I’ll have to look into it. Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style!

  5. I sell makeup on ebay occasionally. I need to get on track and sell more items. My goal is to source items to become a power seller. I just have to figure that all out

    • I’d love to become a power seller as well. I might try it once I move and get settled this summer. I always find placing auctions on ebay super fun. It’s like winning a game every time someone bids on your item.

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