As anyone with a home-based business knows, it can be difficult to explain to people how it’s a real business with day-to-day operations that take up most of your time, much the same way any other job does. I hate the part of the conversation where people ask what I do, because the answer, “I have an eBay store“, invariably brings a look to people’s faces that says, “Yeah? What else?”
So, here is a quick run-down of what a typical week looks like for an eBay seller…
Saturday – This is yard sale day. I have my list, my cash in small bills and my comfy clothes on with at least one pocket. I leave at o’dark thirty and spend about 4 hours rummaging through nonsense to find the shiny things. I am home with my treasures by noon and spend some time sorting and cleaning up items for listing. Saturday night is date night!
Sunday – After an 8am cardio session with my husband at the gym, we attend the 11am service at our church. Sometimes we go to lunch or see a movie after. Usually by 2pm, I am closed up in the eBay room. I list auction items so they end on Sunday, so I spend about 3 hours listing new items and relisting unsold ones.
Monday – This is shopping day. After my weekday morning routine, which includes a workout, breakfast, bible study and chores ( I use this daily chore chart), I pack all sold items from the weekend to drop off at the PO before I head to the thrift store. My favorite one marks down clothing items to 99 cents that day and I usually spend about $30 and an hour or two. Then it’s off to do the grocery shopping, and back home to unpack groceries and prep food for the week. The afternoon is spent sorting and prepping that day’s thrift store finds for listing, then packing any sold items to ship.
Tuesday – Morning routine, then a few hours listing 5-day auction items to end on Sunday, as well as any ‘Buy it Now’ listings. Pack any sold items and take them to the PO. Tuesday evening is our bible study group and we are usually signed up to bring food, so I get that, then myself, ready to go.
Wednesday – Morning routine, then work 10am – 6pm at the olive oil shop. My sweet husband makes dinner that day.
Thursday – I can relax a little. Morning routine (Thursday’s chore is bathrooms so that takes a while), then pack any sold items and list any remaining ‘Buy it Now’ items. I am experimenting with Kohl’s clearance rack/Kohl’s Cash redemptions, and if that turns out to be worthwhile, I may make Thursday Kohl’s shopping day. Can’t have too many shopping days 🙂
Friday – Me day. I try to use this day for appointments; dentist, hair, nails, etc. I still do my morning routine, then maybe lay out or read a book or watch Netflix, whatever. I make my yard sale list for the next day and ship any sold items.
So that’s what the heck I do all day. And I love it!