I’m at point in my life where I’ve realized I need to make some REAL commitments to myself, my business and my friends (both online and off).
As I’ve talked about in past posts, I have so much inventory crammed into my warehouse, I’ve nicknamed it “one of the man-made wonders of the world.” Many people have suggested I post hours at the top of the street and just start directing traffic here, rather than trying to figure out how to sell my stuff elsewhere.
From all the comments, emails and commiserations, I now realize that I am NOT alone, I am NOT crazy (debatable) and that alas, I am also NOT unique…. BUT I do have a wonderful audience full of friendly, supportive people!
It is with high hopes and the inspirational email below from Mike D., that I now turn to my little corner of the Internet and ask you to support me (and bear with me)….
Your emails are very entertaining!
Btw, it would be okay with me as a subscriber if you sent them out more often.
It took a lot of people beating me over the head, but I now “get it.” I need to write in my blog more… okay I HEAR you!
I ALSO need to dig out from under this mountain of crap and as a happy bonus, maybe I can make some money doing it! So how do I focus my time and attention on stuff AWAY from the computer and my blog, while still keeping my momentum intact?
ACCOUNTABILITY… that’s how.
Have you ever seen the movie “Julie & Julia”? If you haven’t and you want to watch an entertaining flick that demonstrates how passion, accountability and drive are the key ingredients (pun intended) to building a loyal following and a successful, monetized blog… I HIGHLY recommend it!
So in the spirit of Julie & Julia, I am announcing to everyone that listens, reads, cares or couldn’t give a rat’s ass… that my goal is to empty my warehouse. I know that I SHOULD put a time frame on this statement, but I am not at that point… yet. I ALSO know that unless I set a realistic, TANGIBLE goal that all I am doing is blowing sunshine up yours and my own … um, derriere.
So here is my commitment:
I am going to begin this journey with a series of small steps. Right now I WILL remove 50 items PER WEEK from my warehouse.
These items may be given to charity, given away on freecycle, sold at a yard sale or on Craig’s List, packed up and sold to Replacements, sold on Etsy, sold as scrap to a local recycling plant, listed AND sold as profitable eBay items or sent to Amazon for FBA – or any other creative way I end up removing the items.
Once an item has left the warehouse PERMANENTLY… that item will then count towards my 50 items gone per week. And if by some chance I am able to remove MORE than 50 items that week, the item count will NOT roll over.
As I progress through this nightmare that I personally created for myself, I will share with you the (interesting) items that I removed, any new eBay niches I identify and how much money I sold the items for. It will be an education for us all!
As today is close to the end of the week, this personal challenge will begin on Sunday… and will continue until we can see the floors, walls, windows and shelves of the warehouse interior. I will also use this as an opportunity to learn how to use my new flip camera and integrate video into my blog posts.
You have my personal commitment to an update AT LEAST weekly… and I promise there will be plenty of good content & “teaching moments” that will accompany this goal.
Please let me know what your thoughts are… and if you have any helpful (or even not so helpful, but entertaining) thoughts or words of wisdom please leave those in the comments as well…