Selling on eBay UK Ltd
Where are you in the North East?
Newbiggin by the Sea
Selling on eBay UK Ltd, run by Laura Mathieson, is a specialist eBay Consultancy service.
Providing analysis and advice to businesses selling on eBay, services include analysis and training, shop set up through to a managed facility to support small and medium sized companies to flourish on eBay.
When did you start your business and why?:
I was an eBay trader for 10 years, working from home – I loved it so much I started teaching workshops and training other businesses.
eBay is a huge 3D puzzle which fascinates me – I love solving it!
What gives your business the edge?:
There are very few eBay experts in the UK, and because we focus on the site so completely we are able to spot trends quickly, and provide our businesses with proven ways to increase sales.
What is the best thing about running your own business?:
The variety – doing something I love and never knowing what the day will bring.
And what is the worst!?:
Doing the financial side – invoices and accounts.
Describe a typical day running your business and balancing family life:
My commute is wonderful – from one room to another in my house! Loads of emails and then me and the team work through what’s booked in. Usually I’m in the office most of the day but I also go out about one day a week to meet clients or run workshops. We are at the mercy of technology, so if the Internet goes down it’s always very frustrating, and I quite dread Windows updates!
Sometimes I speak to clients in Australia or the US and the day extends, but usually I finish at 5 – sometimes earlier on a Friday.
How do you envisage your business changing over the next 5 years?:
I’m growing it and hope to take on an apprentice in a few months – the demand is there and I’m building a group of associates to outsource work we can’t do.
I’d like to have a full eCommerce support business, including experts on Amazon, Etsy, Shopify etc.
Do you have any advice for other Women in or starting a business?:
Make time for yourself – between home and business it’s easy to forget about rest!