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From “Boring” to “Bonus Cash!”

Money in Hand

Last week during one of the mini-challenges, Heather asked you to list 3 items that you dreaded to list….a few items that have been sitting in your “to list” pile for way too long.

Well, even though you maybe didn’t enjoy listing them, I bet you could get excited if they sold and made you some extra money, right?

Yesterday, fellow Stork Kim posted that ALL 3 of her “dreaded-to-list-them” items sold for her on the SAME DAY! This is from Kim’s post on the HCTS forums:

Thank you so much HCTS for the mini-challenges that have gone along with this Sept. Challenge!

Two make-up mirrors and a set of flocked hot rollers! That’s the real prize, them selling! I cannot believe all three sold on the same day, maybe I should list the rest of the mirrors and rollers!

Congratulations Kim on listing and selling those “dreaded” items!

I hope everyone is having much success with the SS HCTS challenge.

If you want to be motivated to get your items listed and make some extra cash, join HCTS by clicking the banner below and get started making some money – today!

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Serious September – 1 week left!

Whew, the month of September has just flown by and here we are with only a week left in the SS HCTS challenge!

So, how are you doing? Are you listing daily to meet your goal of 75 for the month? Already done? Struggling to reach your goal?

The final stretch of any challenge can be the hardest. The motivation sometimes dies down, you get tired of the “same ole, same ole” routine and it’s hard to keep up.

But don’t quit now! Remember, everyone who gets their 75 listings in the month of September will be entered into a drawing for a $50 prize.  And if you’re already done with the listings for the month, keep participating in the mini-challenges for a chance to win more prizes!

Remember to comment on Monday’s blog post to enter this week’s mini-challenge and be entered in the running for the receipt organizer. You have until Friday to complete the task of organizing some of your listed inventory. Don’t put it off, get started now!

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I *really*dread this…

Okay!  So yesterday you sorted through Mt. Unlisted and found things to donate.  If you haven’t already, make it your mission to drop those off at the thrift store today.  It is so freeing to take boxes out of your house!

After that, today your mission is to take 3 things you reeeeaaaaallllly don’t want to list – and list them.

We all have things that we put off, for one reason or another.  It’s bulky, hard to photograph, missing pieces, just not exciting…whatever the reason,make it an excuse no more!

Get your 3 ‘dreadeds’ done today and post them in Challenge Chat!  Remember, if you complete all 5 mini-challenges this week you’re eligible to win some cold, hard PayPal cash!

Not a member yet?  What are you waiting for?  Click the banner below to join the greatest online selling support group you will ever find!

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Wordless Wednesday on Thursday – Listed vs Unlisted

OK, since I’m already all mixed up and doing “Wordless Wednesday” on Thursday…I might as well totally blow it and add words. :-D

Listed Inventory Unlisted Inventory

First Photo: Listed Inventory- neatly stored and easy to find things.
Second Photo:  Unlisted mess!

Just another reason to keep listing!!!

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Don’t Stop Now!

eBay Computer buy sell Smiley Smilie Emoticon Emoticons Animated Animation Animations Gif Pictures, Images and Photos

Let’s get busy!

It’s nearing the end of the school year.  Soon the kids will be home wanting all of your attention and warm weather will be beckoning you outdoors.  You know there won’t be as much time for you to devote to your eBay store or other online business.

Now is the time to list, list, list!  For the next few weeks work to fill your store with all your unlisted inventory.  Summer can be a slow time for selling, but you will continue to get sales trickling in…if you have fresh inventory in your store.

Need some motivation?
Reasons to list now:

  • If your store is stocked now, you won’t feel guilty about enjoying some time off with your kids this summer.
  • The money from your summer sales can help fund more fun activities (bowling, putt-putt, pizza, vacation!).
  • There will be less clutter in your house, and you will be able to relax!

So, put in a few hours a day now so you can better enjoy the weeks to come.

Got a tip for listing?  Leave a comment and let us know!

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Spring ~ Get out and get some inventory!

Yard Sale Sign

Yard Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales…whatever you call them.
They are great sources of inventory for your eBay store. People everywhere are Spring Cleaning and getting rid of stuff.

No babysitter? No problem! Bring the kids along (even your husband, too) and make it a family event. There are deals for all hiding amongst that junk stuff. It only takes one great find to make your day.

So get out, enjoy the Spring weather have a great time with your family and get some inventory!!!

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Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday today.  Did you know that?

It’s a pretty big deal in our house, but I’m not sure if that’s universal or just my own little weirdness.

I love Dr. Seuss.  Love him.

I wrote about him on my personal blog today (with a giveaway!) and as I was doing so, I thought he was a great topic for the HCTS blog as well.

It might sound corny, but I find him to be very inspirational.  Perhaps the most obviously inspiring of his stories is Oh! The Places You’ll Go! It’s a book that I love to read to my girls, hoping they will take it to heart, yet I often fail to do so myself.

[Why are children so often smarter than their parents?]

Take this little gem, for example:

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

True for life, and true for our businesses.  Almost daily I hear from frustrated sellers who don’t like eBay’s policies, don’t like the way Amazon communicates, don’t like the system anywhere.  We have a choice – wallow in frustration or accept it and move on.  Being light on your feet and ready to course-correct is part of our job.

