Unfortunately, with all businesses there are start-up costs and a reselling business is no different. I’ve compiled a list that you’ll need to begin selling on any platform.

Storage

The very first thing you need to consider is where and how you are going to store your items that you plan to resell. Come up with a system that will allow you to easily find an item that sells. After many tries, we decided to store our items in banker’s boxes.

We then use a numeric/alphabet system to identify each box. So, for example, box A-1, then A-2 etc. When we list our item for the box, we put that in our description so we can easily find that item. These are easily stackable and are sturdy enough to stay stacked. We also bought some shelving to hold these boxes since we moved our resell items into the garage, but in the beginning, we had no problem just stacking them.

Shipping

Ok so once you figure out where to store your items, you have to be prepared to ship them. Depending on what you are reselling, you will probably be able to find a box the size you want at the post office. You can also order boxes from USPS and get them for free. Unless you want to try and only use flat rate shipping, I would get an assortment of boxes. One thing we did learn that boxes do add a little more weight to an item, so if you are shipping something you can put in a bag, I would try that. We found using shipping bags and bubble mail bags help cut down on weight and work for most things that aren’t fragile. Both of these come in various sizes and colors. You will also need plenty of shipping tape. We found that getting a sturdy tape gun works best for us.

Next, you need to figure out how you are going to label the package. If you are selling on eBay, they will generate labels for you to print. We found getting a thermal label printer is the best way to go. It holds labels that self-adhere to package and meet USPS standards.

Another thing you will need to invest in is a shipping scale. There are a couple different types of scales including some that plug into wall and some that are USB. So, you need to take that into account.

These are the basics that will get you started. There are other things we have found along the way that has been helpful for us, but I will put them in my next blog post. I just wanted to help you with the basics to get started on your new reselling business. For our reselling videos, click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwhGhIRZo-k6Gb5J1HP9YHg

By Greg and Peggy

We are two people who love to go thrifting and then resell to people at great prices! We hope our blogs and videos help you to start or improve your reselling business!

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