Once we started listing consistently in our eBay store, the obvious thing happened: we became successful. The bigger our inventory, the more we sold. Like most successful sellers, we then hit a wall. Each month we can barely list enough to keep up with the amount we were selling. This makes it difficult to grow our inventory. Listing is the real bottleneck in the eBay workflow.
We’ve recently started talked about hiring employees. How would we train them? What would we pay them? How do you keep them from just starting their own store once they learn how easy it is to sell scavenged goods? The math has never made sense to us. We’re definitely skeptics.
This week we talk to Miriam Otto of The eBay Life Blog and Blue Frog Shoes. She has between two and three employees working for her at any one time. She mainly hires college students since they like
flexible work hours and aren’t stable enough to become her competition. Since hiring employees, she now works a full-time job while they list and ship with the help of her boyfriend, Johnny. They have more than doubled what they make on eBay since hiring employees. She’s even recently bought another house to live in, so their original house can just be for eBay storage/business. We like the way she thinks!
Miriam teaches an extensive online class where she shares even more details about how to successfully hire eBay employees. Check out the course here. Thanks Miriam for sharing your knowledge with us!