Starting a Business on EBay and Amazon

Cliff Ennico on

As my readers know, I travel the country talking to people who make a living selling stuff on eBay, Amazon and the other online e-commerce platforms.

As a lawyer and business consultant, I'm not always able to answer the more technical questions people have about starting and maintaining their online accounts. But as we used to say in the Bronx when I was a kid growing up, "I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy ..."

Here are some of the best guys and gals I know who can help you get your online retail business off to a solid start, and who will be there for you when the going gets rough.

How Do I Get Started on eBay?

EBay offers an excellent online tutorial for newbie eBay sellers. You can find it here:

EBay also offers a weekly podcast for sellers, hosted by one of its senior executives, which you can find here:


For help with specific topics, new eBay sellers should bookmark the "Seller Central" page on the eBay website.

If you are not a do-it-yourself sort of person and you want human help setting up your accounts, your best bet is to join a meetup group of eBay sellers. To find the group nearest you, go to, or search "eBay seller meetup group (your state)" online.

Finally, if you need one-on-one consulting from a pro seller, search online for "eBay consultant (your state)." You will pay by the hour, but the job will be done right. Some of my favorites are Stephanie Inge (, Kathy Terrill (, Deena Quilty ( and Danna Crawford (

How Do I Get Started on Amazon?


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