In a recent survey conducted by ACNielsen International Research, record numbers of entrepreneurs are using eBay (http://www.ebay.com) to supplement or earn their living entirely on the site.
According to the survey, over 724,000 Americans use the site to earn their primary or secondary source of income, and another 1.5 million supplement their income by selling goods and services on the site.
Since 2003, the number of US entrepreneurs making money on eBay has increased by 68 percent. Over 10.6 billion dollars with of merchandise was sold in the first six months of 2005 on eBay.
"In just 10 years, eBay has become the destination for Americans pursuing their visions of entrepreneurship, said Bill Cobb, president of eBay North America.
In a press release on July 20, the company reported a record Q2 net income of over 1 billion dollars, up 40 percent since last year. The company also operates local sites in 24 countries.
The ACNielsen survey also reported that 58 percent of Americans say they have dreamed about starting a business, “and becoming their own boss.