Attention eBay sellers! It doesn’t matter if you sell a few items here and there (like me), or if you are an ultra-super power seller with that awesome shooting star icon! Power BI offers excellent options for report building and data analysis for sellers of all sizes. If you are like me, you may do some basic bookkeeping with Excel, just to keep track of what you are selling. I don’t spend a whole lot of time on it, but rather I just want to see some numbers. Needless to say, I am not accountant and my spreadsheets aren’t going to win any beauty contests.
After A Power BI Make-Over…
After importing my Excel data into Power BI, I was able to bring those numbers to life:
Power BI really helps visualize those boring spreadsheet numbers. It allows you take apart your tables and view and analyze different areas of your sales. I took it a step further and used CData’s ODBC Driver for eBay to connect to eBay as an ODBC data source. This allows you to pull in real time data from eBay’s database about your account. Setting this up is a bit more complicated than simply extracting data from a spreadsheet, but it offers an in depth view of your eBay sales and listing trends.
Power BI is not limited to just eBay. It has incredible utility for any online seller, small business owner, or anyone who has a need to generate reports or analyze data.
If you are interested in the CData ODBC Driver for eBay, check it out here.
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By Ryan Scramlin