Online venues for starting a business?
We got notice this week that our beloved ebay Education Specialist program is being "retired" Not that they don't want us to keep teaching, just that they are no longer going to develop the program or provide us with updated programs to teach.
They never supported us monetarily but the ability to say "trained by eBay' gave some extra credibility and separated us from the "free lunch" group and online courses. eBay would never let us teach online as their representative.
It really came as no surprise. For about four years now we have had to rely on ourselves to keep our programs relevant and alive. Many of us actually see it as a positive development, since we are no longer held back by outdated legal restrictions.
We are now free to grow as we wish and many of us are binding together to create a new program that not only teaches eBay but etsy, Bonanza, Amazon and more. There is a lot of similarity in selling online, it is just the venue's idiosyncrasies that need to be defined.
When I approach business centers, community colleges and even universities about selling online, I often get a "brush off" because they do not see online selling as a serious business. Just a hobby?
Take a look at this video clip of a couple selling clothing on eBay. https://www.ebayinc.com/stories/news/small-business-at-ebay-bhfo/ They started part-time and now project to do 40 MILLION in sales this year. That is $40,000,000 and employ over 150 people. Not bad for a hobby.