Sunday, May 31, 2015

Quitting My Full Time Job and Going Full Time on eBay

I am still a little bit in shock over giving my notice to my former employer, my final day is June 20th. To be honest I'm still wanting to cling to that lifeline but this is an all or nothing deal as once done I can't go back. Not that I would ever want to anyway but they have my replacement in training now so there won't be a slot left to go back to.

If your on the fence about quitting your job because of the stability of income, need for insurance or other issues then trust me I fully understand. This has been a gut wrenching decision for me and not quickly or easily decided upon. I'm 54 years old and now my fate is in my own hands which is great but scary too.

For me the deciding factor was the potential for growth in income which could afford me and my wife of 32 years the life we have always wanted but never had. Where we live you either have or you don't and if your a have not then your never going to be a have because there is no job you could get here in this little town that would ever lead to that kind of life.

Yes we could move but all of our family is here and we don't want to leave them so for these many years we have simply put up with the status quo because there was no alternative for us. 

I'm no slacker by any stretch of the imagination, I routinely outwork 90% of my fellow workers simply because I am self motivated and dedicated to the task at hand. Now that I am working for myself I will be putting all that drive and attention into our business.

My wife will remain on her job until I have 2000 listing up which judging by our past performance on 500 listing should put us at a level high enough to pay all the bills and buy health insurance.

We have tried to get past that 500 mark doing this part time but with the schedules we work, it never happens. Ebay selling for me is not easy, I am a perfectionist when it comes to a listing, no flaw left out, ever angle of picture taken. I take pride in only having 2 returns in 2 years and that was because the items did not fit.

If your a religious person which I am then please pray for me because I believe in the power of prayer and I can use all the help I can get.

If your thinking about trying this too then this will be a great blog to watch as I begin I will let you know how things are going and what kind of problems I run into. 

Next Update will be after June 20th.

Thanks !


  1. Congratulations Tony! I know what a big step this is. Good luck. I'm pulling for you and I'll be reading your blog to keep up with your journey.

  2. Good luck on your retirement. I am 69 years old and just retired (April 30) from years of being a church administrator. I have been doing eBay actively for 16 years and make about 3 times my church paycheck just doing it a few hours a day. Just stopping by to say "go for it". I wish you well!

    1. Thank you, that means a lot to me, much appreciated !

  3. You are very brave and I totally understand the whole "have and have not" thing in our region. It didn't take us long to figure out that it's nearly impossible to get a good living wage job here. (It's a great place to live if you already have a lot of money though). When my husband finally found a good job, he was let go after just 3 months for cost cutting reasons. (I think they really just wanted to give the job to a buddy). Like you, he's a really hard worker, so instead of putting that energy into making someone else rich, he decided that he would start his own business. It's been a year and he's still at it. Not getting rich, and only now just starting to make a profit, but hopefully growing as he gets more recognized for his work. I took a full time, low paying job with the school that will start in Aug. I'll basically be working for the benefits and grocery money. I will still continue to sell part time on ebay and etsy for extra cash. This will be our life until we retire. I wish you all the luck and I will send good thoughts out into the universe for you!

  4. Thanks Lorraine, I only have 6 working days left ! Fingers crossed :-)

  5. Sending up prayers for a very successful journey of selling on Ebay.
    I look forward to following your blog as you grow more and more successful.
    I work part time for my local newspaper, but plan to start selling full time soon.