Being Honest About My Experiences
Running a reselling business can be one of the most rewarding career paths out there in my opinion. You get to shop for a living, make your own schedule, help the planet, and so much more, just by selling used clothing!
I spend a lot of time talking about how much fun it is, and it is so much fun doing what I do, but with so many people considering starting their own amazing reselling companies, I think it's important to chat a little about some of the not-so-fun parts. We see so much on social media about massive stacks of sales or six-figure resellers, but not much about the realities behind those social media posts. So let's start again from the top, with a little more honesty...
Running a reselling business can be one of the most exhausting career paths out there in my opinion. Customers won't read the detailed descriptions you write, you'll have to deal with lowball offers, and sometimes you'll be so tired that you don't write a blog article for a month at a time.
Oh, and taxes.
Negative Experiences With Customers Will Happen
Unfortunately, it comes with the territory. Whether it's asking questions about something you've already taken the time to answer in the description, sending lowball offers, lying about an item's condition to win a return, or just being plain old rude, customers won't always treat you the way you'd hope.
Most people I've dealt with are wonderful, understanding, and so sweet, but every once in a while, someone gets a little confidence behind their keyboard and computer screen. Remaining professional will get you a long way, but that doesn't always work to diffuse the situation or cause it to go in your favor. Just remember, it's usually not you, and try not to take it personally. Don't be afraid to use that block button either. It's there for a reason!
The Routine Can Become Exhausting
There's a lot of fun in reselling but there are also a lot of little details that need to be taken care of every day that can get monotonous. There'll be late nights and early mornings and last-minute runs to the post office before the last pick-up. Relisting and sharing can become incredibly repetitive and tiring day after day, and creating content every day for social media can quickly lead to burnout if you're not pacing yourself.
Sometimes, you'll be so tired you won't have the energy to write a blog article for a whole month after posting consistently for several months. Your office space (if you're lucky to have one) will probably get messy pretty often and will probably very rarely look like those Pinterest offices of those work-at-home influencers.
And all of that is okay!!! Being your own boss is HARD! It's tough to wake up every day and tackle your to-do list with no one checking in to make sure you get it all done. Take time off from creating content or sharing when you need to and remember that your business can only thrive if you're thriving!
This one is self-explanatory. Filing taxes or any legal paperwork as a small business owner can be scary and overwhelming. It feels like the government is trying to make it harder by making those forms look so complicated too! I mean why can't they just ask the questions in simple terms?? I'm not a lawyer!!
Luckily, I have awesome parents who help me out with understanding most of what I need to get taken care of and when they can't help me, the internet fills in for them! It's important to remember that you aren't alone in this and you aren't the only reseller out there that's had to deal with taxes and legal paperwork. Do a quick google search for a blog or even post your questions on social media! Part of what I love so much about this community is that it's actually a community and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand or give advice!
I love reselling because of the highs and lows. Those irritating customers help you really appreciate every customer that leaves a sweet review. My routine gives me structure and something to look forward to every day, even if it's the same thing as the day before. And yes, even taxes can have a positive spin when you think of them as a way of making your business legitimate!
Overall reselling is a dream career! I love the thrill of scoring something amazing at the thrift and it makes my heart so happy sending out each and every package! I wouldn't change the path I'm on for really anything at this point, but it's still important to be realistic about every part of this job.
There's a lot of toxic positivity on social media that can lead a lot of people down the path to burnout. Resellers post a lot about their successes but very little about their failures. There are many out there that are insanely honest and transparent, but many aren't!
So remember, when you see those massively successful resellers posting on social media, you only have a snapshot of the bigger picture. They may not be telling you that their cost of goods is actually really high or that they had to fight 6 return cases that were BS that morning. They may not be telling you that they messed up and underpaid on their taxes or that they have a team of 5 virtual assistants that share their closet for them every day!
Moral of the story, reselling is an amzing job that I love but it comes with it's own set of challenges, just like everything else in life! If you're willing to put in the effort and grow alongside your business, you'll be successful with it!