You see them packing lunches for their kids in the morning and packing sold items in the afternoon. Whether it’s participating in PTAs or communicating with their buyers, these mom-preneurs rock in all their roles.
Your mom-preneur moments
We got some amazing stories from mom-sellers in response to our Mom-preneur Moments activity. You can read all the inspiring stories here.
Tenacity. Creativity. Enthusiasm.
We’re truly inspired by the way our mom sellers show these qualities in everything they do. This Mother’s Day, we bring to you stories and conversations around these impressive women.
Meet Kathleen: A Jewelry Connoisseur, Mom and eBay Seller
If turning a job-loss into a successful business could be called an art, then Kathleen Palmer would be a masterpiece.Today, this 55-year-old mom, wife, and entrepreneur now sells ornate silver and gold jewelry on her eBay store called College Therapy Fund. Kathleen’s business is up 150% year over year and she attributes her success to careful listing practices and hard work.I spoke to Kathleen about the jewelry she sells, her life as a seller, and her goals. Read her full story.
Meet Eloise Holbrook: A Mom, an Artist and an Entrepreneur
Eloise Holbrooke is a mom, a wife, an artist, and an entrepreneur. Her warm demeanor and passion for her creative pursuits is the first thing that strikes you when you start talking with her.
Eloise has been selling on her eBay store called Eloiseworld, for over a decade now. She is an abstract artist and playing with colors is close to her heart. “I paint conflict and resolve. Because that's been the story of my life, the story of my daughter's life, challenges, and the bright side. Getting through hard times to see the sunshine”, she explains.
“Never gave up.” This is how Eloise describes her decade-long journey of being a seller on eBay and managing life. We spoke to Eloise about her art, her business, her goals, and what has kept her going all these years. Read her full story
Meet Melissa Paz: The Mom And The Mogul
Melissa Paz, 34, is a mother, a wife, and a successful eBay seller. Her enthusiasm about her business and passion to help other sellers is almost infectious right from the moment you meet her. Based in Clermont, Florida, Melissa sells luggage and travel gear on her eBay store called Lazybreeze Deals. Her inventory mix includes suitcases, backpacks for kids and for adults, handbags, and wallets.
“eBay rocks for me because it gives me the freedom to be my best self.” This is how Melissa sums up her journey with eBay so far. We talked with Melissa about her life, her goals, how she’s growing her business, and what keeps her going. Read her full story.
Meet Andrea Harrison, a single mother and an eBay seller.
“I make all the decisions. I have the buying power. It's like writing my own destiny.” This is what Andrea Harrison had to say when asked what it’s like to be a seller on eBay. Andrea lives in Lithonia, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Her son Aydan currently attends Georgia Southern University.
The thought of having to support herself and her son solely through eBay sales was at times daunting, but this single mother never let that intimidate her. Today, ItsInAClutch is a successful online handbag and accessory store where customers worldwide can benefit from Andrea's years of experience and fashion expertise.
While her experience as a buyer helped her navigate the day-to-day of operating her business, it's her entrepreneurial tenacity that helped her grow her sales at an annual rate of 15-20%.
“My favorite part of being an eBay seller is the flexibility that I have. The freedom that I have and the ability to work from home. I was able to be here for my son. Being a single mom, I like being around for him,” she adds.
Mother’s Day is on May 14th. Watch this space for more inspiring stories as we celebrate mom-preneurs.
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