For week ending October 3rd 2015 we made $267 from our eBay sales and we have 475 things listed. We sold 17 items this last week and had an average price sold of $15.70
This last month has been an eye opening experience for us. Ever since I quit my job I don't think I have thought of eBay as a real job. Don't get me wrong I have always known about how much work was involved but it always seems like you can just stop and go as you please regardless of how much you've gotten done. My opinion on that has changed largely due to the progress we have made to this point.
As I look at how much our store has grown for the last 2 months with me working full time on eBay I can see that I have made very little progress. We started this 2 months ago just under 500 items and now we are still at that same level so all I have done is just replenish what we have sold. I think you if you're doing this for a living you have to take it seriously and stop putting off work day after day just because you can.
Starting Monday I will be treating my eBay business as a real job with real goals and real expectations. I have decided on a 10 item a day minimum. Now some people might think that that is low and I should be doing more but now I know that is the limit to what I can do on any given day . Sure I can throw up a bunch of inventory quickly but that would mean no quality control (checking the item for defects, smells, etc) and not much thought into pricing or titles, keywords, you name it.
Between the photography, research, quality control and the actual listing I pretty much am at my limit at 10 each day. If I had someone helping me I'm sure I could double that number but I don't at this time so 10 is the number that I am stuck with for now. My work days are Monday through Friday and no matter what is going on I have to hit that goal before ending my day. Saturday and Sunday I rest.
We continue to have decent sales but my inventory numbers have barely increased over what they have been all along so I have to change that if we are to continue doing this for a living. Becoming self-motivated is much more difficult than you may think. I didn't personally think it would be very difficult but it has become my own personal struggle.
On a final note I think we need to get away from clothing as the main theme of our store. There are just too many people selling clothing on eBay for us to remain competitive in this market. The main problem for us is that we have only always sold clothing and it's all we pretty much know at this point so now I'm tasked with learning to sell other items besides clothing.
It took us almost 2 years to learn about brands and styles of clothing and now it feels like we are starting over but I know this is necessary for the survival of our store. What seems to come so easy for some people is definitely a struggle for us because clothing is all we know. We are definitely not going to stop selling clothing altogether because we need that as a base for our continued sales but we will be branching out into more weird one of a kind items.
We definitely need a mix.
As always thank you for reading,