Warning – Holidays Are Stressful!

Warning – Holidays Are Stressful!

Christmas StressLet's face it, the Holidays are just plain stressful. It doesn't matter if you are an online seller or if  you are shopping for the Holidays. Patience is a virtue that seems to get shorter during the busy season of hustling and bustling to make sure that the Holiday season is perfect for you, your family, and your friends. It's a time of late nights of wrapping, baking, and most likely includes shopping.

Studies show that the percentage of online shoppers is growing which means if you are an eBay or any online seller, you are benefiting from this trend. It also means that you are busy, much busier than you are any other time of the year. As demand rises times decreases. As time decreases it seems that tolerance for stressed buyers decreases as well.

If you find yourself losing patience or getting a little snarky to your customers, your family, or your friends take a minute to breathe! That's right breathe, a full deep breath and slowly release. On the exhale feel the stress, or at least some of it leaving.

If you're at the computer replying to a frazzled or difficult customer, get up and walk away before you respond. It's time for a break. Take a short walk, have a cup of tea, start a load of laundry, or water the plants. Why? Sometimes doing something normal is just what you need to remove the edge and in a few minutes you can return to the task and respond professionally adding a hint of humanity to your response. Remember, we all make mistakes, customers and sellers alike. Life is happening in addition to the Holiday frenzy. There are sick kids, sick parents, accidents, loss of income, soccer, and basketball, and band. Learn that it's okay to say No and actually do it. You do not need to be at everyone's beck and call at the expense of your own sanity.

It's easy to get busy and forget that human element, but it's not wise to do so. Just as you are stressed, so is most everyone around you that you come into contact with in real life and virtually. Just remembering this can ease your stress and help you be the best seller possible.

It is a necessity that you schedule time off to recharge and regroup. Whether it is for the school pageant or just a quiet dinner taking time away is imperative for you and your business.

Here is a short list of some de-stressing activities that may help make the Holiday season a little less stressful:

  • Cook a homecooked meal from scratch. Take the entire afternoon to do this if needed.
  • Plan and execute a craft project with the kids or with a group of friends.De-Stress with Christmas Cookies
  • Bake Christmas cookies or have a cookie exchange party with a group of friends.
  • Take a long leisurely walk and just window shop in a favorite shopping area or mall.
  • Take an evening off for dinner and a show or even a movie.
  • Head to the park with the kids and the dog for an afternoon of play. It's okay if it's cold, bundle up and have fun.
  • Read a book.
  • Visit a friend who you haven't seen in ages.
  • Spend an afternoon pampering yourself - you deserve it.
  • The most important thing is to remember to do what you like! That hour or even a day away is going to make the tasks look so much more inviting and easier to tackle when you are relaxed and stress free.
Buying and Selling Halloween Costumes For Babies & Kids

Buying and Selling Halloween Costumes For Babies & Kids

Halloween is probably one of my favorite holiday, next to Christmas that is. It's a holiday that everyone can enjoy and have fun with. If you are buying baby or kids costumes there are a few things you want to give some thought to before your purchase. If you are selling baby and kids costumes think about what parents are looking for to help you determine what to sell.

First and foremost is safety. It might be the more adorable costume you've ever seen, but does is it a practical fit for the age? With babies you don't have to worry so much about the safety, other than to be sure they can freely move with the costume on and that they are warm enough, but not too warm.

Safe Halloween Costumes for KidsNow with toddlers, the issue of mobility comes into play. Toddlers aren't always real steady on their feet so you want to be sure that they can move, walk, and run without tripping or being so weighted down with the costume that it is difficult to navigate the stairs. Make sure the masks don't make it impossible to see in all directions. Kids tend to run. The running can dislodge the mask and cause it to cover their eyes, nose, or mouth. That's when falling accidents happen. On the other hand babies may be trying to get that hat off their head and pulling on it can also cause it to cover their face.

No matter how cute the costume is and how adorable your little one will look in it, always remember safety first.

Here are some of the top listings for Baby and Kids Halloween Costumes...Lots of cute and fun ideas. Baby & Kids Halloween Costumes

Sellers pay attention to what you are selling. Is the costume safe? Fire retardant? Will it cause undue restriction or weight to the little one? Be sure that your listings contain all of the pertinent information for each costume. Not just the character, but the size, the shape of the mask or head wear. It is constraining or bulky and heavy. These are points that you want to be sure to disclose in your listing. While the southern states don't generally worry about it being too cold, but in the northern states it might be really cold. Be sure to note this in your listing. Answer questions promptly and professionally.

And most of all Sell, Sell, Sell! The time is now to move the Halloween and kick off your Q4 sales. Baby Peacock Halloween Costume