RillyRoos LTD – The Professional eBay Seller

How to juggle work and home, things about RillyRoos, and other business blog posts

Struggles of a Business Mum

A dream for a lot of people is to find a way to work for themselves. The thought of making their own hours around the family is one of the key points of why we strive to do it. What no one sees though is the hours and hours busy business mums out there, put into their work.

No self employment is easy. Whether it is Avon, photography, or making things yourself to sell. Its hard work.

You eat, sleep and breathe your work, and while you do that you are helping to maintain the family flow. I know I am very lucky to have an amazing husband who runs around after the children, especially in the holidays, so I can still come to work and get my jobs done. But not all Business Mums have that support. Maybe their husbands work too, maybe they are single parents.

There seems at times, that as mums and business owners, we have to live up to this ideal of being a super hero. Mainly its what we do to our selves, and instead of saying “I AM KNACKERED, I NEED A BREAK” we tend to bury our heads further into work. People see us working and working and think that we are doing so well, but in reality we may be struggling to balance figures, or struggling to get the sales, or just simply struggling with our own brains and bodys. Add the hormonal swings of PMS, and then for a week (or 2) every month the best of planning goes out of the window when the jelly brain sets in.
You go home and you want to cry. Your partner, your kids all wonder what the heck is going on and that makes you worse……

This has been me for the last 6 months. Especially with how fickle eBay has been over the last 18 months. The Cassini best match search, and keywords, promotions and java scripts… Every time they change something it kills my listings. I can list millions, but if it doesnt get seen I cant sell it.

But every time they change I have to spend weeks getting things right so I am not listing. If I am not listing I am not selling.

Its a huge chaotic cycle. The only bonus is, its not just me, thousands of other sellers are affected each time too.

I feel awful for my clients. They are relying on me to list for them, and I feel the pressure of that sometimes. Not that any of them are ever mean about it… LOL They are all lovely really, but that makes it harder when I feel like I am letting them down. In reality, I am thinking of listings and sales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, birthdays and Christmas, mothers day lie ins. I am usually listing at some point, or trying to get listings seen, Facebook, Twitter, Advertising where I can for free because I cant afford to pay for it, because the sales are not coming in.

BUT…. Then I have clear days, when I can think straight and I can see the light at the end of the long dark tunnel. I wouldn’t swap all these stresses for a 9-5 job.
I do love what I do, especially when I can finally get things working smoothly.
Its just sometimes, its a struggle, and I don’t ever like admitting it.

A little note to my clients. I know things have been slow these last few months. Please know I am not being lazy. My mind is ALWAYS in work, and I am ALWAYS trying my best.

A Final note to Mr Rilly. You are amazing. You are always my rock. You help me so much in so many ways. I cant wait for the kids to go back school so you can come back work to help me out here again :p

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Baby Boys Clothes are So Cute

I love seeing some of the baby boys clothes that come through the shop. Some of these little things are just so munchy scrunchy.

Like this jacket

Super Dog coat from Next age 3-6 Months

Super Dog coat from Next age 3-6 Months

With an amazing fun cape on the back

With an amazing fun cape on the back

Of course this is available at the moment (12/11/15) in the shop, but like most things, there is only one of each item.

So Once it is gone…. ITS GONE 

So how about this little cutie too

Baby boys outfit for 0-3 months

Baby boys outfit for 0-3 months

Keep an eye on offers. You will be able to buy multiple items and earn discounts.

FREE Postage on most items, and no quibble returns for all items if its not suitable for your needs.

A Little Thanks to ALL my Clients

Thank you to you all.

Your patience and understanding over the last 12 months has been amazing. When I first started RillyRoos, it was my intention to just buy stock and sell for myself. As most of you know, I have been running the business myself whilst we waited for all the mini Rillys to be in full time school, and now Mr Rilly has been able to join me. I do appreciate that you have been patient with me, I havent been able to get things listed as quick as I would have liked but, hopefully now with 2 and a half of us listing (the half being a part time, dragged into help for free teenage son) we should be able to work a little quicker and hopefully make you (and us) a little more pennies.

