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ERIC Number: EJ1004226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
You're a What? Online Seller
Torpey, Elka
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v57 n1 p46-47 Spr 2013
As online shopping has grown, so too has the number of people who make money selling products online. Online sellers can sell just about anything. Starting an online business can be as simple as having something to sell and access to the Internet. But there are a lot of factors to consider if one is going to have a business that thrives. One is to have confidence in one's idea, especially early on. Another factor for business success is helping one's product to stand out among the millions of other products online. One of the easiest ways to start selling online is to set up an account with an established shopping website, which brings in customers and provides guidance on how to sell online, usually at some cost to the seller. Online sellers do a variety of tasks. They photograph and write descriptions of the items they will sell and put the information online. They calculate total purchase amounts, taxes, and shipping costs; process payments; and send orders. And they interact with customers to answer questions or resolve problems. No formal education is required to become an online seller. Still, it's important to have good writing skills for crafting product descriptions and other web content, strong organizational and bookkeeping ability for keeping track of earnings and expenses, and resourcefulness for figuring out how to get products noticed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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