#1 Give your store front a makeover
Take a look at your store front and try to see it from your customer’s eyes.
*Do the colors and the graphic look inviting?
*Is the wording in your heading positive and upbeat?
*Are the categories easy to use?
*Is there a different template you like better than your current one?
Take a little bit of time and play around with your store front and see if you come up with a new look that you like better than the current one you have.
#2 Keep looking for and listing Christmas items
Christmas is just right around the corner. If I had the option right now of listing some shoes or books and the option of listing toys and Christmas specific items, I would choose to get the toys and Christmas specific items listed right away.
People are already shopping for Christmas items, and you don’t want to miss out on sales because your items aren’t listed yet. Even over the summer, I sold several items that are specific to Christmas.
#3 Clean out your shoes
Now that you have your Christmas items listed you can clean out your closets and sort out the shoes you don’t plan on wearing this winter.
Anything that’s still in good condition is a candidate for your eBay inventory. If you’ve never listed shoes before, or if listing shoes doesn’t sound like fun to you…….just give it a try. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to keep listing shoes, but I’m pretty sure that you’re going to enjoy it as much as I do.
Shoes are super easy to list, a good profit maker and super easy to ship.
#4 Get your new inventory listed within the week it’s purchased
Even if you feel like you’re “behind” on listing your inventory, try to start listing all of your new inventory within the week it’s purchased.
You’ll be amazed at the items you list right away that either sell the same week or the week after. What I try to do is list all of my new inventory the same week it’s purchased (and usually within 48 hours of purchasing) each time I list my new inventory, I also try to pull 4-5 items out of my “to be listed” bin. I list those with my new inventory so that I can catch up on listing without it feeling like it’s a big chore.
#5 Use Mark Down Manager
I know I’ve mentioned Mark Down Manager before, but I’ll mention it again. Even a sale of 10-15% off helps generate some good sales. If you have items that have been in your inventory for awhile and you’d like to see them moving, try a 30% or 40% off sale.
In the busy society we live in, most of us are running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to stay one step ahead of the game.
I’ve been there. Raising an infant/toddler, working 40+ hours a week, teaching piano lessons, eBaying, and coordinating the special music at our church…….trying to keep my sanity.
One day it hit me, I need to simplify things. What could I cut from my schedule?
Well the most obvious thing I wanted to cut that took up the majority of my time was my full time job, and I started working toward that. Within a year of the realization that I needed to simplify, I quit my job and became self- employed.
One of the best parts about being self-employed is setting your own schedule, and not having to ask for vacation time
Simplifying for me means being efficient, working smarter, not harder so I can enjoy my family and enjoy what I do for a living.
One thing that I like to do to help simplify things is to have homemade snacks, breakfast items, etc ready to go for the week so that we can grab something quick and not fill up on junk.
Here’s a great after school snack that is gluten free too! We don’t have gluten allergies in our house, but I figure why make cookies with gluten in them if you don’t need to?
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
What you’ll need: 1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
12-15 unwrapped Hershey’s Kisses
Mix the peanut butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla together until it’s mixed well, spoon small spoonfuls of the mixture onto your ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes on 350* F
Pull them out of the oven and put an unwrapped Hershey’s Kiss in the middle of each cookie. Let them sit until cool or place on wire cooling racks to cool.
In the 10+ years that I’ve been selling online, I’ve found the one thing that always helps me stay organized is to stay on top of my shipping.
I try to package and print labels for everything that needs to ship out each night before I go to bed.
You never know when you’ll wake up late one morning, wake up with a headache, sick child, flat tire, or any other crisis that throws a curve in your day. Many, many times I have been very thankful that I had my shipping done the night before and just had to put the bin out for my Mail Carrier in the morning.
During the day, I tend to work on my online store and take some breaks to fold laundry, bake muffins,or go for a walk so that I don’t get bored and don’t sit in one position too long.
I try to have everything that I need done right away accomplished before my daughter comes home from school. Some days, I reach my goal and other days I fall short and those tasks get pushed to the next day. I usually work until about 4 PM and then stop so I can start getting dinner ready, and help her with her piano practice and homework.
One thing that I like to do that has made my life a whole lot easier is once my little one is settled in bed for the night I get any items that were paid for in the afternoon or evening packaged and labels printed so that they’re in my bin and waiting by the front door to be put on the porch in the morning.
I used to leave it and ship in the morning, but a lot times, there would be sales over night or payments made over night and pretty soon what was 4 or 5 packages last night is now 8 or 10 in the morning. This way, I have the ones that are paid for that evening ready to go and in the morning I just have a few to ship out and I can get right to work on my agenda for the day. I find that it makes the next morning a whole lot smoother, and I go to bed knowing that all of my shipping is done for now.
Here’s something else that has made my life a whole lot easier.
A few weekends ago, I was at Lizzie’s house and we were working on eBay listings together while the kiddos were out playing. We decided to make nachos for dinner. I was busy listing and Lizzie told me that she was going to make the meat and use her own seasoning, not a taco seasoning packet.
We built our nachos and I started eating mine. ”I thought you weren’t going to use a seasoning packet.” I commented. ”I didn’t.” said Lizzie……I looked at her (It sure tasted like she had)…….you could have fooled me.
First of all, I had no idea that you could make nachos or tacos and have them taste like you had used a seasoning packet without using one. Second of all……….what have I been doing wasting money on seasoning packets all these years. Third and best of all, Lizzie’s seasoning has NO MSG in it. We love tacos and have used this several times since my enlightenment. It’s good with either chicken or beef. What would I do without my sister?
Lizzie’s Taco Seasoning:
Brown your meat and then add
2 Tb chili pd
1 Tb onion pd
1 fresh garlic clove–or 2 (I used minced garlic and it tasted just fine.)
1 Tb cumin
Lizzie says that she usually doesn’t need to add any water but you can if it looks too dry.
Stir is all up and…………..YUM! Super easy, super cheap, and super fast.
Certain times of the year it seems like there are a lot more items to ship out. It’s important to be as efficient and accurate as possible when packing and shipping your packages, especially during those busy times of the year. You don’t want to end up mixing up packages and sending them to the wrong buyer.
Recently, I went through a time period of a few weeks where I was shipping, shipping, shipping.
One thing that I found that helped me was to have the item ready to go, weigh and make the label. While it was printing, I’d take a highlighter and write the abbreviation of the State that it was headed to on the package so I could easily work on packaging up the next item and not worry about getting items confused. A couple of times, there were two packages in a row headed to the same state. In those cases, I put the State abbreviation and the zip code on the package.
It made my shipping so much speedier, and my life a whole lot smoother by doing it this way.