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The perks of running an online business? You get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and work in your pajamas.
The drawbacks? You can’t complain about your boss, bounce ideas off coworkers, or dish about last night’s Game of Thrones episode.
And, it can get a little lonely.
That’s why Anastasia of George’s Toy Chest founded the NYC Metro Area eBay Sellers Meetup group. The same entrepreneurial spirit that drove her to start a career selling on eBay inspired her to create a space for like-minded individuals to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and probably even have a little fun.
But, let’s start at the beginning. We recently had a chance to ask Anastasia some personal questions about her passion for selling on eBay and the role community plays in her long-term success.
How did you get started selling on eBay?
I’ve been a part-time eBay seller since 1998 and an entrepreneur since I was a kid. After hitting a career crossroads a few years ago, I decided to play around with selling on eBay full-time. I never looked back.
What do you sell?
I sell anything and everything, but I have a special place in my heart for vintage toys from the 1880s to 1990s. I think of myself as an adoption agency, reuniting people with things from the past. Sometimes it gets personal. A few years ago, I bought these little 1950s wooden puzzles at an auction house. There were some scribbles on the back that I disclosed in my listing. A woman bought them and told me she had a very distinct memory of making those marks. She let me know how much they meant to her. I was totally overwhelmed with emotion.
Did you start an eBay Meetup Group to find other people dedicated to reuniting people with things from the past?
Yes. I wanted to be around sellers who were doing the same thing, and also just marching to the beat of their own drum and making a living doing something creative and unique. Now, our group has more than 200 members, and we meet monthly to discuss all sorts of eBay topics. We also bring in guest speakers and provide a place for sellers to connect with each other.
Sellers always tell me that community is a huge part of their success on eBay. It’s the one constant. Do you agree?
Definitely. I’m active in other eBay Meetup groups, regularly contribute to eBay Facebook groups, and listen to eBay Radio, too. I love attending eBay events. This year’s eBay OPEN event was a blast. But, it’s not all about fun and games. If you’re at all serious about selling on eBay, you have to connect to eBay and other sellers. Otherwise, it’s too easy to fall behind.
So true. Okay, let’s go back to Meetups. What advice do you have for sellers who want to start their own eBay Meetup group?
Well, it’s not as hard as it sounds. Here’s what I suggest:
Great tips, Anastasia! Thanks for being such a fixture in the eBay community.
Still curious about the benefits of joining or running an eBay Meetup group? Find out more from three veteran sellers who’ve been running eBay Meetups for years. Or, discover all of the other ways that you can find your eBay people.
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