Something that has come to mind for me is how I used to get in my own way of success by over-analyzing everything. I analyzed to the point I actually accomplished nothing. I spent all my time figuring out how or what I was supposed to do to reach success and never really took the steps to get there. I have learned, since starting eBay, how to get out of my own way and just do it! It is working out very well for me.
Before eBay, I would spend hours and hours looking at house plans and dreaming of building a care home for seniors, making menu plans, budgets, activity calendars, I even took classes to receive my manager’s license to run a care home. What I didn’t do was take the necessary steps to bring it to fruition. I got so caught up in the plans and specifics about it, I sabotaged my own ability to have that business.
Since eBay, with the huge help of Danni and her webinars, I have learned to not only make that plan, but to then take the steps of action to make it happen. What a difference that change in my perspective has made. I have my plan, I make a daily “ta da” list, and I just do the steps consistently, every day, to accomplish my goals. It’s amazing how well that is working for me. Action is what was always missing before; I did the plans and learning, but never acted on what I had learned.
When I see posts from my fellow eBayers asking for help with a listing, I sometimes see myself before eBay. Some of us are getting so caught up in naming an exact pattern, or maker, we don’t get the items listed in a timely basis and are sabotaging our chances of success. Here’s what I do now:
1. Look at the item and ask myself what I see, what do I know about the item?
2. How would I word this in a Google or eBay search?
3. How would my buyers describe this in search?
4. How much do I have into the item?
5. How much will it cost to ship (farthest US location)?
6. What is my time worth?
7. What have similar items sold for?
8. Now take all that information that I have gathered, hopefully in only 5-10 minutes, and LIST the ITEM!
We have to get past the analyzing and trust ourselves to make the right decision about description, price, etc. without wasting a lot of time. If you list it and find you could have gotten more, just chalk it up to a learning experience and list the next one higher. If you list it too high, you may get a lower offer. The point is, don’t be afraid to go for it; get out of your own way of success. The more you over-analyze the less you get listed; the less you get listed, the less chance of success. I want to see all of us be successful, don’t you?
By Bobbie Bushey – Danni’s mom who has this to say about her eBay success; My goal is to inspire other seniors who wonder how they will survive their golden years, to find something about which they are passionate and let eBay help them start to find that joy in their lives again. She sells on Etsy and eBay as GrannysSquare