What I have Learned So Far - What I Like and Don’t Like about eBay Selling and Life in General
I am closing in on my 18 month milestone of starting SecondMoonshot and my second career selling on eBay. Not so much a lessons learned, but a few things I like and some I don’t, some about eBay, some about life in general. In no particular order. eBay gets a lot of gripes on the forums, but for what they offer on the platform, I have no issues and fully support the direction they have taken.
- In-person auctions: human interaction, meet new people, better people, better wins
- The thrill of finding a gem and paying little for it
- I get to spend time with Zabrina
- I get to drive around in my cars most days
- I am learning every day, keeping my mind active and feeling productive; by nature I am a workaholic; I will never know everything and that’s a good thing
- I run the business like I want to, treat customers the way I want to, every good decision and mistake is mine, I am solely accountable; I.e. if a customer is not 100% satisfied, they get a full refund plus shipping, no questions asked (except to learn more on how to improve)
- I have no issues making mistakes, buying bad, it’s all learning and try not to make same mistake twice
- I have a mission and goals, I am growing something
- Total freedom, I have a big happy grin on my face every minute of the day; I am at peace, I am happy
- The joy of a delighted customer, it’s pretty cool when you get communication and pictures from customers about their purchase and what it means to them
- My weekly lunch at Shorty’s Hot Dogs
- My beard is really coming along well!
- I still feel like I’m 18 years old; I turn 57 next month
- I really enjoy the framing and restoration projects I am doing more of, near instant satisfaction
- More time with my kids
- Nap time, I joke about this with Z, but I only take an afternoon nap maybe once a month, but knowing I can is awesome, and when I do take one…life is good. Ok maybe a little more frequently.
- A big sales day
- Quality alone time
- I do like the blogging and sharing my knowledge, learnings and journey. More like my journal and have no idea if anyone reads it. Best I don’t know.
- There is a satisfaction ever so little, but there, when you pack something complex in an exceptional manner…that’s why I enjoy packing large pictures
- The end of month accounting, only takes a few hours, but not fun
- I used to love estate sales, now I have better things to do besides sit in a car 2 hours before start and do the rat race to get so-so deals, good finds at good prices are few and far between, but have to do them occasionally
- I am not getting rich (yet), but money was never really the goal (and still isn’t…not completely anyway)
- Days of my 6 figure salary are now a figment of my imagination
- My memory is starting to fail, I use a LOT of Post-it notes to compensate
- Stability of the eBay iOS app is very inconsistent in stability, every update is a crap shoot. Since I essentially run the entire business with the app (listings, shipping, communication, etc), when the app is in a bad state, I feel the pain.
- Yard work
I knew it would be a 2 year plan to get to a point to cover all my bills, not a lot and have very little debt, but I am on track. I’m probably doing that now but profits all go back into the business for now. As long as my “likes” list is double my “dislikes” list, I am doing good. When I stop enjoying this and it starts to feel like work, I’ll stop, life is too short and I wasted a lot of it on out of whack priorities.
In September, I am taking an auctioneer class at local Wake Tech and will work to get my license, just another tool in my tool belt…who knows where that will take me.