Borders ‘Empire’ Update
Wow it’s been a while. Borders Pet Supplies Ltd is now trading as Borders Cottage. We’ve gone from Amazon FBA (Difficult) See article on BordersCottage.co.uk to eBay. I’m surrounded by books (We basically bought a book shop). We now sell Car Parts, Clothing, Pet Supplies and Books see Borders Cottage eBay Store and we now operate from a cottage in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Spending day-in day-out listing, constantly surrounded by stock (I’ surrounded by mountains of books and clutch cables) with success at the whim of the eBay algorithm: it’s been a steep learning experience to say the least.
The scale-ability of eBay is proving difficult. despite being at 1005 listings while running eBay ads. Just when you think you have a handle on it and everything will iron out it all changes. Not to say it hasn’t been successful. A year in, it is running at a profit and easily funding the beer. Tip 1. Don’t start a business and move house in the same 6 months. I’m absolutely shattered, mentally and physically.
The thing is I cannot keep myself from looking for a new juicy worm. I love business, I love the systems and economies people come up with and with one income stream I want another.
Reddit is superb. How it has taken me this long to find it is ridiculous. The ability to connect with like minded people and do deals and market your abilities is baffling. I’ve remembered I like writing, something I haven’t given myself time to do recently (Running has nicked its spot as hobby 1) but with Reddit, I find myself wanting to professionally write more, it’s re-lit an excitement I haven’t had since I discovered Facebook ads.
As I started out online in marketing (SEO stuff before it was complicated and you needed a brain + Social media). Besides a drop-shipping failure in 2007 (I was messing it up before it was cool, grrr import taxes). I am constantly being drawn back to it. I think it’s the fear of the ‘guru’ thing I find completely naff that puts me off and stops me going whole hog…. the concept of all things online regarding commerce is apparently my drug. This is why i need to start writing again and re-ignite this blog.
Anyway. until the next post…
- Don’t move house and start a business at the same time
- Get an accounts software (I use Quickbooks) and try harder to keep on top of it.
- Routine, Routine, Routine. It’s the water to the mill.