When I first started selling books on the Internet I had no idea where it would go. I sold a few here and there from my shelf at home and that first big group of books that I bought from a local FOL sale was kind of like a shot in the dark. My wife nearly killed me because, at the time, I had no idea where I was going to even put them all let alone know how to sell all of them. This is how I’ve been and always will be. I guess it’s just a personality trait of mine. I don’t typically plan a whole lot. If I want to try something new I’ll jump and then ask questions later even if it means throwing some cash at it.
This is what I’ve done with Monsoon. If you’re new to this blog you can find my first post on this huge change in business that I’ve done at the post Making the Leap into the Unknown. To summarize that post if you’re too lazy to go look at it I basically explain that sometimes you just have to take the leap and do it. No amount of planning in the world is going to be enough and eventually you’ll just have to just do it. This can be applied to the situation I’m in now or even if you’re never sold a book in your life! Doing days upon days of research and more research, deciding on exactly what type of book scouting setup you need, knowing exactly which books to buy before you even start is ridiculous. This might work if you’re going to invest in a franchise that would cost you $50K to get started but it’s used books! Used books are a dime a dozen and if they’re not that cheap the most you’d be out for a few dozen books to try out is $20 or less. There is no excuse for not trying because if you don’t try you’ll never succeed. Want to know a good starting point? My eBook!
I’m interrupting my regularly scheduled book scouting series post this week. I wanted to take this time to update everyone on why I haven’t been too active posting as well as not living up to my promise of getting the Amazon Sales Spreadsheet out much, much sooner. Sometimes, it’s very hard to balance a full-time traditional 9-5 job, successful online bookselling business as well as writing about it but I’m doing my best!
OK, that’s about enough of my pity party. This post is all about my experience getting started with Monsoon. This post will most likely not apply to new sellers as Monsoon can be very pricey and is geared towards sellers in the likes of Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. I don’t pretend to even be close to their sales volume but this is the first step of achieving that goal!
Here is how things have been going for me for the past few weeks.
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