I used to be the kind of person who shunned New Year’s Resolutions. I always thought a calendar year was such an arbitrary amount of time to accomplish something, and that if you had a goal, you should start working on it today, not January 1st. However, I decided to make resolutions last year, and I’m happy to say I can (almost) consider them all accomplished. (run a half marathon – check; pay at least $1,000 on my loans from eBay money – super check; work out 3 times a week – sorta check)
Of course, it’s really important to have goals for your business, so that you’re always pushing yourself to grow and be better instead of stagnating into mediocrity. Here are my business goals for 2015 (even if 12 months is kind of arbitrary):
- Get the number of active listings in my store up to 200:I’ve recently started listening to the Scavenger Life podcast. They often talk about how success on eBay is a “number’s game” and that sellers should place a high priority on having a large inventory. In November, I broke the 100-item barrier, and I hope to get up to 200 before the end of next year. To do that, I will probably need to add a third shopping day into my schedule, maybe just two weeks out of each month (and keep the other weeks at two shopping days).
- Attempt sourcing at the Goodwill Outlet:Are you all as inspired by Maxine as I am? She is consistently pulling in over $2,000 in sales per week. Per week!! She buys almost all of her inventory at a Goodwill Outlet, where clothes are priced by the pound. (I think it works out to be less than $1 per pound, usually.) There’s one about 25 minutes from me, but I’ve never ventured inside. Many of the reviews online are less than flattering, with lots of talk of broken glass and unattended children. However, if I can find inventory for pennies, it would be worth the less-than-pleasant atmosphere. (And I’ll be sure to wear gloves!) I’m going to try at least three times, to make sure I give it a fair chance.
- Average $900/mo in student loan payments:That’s what it’ll take to become debt-free. And I want nothing more than to be out of debt by 2016.
- Send one box of products into Amazon FBA:As much as I love selling on eBay (and I do!), I’ve been hearing the siren call of Amazon FBA lately. The idea of just boxing up all my inventory in one big shipment and letting the Amazon Fairies store and ship it for me sounds just magical. I’ve been really enjoying reading Yolanda’s writings on her FBA endeavors. She also is a “part time” reseller and a mom, so she makes success seem much more attainable than someone who can devote their entire life to their business.