Wednesday, December 4, 2013

eBay Success Story - Karen Wilson

Karen has been a contributing member of my Facebook Group for quite a while and I have seen her eBay business take off lately. She has overcome a lot to get her business to this level and her struggles may help someone else. Here's her story.

Karen's first sale was in February 2010. She played around with eBay for a year just to bring in some extra cash for the family. In 2011 her husband, Rick, experienced some pay cuts at his job so having an eBay business already set up came in handy. In August of this year, Rick took the plunge and became an entrepreneur with a new venture and Karen focused on building the eBay business. When Rick's business is slow, he helps Karen with some of the eBay tasks, like taking photos of items.

Karen and Rick's children are their motivation to succeed. In Jan 2007 their first-born child died suddenly. They know first-hand how precious time with kids really is. Rick fully supports Karen's eBay business and he wants so badly to be home for the kids as much as possible and will do anything to make that work. Karen sees how much their children are loving having their Daddy home and she wants to be able to keep it that way. 

Karen sells a little bit of everything in her store including clothes, shoes, toys, ornaments, and household items. She finds items to sell in her own house (kids outgrown toys and clothes), thrift stores, yard sales, and estate sales. She also has four clients she consigns for. Since deciding to focus on their eBay venture as a business, Karen's monthly profit has increased from $1,000 to $2,000 a month. She currently has just shy of 800 items in her store, Karen's Crazy Closet. She is a Top Rated Seller with 100% positive feedback.

Karen's best advice to other sellers who are struggling:

"I try to stay as informed as much I can. I follow 2 Facebook pages and gain a lot of information and advice from there. I have a group of 3 other women who have eBay stores.  We help each other and learn from each other.  Roll with all of the changes that eBay makes instead of fighting the change.  Sometimes less is more. I had a little over 1000 listings just a month ago. I realized many of those were old and stale and not worth keeping on there. I’ve either donated them, auctioned them, or discounted them to get rid of them. I am really trying to clean up my store so that each and every listing I have is my best listing."

Great advice, Karen, and thanks for sharing!

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