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Etsy vs. eBay for Reselling: How to Choose

Etsy vs. eBay for Reselling How to ChooseBy Emily Belcher

One of the most common questions that people have when they are interested in selling online is where they should set up shop to sell their items. While there are several other online platforms to choose from, most people debate whether to choose Etsy or eBay for their work at home business of reselling.

eBay is very well known for the array of unique and rare to popular items for sale on their site. If someone is looking for a deal, they are most likely going to check eBay for the item in question first.

On the other side of the ring, there is another favorable haven for sellers: Etsy. Etsy isn’t just a spot for crafters to sell their handmade items. There are plenty of Etsy shops booming in the vintage or craft supplies businesses as well.

Here are 3 things to consider when choosing where to sell your items:

1. What to Sell

The first decision is what you want to sell. Most people “test the waters” with selling items that they no longer use or need from around their home. If all goes well, you’ll run out of items and need to consider what you think you could make a profit on by reselling. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Signs That You Could Be Signing Up For An SEO Scam

3 Signs That You Could Be Signing Up For An SEO ScamBy Liz Lockard

If you’ve had a website up and running for any amount of time, you may have found more than one of these in your inbox at some point …

SUBJECT: How To Increase Your Website Ranking And Traffic

Dear Sir/Madam,

We can get your website on top of search Engines. All work will be

done as per Google’s guidelines (Panda, penguin and hummingbird).

Please reply on this e-mail for more info. (Guaranteed Results)

Best,

SUPER SPAMMY ROBOT

Okay, maybe they sign the email with a more legitimate name, but you get the idea.

And it can be pretty tempting, because as a website owner – of COURSE you want more traffic to your website and that whole SEO thing can be pretty freakin’ confusing at times.

I hope for your sake that you have *never* replied to one of these emails or engaged them in any sort of SEO services. 99% of the time, these are spam pitches from faraway agencies who are using sketchy tactics to make it appear as though you may or may not have more traffic. “Sketchy” meaning they’re sending fake traffic or doing things that’ll end up getting you a spam violation from Google later. Read the rest of this entry »

Goal Setting for Work at Home Moms

Goal Setting for Work at Home MomsBy Deb Bixler

Many women who start working from home do so because they have children and plan to supplement the family income without taking time away from the kids. The work at home moms (WAHM) who actually succeed, do so because they have established clear goals for their home-based business.

Work At Home Goal Setting

The key to achieving your work at home goals is simple. It boils down to only one question.

  • What is enough?
  • Are you scheduling enough time to accomplish your goals for your business?
  • Are you giving yourself enough time to manage your business?

It is really not about time management. It is more about commitment management!

Most people completely underestimate the time required for a project or necessary to achieve the desired results from their business. There are all kinds of projects, or activities that we underestimate all the time. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting Unstuck in Your Career – Interview with DeAnne Pearson

Getting Unstuck in Your Career - Interview with DeAnne PearsonTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

Going back to when I was 5 or 6, I started my first entrepreneurial venture by collecting rocks on the driveway. Not just any rocks, but the shiniest rocks, we had a long driveway to the little pink brick house on a hill in Atoy, Texas. I picked up rocks that looked like they had glitter on them and other rocks that were brown smooth cubes and looked like caramels. I was the rock seller.

That was my first business.

Unfortunately, no one really wanted to drive up the long drive to buy my treasures and standing at the end of the driveway in the curve of the road trying to wave down buyers was too distracting for the drivers, or so my parents said. My parents insisted that I stop. I was so mad, I threw the rocks out of the nice decorative box that I had held them in right then and there. A couple of days later, I picked them up, but I lost a few of my favorites.

Later when I started group coaching, I used some of the lessons I had learned to gather people at my house around a pot of gumbo, I used some the lessons I learned then to make myself a resilient entrepreneur.

  • Don’t be afraid to start with what you have.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a risk, although I can’t recommend standing in a blind curve waving your arms.
  • Don’t be afraid to put everything into what you do, kind of like gumbo, sometimes it takes a bit of everything and time to make things work.
  • Don’t be afraid to be ignored, mocked, or fumed at by some who just don’t get it.
  • Don’t be afraid to feel frustrated, when something needs to be adjusted. Don’t be afraid to try again.

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5 Easy Tips for Dealing with the Isolation of Working from Home

5 Easy Tips for Dealing with the Isolation of Working from HomeBy Dr. Bola

“Do any of you ever get tired of your whole work-life being online? I’m starting to think that my nagging depression is related to not working in the real non-online world.

I’m starting to consider changing to start a business or job where I get to talk to real live people”.

So went an update in a Facebook group of women business owners I happen to be a part of.

Working from home has it’s merits; the flexibility to plan your work around your life, not the other way round, the control you have with the flow of your work and the hours you add back to your day from not having to commute further than the stroll from your bedroom to your office (or dining table).

With all these advantages, why isn’t everyone clamoring for this work arrangement?

Working from home has one big drawback that burns out people and makes then profoundly depressed; the isolation or loneliness.

In a survey of 258 women working from home isolation came in tops as their ONE big frustration with this work arrangement

Working in perpetual isolation is only for a special few. Most of us crave social interactions and being part of a community. Read the rest of this entry »

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