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Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #257

20 Mar 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

Remember the elevator pitch? It’s a description of your business that should be no longer than a short elevator ride: 20-30 seconds, no more. So what do you say when you’re asked, “What do you do?” Your reply can make all the difference in people’s perceptions of your business life — and set the stage for credibility.

Depending upon your image needs, here are 8 responses I’ve heard that work quite well. Have some business cards to back up any of these statements:

  1. I own a company that markets products worldwide.
  2. I’m an ecommerce professional.
  3. I own an import/export business.
  4. I’m a product sourcer.
  5. I’m an internet professional.
  6. I own an ecommerce business.
  7. I’m an online entrepreneur.
  8. I sell on eBay.

What’s your elevator pitch?

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #256

13 Mar 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

When defining entrepreneurialism, risk-taking is often the first element mentioned. The result of some risk-taking is failure; that’s why it’s called “risk”-taking. Many entrepreneurs have filed for bankruptcy, lost everything, and had to start again from the ground up. Some give up, while others go on have successful businesses.

So what makes the difference? The first group gives up because to them, a failure means that they were a failure, not that the project failed. But even if you make mistakes that led to the failure, you haven’t failed; it’s the project that failed, and you took the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Successful entrepreneurs try, try again. Risk-taking by its very nature means there is a possibility of failure. Don’t be afraid!

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #255

06 Mar 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

One of the biggest challenges work-from-home entrepreneurs face is when family and friends fail to take your workday seriously. You need to create a true work atmosphere in for your business.

Although one of the benefits of being your own boss is that you are able to take time off to do the things you want, it can be highly disruptive to your business to be constantly interrupted. In order to succeed, you must take charge of your average work day.

So 3 tips today:

  1. Post your hours of operation on your door, and make sure you stick to it. One of those handy “Do Not Disturb” signs showed up by mistake in my suitcase after a trip, and I hang it on my office door.
  2. Put your business hours on your voicemail and refer the caller to your home phone if it’s personal.
  3. Pretend you’re not home. Don’t answer your home phone or door during business hours. You’re not being anti-social; you’re being a business owner.

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #254

27 Feb 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

You’ve seen those movie or TV scenes where an executive has nothing on his or her desk other than their nameplate, a computer screen, one keepsake, and a pen. Follow suit.

Entrepreneurs get overwhelmed sometimes; it’s normal. However, you can make some changes, beginning with your desk. You should have only one project at a time on your desk. When you need to go on to the next project, put the present one away immediately.

Some companies are starting to purchase desks without drawers. That way your work is usually sitting on your desk, where it’s harder to ignore, so it’s usually handled the same day.

The first thing you can do is to remove everything from your desk. Start from scratch. On your desk should be nothing but your computer plus your task box, sometimes called your inbox; some pens and pencils in a holder; one memento; and a scratch pad, just in case. That’s it.

Try it. You’ll breathe more freely, and you’ll be more effective.

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #253

13 Feb 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

Dieters know very well the “moment of choice” when you’re looking at a menu and choose to make the right choice rather than get the Bloomin’ Onion for the table. After making the Bloomin’ Onion mistake one too many times, I ordered the shrimp cocktail appetizer instead. Less calories, better protein. It felt really good. The scale liked it, too.

So what is happening during that moment of choice, and how can we apply it to our business? Use the bad CEO/good CEO example: When the bad CEO is whispering in your ear, “It’s only one little scratch; no one will even notice it”, the good CEO is saying, “Should I list it and call out the scratch, or donate it?”

Always opt for being the good CEO. It shows your character. It only takes a moment to decide to do the right thing. Start recognizing those moments. Order the shrimp cocktail.

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s List #252

06 Feb 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

How many breaks a day do you take? What do you do on those breaks? In some businesses, you take your snack and meet your co-workers in the break room at designated times. In others, you are allowed two rolling breaks a day.

You are a business owner, so you get to choose. What should we be doing on our breaks? Pick two of the following:

  1. Eat a small snack and go for a walk.
  2. Brew a cup of tea and read a novel.
  3. Drink coffee and make notes relating to the rest of your workday.
  4. Catch up on the news and your personal email.

Numbers 1 and 2 are the right answers, because 3 and 4 involve work and possibly anxiety. Take at least 2 breaks a day, and totally get away from anything that even resembles work. It will serve you well.

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #251

30 Jan 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources
One of my grandsons was mentored by his first boss, the restaurant manager in charge of hiring him. It changed his life. As he has grown, he moved to another city to work for others and brought those lessons with him.
As a small business owner, you already know the workday part of it, and you also know many of the benefits, like being your own boss and stuff. Now it’s time to start thinking about your responsibilities to others. If you hire the teenager next door, you have a responsibility to help shape that young person forever.
As a business owner, one of your most important jobs is to nurture your workforce. No matter the age, give your employee a timetable to complete tasks, make them accountable and teach them good customer service skills. You get a good employee, and you help to frame someone’s life far into the future.


Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #250

23 Jan 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

Some of Entrepreneur Magazine’s contributors recently offered their favorite tips for success. One quoted Richard Branson, who says his biggest motivation is to keep challenging himself. He treats life like one long university education where he can learn more every day.

I love this. I get bored so easily. Many business owners think being bored is simply a byproduct of work. Not necessarily!

Learning is growth. You should read every day, and when something strikes your fancy — such as new and exciting technologies or systems for small businesses — do a little research, and learn something. It will keep you alert, and it could help your bottom line.

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #249

09 Jan 2018 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources

Happy New Year, my entrepreneurial friends. I’ve missed you during our holiday break. Mine was stupendous! We had a little of everything: family drama, good food, fun times, lots of laughs, some tears, and tons of joy.

Take this time to think about 2017; then write down the changes you would like to see in yourself, your family, your community, your country, and your world for 2018. Try to find a way to be a part of the solution.

You don’t have to solve all of the world’s problems but you could begin with doing something for someone in need; helping your child’s school with a project; feeding the homeless; voting…you get the drift. These little moments in your life add up when we all contribute. Happy 2018!

Advice for the Entrepreneur: Lee’s Tip #248

19 Dec 2017 Lee's Tips,Seller Resources
With the New Year just around the corner, here is a countdown of the Top 10 eBay Seller Resolutions for 2018:
10) Assume that my buyers are basically good
9) Ship internationally as well as to Alaska, Hawaii and APO/FPO addresses
8) Be (even) nicer to newbies and ensure they feel welcome
7) Leave feedback first, as soon as my buyer pays
6) Save up for eBay Open 2018
5) Know my numbers
4) Join or start a meetup group
3) List more and smarter
2) Earn an eBay Radio 5 Tureens dish towel
1) Listen to eBay Radio!

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