Setting up an eBay store front is, as the English say, "a capital idea". You can indeed make a lot of capital with an eBay store front. EBay is the most highly trafficked commercial site on the Internet. You've got super opportunities to win friends and influence people to buy the stuff you're getting rid of or that you stock up on from local auctions and farmers' markets (not food items, of course).
If you're going to have an eBay store front, you just need to be sure that you are going to make a run at a more serious eBay business. If you're just buying and selling Civil War knives as a hobby and don't care about more than just making enough money to allow you to expand your private collection, don't bother setting up a store front. But, if you want to see about a nice supplement to your income, or transforming eBay selling into a full time home-based Internet business, then a store front is definitely for you.
There are merchants making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year with eBay stores. And they don't need to have a warehouse. They don't need to rent and pay utilities for a separate office. They don't need any employees. They don't need to travel except locally to purchase more product to sell and they may not even have to do that. They set all their own hours, they have huge profit margins, they work naked if they want to. They have usually turned a hobby into a business, so they really enjoy their work--if they even call it work.
Is every store front on eBay earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year? No. But it's a real possibility.
So, what have you go to do to get this eBay store front? First, you need to be willing to pay $15.95 per month for a basic store. However, listing fees are just $0.02 each and gallery pictures are a mere $0.01 each. The $0.02 allows one item to be listed in your store for up to 120 days. If you want an item to be listed for longer, you will pay $0.02 for it every 30 days that it's up. This saves tremendous money already compared to traditional auction methods.
Let's assume that you find this perfectly reasonable and you are going to proceed with the store front. At eBay, go to "Sellers" and from there choose "Open a Store". Voila! You are ready.
Now, you: choose a color scheme; choose a store name; write your store's description; throw in a few graphics to make your store attractive; and choose some further store customization via eBay's customization link.
Don't forget to promote your store by visiting the eBay Community (the site's forum). Tell everyone around the world about your eBay store!
These are the simple basics to running an eBay store. Having fun and making buckets of money can go hand in hand.
Setting Up A Shop
Your work space should be lit well. You'll want several lights, some for good general lighting and others that are directed over your work. You might even consider purchasing a lighted magnifying glass on a stand. It'll bring your work right up to you.
Keep in mind that you'll be working with chemicals and dead animals. It's important to concern yourself with ventilation in your work space. Windows should be open and if there's no breeze, install a fan and use it. Don't jeapordize your health for your hobby.
Small work with frogs, toads, reptiles and birds could be done at a table in a small space. A corner of a room, small shed or workshop are good options. With care, some small home taxidermy can even be done at the kitchen table.
Larger species like deer, bear and other big game will obviously require bigger space. A garage, pole barn or work shop would be obvious choices to work in. If you don't have a large enough place, check the newspaper, chances are you might find one to rent fairly cheap.
Regardless of the work you're doing, you need a work surface and storage for your supplies. You'll need a sturdy work bench or table with wheels. In fact, you'll want more than one surface to work on. You can build your own pretty cheaply.
All taxidermy requires some sort of preservative formulae. There are poisonous and non-poisonous options available. Regardless of the type of preservative, great care should be taken in their use. These need to be properly stored in sealed containers away from reach. Locked cabinets and high shelves in the shop will accomplish this.
For small animal taxidermy, you're going to need some skinning knives of various sizes. Knives should be as sharp as possible so a sharpening tool is necessary. You'll also need scissors, pliers, forceps, files, and other assorted small tools.
Large animal mounts will require everything that you need for small animals. In addition to these, carpenters tools like saws, a hammer, screwdrivers, chisels & rasps should be in your tool box. You're also going to need some iron working tools for the wiring of your frames.
For all types of home taxidermy you need smaller tools such as a fur comb and skin scraper. You'll also need some paint and brushes, wax and epoxy, clay and varnish to complete your setup.
Another important tool in your home taxidermy shop will be a small freezer. A floor or chest freezer is the best option. However, you can also convert an older refrigerator into a freezer. You'll store specimens in this unit until you're ready to start mounting them.
It doesn't have to cost a bunch to set up your home taxidermy shop. You can outfit yourself on the cheap and still produce quality work.
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