In the span of five days last week, I sold five dollars worth of clothing. Earlier in February, I’d had several days of over $80 or $100 in sales, and since this little eBay drought has ended, my sales have picked back up to about what I would expect. Any time I’ve had a day or two without sales, I’ve been pretty good about telling myself that slow days are normal, and that things will turn around soon. I had just never gone that long without any real sales to speak of. I’d like to share with you three things not to do when sales are slow:
1. Obsessively check eBay
I waste too much time in general scrolling through my active listings on my eBay app, but over those five days, I checked in on my phone way too often. There’s really no benefit to doing this, and I could be using my time so much more productively.
2. Compare yourself to other sellers
In an effort to see if it was just my items not selling or other people’s as well, I found myself looking up completed listings of other sellers I know. Again, this is just a waste of time. If I were to see that other people’s sales are slow, that doesn’t change my situation for the better, and if I were to see that other people’s sales weren’t slow, I’d just end up feeling worse.
3. Give up
I never seriously considered throwing in the towel during these slow days, but I did really struggle with feeling like the hard work I’ve been putting into eBay was for naught. Being in business for yourself can be really empowering when you’re seeing results, but when things are slow, it can be hard to stay motivated to keep plugging away.
One of the great things about selling on eBay is that you’re free to work anytime, anywhere. The downside to that is that there’s a tendency (for me, at least) to keep eBay in the back of my mind all the time. There no “leaving work at work” like you might be able to do with a lot of traditional jobs. One way I’m going to try to combat that is by not keeping my phone nearby during the day–it’s tucked away in my purse in the coat closet right now, where it’ll stay all day. I won’t hear the “cha-ching” when I make a sale, and I won’t be tempted to check my listings for any new offers or watchers. I’ll likely check my email on the computer around lunch time and before I go to bed, so that I can pack up any sales or respond to messages. But that’s it. Hopefully that will help me keep eBay where it belongs, and not in my head all day.
Do y’all ever struggle with thoughts of eBay creeping into your mind too much? How do you combat that?