Recently I was chatting with my friend Jackie, about her budding eBay business. I just had to share our conversation, because this is something that I see others encounter when trying to sell products online!
She knew that I had recently sold my successful online business for a high 6 figure amount, and that I sold products on several online marketplaces, as well as my own websites. She knew that like most people, I had started out on eBay and then expanded to other channels later.
On the other hand, she was only a few months into her eBay venture, and she was seriously struggling. In fact, she was on the verge of quitting. Maybe you can relate?
In today’s world it’s become fashionable to avoid asking for help. I have no idea why! Especially when it comes to creating our businesses.
So you throw everything at a wall, hoping something sticks, riding the roller coaster of trial and error… Or, even worse, you look to every self-proclaimed guru who can talk a good talk. But have they walked the walk? (In my experience, that was rarely the case).
It’s like we’ve been taught that you have to do everything the hard way, by yourself, or you aren’t a real entrepreneur. Well that’s just hogwash! It’s much better to seek people out who have gone ahead of you, and proven their answers with hard won results.
Yet, here was dear Jackie, telling me about her many-months-into-the-process mistakes. Mistakes she could have avoided, if she had just come to me earlier. And boy, did these mistakes suck! They had cost her several thousands of dollars in bad product, lost sales, and much worse.
I was just grateful she had come to me now, and seemed really excited about all the insights I was sharing.
After I answered all her questions, Jackie started convincing me to share my business experiences with others.
And the truth is, I was hesitant. Like most of us, I didn’t want to “put myself out there.”
I mean, it’s hard and scary!
I was always uncomfortable with self-promotion. I was afraid of other people’s judgment, resistance, and criticism.
Even more so, I really resent the gurus you see online because, in my experience, they never helped anyone. They just took people’s money and gave some vague, value-less answers. What if people started seeing me like a guru? How could I avoid that?
Some of the strategies I used to explode my business seemed so stupid-simple that I felt people would doubt them. Other tactics had already been tried by online sellers with little to no success because their execution was mediocre at best — and we all know those dudes are usually the loudest naysayers.
Jackie was telling me how there are a ton of articles, tutorials, courses, and gurus out there that give tips, tactics, and strategies on how to sell more on eBay or online for that matter.