Thank you to each of you for taking the gamble and having a go. Without you we would be an empty warehouse, with nothing to do

Thank you to those of you that have recommended us to friends and family. It is appreciated so much. Some of you should be claiming commission for how many people you have recommended LOL

Thank you to you all for your continued support. I hope we have many many many years together, forever topping up your eBay piles.

Love

RillyRoo xxx

Signed Stoke City Shirt

Day 5 is something about work.

I think the best thing I can talk about tonight is a recent item I have listed, which is a signed Stoke City Shirt.

 

 

Giff, I love you Man, P Hoekstra

Giff, I love you Man, P Hoekstra

Click here to see the item on eBay 

There is loads of signed memorabilia out there, but sometimes one crosses your path that has a little story behind it.

This Stoke City Shirt is signed by the retired Dutch footballer, Peter Hoekstra
He played for Stoke City around 2001-2004
He was voted as one of the best Stoke players to have played at the Britannia Stadium. (Back in 2008 anyway)

While Hoekstra was at Stoke City, ‘Giff the kitman’ was there too
This is who the shirt was originally signed for

It simply reads

“Giff, I love you Man

P. Hoekstra”

The shirt is now being sold to raise funds for a small pre-school to help kit out their new classroom. Smylers Preschool. Its the same pre-school that all my children have been to.

Its Only a Simple Courtesy…

Dear eBay Buyer,

I understand that you fall quickly in love with us and our things, and I understand that you want to get it before someone else gets it. But I would really like it if you changed your mind and didn’t want us or our things anymore that you would just say something. I dont mind, I love you eBay Buyer. You make my world go round, and I would be so happy to help you as much as I can, but I don’t understand why you would just leave me hanging, or ignore my pleas for you to just talk to me.

Remember when you bought something before and then your dog got ran over? so you contacted me to say you can’t pay as you were too devastated? I was sympathetic and cancelled the sale with some sweet words of condolences too, or there was the time when you simply didn’t read the description right and you changed your mind? Again I said OK, and cancelled the sale. I don’t mind what excuse you use, I will always forgive you and I will always be kind and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. After all I do love you, and you fill my paypal with your love.

I love it when you are happy, it fills my heart when I see your lovely messages on my feedback. When you say how lovely the item is, or how fast it arrived. But then it breaks my heart when out of the blue you slag me off to all of our friends and say mean things without saying anything to me first. I know I cant always make you happy, and sometimes what you are expecting doesnt always measure up to what comes into your life, but say something to me, dont bottle it up inside and assume I am out to ruin your life, there is no need to be angry and mouth off on our feedback. Talk to me first. I am nice, I can sometimes help too. Nothing makes me feel better about what I do for you, than making you smile at the end of the day. Thats what makes you come back to me again and again.

So please my Darling eBay Buyer, I love you and I just want you to love me too. I want you to tell me what hurts so I can make it better, I want you to tell me you no longer what to go through with it and you have changed your mind. I am patient, I can wait for you, I can wait for when the time is right for you. All I ask is that same courtesy too.

I hope you love me as much as I love you, and I hope that we can build our relationship with better communications from us both.

Take care my sweet darling eBay Buyer

All my Love

RillyRoos

*This is based on a common problem for sellers. Non paid items (I have had 30!! yes 30 this week, and when buyers jump straight to leaving bad feedback, rather than communication their issues first. Buyers and Sellers need to have an understanding relationship in order to make things work for us all.*

I hate waste

When I am listing, I am always happy to list things with an odd mark or with an odd repairable fault, some people are on the lookout for playwear for kids or are able to fix things themselves, so can pick up awesome bargain.
So what to do with the scraps of fabric I have thave lying around in various piles?
I tried to sell them on ebay to crafters, but with no luck. I have googled I  pinterested loads of craft ideas for myself to try, but I dont ever have the time. Its a shame to let it go to waste.

