Building My eBay Empire Chapter 1

Flags Over The Entrance Of Chapel

Long Ride Home

I was in Florida when that call came, my mother asking me to come home and help take care of her husband. It was Memorial Day Weekend when I headed north, was not sure I would make it all the way, money was tight. I had promised Ski that I would stay the night at a Biker For Christ retreat in North Carolina.
After a life changing experience, and an inner peace that filled my heart, I rolled up 95 to NJ where my freedom of the road would end, but a new one would begin. God was in my life, and it was a change I was not ready for..
Dad had Alzheimer's, mom would work days, and I would watch him while she did... Was a struggle at first but as time went on, Win and I became very close, he prayed for hours that I meet a woman as good to me as mom was to him...
His prayer was answered on 8-8-8 when I married my wife Lori, what a story that in itself makes, but I will save that for another time... this is about business...

How I Got Into eBay

Dad was staying with me during the day, he would sleep and watch the Military Channel most of the day, and I was BORED... I didnt know what to do with myself, when a ride came up for a veteran, I wanted a POW flag and couldnt buy one local, so thats where the idea for SJFlags.com came from... At first I spent hours and hours reading looking and search eBay, I know by the title of most of the ads who the seller was, I was scared to start, I had so little of my own, how could a start a business... Looking back I didnt know very much, God is the only reason my business was started and has been successful...
I told my wife what I wanted to do, and she without knowing what would happen said I believe in you, you can do it, I will support us through this, and with her backing I opened an eBay account. I tried for a while to get American made flags as a veteran I didnt want to sell chinese made stuff... They all laughed at me, some even hung up... I found a chinese seller that would supply me with flags.. So it began...
400 flags on the kitchen table, and it began.. I would work hours and hours on end building fancy ads, selling them for pennies over cost for feedback... The whole time praying to God for His help and guidance which many times came from Win without him even knowing it in something he said or a story he told... and so it began... What a TRIP it has been...

In Loving Memory Of Win

Win walking my wife down the isle of our biker wedding...
Win walking my wife down the isle of our biker wedding...

Where Do I Go From Here

Now that was almost 6 years ago... By the grace of God, I have had many ups and down in this business of selling on eBay, but in the end it has been very profitable for me, now that God has blessed me with some free time, I am going to start writing down all the good and bad that has happened along the way... The only advice I can give you is before you start, get down on your knees and pray that the Lord be with you and grace you with peace and mercy as you go forth.. When I do well I give all the glory to God when I fail it is only because of my weakness...
Follow along and I pray that through all my ranting and craziness you find a diamond that you can use to help you on your way...

God Bless and I will write to you again soon...


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