“The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”
– Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies
I’ve mentioned in other posts that my friend and I are working on an online store. Our goal is to be able to sustain ourselves with the income from our store. I was laid off over a year ago and my friend is employed but she hopes to be able to quit her job next year. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur, that is why I decided to pursue my MBA, but I planned on working for a company for a while and then starting my own business. However, my plans changed after the recession hit, I got laid off and had a difficult time finding another job. My friend also longed to start her own business so that she could quit her job, and since we both have some extra time on our hands, we figured to give the entrepreneurship thing a try. We are in the beginning stages and it is a lot of work but we enjoy it and are positive that we can make a living off of it.
A few days ago I wrote about our thrifting and vintage adventures. This weekend we conducted photo shoots for the vintage clothes that we bought and also for items that we are selling on Ebay to make extra money. For most of the pictures I was the model and my friend was the photographer. Here are some pictures from the Ebay shoot.
You can find our Ebay listings here http://myworld.ebay.com/cliffrlp/
Selling clothes online is harder than selling them in a brick and mortar setting because the customer can’t see or try on the garment before they buy. Therefore, it is our (the sellers) responsibility to market the items by styling the clothes, picking a scenic location for shoots and throughly describing the item when it is listed. Also, providing excellent customer service via e-mail, by responding promptly to queries, is imperative.
After the Ebay shoot we began shooting our vintage items for our vintage store on Etsy.
We still have a lot more items to shoot for both Ebay and Etsy. After we shoot the clothes we also have to list each item. Listing involves uploading the pictures and throughly describing each item. It is a time-consuming process and can be tedious at times but I definitely prefer shopping, taking pictures and listing to working 9 to 5 for someone else.