I love wasting what little time I have though by looking through pinterest, there are some amazing craft ideas there. Sadly I know my attempts would end up on ‘NAILED IT’ or on pinterest fails. Maybe I should give myself some time to actually try 😉

If you would like a free for postage bag (approx 1kg maxiumum postage cost of £2.40 uk only) of old clothing items to chop up and create with, drop me a line at sales@rillyroos.co.uk I will add you to a mailing list and get some bits sent out to you. Or if you are after a particular clothing item to upcycle, message me too and I will see what I have.

Happy crafting.
Lorra love
RillyRoos at http://www.rillyroos.co.uk

Self Employed Mums – Hop Stitch Jump – With Catherine Knowles.

This is a fantastic and very unique product from Catherine, I am sure you will enjoy getting to know about her business and what it is all about

Who are you? 

I’m Catherine, although like most of us, I answer just as readily to ‘Mummy’! I’m 35 and have a real love of stripes and rainbows, and a penchant for wearing a false moustache! I’m mummy to Beatrix, Jasper and Abel, and wife to Paul.

Gorgeous Creation from Hop Stitch Jump

Gorgeous Creation from Hop Stitch Jump

What do you do?

I make pretty things! More specifically, I make fabric keepsakes and gifts. My business is called Hop Stitch Jump and my signature work is Doodlebroidery, which involves transforming children’s drawings into wall art using freemotion embroidery.  There are no fancy computer programs involved; I use a regular domestic sewing machine and have a very keen eye!

Why did you start?

Before parenthood, I was pretty much defined by my career as a teacher. Like all teachers, I worked really hard, long days and committed myself to the job and my students. I went back to work full time after my daughter was born, but returning to the classroom was far more difficult than I expected and I felt as though I wasn’t being the best mother, wife or teacher I could be. At the same time, the school I worked in underwent radical changes in management structure and it was clear that its ethos was becoming increasingly removed from my own picture of the ideal, and so it became a little easier to plan to take some time out of teaching and concentrate on my family. After I had my second child, the rainy day fund was hit by a downpour and I started looking at new ways to save money. Hop Stitch Jump began with me making presents for friends’ children as a way to cut back on spending and quite literally snowballed from there.

How fabulous is this??

How fabulous is this??

Do you enjoy what you do?

I *love* working with the amazing masterpieces that little artists create, and I feel very privileged to be able to share an insight into their beautifully creative minds! I try really hard to stay as true to the original drawing as possible. If I’m honest, I’m more concerned that the children are happy with my finished work than the parents who pay me for the commission!

Have you always wanted to be self employed or is it something you have just worked your way into? How do you work it around children and family life?

My dad has always been self employed and I spent my late teens in our busy family newsagent’s shop and family pub, so I was well aware of the hard work involved in working for yourself! From first qualifying as a teacher, I never considered that I would do anything different, so I suppose I expected that I would always be an employee. I do think that being around so many people who ran their own businesses gave me the confidence to give it a whirl when the time came, though!

My children are six, four and almost two, so my days are filled with three school runs, playgroups, clubs and classes and all the usual housey chores and distractions. I work in the evenings and at weekends, which is great for the most part as it means I am always around for the children, although at my busiest times I find it hard having to miss out on weekend fun with the family and often go for weeks without sitting on my sofa!

Awww so cute, How special!!

Awww so cute, How special!!

Is your partner supportive?

My husband has been wonderful and has spent more than his fair share of evenings covered in stuffing and cutting out pattern pieces! There have been times when I’ve expected him to say it’s time for me to return to the classroom and start earning some ‘proper’ money again, but he has been brilliant!

WOW, What little girl wouldnt love this?

WOW, What little girl wouldnt love this?

Where can people find you?

I’m most active on Facebook at Hop Stitch Jump Facebook Page but people can also drop me a line at catherine@hopstitchjump.co.uk or contact me through the fabulous Created In Yorkshire shop in The Ridings, Wakefield.

