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.