As I’m sure you can understand, I was devastated to lose a job I loved, and took great pride in. But after 20 years with the company, that’s exactly what happened.
“You no longer meet our expectations”
Which wasn’t really a reason as far as I’m concerned, and made it even more difficult for me to accept. I was completely undecided as to what to do next. My son Tony, and my husband Errol, both convinced me that this was a great time to try and turn my eBay selling hobby into a business. They both knew that I enjoy working from home, and I like to be available if one of the granddaughters need me, so this would be a perfect solution. I just had no idea how to start. Of course I knew that I needed to beef up my inventory, and list frequently, but other than that I had no clue. That’s where Tony came in.
My son Tony
Tony is probably the most intelligent person I know, (and that’s not just because I’m his mom). I very often look to Tony for help and advice, and if he doesn’t have the answer, he’ll usually find it for me. Tony set about looking into advertising, and blogging, promoting, and becoming an affiliate for other companies. If you’re anything like me, my first reaction was “huh”? Me blog? I don’t think so. What do I have to write about? What’s an affiliate? I had more questions than I had answers, that’s for sure. But Tony was very patient with me, and started me out slow. “Why not write about selling on eBay? Tell people how you do it?” Okay, I can do that. So, began my blog, Candy’s Cupboard, and my Monday “how to eBay” stories. In the meantime, Tony is designing my blog and Facebook pages, showing me how to pin boards on Pinterest, and how to add the URLs. Setting me up with Word Press to write my stories on, and an email system that would email my blog to those who signed up for it. Showing me how to post pictures, and how to use a snipping tool. Every morning Tony would schedule posts for my blog from Pinterest boards I’d made, eBay items I had for sale, and stories I’d written, before heading off to his own job. I can’t begin to tell you all of the things that Tony did, and still does, to help me.
“Things I Love” was another of Tony’s ideas where I write about things I find on the internet, or in a store, or wherever. My family was always doing something that I wanted to tell people about, so “Family Fridays” was born. Finding easy, but tasty recipes, is something I’ve always done since I don’t really care to cook much. I love my slow cooker, (the set it and forget it style of cooking,) so many of the recipes I post on Wednesdays are using one. “Tuesday Tips” is just a way to tell people about the little things I’ve figured out over the years, that don’t amount to much, but can be a big time saver.
Eventually, Tony was able to show me how to post the stories myself. It wasn’t easy for him either. You also have to understand that I am in Maine, and Tony is in Boston. It’s not like he’s sitting next to me showing me how to do something. There were a lot of phone calls, Alexa calls, and Facebook messaging. There were times when he would remotely take over my computer, and show me what to do. I had many questions on most days, and Tony even came to Maine one Saturday just to go over my questions in person. Boy, did I have a list! I would get frustrated at times, and feel like a fool for not understanding what he was trying to explain to me. Tony was ever patient, and would just calmly explain it to me again. I kept Tony pretty busy for quite a while. When he wasn’t answering my questions, he was making me written instructions on how to do something. Tweaking some aspect of the blog or Facebook page. Signing me up for a new affiliate. Or doing one of the hundreds of other things that he does for me.
The Journey Continues
As I’m sure most of you realize, a business doesn’t flourish overnight. We’ve only been doing this for 5 months now, and I’m selling so much more than ever before. There are times though, when I get frustrated that it’s just not growing fast enough. Tony will look over the facts and figures, and inform me of the increases we continue to make in sales and views. He always makes me feel better about what we’re doing. Although I may not rely as heavily on Tony as I did a few months ago, I still need him, and appreciate the fact that he’s there whenever I have questions or issues. As I said, I know he’s still doing a lot of things, “behind the scenes,” that I don’t even know about!
I can’t thank you enough Tony, for all you’ve done, and continue to do for me. I’m one lucky mom!