#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.
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
I think it’s easy for people to look at others who are doing well selling online and say that they are “lucky”. When you look at others like, you miss all the time, effort, and plain old WORK involved before they ever got “lucky”.
Once in awhile, someone may hit the jackpot on some item and perhaps be “lucky” but without research, learning how to sell, and setting up their business that “luck” wouldn’t have been there.
My tip for the day?
Don’t look at the business of other sellers and say they’re lucky. This could keep you from bettering yourself and your own business because you’ll either wait around to be “lucky” or you’ll think it was a fluke and you could never be “lucky”.
Selling online or building a business anywhere takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of research. It takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of trial and error. It takes a lot of mistakes and changing things.
Being successful isn’t luck~it is work.
This week on eBay has been………interesting to say the least.
I’m still in my rebuilding phase and am having a difficult time keeping my inventory over 700 items. I know that’s a good problem to have, but I feel like I’ve been working toward 800 items for a long time now. I started selling for a new consignor, so that should help increase my numbers some.
I sold two items on Amazon this week. My Amazon sales tend to go in spurts, but like I always say: “A sale is a sale.” It doesn’t matter to me what venue it sells on, as long as it’s a sale.
I’ve been contemplating making some things to sell on Etsy again. I love sewing, and it can be therapeutic for me. I used to sell homemade wash cloths and baby quilts on Etsy. I might give it a try again this summer.
I’ve been doing pretty good with listing items as I buy them and getting them listed before I buy more. Right now, I have just one large plastic bag of my own items waiting to be listed.
I hope your week has been great!
I have a that I sell on Etsy and just saw this great article.
Etsy is making selling digital items easier–
What type of digital files could you sell?
* (I go back and forth on this. I do sell photos but prefer to sell the actual print.)
If you need some ideas of digital products that may be sellable check out
**OBVIOUSLY if you’re going to sell digital files, it needs to be your own work. **