Our guests for eBay Radio Show #674 on March 21, 2017, are:
Working from home without wrecking your home! Our guest is Shari Smith, known on eBay as gino4603. Shari was a Certified Business Consultant in eBay’s recently retired Education Specialists program.
My high school had great business courses, and I took them all — including a 6-week filing course. We learned simple filing as well as library rules, etc. The filing itself becomes easy with just a few rules of alphabetical order.
However, it is my experience that some people don’t get the simple strategy and reason for filing: You file so that you can find. Years ago, I asked my new assistant of 6 months for some important documents needed for a meeting. She said “Jeesh…that’s going to take me hours to find.” She went on to explain, “You never ask me for anything you give me to file, so I’ve just been stacking them up in the file room.”
As small business owners, we sometimes let this crucial part of our business stack up. Filing is for that moment when you need the document or file. You don’t need anxiety before an important meeting or project.
Here is the fix: Schedule your filing for one day a week…same time, same day. You will adore me for this advice and name your children after me. Remember: File it so you can find it.
A listener on the chat board encountered a difficult buyer; what would Griff do?Meshell Long from Doba (http://www.doba.com) called in with this week’s dropshipping report. Lee shared Top Rated Seller and professional declutterer Diva Dawn Ralston’s strategy for avoiding an inventory backlog.
Griff and Lee read current events from the eBay Radio Seller Events Calendar, located under Seller Resources in the eBay Radio archives. To submit your sellers group meetup or other event, click on “Submit a Seller Event” in the upper right-hand corner of any archives page.
Open phone, Contact Us email and more: Social Media Manager Audrey Tracey from eBay for Business stayed on to discuss strategies for starting the new year right. Lee shared her latest Advice for the Entrepreneur. Jon, Newfane NY (jon_james_allen), called in with a great tip about using QR codes to help him keep track of his inventory.
There’s no such thing as a perfect listing! Our guest is Dawn Ralston, known on eBay as Top Rated Seller divadawnlv.
Setting up your calendar to efficiently use your time is key to your success. How much business time do you waste? Let’s say you waste 30 minutes per day being non-productive in some way. Do that 5 days a week, and you’ve wasted 2-½ hours per week. In 52 weeks — 1 year — you’ll have wasted 130 hours, which is more than 3 weeks and 10 hours of wasted time in your business life.
More than 3 weeks and 10 hours! Think about it. When I say wasted time, I don’t include lunch breaks (which we should take every day at the same time, if possible). I mean the time we spend procrastinating, watching TV, cleaning up the bedroom closet, arriving at your desk late, calling old friends, etc., instead of taking care of business.
It’s time to break those habits! Schedule your days in 15-minute increments, and see what happens. Include your personal time and your exercise time as well as your business time, because work-life balance figures into this as well. It may take a while to make this schedule a habit, but go for it. Your business AND your personal life will thank you.
Open phones, Contact Us email and more: Lee shared her Advice for the Entrepreneur tip #184.
John and I are experiencing an emergency kitchen/dining/office supply cabinet remodel that required emptying each and every cabinet we have. It was jaw dropping — and an epiphany. From radio cables to telephone cords to 25 decks of cards to more than 200 sheets of music, our life unfolded before us and is now spread all over the dining room floor.
We are taking pictures to post in Diva Dawn’s Camp Clutter B Gone for added support, but here’s the tip. Pretend you are having an emergency remodel in any room in your home. Empty EVERYTHING from your cabinets and drawers onto a landing place, such as a long table. Categorize it all; then throw away, donate, sell on eBay and otherwise get rid of your unneeded belongings. You’ll breathe better for it.
Summer camp for eBay sellers! Our guest is Diva Dawn Ralston, founder and owner of Declutter with Diva Dawn, Top Rated Seller divadawnlv, and director and head counselor at Camp Clutter B Gone.