The Home-Based Bookstoreby Steve Weber
Want to know the most profitable, lowest-risk idea for your home business? It's selling used books online, which is growing 33 percent annually, according to a November 2005 study by U.S. publishers. Learn how to start your business part-time, then work as little or as much as you want. This step-by-step guide, written by one of the most successful and highly rated sellers on Amazon.com and eBay, includes everything you need to know:
-- Where to find books
Find books in your own neighborhood to resell profitably to a worldwide pool of ready buyers. Get the best sources for valuable used books at low prices.
-- Where to sell
Learn how to list your books to sell at the best price on Amazon.com and eBay, and even your own Web store.
-- Which books to buy
What to look for in fiction, nonfiction, and collectibles to resell at the highest profits.
-- Grading and pricing your books
How to describe and price your books. Learn what buyers are looking for.
-- Handling customers
Tips on handling online book buyers. See the author's time-tested scripts for responding to customer issues. Learn how you can get and maintain high feedback ratings.
-- Fulfilling orders
Easy-to-use ideas for storing, organizing, and shipping your books and handling returns.
-- Automation tools
Maximize your efficiency with these tips on automating your business. Automatically notify customers about shipments, and print postage to ship your books without leaving home.
-- Taxes and legal requirements
How to register your business to obtain the proper permits and be exempted from paying sales tax on your inventory.
-- Exclusive list of wholesale book distributors
Exclusive profiles and contact info for 32 wholesale distributors of used and new books. Order inventory at up to 90 percent off retail, shipped right to your door.
About the author:
Steve Weber started his home-based bookstore as a hobby in March 2000. Two months later, he quit his day job to sell used books full-time on Amazon.com and eBay, using his one-bedroom apartment in Virginia as warehouse and shipping depot. In the meantime, he has sold more than $1 million of used books to buyers in all 50 states and 31 foreign countries. In this step-by-step guide, Weber tells you how he took $80 in savings to buy his first batch of books, then invested the profits to build a successful business, and how you can too.
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I read Home-Based Bookstore because I have hundreds of perfect condition used books I just cleared out from my personal library at home and wanted to see if I could sell them on Amazon and didn't know how to get started. Just like Steve Weber's other books, you get much more than you pay for. Weber fills this book with details covering every aspect of setting up your home based used bookstore for NO MONEY upfront. How cool is that? Where as other books on the topic have been reviewed saying they just recycle what you can find on Amazon help pages, Weber includes tons of insider information far beyond what is found on Amazon's help links, such as what and where to find books to sell, how to price them correctly, how to package and ship, get feedback from customer, handling negative feedback, handling taxes, etc. etc. etc. No question you can think up appears to be lacking an answer on these pages...and here's another exciting upside...within 2 days of reading this book and setting up my store, I've already sold and shipped THREE of my books. Thanks Steve...and keep sharing your insider information.
Many writers who¿ve accumulated too many books contemplate the idea of starting a used book business. It seems the perfect bread and butter business for a writer. Larry McMurty, Erskine Caldwell, John Dunning and others have done it. Why not you? It¿s an attractive thought. Sitting all day in a room surrounded by books, perhaps listening to good music, sipping coffee or tea and chatting with intellectual customers who come in to browse your stock. Between customers and other worthwhile interruptions one can continue pecking away at the great American novel. But that¿s a dream and not reality. The fact is selling books is a business. A hard business that takes time and energy. There¿s lots more to it than having a room full of books and waiting for customers to take them off your hands. Steve Weber offers an alternative approach that makes the dream of a book business sound. The information he provides in this slim volume shows how it can be done successfully i.e., profitably. It still takes work and some business acumen, but following his directions one could build a part-time or full-time business. Rather than the storefront business which requires a substantial investment, Weber utilizes the Internet where a business can be launched for less than $100. Having done it himself¿going from a part-time to a full-time business in which he¿s sold more than $1 million of stock¿he now offers his expertise to help the rest of us become his competition. This book answers all the obvious questions¿from where to find books to sell, down to the nasty issues of taxes and legalities¿plus some not so obvious but just as pertinent. He doesn¿t pull any punches on the negative issues either. So, if you¿ve ever entertained the idea of going into the used book business, this is one of the best sources of information you¿ll find to get you started and keep you going.