Yup, it’s going to happen.
As fun and exciting as thrift store reselling on eBay is, there will come a time when you lose motivation and the last thing you want to do is visit another thrift store or answer another buyers questions.
This happens to all of us and if you’re not vigilant – if you’re not constantly assessing your mood and energy levels – then you can easily find yourself burning out and losing the joy of being a seller.
I’ve been there a few times before (not so much recently, more so when I first started) and it’s not fun trying to work your way out of that funk. Over time I’ve realized that the trick is to not get there in the first place; to do a preemptive strike against burnout and prevent it from happening…
The following four tips are my go-to remedy for preventing reseller burnout and I credit them with saving my business on eBay. Can you imagine if I decided to quit early on and not persevere? That’s a lot of money I would’ve left on the table!
Sometimes you just need to take it one day at a time and find the strength – as tough as it is for eBay sellers sometimes- to show up and put in the work. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you do just that!
Seriously, just stop everything you’re doing and get away from it all.
Unless you’ve just sold something and need it shipped right away (we need to take care of our DSR’s after all), you can manage to leave your eBay store on auto-pilot for a few hours or a few days even. Trust me, your store will be just fine.
Often times, I think we’re so engrossed with solving our eBay problems – how can I make more sales, how do I get more views, what price should I set this item at, etc – that our minds just need to take a break and relax.
And here’s the amazing thing: Not only will you relieve stress by letting go of those issues for a while, but often times you’ll actually find solutions to your problems while you’re doing other activities.
Dutch psychologists, based on recent studies, have concluded that “The subconscious mind is a terrific solver of complex problems when the conscious mind is busy elsewhere or, perhaps better yet, not overtaxed at all“.
Yup, your subconscious is constantly thinking, grinding, and trying to shout-out solutions to you but it’s being drowned out by the avalanche of “details” in our lives.
So what does mean of us sellers? It means take a mental-break from eBay every now and then. I’ve been taking Off the Grid vacations for the past few years and they’ve been amazing at recharging my batteries and getting my energy levels back up.
But you don’t have to leave the country to do this; heck, you don’t even need to leave your neighborhood.
A simple walk, job, or bike ride around the block can work wonders. Not into exercise? Well, then read a book or connect with a friend over coffee.
It doesn’t matter the activity. What matters is that you give yourself a little breather and time to step away.
Sell Something. Anything!
“Sales Cure All”.
This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my business mentors, Mark Cuban. Yes, that over-the-top owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the investors on the show Shark Tank.
This man is worth billions – not millions – billions of dollars. With that level of net worth you know he’s been right more than a few times in his life and he hit the nail right on the head with this comment. Making a sale is often times all you need to put the fun back in eBay. I mean, that’s what we’re all here for right? To make some extra money?
I don’t know about you but that’s what I’m here to do. I want to hear the virtual eBay cash registers going off constantly and when it doesn’t – even for a day or two – that’s when I start to lose my mojo. That’s when this whole eBay thing doesn’t become “fun” anymore.
I mean, how can you not get excited after hearing something like this?
We absolutely NEED to make sales on a regular basis or this eBay thing will turn into a drag..quickly! I’ve gone to extreme lengths to make this happen and I suggest you do also. I’ve accepted low-ball offers, started Air Jordan’s at $0.99, and I’ve even taken losses on some items just to get the cash flowing, just to get my momentum snowballing again.
Remember, you need to make sales – it means everything to your eBay-soul! When you see your Paypal balance starting climbing higher and higher, it’s such an adrenaline rush and you’ll feel compelled to go out and start thrifting again.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Not only is this good reselling advice – it’s good life advice as well! Getting stuck in a rut or routine can make what was once exciting into mundane and boring.
It’s especially true with reselling: It’s gonna get boring if you keep looking for the same things at the thrift store every single time.
The solution? Keep learning and keep expanding!
I started this journey selling Nike’s and Air Jordan’s and even though I still enjoy tremendous success with niche I can’t imagine going to thrift stores and focusing only on shoes. That’s so boring!
I’m constantly expanding my brand/niche vocabulary and this search for new items to look for has taken me into some items that I never once thought I’d get into.
Sold for $68
Sold for $79.00
Sold for $99.99
You don’t have to expand into all areas of thrift store all at once. That can be overwhelming for anyone. However, you can expand one at a time.
Those dresses that you always pass by without a second thought, take a few minutes and check out what’s available. Those toys sitting by the cash register that are still sealed, research through eBay and Amazon and see if you can find a similar one.
Believe me, eBay-life starts outside your comfort zone!
Keep Stuff for Yourself – It Can’t Be ALL about Reselling
This has been my favorite stress-reliever this year! In the past, I was very strict on myself when it came to keeping items – “It’s all about the profits” was my mantra early on.
I got so caught up in the numbers and profits that I forgot that one of the main reasons why I started this journey years ago (and one of the main reasons why I keep going to this day) is because it’s so much fun!
One of the best advice I can give to someone who’s just starting is “Start with what you know.” That’s how I got started with selling Nike’s and Air Jordan’s. Well, if you start selling what you know, eventually you’re going to run into something that you actually want to keep for yourself!
Here’s some of the best stuff I’ve kept for myself this year:
Believe me, these items are worth some decent profits on eBay but who cares? I want them and they’re my size so I’m going to keep them. I’ll probably find another one soon anyway, they always make their way to the thrift stores eventually.
Obviously you don’t keep ALL the stuff for yourself- you’ll have a closet full of stuff instead of a business if that’s the case. However, I am HUGE proponent of rewarding yourself and, most importantly, HAVING FUN with thrift stores and eBay again. And if that requires you to keep an item or too, then so be it.
If you see something you like and you’re heart tells you to keep it, well…then go ahead and keep it. You’ve earned it!
eBay Gladiators, I Salute You!
As sellers, I don’t have to tell you that it’s not all “unicorns and rainbows” on eBay-Land, but for me it’s not all bad either. I think it’s important that we inject some fun and perspective into our reseller business every now and then.
All sellers are equipped with an indestructible armor when we first start off and it gradually becomes weakened with every non-paying bidder, negative feedback, and extra fees that eBay imposes.
The four tips I just provided have been the best methods (for me, anyways) at repairing that armor so that we feel strong and ready again to fight on.
Hopefully you’ve read something here today that can help you in your business. At the very least, it’s been a good reminder for me that we all will struggle at one point or another, but it doesn’t mean it’s permanent.
Keep fighting and don’t forget to have some fun out there!
How about you? How do you avoid burnout on eBay? How do you stay motivated? Let’s help each other out!
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