Most of the posts here have been about marketing, shipping and sourcing — but I haven´t addressed a particular topic head on"?¦ And it could be the most important one.
First — think about who you are and why you´re reading these posts.
You are probably:
c) motivated by challenge
iv) smarter than the average worker bee
You´re selling on eBay (or you´re starting an eBay business) because you´re interested in crafting a better life for yourself, enjoying some freedom of choice and creativity, and want to go beyond standard, punch-the-clock living.
You´re not daunted by the craziness of an enterprise that´s your responsibility. You find it strangely exhilarating to get 50 packages out in one day. When something goes haywire, you see it as an opportunity to learn, fix and improve.
You´re someone who has fun. Sometimes it´s stressful fun, sometimes it has you bouncing off the walls, sometimes it´s pure bliss and triumph.
That´s not usual. In fact, you´re kind of an outcast in a world where griping, blaming and victimization seem to be the preferred sport.
So — never forget who you are and why you´re in this game.
If your eBay business ceases to be fun for a month or more"?¦. run for the hills and cook up another business. Stay away from the creeps — the suppliers and employees that make life dull and dastardly, the businesses that generate more grief than goodness.
Or"?¦ fix your business so you can get it back on track. Inject some fun into the atmosphere. Blast some uplifting tunes during long shipping sessions. Make enthusiasm, thankfulness and creative vision the pillars of your company´s mission. Require 15-minute break dancing parties every other hour. Whatever it takes, put some fun back into your business.
Always be aware of the enjoyment levels you´re getting from your business. There´s somebody out there who could be having more fun. Their customers can sense it. It comes across in their marketing materials and emails. Their products might actually be more fun in some way.
Have more fun. It pays.
And please.. feel free to post some suggestions here about how to have more fun. Part of having fun is figuring out new ways to have fun. Share the wealth.