6 boxes of inventory sent in this week
6 boxes of inventory sent in this week
Audiobooks are my new favorite sanity saver. After watching and reading my new favorite blog/vlog, I started thinking about ways I could get more literature into our day without having to just do read alouds all of the time. (Which I still do at least 30 mintues a day)
I checked a few audio books at the library just for the kids and I to listen to in the car (we have almost an hour drive each way to the closest sizeable town) and discovered some wonderful side effects I hadn’t planned on. Now we listen to audio books all of the time and as a work from home parent I think you might find audio books useful too.
Here are the ways audio books have saved my sanity:
Here are some of our favorite audio books:
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First, I unload the kids (I usually have at least one with me) give them snacks/drinks/bathroom break and get them settled doing something outside (if the weather is nice enough) or find them something to occupy them inside while I unload. Sometimes they will help me sort the items- depending on how long our day has been. I’m hoping to have my storage area cleared out enough by winter that I will be able to pull the car in and unload in a more protected area. Unloading in the snow, rain, or strong winds is no fun!
I start by backing up my car to the driveway as soon as I get home from sourcing, whether it be thrift store, retail arbitrage, garage sales, trip to my mom’s- whenever my car is loaded with inventory. I line my driveway with empty banker’s boxes that I store just inside the door for unloading days.
I also have some empty totes ready to go for Amazon inventory and a laundry basket for items for the house/family. I often combine sourcing days with grocery shopping, and I am always on the lookout for things for my family or one of our many projects (homeless bags, Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, Awana prizes for our Church, School Donations, etc)
Then I start filling the banker’s boxes as I unload the car. It doesn’t matter what goes in the box, I just try to fill it up using all of the space. I continue filling boxes until the car is unloaded.
Once all of the boxes are loaded I carry the boxes into my shop and place them on the first set of shelves for unlisted inventory. If the item is too big to fit in a box, I use the top shelf of all of my storage shelves as oversize storage. If the item will freeze, melt, or otherwise be hurt by storage, I have a few shelves and drawers in my small ebay room that has heating and cooling for safer storage. Also, at this point the boxes stay unmarked (you’ll see why in a later post)
(in the week since I took this picture, this whole section has been listed and moved to the listed inventory shelving, woohoo!)
I was sick last week and had to go to the Dr. Then I had 2 hours to wait until the prescription was ready. Since we had already been to the grocery store earlier in the week, my little girl and I went to the Goodwill to browse. I haven’t been to the Goodwill in a couple of months and the pickings were pretty sparse. We were lucky enough to find the 50% off sign on jackets and outerwear and scored a few fun items. All of the items were listed with a best offer option, so while I hope they sell for full price, I’m expecting to sell them for $5-$10 less than what I have listed. I will let you know in future posts when they sell.
Vintage Women’s Puffer Vest paid 2.00 listed for $49
I find myself going a little crazy this time of year. I get overwhelmed and things feel hectic, the to do list seems like it will never get done. I know that in the next 4-5 months I will make the bulk of my profit for the year and I want to do it well. But it’s hard sometimes. I need to double the amount of things I get sent into Amazon and listed on ebay. Yet somehow I need to still manage to keep up on the housework and spend quality time with my family, especially with my husbands recent health concerns.
I’d like to start a new series about what I’ve found that makes things easier for me. I hopehat it will make things a little easier for another mom out there, whether working outside the house, a stay at home mom or a work at home mom. I’ll post a tip every week of things that I find are working for me.
I realize that some things might not be the best for everyone. I live in a very rural area and it’s about 45 minutes to 1 hour to the town where I do my shopping. “Going to town” is an all day event, where we pack a lunch and stay for the day. If you live closer to town, my tip for today might not make sense for you. If you have a great tip on how you make it all work, please share in the comments.
My tip for the week:
You’re on the internet everyday anyway, why not make the most of it.
I order everything online that I possibly can. I can usually get it to my house before my next town day, often for less or the same amount it would cost to drive. I also don’t have to drag one or both kids in and out of stores, and the days I do go to town, there is more time for things like going to the library, sourcing (more room in the car too.) Ordering things online also means less errands to run so I’m not as rushed to get everything done in time to pick up my son from school.
Some things I have ordered in the last two weeks online:
Back in June I was contacted by the podcast http://soyouwannasellonebay.com/
I was nervous, but accepted and had a great time being interviewed by Ron and Ali.
It’s been a long wait, but I am so excited to announce that my interview went live today!
