What does it take to start your own business? Determination? A can-do attitude? The willingness to wear a bunch of different hats? The answer is, of course, all of the above. The finalists in the SHINE Awards Growing Business category have all of these qualities and more.
One of the core eBay beliefs is the notion that “anyone can do it.” If you want to sell something, set up your own store, or grow your business, the tools are there for you to succeed. The SHINE Awards are our way of celebrating small businesses, and the Growing Business category has some inspiring stories about entrepreneurs who are contributing more and more to our economy every day.
Today, we’re sharing stories of three eBay sellers who dreamed big, started their own small businesses, and grew them right here on eBay. All three finalists in the Growing Business category took a side job, hobby, or passion-play and worked hard to turn it into a profitable full-time business.
Spencer Apland | User ID: 541-motorsports
Four years ago, Spencer was in business school but not quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. A do-it-yourself mechanic, he had a revelation after buying a wrecked car for parts for his own vehicle – maybe he could sell the leftovers on eBay. One sale led to another, and pretty soon he was moving enough units to quit school and start his own business. Spencer rented a 1,200 square foot shop that he outgrew in a year. He hired two employees and rented a 2,500 square foot space and outgrew that, as well. Today, Spencer has eight full-time employees and maintains a 20,000 square foot warehouse. His eBay business provides a comfortable living for his growing family, and Spencer expects revenue to go from $1 million in 2015 to over $1.5 in 2016.
Joseph A. Jaconi | User ID: techarmor
Although he had spent 20+ years in consumer electronics, Joseph had never run his own business before starting Tech Armor. Joseph and his business partner, Eric Tong, were banking on the idea that by combining great products, great value, and exceptional customer service, their new company would thrive. And, they were right--growth has been steady with gross revenue increasing from less than $100k in 2013, to $250k in 2014, to just under $350k in 2015. To date, Tech Armor has sold more than 10 million units to customers all over the world and has become a respected, recognizable brand in their field.
Justin Meunier | Ujdmern
For Justin Meunier, coin collecting was a long-time hobby and part-time business. During college, he earned a steady stream of spending money by running a coin collecting business on the side. When he found himself short on tuition money, he gave himself a crash course in “eBay 101” and sold off his own personal coin collection. This gave him more than enough money to cover the cost of his education, and it gave him a path for his future. After graduation, he decided to pursue his passion full-time, and in 2014, Boardwalk Numismatics was born. He now wakes up every morning truly excited for the day’s work to begin.
This week, we’ve been sharing finalists’ stories in all five SHINE Awards categories (Woman-Owned Business, Family Business, Growing Business, Global Business, and Charitable Business). Starting June 20, come back and vote on who you think should be our Grand Prize winner!
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