Getting sick is the worst. Not only are we feeling terrible, but sometimes there is the added stress of the deadlines you’re missing. As part-time eBay seller, it’s worse since I have a full time job on top of this hobby. Recently I got sick, and then my daughter got sick another time. Here’s how I dealt with those situations!
I get migraines. Thanks Mom! 🙂 When I get them, I’m at minimum out of commission for that day plus the next. After that, it’s just a throbbing headache.
I also have two daughters in daycare. Nearly every other week someone is sick. Yesterday, we had to take my younger daughter to the doctor. Twice. Coughing, wheezing, and ended up getting a fever. We’re proud owners of a nebulizer now.
Both of these situations suck. Whether you’re getting sick yourself or you’re tending to a sick family member, that needs to be priority. So how can you deal with eBay when all of this goes down?
First, I’m going to be glad for the slow February of 2016. I’ve had some sales but it’s definitely worse than usual. Good. That’s one less thing stressing me out.
Second, I push out goals. Listing is a priority, but life takes priority over this. Being sick isn’t an excuse (as long as you’re really sick and not just feeling a bit off).
This is where eBay shines. That listing can be put off to when you feel better with no consequences other than delayed future sales. If you’re doing eBay on the side, then you can relax.
I can only imagine how people do this full time. It’s the same with any small business entrepreneur. You really don’t get sick days. Those bills still need to get paid.
If that’s the case for you, I’d say that you need to rest as much as possible. Being out of commission for a day is better than being near-worthless for a week! Maybe try to find some help from someone willing to drop your packages off?
A few other tips:
- Take advantage of your full shipping and handling time.
- Use USPS pickup. Even if it’s just one small package, they will pick it up from your door for free as long as you request it the night before. The mobile website makes it even easier to do right from your account.
- Learn – check out Facebook groups (or blogs) dedicated to reselling. If you can’t sleep, at least use the time to find some more BOLOs!
Once you feel better, make sure to get back into listing with a vengeance! I always struggle a bit when I’ve taken a break for any reason.
Hopefully, you have a good reason/drive for why you’re trying to sell online. It’s tough to get back into the swing of things but I always feel better after I do.
Have you ever gotten sick when you were supposed to be shipping packages? How about a family member?
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