We talked about how I’ve been selling on Ebay since 1997 (has it really been that long?!?) We talked about why I decided to be a stay at home mom and knew Ebay was a great place to start. We talked about how my children (even the 2 yr old) and the rest of my family help me run my business. We talked about how sometimes people think I’m crazy when I tell them my job is selling on Ebay and Amazon. We even talked about avoiding your own hoard. 🙂
Be sure to head on over and listen to my interview and lots of other great ebay sellers. And if you are one of my readers, sell on ebay, and are interested in being interviewed, please let me know, I would be happy to recommend you to the show. I am a total introvert, but I really had a great time being interviewed and Ron and Ali are some of the nicest guys I have met.
If you haven’t listened to them before, I highly recommend it! I love to listen to podcasts while I list or take photos. It’s a great to multi task and learn information to help your business while you list all the things.
I’d love to hear what you thought of the interview, please let me know in the comments!
Our busy summer is finally winding down. My son started 1st grade today so now it’s just me and the two year at home most of the day. I’m ready to hit the ground running and get some much needed inventory listed for the Christmas Rush. I’ll post more next week about our new fall schedule, but for now, onto the sales for the week.
Number of Items Listed: 2225
Sales for the week: $ 392.04
Average price of items sold: 17.00
I see a lot of questions in my facebook groups and online about how to make selling online work when you have young children at home, especially in the summer. I currently have a just turned 6 year old and a 2 year old. I’ll be honest and tell you, it’s never easy for me to find the balance between work and family. I always feel like there is more work to do, that I need to list more, ship more. . . the list goes on. And at the same time that I should spend more time with my kiddos. But I try to do as much as I can while they are sleeping or playing independently, and I know that they still have more of my time and energy then they did when I was teaching. I love the flexible schedule, that I can be there when they need me to be and that I can still make money while we travel or go on vacation. (Thank you Amazon FBA!)
We’ve been on summer break for a few weeks and this is schedule that is currently working for us. I have it posted on a wall in our dining room. Having a visual reminder really helps my 6 year old have a better day because he knows what comes next (and doesn’t ask me a million times!) The schedule has also made the interruptions during my work time less. They do better when they know they have a guaranteed amount of time with my full focus everyday, and are more successful at playing independently during my work time.
So, here’s the schedule that’s working for us right now. Hope it gives you some ideas that help you.
7:00 Mommy up, coffee, Flylady routines, pack packages that sold overnight and print labels
8:00 Kiddos up, dressed, breakfast, chores
8:30 “School Time” 2 yr old- letters, colors, shapes, name,
6 yr old- my son is pretty advanced for his age, so I try to expand on what he will be learning in first grade and keep him interested in learning. We read everyday and work on advanced phonics, sight words and comprehension, then each day we also have a different focus. Monday is writing, Tuesday is History/Geography (we’re currently studying Pioneers and Oregon Trail and chose our vacation destination to visit some places connected to the Oregon Trail) Wednesday is Art, Thursday is Technology and Friday is Science
9:00-12:00 We head out to my Ebay room (outside in my metal shop building in my yard) depending on the day and the weather, my kiddos play outside in front of the shop where I can see them, or I work from their playground, or if it’s too hot or raining, they play inside the shop, painting, playdough, etc on their little picnic table where it’s shady.
During this time I pack FBA boxes, take photos, package, pack orders, etc, I do not create new listings during this time. (too many interruptions)
12:00- head inside for lunch for everyone
12:30- DEAR time (Drop everything and read) I read to them, they read independently and I try to read something for myself too!
1:00 nap time for baby girl, quiet boxes for little man, ebay/amazon listing time for Mommy, and chores, like laundry, mopping, dishes, etc. I also get dinner started if it’s a crockpot night.
2:-2:30 journal/writing time for Little man
3:00 baby girl up, snacks for everyone
3:30 independent play, chores, tv time
4:00 get started/finish dinner, kids free play
6:00-7:00 Family time
7:30 Kiddos to bed, Mommy chores, clean up, time with Daddy
9:00- Mommy work time- listing, blog writing, packaging Amazon boxes, etc
12-1:00 Mommy to bed
Yes- I know that I should go to bed earlier, and some nights I do, but for me, this is m best work time, I can get more done in these few hours, then I do most of the day, due to limited interruptions from my family and I get to watch the TV shows I want to watch!
This isn’t our every day schedule, as we have “town” day to run errands, swimming lessons twice a week, playdates, etc. But when we are home for the day, this is our schedule.
What does your schedule look like, kids, no kids, older kids, full time job, part time job, full time seller, share it in the comments below!