How Selling on eBay Helped My Family Pay ALL of Our Bills

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About a few years ago, I had gotten laid-off from my job in the non-profit arena and things had started to look pretty grim for my husband and I. At first, I thought “I’ll just get back out in the work force”. I applied to job after job, had gotten several call backs and interviews, yet none of my prospects decided to “seal the deal” with me. It left me feeling overwhelmed, and at times I questioned my self worth. Ironically, during the same period, my husband had lost his job too. It was like lightening had struck and decided to land right smack dab in the middle of our lives. He had worked several years in the corporate world, and his company took a really big hit when the economy sunk. We were both scrambling day in and say out, trying to land the perfect job. Of course there were standards that we both wanted to uphold. We had both gone too far in our career paths to go backwards.

What to do if you have bills and no job? 

We needed something to help sustain us through this difficult time. Bills were coming in and our backs were up against the wall. Until… something happened. It was a Sunday afternoon in 2009, when I was talking to a friend of my mine on the phone. She expressed to me that she had started selling hand-made goods on eBay, and that things had really started to take off for her. She encouraged me to consider selling on eBay as well, as a means to provide supplemental income for my household.  I really had nothing to lose. So, I decided to give it a try.

Where to start, If you’ve never sold anything?

At this point in my life, the most I’d ever sold revolved around charity fund-raising events (tickets, shirts, etc.). What if I couldn’t find anything to sell? We didn’t really have a lot of extra money outside of our rainy day nest egg.  Every penny had to be spent with absolute care. So, I decided to weed out buying items to re-sell. My mind raced back and forth, and then it finally hit me. I could sell things that we owned but never used. Over the years, we’d accumulated so much “junk” that our attic was practically overflowing. I created an eBay account and started to list things I found around the house. I listed old gadgets, clothes, shoes, watches, jewelry, appliances… you name it, I listed it. For the first 3 or 4 days nothing happened… nothing at all.

Then… slowly but surely the sales started to trickle in $15 here, $50 there… $100. Within the first 2 weeks, we’d made close to $1500 and I was hooked! Who knew that old crystal dishes and broken gold jewelry would someday help us pay our bills? As time went on, we’d eventually sold enough stuff to pay ALL, yes, ALL of our bills. During this time period, eBay was a saving grace for our family and I’m forever grateful to my friend for the recommendation.  Hopefully this post can help inspire someone else who might be going through a similar situation.

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Jan Hines

A startup nerd and compulsive writer, Jan provides streamline information on the hottest trends and news.

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