Mirror, Mirror on the wall…
can you tell me who I am at all???
I have been struggling to figure out what I want to be when I grow up since I was a four year old, completely fascinated by the giant “trash squisher” in the back of the neighborhood garbage truck… needless to say “trash day” was my favorite day of the week and I aspired to be a garbage “man”.
The funny thing is, I STILL get excited over junk… but now I want it to stay intact! LOL
As most of you know, I make my living selling other people’s trash as profitable treasures… and I DO mean JUNK. In my blog, I’ve written about worthless, empty gift cards, coupons you can get for free, old Tupperware, broken watches… AND I’ve sold so many more items both online and off that most people not only turn their noses up to but wouldn’t even DREAM of reselling it much less BUYING it in the first place…
I have accumulated so much stuff, that if 10 items were listed on eBay EVERY SINGLE DAY between NOW and the day my 7 year old daughter dies of old age, there would STILL be stuff left!
This is NOT an exaggeration.
So what does one do when faced with the fact that after nearly TEN YEARS of sourcing and hoarding has built up a HUGE inventory (but, hey, it’s ALL paid for!!!) and no way to actually move it in BULK.
Every time I walk in to my 3 car, 2 story PACKED warehouse and try to tackle this completely overwhelming task, all I manage to do is run up to my bed, hide under the covers and sob…
Okay, I’m a grown woman and I realize that crying never solves anything (but it might get you a bouquet of flowers if your hubby gets really worried about your mental stability – LOL!)…
and besides that, I’m tired of receiving the “Mommy, get better kisses” from my well-meaning Border Terriers with simply HORRENDOUS breath….
The only way to get yourself out of a hole… a really, really deep hole… is to start digging. Of course, MY hole is actually a mountain, and I’m going to have to tackle it from the top down…
I have to start thinking creatively, so I start to ponder things like … what would the “I’ve Got Junk In My Trunk” Super Hero do???
Or maybe the “Clean Up Fairy” will show up and organize everything for me… okay, those thoughts are generally confined to the days that I forgot to take my medication… LOL…
After tossing about a couple plans of attack… NONE of which involve fantasy creatures and “Disney Magic” – sorry, I know you were probably rooting for that as an answer…
but if you DO have a “Disney Magic” connection, could you hook me up??
I have finally identified my needs & next steps.
So back to “State of Deb’s Business Report”:
- I need to actually GENERATE some new income.
- I need to get all this crap out of my life and my warehouse… FOR GOOD.
- I need to keep up with my business, my blog, my subscribers, my family, my doggies and ME!
- I need to think about creating some more actual PRODUCTS to sell… so that I can scale back on selling “found stuff”.
- I need to find other ideas to create PASSIVE income for the days that I do end up hiding under my covers!
- I need to actually start following my own advice…. at this point, those that I am coaching and mentoring are realizing FAR greater rewards than I .. as I am personaly completely and utterly UNFOCUSED.
- I want to have an EMPTY warehouse and thousands of dollars in my pockets…
- I want to have a library of free and paid products that benefit and teach thousands of people, who like me, are just struggling to dig out and generate a steady, real online income.
Clearly, I have two completely different business directions to go in.
The first (obvious) one is that since there is CLEARLY no lack of inventory, but a definite lack of cash flow, selling this stuff needs to be addressed… NOW.
That said, as any eBay seller will tell you… it is one thing to LIST 100 auctions in a week… it’s a WHOLE other ball of wax to actually fulfill all those successful auctions at the auction end… AND list an additional 100 items for NEXT week.
Here is where I come up against my wall. List tons, sell tons… yippee!!!
Ship tons and list more… not so happy camper…
I end up with bubble wrap and packing peanuts EVERYWHERE and a little blonde chatterbox mixing me up on which box goes to what person and whether or not all my items, labels and packing slips are actually coordinated correctly… ACK!!!!
Welcome to my personal eBay after auction hell. This personal hell has actually kept me from continuing to list on eBay on a regular basis, which in turn frustrates me to no end! All that stuff… and no motivation (OR TIME!) to actually get it listed, sold and shipped…
But guess what, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel… and it is NOT an oncoming train… enter Amazon, FBA and a renewed hope.
Can I sell all my junk and collectibles on Amazon for similar prices to eBay???
…. YOU BET!
Are the listing and shipping processes similar to eBay in time in effort… NOT NECESSARILY… are you listening???
Amazon just made this WAY easier!!! NOW, I’m excited!
I’m going to detail in another blog post about how I plan on using Amazon to fulfill the shipping, inventory managment and STORAGE of all my “treasures”, while selling these items, not only on Amazon, but on Etsy, eBay and anywhere else I may decide to set up a virtual shop (like creating my own micro niche blog, and then link to my OWN products on Amazon for affiliate sales income — tricky, tricky!)
Okay, so now I’ve got a solid plan in place for my overstuffed “stuff storage unit” AKA “The Warehouse”…