Staying Postive When Sales are Down


I know we all try to stay positive but when sales are down it is hard for the best of us. It is always easy to get into a negative frame of mind when sales are down and think why bother listing nothing is selling anyway. I am hoping by writing about this it will help us all to stop that from happening. I bet the first thing you do in the morning is check your email and your selling venues. I know that because that is what I do and often I check the sales venues before the email.

On a good day I wake up to sales and at least one sale will often make me happy and it is a great start to the day. I think okay I have one sale so I have the whole day ahead to have some more sales. The flip side is getting up and checking all the places I list and not seeing one sale. I know days like this happen but it is often not a good start to the day. I wonder if I will have sales at all that day.  We need to tell ourselves it is a new day and to just wait to see what the rest of the day brings. I know you are saying that sounds good when I say it but it doesn’t work for me.

I have made a goal to list 10 books on Amazon and 5 auctions or FP or Ebay every day no matter whether I have a sale or not. I have been really trying to keep this goal and stay focused on listing even on those non sale days. I think this has helped me since I know I will list regardless of sales and I know this will help future sales. I do have a to do list every day and put this listing goal on there and I think that helps me separate the non sales days with the listing.

I have decided to focus on Ebay and Amazon for now but I know many people sell on many different places. I have found my sales are better if I am more focused on listing on just two sites for now but that is just me. I think the most important thing is to do what works best for you and your business.

For me having a daily listing goal no matter what my day starts out like helps to keep me focused and on track. I would love to hear some ideas on how you keep yourself focused on those non sales days.

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  1. You are so right! It’s hard to stay focused during slow sales periods. I’ve always listed every day and just changed the lenght of the auction or listing to get it to end when I thought was the best time.

    Even in summer, with listing regularly, I had good sales..up til this economic collapse we’re just gone thru. I see what I hope are signs of an upturn but I still keep listing. and revising and listing and revising and sales come eventually.

    My motto is “you can’t sale it if it ain’t listed” so List more – sell more..

    Good job on the listings! You’re relentless!!

    • admin says:

      You keep doing what you are doing and hoping it will pay off for you sooner then later. You also have encouraged so many with all you do.

  2. John Ziemba says:

    Yep! A no sales day is not a good thing. I strongly agree with that. So the best way to overcome it is to work and list more, tweak your sites and focus on just a few sites you feel comfortable with. It’s tough when it’s slow, but tougher still not to uplift and encourage those who lack sales when you are prospering. Just remember your turn will come, so hang in there.

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