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eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner

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Sell Your Services on Elance

eBay has a category called Specialty Services, where you can auction off your skills; subcategories include Web & Computer Services, Lessons & Tutoring, Music Composition & Poetry, Custom Clothing & Jewelry, Appraisal & Authentication, Packing & Shipping, and Logo Design, to name just a few. You can offer personalized items (from business cards to T-shirts to mugs), jewelry or antique restoration/repair, video editing, shopping assistance, interior design, personal training, and more. Although legitimate services do appear in this category, a lot of what you'll find here is junk, like eBooks and CDs touting get-rich-quick schemes or effortless weight loss. And if you browse the categories, you'll see that most of the auctions here end with no bids.

If you have a skill or service you'd like to market, there's a better place to do it: Elance (the name comes from "electronic freelance"). Elance is a separate site that helps people and businesses looking for professional help find freelancers with a service or skill to sell. Elance is not a part of eBay—though there's a loose affiliation between the two sites. In fact, the affiliation seems to be getting looser. It's hard to find a mention of Elance anywhere on eBay. Rumors have surfaced and faded that eBay is creating a Professional Services category on its own site, but so far that hasn't happened. When it does, expect the last strings between eBay and Elance to break.

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