By Phil Dunn
One of the things I love
about eBay sellers is their pioneering spirit. When you go to events like eBay Live (in Las Vegas 2006) or the Professional
eBay Sellers Alliance (PESA) (in
Austin, Texas October 27-29, 2005), you meet all kinds of original,
enthusiastic, ambitious folks that are selling the darndest things and having
so much fun.
We talk a lot about
business planning, strategy and positioning here (and in the book), but some of the most important ingredients to eBay success are
adventurousness and attitude. You need to like what you do, of course, and you
need to take some risks, explore new product lines and continue to learn. Those
who have their eyes and minds open to new opportunities and unique products
that complement their wares inevitably prosper with their sales.
Keep this in mind as
you’re slogging through shipping chores and balancing the books.
“Twenty years from
now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones
you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch
the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Phil Dunn is a marketing consultant and co-author of The 7 Essential Steps to Successful eBay
Marketing (McGraw-Hill, 2005). His eBay blog, http://ebay-marketing.blogspot.com
offers tips, tricks and strategies that help people
generate eBay sales now.