“We met up with one of the EC at the O2 at the Business Show and were given a copy of Nigels book, ‘Bottys Rules’. The book lay in our house untouched for a few months and one day I opened it. It was one of the best reads I have ever had about Business. I could relate Nigel’s experiences to mine.
About 30 months ago after building a kitchen, we got rid of a few extras by sticking them on eBay and within a day they had sold. I started experimenting with selling on eBay and eventually fell into the Cosmetics niche.
I was made redundant by an Engineering firm when the government had one of its now regular cut backs about 2 years ago. I spent 3 months learning about eBay and web sites and getting a business going. It took a lot of effort to get the infrastructure put in place to make our business work. We made loads of mistakes and learnt from every one of them. It was a fascinating time. We found suppliers and started exporting worldwide and importing from the USA.
I went back to work for 10 months as a contractor, came home every night and packed cosmetics for posting the next day. I became an expert at eBay. I knew how to make things sell. We were asked so many questions about eBay that we started teaching people how to sell on eBay. Next I wrote a book on eBay which we self-published.
After reading Nigel’s book and joining the Entrepreneur’s Circle I found out about Hoot Suite, Twitter and Facebook.
We now send out ten tweets per day and the sales and visitors to our web site have greatly increased. We work ON the business for at least an hour a day plus we have scheduled other tasks that we did in a hap hazard way and now our lives are far better structured and we have more time to ourselves.
The support from the EC has been great. They have helped with my book and I love meeting the other members at the EC events.”