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  2. What is a Selling Or Trading Assistant? The Ultimate Overview of Consignment Selling
  3. What does consignment mean? What is consignment selling?
  4. What exactly does a Selling Assistant do? What’s a typical day like?
  5. How does a Selling Assistant make money? Who can become one?
  6. Can eBay Trading Assistants still sell on consignment for others now that the program is gone?
  7. Where can a Selling Assistant sell their client’s consignment items?
  8. What kind of items can a Selling Assistant sell on consignment for their clients?
  9. Sellers, here’s why you should add Selling Assistant services to your existing e-commerce business
  10. From SAHMs to retirees, students to teachers: here’s who should start a Selling Assistance service
  11. Designing your Selling Assistance service from terms and conditions to services and features
  12. Money Matters: How does a Selling Assistant profit from selling items for others?
  13. Resale and the Selling Assistant: Sometimes it’s simpler to just buy the items outright
  14. Selling Assistant fees: What are they and how do they work?
  15. The Pros and Cons of charging a fee for your Selling Assistant services
  16. Does charging a commission on your Selling Assistant services maximize your profits?
  17. Charge a combination of fees and commission to maximize your Selling Assistant profits
  18. Here’s how I profit from my Selling Assistant business
  19. Should a Selling Assistant give their client a deposit or advance on future earnings?
  20. Should the Selling Assistant require a deposit of new clients?
  21. Who pays for what when selling for others on consignment?
  22. Should the consignment seller cover all selling fees or pass them onto the client?
  23. How discounted & free shipping offers affect consignment selling
  24. Shipping costs & selling fees are the least of your worries…
  25. Paying your clients their share of your Selling Assistant sales
  26. Calculating client payments on a Selling Assistant contract
  27. Method of Payment: How should I pay my Selling Assistant client?
  28. Reporting and reconciliation of a Selling Assistant client contract
  29. Build yourself a timeline for paying Selling Assistant clients without getting burned
  30. Money Matters Managed
  31. Your Selling Situation: Where and how should I sell my Selling Assistant items?
  32. Multi-Channel Consignment Selling: List your items on multiple marketplaces for greater exposure
  33. Practice your Selling Assistance service before you start taking on clients
  34. Do you need a storefront or standalone webstore to be a Selling Assistant?
  35. Is eBay still the best place for a Trading Assistant turned consignment seller?
  36. Does the Selling Assistant consignment sell from their own account or the clients?
  37. Should I have a designated selling account for my Selling Assistance consignment service?
  38. The 8 questions you must ask yourself before you start selling on consignment
  39. Good customer service is a selling point that can distinguish your services
  40. The benefits of having a PO Box or other Locked Mailbox for your business
  41. Designate a business phone line for more professional client contact
  42. Consider VOIP & internet-based phones like Google Voice or Skype over traditional options
  43. Offering pick-up services is an easy way to attract local Selling Assistant clients
  44. Should you allow Selling Assistant clients to drop their items off?
  45. Expand the reach of your Selling Assistant service by letting clients ship their items to you

If you aren’t selling anywhere yet or have only limited experience, you should really get some practice selling before you begin. Clients are trusting you with their items and potential profits because you’re presenting yourself as an experienced seller. If you’re really just starting out yourself, you’re going to be making mistakes that could damage your reputation before you even get started! Even if you’re a veteran seller, selling items for someone else can be very different from selling your own items, and you want to make sure you understand what you’re in for before you dive in.

practice photoA simple way to practice at being a SA before actually starting your service is to buy a large, mixed lot of items of the type you’d like to sell with your service either at a garage sale or on a site like eBay. Let’s say that I’m interested in specializing in action figures, but I want some more selling practice before I jump into taking on clients. I find a mixed lot of over 100 random action figures on eBay, and I buy it somewhat blind. Then I proceed to go through the lot I purchased as if it were from a client, organizing, cleaning, researching, photographing and listing each item the way that will yield the most profit. Actually going through this process will give you an idea of the questions you’ll need to be asking yourself on each contract (“Would the Avengers figures sell for more if I list them each individually or should I list them as a lot because that’s faster?”), and what kind of things you should see if the client can answer to save you time (“Which weapons go with which figure?”).

Keep careful track of how long the entire process takes. Once all the items have sold, make up an itemized spreadsheet of all the fees and profits as if you were giving it to a client as a receipt. You may not make a profit on this practice lot, but that’s OK, as it’s a business expense and a worthwhile investment to get a feel for the SA life in a practice environment. It’s well worth a little loss to get some hands-on experience to help you anticipate issues and get a sense of how long different steps in the process are going to take.

Just a word of warning. You’ll get better at this as you go. Your first time selling someone else’s items will take much longer than it will in the future. You’ll need to do less research with each item you list, the work will go faster as you develop a system and, most importantly, you’ll develop the sense to only take on items that will be worth it to list, something that may not be the case with your lot of practice items. So, while practice is a good idea, don’t assume you’d be a terrible SA if your practice goes poorly.