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The core of a good marketplace lies in the accuracy and completeness of its listings. A listing is the product that you are selling. The more details and good photos you can share, the more that a prospective Buyer will be able to assess what you have to offer. Why is this important? No one likes to get a lot of phone calls and emails only to find out that the Buyer is looking for something totally different. When it comes time to transact and do business, a Rancher takes their job seriously and wants to deal with serious Buyers. The best way to ensure you are contacted by serious Buyers is to give them as much information as possible about the product ahead of time. Let the website work for you! To create a listing, go to your favorite market and click Add Listing or just go to your Seller Dashboard within My Ranch. [email protected]
Everyone needs a place to buy their items. Markets make this a little easier because everything is condensed down to what’s important to you. In our Ranch Builder markets, we help you filter your items down to a manageable amount and then you can easily select from a more targeted group of choices. Have you ever been to an auction and only had a few minutes (or seconds) to look at the animals? Did you stress over whether you were making the best decision for your money? Did you spend a lot of your time hoping for a good deal to come across? When you view our markets, remember this tip…Filter, Sort, Select. Let your business needs guide you. To get started, click on Cattle, Hay, or Open Range in the menu!
When it’s time to sit down and think, it’s nice to have everything important laid out in front of you. By going to your My Ranch dashboard, you can quickly see all of your buying and selling activity. You’ll probably spend a lot of time here as a Seller because you’ll be seeing offers coming in from Buyers. All of your listings will be here so you can quickly update your inventories and photos. Also, those Carriers you have delivering your animals and hay will be posting updates that you can see here on your dashboard. And of course as sales are completed, all of this fantastic transaction information will be saved here! As you use your dashboards, make sure to send us feedback and let us know if there is any other important information that you’d like to see. Make sure you’ve signed up with Ranch Builder and click on My Ranch at the top of the screen to get started.
There’s nothing more exciting than taking a load of cattle or sheep to another ranch. Driving in your rig with the windows down and enjoying the fresh air. It’s not a desk job, and in many cases you can make more money than you would sitting at a desk anyway. You work your own hours and you deal with the people you are comfortable with. Just bid on those loads and line out your jobs into a good (manageable) itinerary for the week and off you go. Filter the available shipments in your Carrier Dashboard (zip code and mileage radius), monitor your email alerts, and manage your business. Rate your customers so you’ll notice them next time a shipment pops up! Above all, create a checklist to ensure you are safe with each shipment. You have the most responsibility of anyone that operates on Ranch Builder, because you’re on the road pulling a lot of weight. Ensure you have your certifications and grab some insurance to protect you and the freight you’re hauling. If you’re new to trucking, here is some information about Commercial Driving and Transportation Insurance. Links offered as a courtesy and not endorsed.
Working with livestock is clearly different than working with pets. Consider every animal encounter carefully. A profitable ranching business knows that good animal stewardship is important and that livestock always respond and grow better in good working conditions. Check out these USDA Insights for more information on animal welfare.
Your inventory will automatically be decremented as you sell product. Have 15 goats for sale? If a customer purchases 3, your inventory will be reduced to 12. If you'd like to add another goat to this inventory, it's as easy as visiting your My Ranch Seller Dashboard and updating your quantities. It's important to keep quantities precise. Having available quantities when a buyer comes calling...this is what gives you great credibility and helps boost your rating. If you just have a few items and you sell one that is shown in a listing photo, it's a good idea to change that photo out. However, this may be cumbersome if you are selling large lots (i.e. you sell 10 from a group of 100 in the photo). In these cases, just mention something in the description about how the image may not be reflective of current stock. Required increments is a selection available in your listings. This helps the buyer understand if you require them to purchase a certain number of units, which may help you manage your labor costs involved in herding or loading. Many items in the listing help drive the search capability in the markets, so make sure you take a look at some similar items and ensure you are categorizing everything the way you'd like. For example, some folks may say Bermudagrass and others may just say Bermuda (or Johnsongrass vs. Johnson Grass). Ranch Builder will maintain the listings and sometimes correct a few misspellings or change a few words here and there. This is strictly for the purpose of ensuring your buyers have the best chance of finding your items! We're always open to feedback, because we want ensure you have a great experience when using the site.