Last night eBay held the presentations for the eBay for Business Awards in London which were hosted by Jenny Campbell of Dragons’ Den fame.
As expected at any awards ceremony, there were some winners and some trophies were presented, but that’s not what really mattered on the night. It was a coming together of an amazing group of people and the message that I took away was that eBay changes lives.
So many stories spoke of eBay being a last chance and a final throw of the dice when life took a turn for the worse. Some of the stories spoke of failing businesses hit by UK recession who turned to eBay wondering if it could add a revenue stream. Others spoke of personal circumstances needing a diversion from being a new parent or having to look after family members and as carers being unable to take on a full time nine to five job. Many spoke of desperate times wondering if they’d be able to keep a roof over their heads and, at least in one case, an award winner started from literally nothing to being able to run a business, get his own flat, pay his bills, pay for food and pay for his own mobile phone.
eBay changes lives. eBay changes lives in truly amazing ways and we too often forget when we are dealing with the frustrations of seller releases and new mandates coming down from on high that eBay has given us opportunities that just a few short years ago simply didn’t exist.
Personally, many moons ago, eBay changed my life when I was made redundant just as I was buying a house and was left with no way to pay the mortgage. Just as eBay gave me an income, 300,000 business sellers make their living in part or in all on eBay and and the opportunity eBay has given you is worth celebrating.
Last night’s eBay for Business Awards celebrated 11 unique eBay stories, but it didn’t stop there. Many of the previous awards winners were back to present the awards and their eBay stories go on.
eBay isn’t just a place to make money, eBay is an amazing opportunity for those who take a chance and when you hear stories such as the grand prize winner who started out with just £50 to his name and turned it into £150,000 in sales setting a base to look after his baby, his parents and his older brother who he cares for, it reminds us why we love eBay. It’s an opportunity that doesn’t care about race, gender, personal circumstances, how much you may have messed up your life in the past and even if you have a history that for many would make you unemployable. eBay is there and an opportunity for anyone and everyone. The eBay for Business Awards were about more than the 11 winners, they were a celebration of how eBay has changed millions of lives and carries on doing so today.
We’ll be publishing the names of the eBay for Business Awards winners shortly and will profile each of them on Tamebay over the next few weeks. But today it’s time to celebrate eBay and how it has changed our lives.