'm forever a schedule girl. I need EVERYTHING planned or I have some SERIOUS anxiety. But where I differ from most people is I rarely stick to it 100%; And for me, that's okay. I just need to loosely know where my day is headed. This is important to me in my personal life as well as my business. Having a basic outline of what you have planned is essential in managing multiple facets of your life smoothly. You don't have to go out and buy an expensive planner or be a master at bullet journaling. Start with a cheap calendar or planner (like this awesome Get Shit Done Planner) or just jot things down in lists on a piece of paper.
Success is fueled by consistency. It's easy to become complacent or even bored with your day to day reseller tasks. But staying consistent will pay off in the long run. But also remember that great businesses are not afraid of change and sometimes you have to reevaluate your business model and adjust your methods to grow your business. Consistency can save your business money, time and unneeded stress.
One of my biggest struggles as a part-time seller is sticking to a goal. It's easy to become complacent. I currently have the privilege of being able to rely solely on my full-time job financially, but this can make me lazy when it comes to meeting my reselling goal. Over time I have found that making small "baby goals" that lead up to a larger goal helps me maintain momentum, and keep my progress and work consistent. The most important part of any goal is a deadline though. You need to know WHERE you are going, HOW you plan to get there and WHEN you want to arrive. A goal without a deadline is like a race without a finish line. Before you know it, you're just running, in no direction, with no end in sight. Your path, pace, and finish line can change throughout the race, that's completely normal. My ultimate goal is to purchase a house, mainly in cash, with the help of my earnings from poshmark. That's a huge goal and the thought of it seems overwhelming. When I give myself a deadline though and break it down into "baby goals," the task seems less daunting. Plus with each "baby goal" I meet, I gain the motivation and confidence to keep going.
This is one of my biggest challenges not only in my business, but my personal life. As a part-time reseller, full-time employee, and a mom, I have a lot of things on my plate. Sometimes I just need help. The most important thing, I remind myself, sometimes daily, is I can do anything I want to do, but not everything I want to do. Asking for help doesn't mean that you failed as a mother, an employee, a wife, a reseller... etc. If you don't feel comfortable asking for help with your business, ask for help in other areas. Getting help around the house can free up time for you to do something else that needs your time and energy. Outsourcing tasks that you don't particularly enjoy is a great way to free up some time. For example, you can hire a cleaning person, enlist a neighborhood kid to rake the yard, or even take your dog to the groomers for a bath. Not only are you supporting other small businesses and entrepreneurs, but you're freeing up time for things you actually enjoy doing.
Ask yourself if what your doing is going to make you money, save you time or bring you happiness. Prioritize the things in your life and put the things that bring you happiness in life first. Things like your family, relationships, pets, health, netflix, wine... etc. Even if you have to schedule time to allow yourself to enjoy these things, do it. It's INSANELY hard to keep everything balanced when you have so many important things that need your attention. I regularly schedule game nights, movie nights, walks in the park, monthly personal budget meetings, date nights... etc. And yes, I realize that sounds terrible, that I schedule time with my family. I get it, but sometimes life happens and promises, as important as they are, get broken. I schedule tasks with my business because it's important that my business succeeds. The same goes for my family, relationships, health and personal finances.
I spent the first year and a half reselling without a system. My business, my stress, and my personal relationship struggled because of it. I won't lie. There were times when I lost inventory, delayed shipping and had clothes in every room of my house. After a come to Jesus meeting with my boyfriend (bless him for sticking with me), we came up with a system. During the weeks of us ironing it out I discovered one thing - MY system is MY system. My boyfriend has a completely different system for his inventory and reselling business. You have to find what works for you and stick to it. It may take you trying out 15 different methods until you find the one that works, and that's okay. I went through so many inventory systems in the last year, but when I stopped trying to do what worked for everyone else and just did what worked for me, I found success. Spending the time to be organized will save your business time and money.
As a part-time reseller this was one of the hardest lessons I had to learn. Selling on multiple platforms can be beneficial for many reasons, but you should never feel pressured to do so before you are ready. In the beginning (and still today) I let others make me feel like I wasn't doing enough by not selling on ebay. I listened to others on facebook groups (huge mistake), instagram or even my friends. But learning multiple platforms at the same time can be confusing and cause unneeded stress when you have limited time to devote. My tip is to pick a platform and stick with it for a while. Learn as much as you can about it, once you feel comfortable with it, branch out to other platforms, if you want or not, but make it your decision. I finally gave ebay a try and realized it wasn't for me. At this time, since I am a part-time reseller, I would rather stick to income streams that I enjoy. Some people love ebay, but I'm not one of those people and that's okay.
There are so many amazing time saving tools out there to help grow your business and make it more efficient. Simple things like scheduling a package pick up, (you can do that here) pre-printing thank you cards, (I purchase mine through Vista Print) or investing in equipment or devices that will allow you to cut out time. I recently purchased a dymo printer and was amazed by the amount of time I was able to save when shipping.
In the age of social media and technology, it's easy to feel inadequate. It's second nature to compare ourselves to others online. If nothing else, remember these three things 1. You don't always see the whole picture online. Resellers and people in general, tend to be quick in sharing the positive in their business and lives. It's easy to do, unintentionally as well as intentionally. 2. The majority of people do not start out as superstars. Even the OG resellers, poshmarkers and ebayers started out as a newbie. Yes, those with 50K followers on IG and $10,000 or $20,000 in sales a month, started out just like everyone else. Give yourself time to be crush your own goals and be great in your own way. (Want to see awesomely bad cover photos from my newbie reselling days? Check these out) 3. There is room for you too. I tell myself this daily. When I started this blog I second guessed myself several times. I said other people already have blogs about reselling, like Elle, with The Gray Asparagus (her blog is totally fabulous!!!). I told myself I was wasting my time. All this information is already available and others can do this way better than myself. But then I realized that there's room for me too. The same goes with reselling. It's easy to want to give up because there's so many others already doing the same thing. Don't. There's room for you too.
This one is hard for me y'all. Like, really hard. But in order for me to have time to do the things that are important to me, sometimes I have to say no to things that are important to others. I am a people-pleaser. That is who I am. I strive and flourish in making others happy. Often times I put other's happiness above my own. This can not only sabotage your business, relationships, finances but your sanity as well. Learning to say no is a powerful skill, and doing it without feeling guilty is even more powerful. Slowly, I am learning this skill. But I am also learning that telling myself no is just as important. I recently read this article By Jane Collingwood about learning to say no, check it out if you have time!