Striking out on your own sometimes will make you seem crazy to your family, friends and co-workers. I had always wanted to have my own business and was even making a real estate investment on the day I was laid-off from a six figure income position. It came at the worst time for me, my wife was seven months pregnant, we just bought a big (spelled expensive) truck, and the economy was on a downward spiral.
After four months of unemployment I started selling my personal stuff
on eBay out of desperation and to help make ends meet. I did
pretty good and thought “I could sell other peoples things for them
also.” IwillSELLyourSTUFF was
born and I was now in business. The very next week I started handing
out business cards and telling everyone “I will sell your stuff on
The following week I ended up with two contracts and an excellent start
for my fledgling company. I realized that it was fairly easy to find
other peoples’ stuff to sell. Most know nothing about selling on the
internet, and that is where I could step in. The challenge would
be actually making the sale.
I landed a contract for a Missile Silohome that ended after a month
with no bids. At this point all my relatives and friends were skeptical
that I could sell anything and that this crazy idea of selling on eBay
was a pipe dream. I also by this time had been unemployed for over five
months and still had no income to speak of. I knew that someone out
there was willing to buy this Silohome - I just had to find the right
person and I eventually did.
I now own a business that is focused solely on high-dollar and
very unusual items. I have since sold a few 727 Airplane Homes
and typically have unusual items for sale like Inflatable Churches,
Personal Bunkers, Private Islands, and I once even sold The Millionaire
No longer am I required to punch a clock and put in eight hours knowing
that I could do the work in two. Working at home is an awesome
experience. I followed the advice “when you are ready to quit,
take one more step forward.” You know, striking out on your own can
sometimes be crazy good.