Monday, September 19, 2011


So I decided to actually set an income goal for this week. We've saved up pretty much all we need to cover Addy's daycare until January when she can be switched to Tyler's insurance and I'll start getting a normal paycheck again (her insurance is $400! Crazy). So I've decided that we need to get out of town. We're planning a Christmas shopping trip to Pigeon Forge and the outlets there with money out of our Christmas Club account, but I would like to get away for a long weekend where we don't have to worry about what to buy my nieces and nephews.

I want to make $400-500.00 this week. Now, how do I go about doing it? I've read some blogs where people set a goal and almost willed it to happen and it happened! How does one do that? Sacrificing 1980's stuffed animals to the eBay Gods? Doing a "please bid on my stuff" dance? I understand that one must have lots of stuff listed, and I do. I'm at 68 listings right now, which is the most ever and a bit overwhelming. I think my prices are fair and I've embraced free shipping for most BIN items and even a few auctions. I've got lots of Best Offers listings, too. what?

Let me just say that the ultimate goal is still to have a bookstore. I'm selling books like a maniac on eBay, which makes me happy, because they're so easy to ship. The more ultimate goal is for me to not have to teach. After our vacation, we plan on putting all eBay profits into our down payment account. We are currently renting a very nice house, but the rent is CUH-RAZY and a mortgage payment on a no-frills 3 bedroom house in our area would actually save us upwards of $300 a month. This would put us many steps closer to me not having to work.

It's not that I don't like my job (although some days I hate it, but who doesn't?), it's that I just wasn't made to do it. I get along with middle-schoolers well, but effective discipline has always escaped me and I just don't have the organizational skills needed to keep up with mountains of papers. The education major was simply out of necessity when I realized I didn't have a clue as to what to do with a Biology major by itself. The hours are sweet, the summers off are great and I really like my co-workers. But I can't do it much longer. This is my 5th year and I would be thrilled if I didn't have to have a 7th. If I could pull in around $400 a week, we would be good. $500 a week and we'd be set.

If I could come close to my goal this week, I would be so excited! Fingers crossed!

1 comment:

  1. Write down your goal. I read somewhere that unwritten goals are just wishes but written goals are a plan. I think you can do it just don't take on too much and burn out.
    Focus on profit rather than volume