My word for 2018 is: CONSISTENCY (aka Slow & Steady)
This plays into many areas of my life, including eBay. I am starting with small, manageable goals, but I am hoping to grow them as the year marches on.
My small manageable goal is to list 10 new items each weekday and 5 each on Saturday and Sunday. Ideally I will list 10 each weekday and schedule 2 each day for the weekend (totaling 10), leaving my weekends free from listing. Somehow this rarely seems to be the reality however.
2600 weekdays + 520 weekends = 3120 new listings in 2018. Totally doable, one little chunk at a time.
I would like to gross $60,000 this year. $60,000 divided by 365 days = $164.38/day. When I am listing consistently my sales are often in that range. Again, doable.
I ship within one business day. I will continue to do so.
Part of the reason my listing goals are so low is that I am currently doing almost no sourcing. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t have items to list. I definitely do. Items that have been hanging around unlisted, for I don’t even want to say how long, that I need to get through. The thing is, there is often a reason I haven’t listed those items yet, that they have been set to the side. There is a flaw, or it needs new batteries, or needs to be cleaned up a bit, etc. So it takes me longer to get the items ready, and photographed. I am finding some really great items in among some low-value items. But, it’s a process.
At the beginning of every year I go through all of my inventory. After the first month of being listed most of my listings are set to GTC, so sometimes things hang around quite awhile. I’m okay with that. I really believe pretty much everything will sell eventually, and some items take longer (especially plush, which I love to sell). But I do need to go through it occasionally, ending listings, selling as similar, freshening things up here and there.
Keeping Records Updated
There are a lot of spreadsheets and options out there to keep track of eBay sales. I have tried a few, and Easy Auctions Tracker is my favorite. It downloads all of the information for the last three months, I just need to input how much I paid for the items I sold. The trick is to keep it updated. And, updated is a loose term, but I’d like to keep my sales spreadsheet current within the last 30 days, so I don’t have a lot of work hanging over my head at the beginning of 2019.
Just for fun
I printed off a list of the 50 states. I am going to see how far into the year I get before I have shipped a package to all 50 states. It’s totally just a curiously project. I’ve been thinking about doing this for several years.
I’d like to blog more. It is something I enjoy doing, but among all of my other goals it often gets shuffled down my list of priorities.
What are your goals for 2018? I would love to hear about them! Maybe we can try to hold each other accountable.