Weekly Woo Hoos

June 8, 2012 by The Selling Sisters  
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What did you sell this week that you’re excited about?

Leave a comment linking to an item you sold that makes you do the happy dance!

A “woo hoo” doesn’t have to sell super high. It can be something you’re thrilled to get rid of, something that you got for free and sold, something you paid little for and sold for a great price, & of course it can be something you sold that blew you away!

Whatever it is, leave a link in the comments.

If you sold something at a consignment store or rummage sale, just leave a description in the comments–we want to hear those stories too.

Guidelines:

1. The item you link to must be sold not currently for sale.

2. The item you link to must be family friendly.

3. No affiliate links accepted

4. Links may be deleted at the discretion of The Selling Sisters

Lizzie:

Rachel: I was SUPER excited to see this sell in June :)

This Week on eBay

This has been a monumental week for me. I’m working on scheduling students for summer piano lessons and trying to increase the number of listings in my store so that  income from online sales can help to make up the difference. Not all of my students take piano lessons over the summer.

I was able to get my eBay inventory up to 1,150 items……..whew!

It’s a lot of work. I’m hoping to push myself to keep listing these next few weeks so I can take a little time off from listing this summer and just “coast” for a little while. I’d like to start maintaining as close to 1,200 items as I can since the Christmas buying season is just right around the corner.

Once again, I had sales on Amazon, and Bonanza this week too. My Bonanza sales are starting to become more consistent.

One thing that I’m planning to focus on over the summer is listing more on Amazon. I’ve been having about 2 sales a month on Amazon, and while I count any non eBay sale as a bonus, I’d like to work on increasing sales there. It seems to me like the fees on Amazon are a little higher than they are on eBay though.

I signed up for a membership on Bonanza.com. I  used the free version of it previously, so I’ll have to play around with the site  to see if the membership benefits help my sales.

My garage got cleaned and organized on Friday……..it feels good to have everything put away and have a clean garage :)

Rachel

Summer Sales Goals

Setting and accomplishing goals is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to running my business.  No matter where you are in the process, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing any business.

Goals can be anything you choose.  You can set listing goals, shipping goals, sales goals, feedback goals, or all of the above.

Maybe your goal this summer is to get your storage area organized, or to shop less and list more.  Whatever your goal is, once it’s set you need to determine HOW to reach it. Then start working toward your goal.

I like to work on goals that I set in small steps.  For instance, if my goal is to increase my sales by $300 per month, first, I would analyze my current situation and decide:

*Do I need to list more items?

*Do I need to sell higher priced items?

* Do I need to run a sale on my current items?

*Do I need to promote my current items on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

*Do I need to branch out and start selling on other sites?

*Do I need to learn about new or different products to sell?

*Do I need to brainstorm with other sellers?

Once I’ve identified which area I need to work on to increase my sales, it’s time to get busy and decide my first step.  I don’t usually have a large block of time that I can work on things all at once, so I try to work on my goals a little bit each day.

I might set a goal to tweet or pin 5 items out of my store each day.  That only takes a few minutes, right?

Another goal might be to list at least 3 items per day, even on days when I didn’t plan to list. If  I have the pictures ready, it shouldn’t take too long to list 3 items per day.

Something that I did a few years ago was identify the time of year when my sales are low (at that time, it was typically February thru May) and decide what I should list in my store to carry me through that time of year.  For me, it was listing things like rain boots, swimming suits, shoes, capri pants, sandals, etc.

Regardless of what your goals are, make sure that you make the something that’s a reasonable goal for you so that you can see progress in the right direction. Don’t set  a goal that will leave you  frustrated about your work.

If you’re selling $300 a month online right now, setting a goal to get to $3,000 a month, doesn’t sound to me like a reasonable goal for you, at least not as an immediate goal.  It might be your long term goal, but take small steps to get to it.  If you’re selling $300 a month right now, what can you do to get to $500 a month?  Eventually, you’ll reach your BIG goals, but you have to start small and take it one step at a time.

I’d love to hear your summer business goals.  You can either drop us a line via email or leave a comment.

Rachel

Birthday Bash Giveaway

June 4, 2012 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Selling Sisters, Success!

The Selling Sisters blog is two years old!
We’re so excited to find 500 followers on Facebook so here goes the giveaway!
Here’s what we’re giving away this week-
1. A set of Rachel’s vintage chenille wash cloths
2. $20 Gift certificate to Rachel’s store
3.1 of Lizzie’s word art photos-but says “Grace”
4. 2 sets of Lizzie’s photos on notecards (set of 4)
So, in total 5 people will win something from Rachel or Lizzie to celebrate 2 years of The Selling Sisters.
Here’s how to win:
1. Leave a comment here telling us what you like about our blog. (We can only count comments left on the blog)
TO enter more than once do the following:
2. Tweet our giveaway or share the link on your Facebook status–you have to come back here and leave a comment with the link telling us you’ve done so (limit 1 tweet or FB status per day)
3. Subscribe to our feed and let us know you have done so in the past or that you just did.
4. Follow us on and leave a comment here telling us you did so.
**Make sure to leave a separate comment for each item you do.
Giveaway ends Friday June 8th at midnight Pacific–Make sure you use your email address when you leave the comment so we can let you know if you win!


Weekly Woo Hoos

June 1, 2012 by The Selling Sisters  
Filed under Uncategorized

What did you sell this week that you’re excited about?

Leave a comment linking to an item you sold that makes you do the happy dance!

A “woo hoo” doesn’t have to sell super high. It can be something you’re thrilled to get rid of, something that you got for free and sold, something you paid little for and sold for a great price, & of course it can be something you sold that blew you away!

Whatever it is, leave a link in the comments.

If you sold something at a consignment store or rummage sale, just leave a description in the comments–we want to hear those stories too.

Guidelines:

1. The item you link to must be sold not currently for sale.

2. The item you link to must be family friendly.

3. No affiliate links accepted

4. Links may be deleted at the discretion of The Selling Sisters

Lizzie:

Rachel:

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