The school holidays are coming up and everyone deserves a break. Even the most earnest marketplace seller can do with a week or two relaxation and respite. Not least to plot and plan the next steps of their business development. Holidays aren’t just about escape. They’re about reflection: it’s good to take time out to consider the year ahead.
That should be the purpose of a holiday: it’s time out to think. The everyday grind of fulfilment and keeping everything going is all consuming. An interlude to consider the future is very welcome. Whether it’s Bali, Bermuda, the Balearics or Bognor. Everyone needs a little time out to think. All work and no play, Jack etc.
The logistics do irk.
You can switch your eBay sales off, but the holiday settings aren’t perfect. There are options on Amazon too. But the simple fact is that taking time off on these marketplaces for a holiday can also affect your future prominence and sales. The “secret sauce” must be to be able to go on holiday and also keep trading trouble-free. How do you do that? It’s very hard if you have a small team. Specifically, if you sell as a couple or you’re flying solo.
Even if you preside over a bigger operation, with trusted minions, can you ever relax? I recently spoke to a business owner who sells high end items at a few grand a pop on Amazon and eBay and he confessed that even on hols he was checking in twice a day despite the fact he had complete and utter faith in his team: “I just can’t let go.” But many of you won’t have a team.
Help your fellow sellers?
So what do you do? What’s your tip and sage advice to fellow sellers? How do you manage to take time out and also keep the sales going? It will be interesting to hear from all sorts of sellers.
How do you manage as a couple team in contrast to a seller with a staff? We’d love to hear your insights.