Self Employed Mums – Queen Keen – With Claire Keen.

Another wonderful installment into my ‘Self Employed Mums’ Blogaviews. These are proving to be quite popular, and so they should! These fabulous ladies are showing us all that we can do anything we want to and we should have a go even if it doesnt work out. Its always worth a try

Here is what Claire has to say,

Who are you? 

My name is Claire and I live in Cambridgeshire. Im 33 (nearly 34 eek!) and I have been married for 10 years. We have 3 boys who are 10,8 and 6 and they model most of my hats

What do you do? 

Im a crocheter specializing in blankets and bespoke character hats. I make any size blankets from pram size up to Kingsize beds and my style is Granny Chic. I love pastel colours but I make to order a lot so my wool pile is very colourful and there is nothing I love more than going wool shopping.

Granny Chic

Granny Chic

Why did you start?

I started making blankets as a hobby and posted a few pictures on my Facebook page which caused some interest,then I made a sleepy owl hat it exploded.I was making for family and friends so I set up a Facebook business page and this is where I am now.Im hoping to have my own website this year so onwards and upwards.

Variety of Crochet Hats

Variety of Crochet Hats

Do you enjoy what you do?

I absolutely LOVE it. Who wouldnt love doing their hobby full time? I make the rules and the hours so it doesnt ever get boring and I always leave myself time on the side to try new patterns and items.

Have you always wanted to be self employed or is it something you have just worked your way into?

It just happened.I never knew I could do anything that I could make a living from so when I tried crochet (and discovered I could actually do it) I was over the moon.

How do you work it around children and family life?

I have lovely hours. I work 9am-3pm Mon-Friday when the boys are at school and if need be I can work 7pm onwards. Weekends only if I want to. Lovely!

More Hats

More Hats

Is your partner supportive?

Very supportive. He is so happy that I have found something I love as he really loves his job too. I have always worked in retail which is fun but it was just a job,I love creating things and I have so many ideas,every day is fun

Granny Chic

Granny Chic

Where can people find you?

At the moment I can be found on my Facebook page :- Queen Keen’s Facebook

and I have an Etsy shop that I am making stock for :- Queen Keens Etsy Shop

And I’m hoping to have a website with a blog in the next few weeks (*Which I will add as soon as its set up*)

Thank you Queen Keen, We at RillyRoos wish you all the best of luck for 2014 & beyond.

 

*This is not a sponsored post, this is a kind gesture to mums out there trying to make a go of something they enjoy.
You can find more about my shop at RillyRoos Shop *

Self-Employed Mums – Debutots – With Jenni

I know quite a few Self-Employed mums. I have asked some of them if they would like to do a blog-aview with me to maybe inspire mums out there that think it would be too hard to do, or want to make the jump but just need a little push.

First one is Jenni from Debutots.

Tell us all a little about yourself Jenni.
My name is Jenni and I’m 33. I live in Swindon with my husband Paul, three kids – Oscar who is 8, Sadie who is 6 and Lottie who is 3. Oh and a naughty chocolate labrador called Pickle!

What is it that you do?
I am a franchisee for Debutots. We run story and drama sessions for babies and children aged 6 months to 7 years. There are lots of different ways we do this, from parent and child classes, to nursery sessions and afterschool clubs. We also offer entertainment for birthday parties, and the weekend often finds me dressed as a fairy, a pirate or a spaceman ready for a big adventure with some great kids! Sometimes people wonder how you can do drama with such young children, but really it’s all about usuing stories to encourage language, gesture, sounds and imagination. For very little ones it is a chance for them to play creatively with their parents or carers, and see them doing lots of funny faces and noises, which they love! For older children they get the chance to explore different feelings and experiences through the safety of let’s pretend.

Jenni at the head of a class.

Jenni at the head of a class.

