One of the biggest reasons why I want to sell on eBay is because of the lifestyle it allows me to have. I have the freedom to work whenever I want, and this allows me to have more time with my family. With that said, I was finding myself stuck at the computer almost every night listing items that I found that day. I knew that I needed to get the items on eBay quick so I can get my money back and buy more inventory.
That was the old me. I was stressed, and although I wasn’t working until my son Jack went to bed, I was still missing out on spending time with Amy. Gone are those days! Inspired by the author, Tim Ferriss (Four Hour Work Week), I started to batch my daily eBay activities. For those who have not heard about the batching process, it can be defined as:
The act of grouping together the performance of identical or similar tasks in order to, as a whole, complete the tasks quicker and more efficiently than if each task was performed separately at different times
My experiment on batching started really small, and it is continuing to grow. So how do I use this process for eBay? Well I now only list once a week, and I am quickly moving towards once a month. At first I thought that I would miss out on someone wanting to buy my item, but as it turns out I have just the same amount of sales as when I was listing every day. I am still shopping for eBay inventory a few times a week, but instead of listing it that night I just wait until Thursday night and list everything I found for the week at once. This really has freed me up at night, and I almost don’t know what to do with myself! I like this process because I am able to manage all of my sales and questions directly from my phone. For the items that don’t sell, I have used the eBay automation tool that will automatically relist them with a small discount.
Like I said before, I would like to get to the point where I only list once a month. Then I would manage any items that didn’t sell from my phone, and I would have a lot more time to do the things I want to do. I will be applying the batching process to more of my daily life, and I’m sure the way I do eBay business will be impacted. I’ll keep you updated, but in the mean time, give batching a try and see if it makes you more productive!