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.

Absolutely.  They happen to all of us.  You will have a hard-to-please customer, an unreasonable return, a lost package, a chargeback, negative feedback, and various annoyances.  Unfortunately those, too, are part of our job.  I wish I had a magic way to fix those problems, or avoid them altogether, but I don’t.  No one does.

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

Just as mistakes and struggles in our personal life help us grow, difficulties in our businesses are part of the growing process as well.  From each bad experience there is a lesson to be learned.  Look for the learning and you’ll be better off for it.  Don’t wallow!  Giving in to frustration never equals success.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Don’t go to the Waiting Place!  If you learn to take setbacks in stride and keep moving forward, your business will grow.  You will be successful.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

If you’re FLYing with us, be sure to get yourself completely dressed (hair fixed, makeup and shoes on!) and check in on the forums.  And if you’re shopping today, keep an eye out for Dr. Seuss items.  Many are quite valuable!  Would you like to know which ones?  Log in, or if you’re not yet a member, join today – I’m discussing them in the General forum right now!

Have a productive day!

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

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FLYing through March

Are you all exhausted after the 280 Challenge?  Do you have ANYTHING left unlisted in your house?  Or are you burnt out on listing and looking to tackle a new project?  If so, I believe Rebecca has just the challenge for you.

She posted on the forums about joining the Fly Lady program, and has invited our members to participate as well.  I plan to do it this month, since I signed up last month but was too busy listing to clean anything!

This could be you!

If you’d like to play along, your goal today is simple – shine your sink.  Get it positively sparkly and glowing, right down to every crack and crevice.  Bust out the bleach and a toothbrush and leave no crook or cranny untouched – by the time you’re done it should be glistening.

That’s it!

The idea is that one small change leads to other small changes, and they are easy to work into your routine.

I believe the same can be said for our eBay businesses.  Sometimes making one small change (like tackling Mt. Unlisted) can motivate you to make other changes as well.  In a previous post I wrote about my inventory storage system.  Once I bought these new bins, I was thrilled.  Ridiculously, embarrassingly thrilled.  The kind of thrilled that made me throw open my closet doors and stand back admiring  my beautiful new bins for hours minutes at a time.  More than once a day.  And my closet looked so good that I wanted to make something else look good, too, so I tackled my desk.  And my sewing room.

And now I need to do them all over again, but we won’t talk about that.

The point is, you can change.  You can change how you run your business, how you care for your house, how you care for yourself.  If you are active in our forums you’ve already seen that HCTS helps you in all of those ways (and more!), both personal and professional.  And if you aren’t active in the forums or are not yet a member, then don’t wait any longer.

Now is the perfect time to join us.  We’ll FLY through March together!

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Almost Done the 280 Challenge-TODAY: improve your listings with more pictures!

ALMOST HOME!!

Only 3 days left, can you believe it? You girls are sooooo incredible, and have almost accomplished something truly amazing here. You had the ability to do this inside of you, all this time. Why did you ever doubt yourself?

TODAY’S CHALLENGE: A picture is worth a thousand words. Go for 5,000! Good pictures go sooooooo far in getting your item sold. Today, experiment with adding more pictures to something you normally wouldn’t take a lot of pictures of (a shirt, for example)-for today’s challenge, let’s go for 5 pictures. Normally, I would take just one picture of the shirt lying flat. If I were photographing this shirts for today’s challenge-I would 1)take the beforementioned photo, 2)take at least one close-up photo of an interesting detail, 3) take a photo of the shirt on a manne, form or model, 4) take a photo of the back of the garment, 5) take a close up photo of the label. This will only take about 1-5 minutes more in your photography and editing time, but it will go a long way in letting buyer really “know” what they are getting!

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Almost done-10 days left of the 280 CHALLENGE-share your stats!

Can you believe that we only have 10 more days of the challenge? It’s unbelievable!! We are almost done. Today’s challenge will be about sharing your stats…but first, another inspirational poem for you!!

Words To Live By

It’s not how much you accomplish in life
that really counts,
but how much you give to other.

It’s not how high you build your dreams
that makes a difference,
but how high your faith can climb.

It’s not how many goals you reach,
but how many lives you touch.

It’s not who you know that matters,
but who you are inside.

Believe in the impossible,
hold tight to the incredible,
and live each day to its fullest potential.
You can make a difference
in your world.

~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan ~

What has impressed me THE MOST about this challenge is the way we have all encouraged each other. We have celebrated our sales, pushed one another to complete each day/week, and have just been soooooo positive in general. That’s why I picked this poem, for this line:

“It’s not how high you build your dreams

that makes a difference,
but how high your faith can climb.

It’s not how many goals you reach,
but how many lives you touch.”

Because at the end of the day, if you sell thousands of dollars a month on ebay, but have helped no one else along, it’s not fulfilling to your spirit. You girls TOTALLY get it. I love you!!

TODAY CHALLENGE:

Show me the money/listings! Post about how many listings you started with, and about how much you have sold since the start of the challenge. Doesn’t have to be an exact figure-just a rough guess is good.

me: I’ve done 187 listings since the start of the challenge, and I have had around $1000 in sales.

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