My selling challenge is finally over! It wasn’t much of a challenge, though. If this had been a boxing match, spectators would’ve throw objects and booed. I had challenged myself to sell at least 50 items from the inventory I have (literally) lying around and below my desk during the month of July. I was up to 16 when I last posted about this challenge.
The final tally for July was… 22.
Yep, I stunk it up real good.
Why? As I noted in previous blog posts, I’ve been too busy to list. I feel cheated, too, because I had lots of great merchandise that would have been perfect for the back-to-school season. Maybe it’s not too late for those, but I have to hurry. My daughter starts junior high in a few days, so I’m sure schools across the country are also getting back into sessions, or are about to. They grow up so fast!
So what did I sell? Remember those “secret weapon” beads I listed? I sold about 15 of those. I also got rid of a few Jelly Belly hanging air fresheners. (Now my cubicle doesn’t smell like cherries anymore). I also sold some Sarah Jessica Parker body splash and a couple pairs of ear buds.
I tried to spend a few minutes here and there searching for inspiration. I know there are tons of eBay sellers who work full time, have a house and family to tend to, and still find the time and motivation to list on eBay. Heck, just being a parent is a full-time job by itself!
There’s one blog I try to read at least once a week for tips and tricks. It’s called YardSaleMommy. If you’ve never checked it out, I recommend popping over and reading about this mom’s selling triumphs and secrets to keeping everything balanced in life.
My favorite post, so far, is Once-a-Month eBay Mommy. In it, the author reminds us that it can take just one good week a month, or a few naptimes, to get all your items ready to go online. During this downtime you can take pictures, write descriptions and get your items ready to list, she notes. That gives me hope that I can squeeze in listing between other tasks.
At this point, I am desperate and ready to try a new strategy. And this one looks quite promising! What strategies do you enlist to keep you motivated and work listing into your day? Let us know below.
Rebecca Miller is Auctiva.com's Product Manager. As an eBay seller of more than 13 years, Rebecca is well tuned into the needs of online sellers, and serves as an internal advocate for merchants. She continuously monitors Auctiva's Community Forums, answering customer's questions and taking their feedback to developers for future enhancements. Rebecca continues to sell on eBay, and has experience as a PowerSeller and a Top-rated Seller.