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Selling is An Art

Selling is an art. There is no better way to describe it.

Many people can and will do it, but not everyone can stick to it and make it a full time hobby. Many will try it and give up and then come back years later not sure why they gave up in the first place and then quickly realize why they did. But then there are the others...the others like you who will pick it up and get addicted and look everywhere to learn more and more. You will think about the market, think about your savings, think about your short term and long term goals and jump right in. Jump right in with arms wide open and say, "Let's do this. It seems like so much fun."

I sometimes sit back and try to understand what I was thinking the day I started selling online. Was it really all about the extra money? Maybe it was the freedom of leaving the workforce one day and having my own business. Maybe it was just the entrepreneur in me telling me that this was my purpose. Maybe it was my best friend sharing his similar passions.

Going back all those years ago, it is tough to pinpoint why I decided to focus on selling online and it got me thinking about what you were thinking the day you decided to make a switch.


In this little exercise, I thought you could tell us a little about yourself and why you did it, but only if you choose. This is 100% optional, but definitely fun.

So here are a few questions to get you going, so please feel free to answer them below in the comment field when you have time. I will start just to get us going. Hope you enjoy.

 
When did you decide to start selling online? 2004

What made you decide to do it? It was a combination of making more money, having my own business, and just the freedom of knowing I was in control of something other than just a paycheck

What did you start selling first? T-shirts

Where did you start? eBay at first

What was the #1 reason you kept doing it? It was so much fun. I loved seeing orders and driving over to the post office to ship them. The day dreaming that followed about starting my own business and being successful became an addiction.

What was your biggest mistake? Not taking into account shipping prices into my margin. It is one of the biggest mistakes a seller can make and usually makes.

Going back in time, would you do it all over again or would you change anything? I wouldn’t change anything. None of the triumphs or the mistakes. It was all a part of the learning process.

Any mentors help you along the way? Yes there were a couple of friends selling online that gave me some simple tips. I wish they would have told me about shipping.


I hope you choose to play along and share some of your answers with everyone. Looking forward to learning more about each of you. Thank you.



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Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | July 31st 2013 at 1375291606

1. I started selling online in March of 2010
2. I first started selling things of my own I no longer wanted or needed -
T-shirts, jewelry, knick knacks etc.
3. I first started on eBay
4. The #1 reason I keep doing it is because it is fun, and I have met so many
great people on this journey.
5. My biggest mistake was initially starting auctions at too low a price.
6. I wouldn't change a thing!
7. Lots of mentors on several facebook pages. Thanks to all of you!
Jewelrywiz
Jewelrywiz | July 31st 2013 at 1375305461

1). I started selling online in November 2004
2). Jewelry
3). Ebay - then expanded to Bonanza and Addoway
4). I keep doing it because my life changed dramatically with my hubbys health and recent amputation - online selling keeps me SANE!
5) Biggest Mistake? being naive and not realizing that cyberspace produces a fair share of scammers and bad guys!
6). wouldnt change a thing! its been great!
7). no real mentors - but because I had extensive background in business and finance - I am very goal oriented and a perfectionist when it comes to customer service!

Customer Service is a dying art.....I am not saying the customer is always right - we all know that is not true all of the time....However, I go out of my way to make sure my customers are happy with their buying experience with me .....and I have MANY repeat customers who love to shop with me!
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | July 31st 2013 at 1375311545

If it really is an art form, then it takes practice and technique.

When did you decide to start selling online?

2003

What made you decide to do it?

College, expenses

What did you start selling first?

Household things, clothing, then regional products and foods.

Where did you start?

ebay and craigslist

What was the #1 reason you kept doing it?

I don't love driving to the Post Office, now I have scheduled pickups :-)

Seriously, I am now making a lot of my products and enjoy the creative process. As well, the cost of living is very high here.

What was your biggest mistake?

Good question-

I converse with new sellers from time to time
in real life and it amazes me how they are unwilling to learn best practices. My biggest mistake is probably the same thing, not investigating and researching first as many aspects of the methods of selling online. I just learned as I went.

In the same vein, if I had someone mentoring me, I think I would listen carefully. Many times the new to the game folks seem to be high on energy and low on reality. This sort of gets into the last question.


Going back in time, would you do it all over again or would you change anything?

Probably, but hindsight is 20/20 :-)


Any mentors help you along the way?

Not really, although there were several helpful groups and discussions along the way. I appreciate those who are still helpful in discussing online strategies, marketplaces and the perpetual changes that ensue.
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Shopper | August 2nd 2013 at 1375456768

"Looking forward to learning more about each of you."

When will a shopping cart on Addoway be available? On what date please?

Looking forward to learning more about this while I learned about your sellers above.
Thank you.
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Robert Johnston   | August 8th 2013 at 1375969853

When did you decide to start selling online? 2001

What made you decide to do it? I placed a book on auction that I got for free and it sold for $14.95 and got me excited.

What did you start selling first? Books

Where did you start? Ebay

What was the #1 reason you kept doing it? Dreaming of a lot of sales

What was your biggest mistake? Cost of shipping and how hard to find buyers

Going back in time, would you do it all over again or would you change anything? I think so because every thing I've done was a learning experince. The thing I wished I kept was my own web site.

Any mentors help you along the way? Yes many people that was familar with Zencart helped me develop a first class web site
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Charity   | August 8th 2013 at 1375995600

1) I first started selling online in 2001/2002
2) I had some items laying around that I no longer wanted/needed.
3) Books, DVDs, etc, that I no longer wanted.
4) eBay
5) Most of the reason I keep doing it is because I need to get rid of all the stuff that I make when I'm crafting! I don't have room for it all!
6) My biggest mistake has been using flat rate shipping - while it is more convenient for me, most people refuse to pay for shipping unless I lower the price to First Class (even though flat rate priority gets it there faster).
7) I wouldn't change anything.
8) No mentors at all - trial and error only, and I'm still working on it.
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Killing Time | August 13th 2013 at 1376411538

1) First started to sell online 2000
2) Make a little bit extra cash with items I did not need any longer
3) Games, Stuffed Animals, Old Clothing, Back then it was VHS Tapes etc
4) Ebay
5) I keep it going now to help supplement bills etc
6) Trusting sites that offer promises after promises and never deliver
7) I would always sell, it is fun and challenging
8) I learn daily and by my mistakes

Selling is not an art

It is good communication with customers, honesty, trust, respect, shipping on time, packing items properly so they do not break. Treating customers as you would want to be treated. That is what selling is.
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China Doll | August 13th 2013 at 1376420334

When did you decide to start selling online? 2003

What made you decide to do it? I have business

What did you start selling first? the china doll

Where did you start? Ebay

What was the #1 reason you kept doing it? Many success (most woman buyers)

What was your biggest mistake? joined bonanza

Going back in time, would you do it all over again or would you change anything? NEVER again (with bonanza). those are crazy, very strange peoples that operate clown site

Any mentors help you along the way? grandmother

you like the china doll? I put here for sell, yes?
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Cheryl Boo | August 20th 2013 at 1377064695

* in 2010
* Fundraising turned seasonal
* Halloween balloons
* Bonanza
* Sales were good for October
* I also joined Bonanza and felt cheated, abused and lied to
* Yes, I still plan to sell my seasonal products online
* Yes (its personal thou)

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