Thursday, October 22, 2009

My (Microscopic?) Business

To a rather small extent, I'm trying to earn some extra by engaging in a small online business. While this is not the same type of business that my parents and grandparents engaged in (and the income of course is not as much as what full time businesspeople get), it does add a little extra something. It's difficult to have a full time business when you're also practicing a profession AND being mom. So the internet is a godsend in providing us with the means to sell stuff.

The advantages of online selling: It's practically 24/7, you can do business from home, so no need to invest in renting an office space. And since you "display" your products via pictures which you post online, there are no additional expenses like cardboard displays, although these certainly come in handy during bazaar season (which I haven't tried but might look into later).

The disadvantage of being a part timer is that you sometimes neglect some tasks, either for your business or some other aspect of your life. Also, people think that just because you're home, it means you're doing nothing, which is certainly not the case for most online sellers. Oh well, there will always be the good and the bad, and we just have to adjust. For now, the good really outweighs the bad. Although, as with any profession or work, this is not for everyone!