Why did you start with Debutots?
I started 5 and a half years ago now! At the time I was working part time in a Building Society Head Office. I have a drama background and when I came across Debutots I knew it was the perfect job for me. It’s been a lot of hard work, and it took a while to see any financial gain, but I have never regretted it. I don’t get that Monday morning feeling any more!

Do you enjoy what you do?
Yes I love it! What other job do you get to dress up as a fairy and play games and get paid? The children are brilliant. It’s amazing to see how they change over time. I love watching the shy ones come out of their shell. We’ve even had a little girl say her first word at a class once. The parents are lovely too and I have made some lovely friends along the way. I also get to network with other mums doing similar work which is really fun and a great way to have some support.

Jenni dressing up for one of her parties. Cally from Night Before Christmas

Jenni dressing up for one of her parties. Cally from Night Before Christmas

Have you always wanted to be self employed or is it something you have just worked your way into?
Hah! I never even considered it! I saw the advert in Center Parcs magazine when I was in the bath one night. My husband was working nights and by the time he came home in the morning I had sent emails and was on the way to buying a franchise that 24 hours before neither of us had ever heard of.

How do you work it around children and family life?
That is the main reason I chose this work. It is perfect for family life. I run all my sessions during school hours and term time only. I am able to take them to school and pick them up again. I sometimes run special holiday classes and then they come with me. My older daughter is great and will probably take over from me one day Birthday parties are a little harder as they tend to be at weekends, but luckily we have helpful grandparents on hand if my husband isn’t free to look after them. The children have only recently realised that Debutots is Mummy’s job – and I think that’s a great sign from a family life point of view (Although I was a bit put out that they thought I never did any work! haha)

Is your partner supportive?
Thankfully yes, or I would never have been able to make a success of it. He could see that it was something I would love and he was prepared to take a risk and give it a go. He is a bit of a worrier about money so he had to be very brave at the start. I even sent him off for training so he could help me out with classes and parties. He makes a great Pirate Scallywag, but don’t ask him about the party he did for a group of six year old girls or you might just see a grown man cry

Where can people find you?
You can have a look at our website Debutots UK where you will find me and all my colleagues who work in other areas. Or check out my Facebook page Debutots Swindon

Jenni working with a toddler making a Squeaky Mouse

Jenni working with a toddler making a Squeaky Mouse

Thank you for the little look into your self employed world. Looks like you all have great fun and I know we at RillyRoos, wish you all the best in the future with Debutots

 

All pictures are copywrite of debutots Swindon and should not be copied in anyway.
This is not a sponsored post.

Measuring Tips for Sellers & Buyers

You decide to sell of all the items in your wardrobe that no longer fit, well after sobbing for 3 days because those jeans you wore before your 1st was born no longer goes past your knee.

You patiently add them to ebay, upload the photos and click start. You think you have done enough…. Nope. The questions then start.

“Whats the waist measurement”
“Inside leg please”
“Can you get me the hypotenuse of the triangular formation of haystacks”

OK so not the last one, but you get the picture.

To help you as a buyer, and as a seller just add these little things into your listings. It takes a minute more, but its much worth it in the long run.

Imagine this senario – You wake up and find your most favourite pair of jeans in the whole wide world has split across the bum cheek. There is no way of salvaging them. The shop you had them from, no longer stocks them, and the label inside is so faded you cant even see what size they are. Before you throw them out (or bury them in the garden) take these following measurements. Waist, Hips, Rise, Inside leg & hem width.

 

Dont stretch the fabric, Keep it relaxed while you take your measurements.

Dont stretch the fabric, Keep it relaxed while you take your measurements.

You will never get a perfect match, but at least you can try.

Same goes for tops too.

If you measure armpit to hem or neck to hem, specify this in your listings

If you measure armpit to hem or neck to hem, specify this in your listings

 

So now when you come to buy, or sell, you will have some of the more valuable information ready. Always remember, just because the jeans say they are a 14, doesnt mean they measure a 14 😉

You are not a size 8 !!

You are not a size 8 !!

 

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