Can You Run an eBay Business and Still Work A Full-time Job?

How to balance your life and make money on eBay while still working a full-time job.

Part 1 of 2 parts.

Working a full-time job and selling on eBay can be a real challenge.  Running a profitable eBay business can be even more of a challenge.

Some people seem to handle it with ease while others struggle. I did this for a number of years, and although we were successful, it was a struggle. Of course, I had an advantage – my wife Karen. The truth be told, she did by far most of the work. If you are married with a spouse who stays at home, this is a significant advantage. Many of you, however, either have no spouse or your spouse also works. This means that you are essentially on your own.

The first question you have to ask yourself is: Are you looking for a hobby or a business?

If it is a hobby, or a very part-time business, whose goal is to make a extra couple of hundred dollars a month, then you will have a fairly easy time balancing the hours you spend at work and your eBay business. However, if you are running a business designed to earn $1,000 a month or more, then you have different issues.

Another question to ask yourself is: What are my long-term goals? If your job and your career is important to you, then obviously your career must take first priority. If, on the other hand, you are in a boring or dead-end job, then you need to plan for your success and how and when you will leave your job and do eBay full time (as thousands have done before you).

If keeping your full-time job is your priority, you also need to factor in the type of employment you have and your employer’s policies.

People who work outside for a living rarely have an opportunity to check a computer during the day. Office employees, however, are usually connected to the web at work. Many employers today have very strict policies about using your computer at work to transact personal business. There is also the issue of simple integrity. Is it fair to your employer to sell on eBay while you are being paid to work by the company? Some employers don’t mind if employees use a computer for personal web surfing during their lunch hour or breaks. If this is the case, then you will be able to check emails and your eBay auctions a couple of times a day from your office.

No matter which category you fit into, the simple fact is that you are away from your home computer from 8 to 10 hours a day. How you deal with the realities of this will determine your success.

Look at some of the problems you will run into. We all know that many eBay buyers can be impatient. They send an email and expect an immediate answer, but you can only work on emails and your eBay business for a brief time in the morning before you leave for work and after you get home. There is talso he matter of shipping. How will you get to the post office or UPS store during the hours they are open if you are at work? (This is why drop shipping could be an interesting business strategy for you). There is also the matter of time for your job, time for your business and time for your life and family.

With this in mind, tomorrow we will look at some strategies and ideas to help you succeed on eBay while working a full time job:

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