I'm Tired of Just Thinking About It. I'm Doing It!
The idea had been germinating for quite some time.
That was the problem. It was high time for the bird to get hatched. Its rent was long overdue!
At the Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood, Washington, my brother-in-law and I were stuffing our faces with delicious pasta dancing in a heavenly mixture of mizithra cheese and tomato sauce.
"Check it out," he said to me, a noodle dangling from the left corner of his mouth, but only for a split-second before he sucked it in with a barely audible slurp.
"I've been finding people who want to get rid of scrap metal on Craigslist. I pick up the scrap for free and then sell it to make some extra money."
"Wow! That's great, Steve!" And here I am, selling dirty old pieces of paper on eBay! Even when I'm enjoying a great meal, the inner voice finds pleasure in tormenting me.
"Anyway, I came across this guy who was anxious to get rid of some of his clutter. He had all these collectible items that he was reluctant to part with. But he was moving out of state and needed to get rid of excess baggage."
"No kidding?" I happened to be chasing down the waiter for more bread, but Steve's new topic was distracting me. "So what happened?"
"Well, he needed help in getting his storage bin cleaned out. If I did the work, he would give me all the items for free!"
Ah, FREE! That favorite word of mine!
Steve continued, "I hauled away a ton of stuff! Did some research online, and some of these things are pretty spendy!"
Now I really perked up! "Oh?" I inquired with that awkward pretension of not wanting to appear too eager. Shoot! This is my brother-in-law! I don't have to play games!
"Steve, I'm definitely interested. Tell me more!"
"Well...I'll let the items speak for themselves. I've got a few boxes in my trunk..."
Needless to say, the conversation was off and running from that point on. The restaurant, always a popular dining venue for Seattleites, was especially busy that night. I imagined the floor manager furtively watching us, eager to clear our table for waiting customers.
"You know, Steve, it's funny that you should bring this up. I've been seriously thinking and praying about upgrading what I do online and becoming an eBay trading assistant."
"Well, it involves selling other people's stuff on eBay for a commission."
"Funny you should mention that. I was just going to ask you if you could help me sell these items."
And that's how my life has been going lately.
Serendipity. That wonderful joyful accident just waiting to happen.
No More Analysis Paralysis
After dinner, I was visually rewarded with the sight of gorgeous vintage Christmas houses and ornaments; decorative wooden boxes; collectible figurines and plates; and a host of other items. Steve said that this was just a drop in the bucket and that he had a bunch more boxes at home.
It's too bad we live about 250 miles apart. But I wasn't complaining. Steve has a great talent at finding deals, and I have a talent for salesmanship.
It's a marriage made in Pacific Northwest heaven.
For me, it also means an opportunity...an internship...a self-imposed probationary period for getting my feet wet in the eBay trading assistant lifestyle.
In short, it definitely is an excuse-buster. No more analysis paralysis.
So, what exactly are the qualifications for becoming an eBay Trading Assistant?
The minimum requirements are as follows:
- Sell at least 10 items in the past 90 days.
- Have a minimum of 100 feedback entries.
- Your positive feedback score must be > 98%.
- Your eBay account must be in good standing.
While there isn't a mandate to be a PowerSeller, it certainly is an added bonus. At the very least, it provides one with significant experience. At best, it attracts potential customers.
I'm blessed to at least claim the lowest rung of the PowerSeller ladder. I've failed and fallen a lot of times in my life, so I'm used to the notion that the only way left is UP.
At the Precipice
So far, things are proceeding well. I'm thankful for the 12+ years of eBay selling experience. There've been highs; there've been lows. But always, always, there's been progress. Even the failures and disappointments have been integral points along the learning curve.
As in life, the only way to truly lose is to quit trying.
To that end, I'm taking a leap of faith. I'm taking my eBay game to the next level.