I have good news and bad news for you. The good news: If you’re making a living selling on eBay, you’re likely your own boss. The bad news: You’re your own boss.
That means, unless you have employees, you’re responsible for strategy (the brains) and execution (the brawn). That’s a lot for one person to take on. But you have what it takes, otherwise you’d be working a 9-5 and helping someone else realize their dreams.
But what happens when you’re running low on motivation in your role as CEO of You? Should you close up shop and take off to the Bahamas for a week? Maybe. That’s one way to get re-energized. But, if that’s not in the cards, refer to this list of five ways to get your motivational groove back.
1. Revisit your mission statement.
Some of you are laughing right now. You’re thinking, “I’m still in my pajamas, when exactly would I have had time for a mission statement? Also, what’s a mission statement?”
A mission statement is a clear, succinct one sentence summary capturing your reason for being in business. When you commit your intentions to paper, they become more tangible and, as a result, more attainable. So if you’ve briefly lost your way, remind yourself of your business purpose and what being a small business owner has enabled you to do. This can put things in perspective and re-ignite your passion. Here’s an example: “To provide quality clothing, gear, and accessories to the gymnastics community so that I can fund my daughter’s gymnastics classes, equipment, and travel."
2. Remove your constraints.
In The Theory of Constraints and Getting Your Ship Together, I used a messy, disorganized shipping station as a possible bottleneck for your eBay business. In reality, any part of your daily eBay to-do list could be impeding your progress.
For example, if you stall out when it comes to plugging numbers into your home-grown accounting spreadsheet, you might want to consider upgrading to Quickbooks to streamline the process and remove the constraint. Something as simple as this could help you feel more energized about your business as a whole.
3. Set new goals.
If you’re the type of seller/small business owner who outlines your goals for the year and then revisits them twelve months later, you might consider setting short-term goals instead. As you accumulate smaller wins, you’ll stimulate the reward center in your brain and be excited about making progress on a smaller scale. This kind of stimulation can be addictive, in the best kind of way.
Also, if you’re not great in the accountability department, connect with a friend or small business peer and challenge each other to reach new levels of greatness.
4. Change your routine.
Routine can be great for eBay sellers. You pick, ship, source, list, market, and repeat. However, if you’re feeling stuck in a rut, it might be time to change things up. Sure, you’ll probably always need to ship first thing in the morning, but why not re-order the rest of your day? You’re the boss.
You could even try mapping out a schedule for the week that includes inspirational activities, like listening to eBay Radio on Tuesday and Thursday and tuning in for Griff and Audrey via Facebook Live or Periscope on Wednesdays at 12:30pm PT. You’ll pick up new tips for running your business and feel more inspired to stretch and grow.
Also, if you’re feeling uninspired about what you sell, try something new. Don’t underestimate how thrilling it can be to work with items that you’re excited about.
5. Connect with your peers.
The power of the eBay Community is unparalleled. No other group of sellers on the planet helps each other more than those who sell on eBay. So if you’re feeling less than inspired, join the conversation on eBay. While you’re there, read some seller stories. You never know who’s going to change your outlook and help restore your business mojo.
And, if that’s not enough, join a virtual (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram) or in-person (Meetup) group. Find your people—the ones who understand the trials, tribulations, and extreme triumphs of being a small business owner.
All in all, being a small business owner is one of the most rewarding careers imaginable. You run the show. But, when it feels like the show is running you, refer back to this post or The Seven Habits of Highly Effective eBay Sellers post for the tools you need to get your motivational groove back. We’ve got you.
How do you handle motivational lulls? Tell us in the comments below. Also, feel free to share this article with your eBay colleagues via email, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn
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