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The Basics of Property Investing

For many, the real estate game can be a bit confusing, but it doesn’t have to be with a bit of general knowledge, and investment savvy.  The trick is to do your homework before you start investing. What does this mean? It means that you do not ask your mother or father or friends about property investing if they have never invested in property themselves. It would be like being coached in Tennis by someone who has never played Tennis – you wouldn’t do it. You would check out the credentials and qualifications of that individual, meet them and decide whether you want to do business with that person or people and then you would part with your money. To become a more intelligent real estate investor, you need to meet other real estate investors. This means going along to real estate investment clubs, property conventions, landlord associations and the like.

Most good real estate investors know where to look for good deals and good properties.  If you are not familiar with the area that you’re looking in, make sure that you get the knowledge, speak to other real estate investors, check the local census, and invest some time understanding the market analysis for the area.  Without a knowledge of the local area, you cannot know what property deals are going to be good deals, and which ones are going to be bad.  Certain local areas are going to be better investment choices than others.  Look for areas that are growing and yet still have properties at a good value. If this is not possible, maybe because you do not have much time, then start with your own area where you live. What I used to do was when I came home from work, I used to walk around the streets that made up my area to improve my local geography and see where the properties were that people would want to live in. So whether you realise it or not, you are already a property expert for your own area.

It takes time to understand property investment and the business itself.  Learning on along the way as long as you’re willing to spend the time reading and analyzing each particular deal before you become involved financially is going to be your best bet.  Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to the real estate market.  Make sure that your thoroughly familiar with the area you’re thinking of investing in, read all of the fine print on any property deal you’re considering, and make sure you have a general knowledge of real estate law, local zoning, as well as contracts and financing.  Two important things to remember, when it comes to real estate. The first is location, location, location and the second is to get started. Do not wait until all the pieces are in place; they probably never will be. If in doubt about a deal, try and find someone who knows about making property deals. Join property networking clubs; get to know others in the trade.

Attention eBay Beginners! 7 Steps to Write Your eBay Business Plan

Running an eBay business is like running any other businesses, you need a plan. Without a proper business plan, you have no idea what to do next, when you are going to do it or how to do it.

It doesn’t have to be highly detailed or sophisticated. You just need to cover some basics.

I have outlined some basics about business plan here that you can modified or follow:

Step 1: Brief description about your eBay business:

Example: what business are you in? What range of products you want to sell? (high technology products? Electrical appliances? Info products? Collectibles?) & Who are your target customers? (Middle age working adults? Housewives? Teenagers?)

Step 2: Specialize in your product range:

As a beginner, is always recommended to focus in only one product range. In other words: be an expert of what you sell. Do lots of research on the range of products that you are going to sell.

Your buyers feel more confidence buying from an expert.

Step 3: Product sources, suppliers, wholesalers or dropshippers:

List down the sources where you can buy your merchandise. Always have more that one supplier, preferably three to four.

Sometimes different suppliers will give you different bargain.

Step 4: Set up your business financial budget:

What is your twelve month projected cash flow? How much start up capital you need? Monthly sales target? Business fix cost – internet connection, printer, electricity, telephone, fax and so on? Other investments – rent an office space, employees? Target profit margin?

Step 5: How to stand out from your competitors:

What is your unique selling proposition (USP)? If you don’t have a USP, is like another “me too” business and is not going to last very long. Develop a strength that only you have over your competitors.

Step 6: How soon can I get back my investment:

How much money you need to put in to your eBay business and how soon you can get it back. Set up a series of cash flow projection.

Step 7: Selling beyond eBay:

Besides selling on eBay, where can you market your products? Example: having your own website.

Do your best to follow all the seven steps that I have just shown you. You will be surprised how this exercise clarifies your thinking and give you confidence.