Wednesday, August 31, 2005

eBay Inspiration from Teddy Roosevelt

A lot of people that start eBay businesses get really excited about making millions and taking the auction site by storm.

It’s more likely, however, that your business will grow organically. You’ll chip away at daily tasks, improve your marketing skills, create better listings over time, and generally plant seeds at a pace that you can handle. Then you’ll wait out the growing seasons to reap better rewards and profits each time around. It will all snowball, and you’ll be making great dough in due time.

It’s just not going to happen all at once. Maybe it did for some, but those days are probably long gone by now. eBay is a thriving marketplace, but it’s not the gold rush town it once was, where people were flipping their baseball card collections for 150% profits.

I like to keep a quote from Teddy Roosevelt in mind when I’m building my own business and helping others add to their bottom lines:

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Great advice. If you show up every day and put in the necessary work to keep the wheels going, you’ll do fine. And you’ll find that what you have will become better every day (knowledge, resources, contacts, customers) and where you are will improve from week to week.

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