(PRWEB) August 17, 2005
Daniel Eaton, Jr. makes several hundred dollars a week armed with just a cell phone as he combs thrift stores, used and discount bookstores and Friends of the Library sales looking for books for BookSweep.com, an international retailer of used books.
HeÂs one of more than 800 of what BookSweep.com calls Professional Book Buyers (PBBs) scattered across the nation. And the company is looking for more just like him.
The Book Buyers use their cell phones to look for used books. They place a call into the companyÂs software system and then punch in the bookÂs price plus its International Standard Book Number (ISBN) via the phoneÂs key pad to see if the book is of value to the company. If yes, the PBB hears a ÂbuyÂ order and he or she will receive from $1.50 to $2.50 commission for each book purchased. Book Buyers then pack up the books and ship them at BookSweepÂs expense to company headquarters in Utah.
ÂMany of our full-time Book Buyers are bringing in $500 or $600 a week, said Steve Jenson, 31, of Hyrum, Utah, BookSweep.com co-owner. ÂMost of our Book Buyers do this part time and make $100-$200. We have families who use it, single parents, students, full timers Â all demographics have found it a great and easy way to make money.Â
Book Buyers need have no experience as booksellers. But a love of books and used bookstores is helpful. Book Buyers are not BookSweep.comÂs employees, but are independent contractors. For more information, check out the companyÂs Web site: http://www.booksweep.com
Iman Khatibn, 25, is one of BookSweep.comÂ many part-time Book Buyers. The Stockton, CA, resident looks for books just three to four hours a week with her two young children by her side. She purchases and ships 50-100 books a week to BookSweep.com, bringing in a minimum of $75 to more than $200 a week for less than half a dayÂs work.
ÂBookSweep.com is the easiest and most enjoyable job a person could have,Â she said. ÂYou can do it anywhere in the country and you donÂt have to pay a babysitter while you search because you can take your kids with you. You donÂt even need to work that many hours to make the money you want to make.Â
Khatibn said she plans to grow her book buying work into a full-time income.
Eaton, a former clerk at Barnes and Noble, already works 40-60 hours a week as a Book Buyer. About three-quarters of his gross income comes from BookSweep.com.
ÂI decided earlier this year that I wanted to find another business opportunity,Â he said. ÂIÂd sold Star Wars collectibles off and on at eBay for a few years, but I decided to focus on books when I discovered BookSweep.com because their system makes its so much easier find the books.Â
Jenson and his friend Norm Poulsen, 30, of Boise, Idaho, started BookSweep.com in July 2004. The two former Utah State University buddies had been online booksellers for about five years prior to founding BookSweep.com, selling books they found on Amazon.com, eBay and other sites. They brainstormed a way to bring the power of using Book Buyers nationwide to help them grow their inventory and hired a developer through Utah StateÂs Innovation Campus to create their BookSweep.com software.
They started storing books in the garage of the woman who is now their warehouse operations manager, but outgrew that space within a month. They then moved into a 2,200-square-foot warehouse, yet needed to expand the warehouse in October 2004 to its current 5,000 square feet. They now house 35,000 books and their accountant has valued their eight-employee company at close to $1 million, Jenson said.
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