|The O'Brien family: Tristen, Baby Jack, Amy (photo courtesy: Business Wire)|
Enough about my story. I wanted to share with you the inspirational story and video of a family who used eBay to help them through a tough period in their lives.
About the Family:How cool is that?
The O’Briens of Westfield, Ind., Amy and Tristen, were in a bind when Tristen unexpectedly lost his job a week after their son Jack’s birth.
The O’ Brien family had just relocated for a job that was eliminated soon after the move. With a new baby, the two income family had dropped to no income and needed to generate cash quickly. The O’Briens turned to eBay to sell household items to fund their day-to-day expenses. Once Tristen’s selling proficiency increased, he turned to clearance and vintage items to resell to make additional income. He maintains a blog at http://www.theebayentrepreneur.com/. Tristen is now employed and the family continues to sell on eBay to fund their wish list, including a trip to Disney World.
I think the one thing I took from this story is the idea that there are several options and tools right at our fingertips. The tools may be online and/or offline. The items, in a closet and/or stored in the garage. All one has to do is utilize those tools and plant the option to flourish in this world. The O'Briens took a tough situation and turned it into a profitable solution for their family.
What's even more wonderful about this opportunity is the convenience factor. Listing and maintaining an eBay auction can be done on your mobile phone. You know, that little gadget that most of us can't part with. Here's a tidbit:
- More than 1 million listings are now made every week through eBay mobile as people take advantage of the speed of uploading items they want to sell, and enjoy the reward of extra money for their holiday shopping.
Later on in the week, I'll be sorting through a pile of jewelry to sell on eBay. I'm working on saving for, what I call, a "big girl camera". I want a Canon or Nikon so that I can capture even more momenta than I am now. I also want to use it for events and experiences to take pictures for sharing on my blog. It's an attainable goal, considering the amount of items unused I have lying around the house. It's kind of thrilling watching items sell and reaching a goal.
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