We are all searching for the secret to more Poshmark sales, and the title of this post should probably have a big ol’ question mark at the end of it. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you will note that my opinions evolve and change while on my quest to figure it out. Sometimes I think I find a new strategy and sometimes I revert back to the basics of sharing and following.
Whether or not I have stumbled upon the secret to Poshmark sales, I am writing this post for one reason in particular: Sales Expectations.
Every time I hear someone say “Sales are so slow!” I will also see a photo on Instagram of someone’s sky-high stack of packages going to the post office.
What are these two people doing that is so drastically different?
These photos of enormous shipments certainly motivate some people, but others (like ME, if you want total honesty) it just makes them want to throw up their hands and find a new hobby. Like knitting.
Obviously there are a million factors that go into why you are experiencing slow or high volume sales. But is there a way to set realistic expectations of how much you should or could be selling?
As most of you know I finally took a huge step toward getting control over my overwhelming Poshmark situation. If you missed my post Poshmark Listing Day I spent the entire day photographing, describing, and listing items in my Poshmark Closet… all with the help of my assistant (my mom!). It was a fun yet exhausting day and it really made me think about what goes into being a Poshmark Full Time Seller.
Here is a quick recap of how my day went:
Recap of Poshmark Day
7am: Transported all of my items to list and necessary supplies to my mom’s house and set things up.
9am: Finally got started. It took awhile to get the right lighting and still had to move to different areas/walls throughout the day. I did the photos while my mom measured and described.
12pm: Took a quick lunch break.
12:30-4pm: Continued taking photos and describing.
4pm: Called it a day.
So, what did we get accomplished?
Closing my Poshmark closet didn’t happen on a whim. I knew I would need a break for an undetermined amount of time… I wasn’t trying to be dramatic. I just marked stuff down, deleted tons, and took a break. It felt weird… like I was quitting a job. Which, in reality is what I did. It feels like I was only gone a week, but it was two months.
I needed the time where I wasn’t constantly sharing, stressing over listing, or racing out to the post office, all the while trying to juggle my current responsibilities. Throw the holiday season in there and I was OVERWHELMED to say the least. That’s why I took a step back. Today I am waiting for the rain to stop so that I can hopefully get good natural lighting to take pictures so I can post some new listings!! But in the meantime, I wanted to share with you what I learned while I was gone.
It’s Time to Start Planning…
I may be alone in this, but as a child, I absolutely loved back to school shopping. Not necessarily the back to school part, but the gathering of new school supplies. I took such careful time to arrange the pencils, pens, erasers, and sharpeners in my new pencil box. It brought such excitement in my heart to carefully insert fresh paper in a binder and plan the organization of future papers between the subject dividers.
Some of you have just mentally checked out and are closing this web page… but for the few who just enjoyed the memories and could almost smell the new box of crayons… Let’s continue!
Now as an adult, these feelings reemerge as we approach the New Year. The same excitement is kindled by a new journal that makes that paper crackle sound as it is opened for the first time, pages sticking together… It’s tearing that staticky cellophane off my new planner inserts for my Filofax… and even the overwhelming smell of plastic in the plastic tub aisle that holds the key to an organized home.
Are you with me on this?
If you are like me, you may have a love-hate for New Years Resolutions. You might say I have resolution reservations.
I love the idea of starting over and starting fresh. The New Year means a new beginning! Right?
And I think we can all agree that closing the door on 2016 is definitely something to celebrate!!!
When the new year approaches I will ceremoniously make a list of all the things I want to accomplish or change in the coming year. I do this knowing good and well that I WON’T in fact…
Work out everyday!
Drink more water!
Save $ !
Yet, I go in with blind ambition thinking this is definitely the year. I say this not to set myself up for failure in 2017… actually the opposite. Looking back at my list from 2016, I realize I did quite well… I made major strides to achieve most of the goals on my list.
“Are sales slow for you?”
This question is asked approximately every 5 seconds on Poshmark.
Ok, I totally made up that statistic.
BUT, I personally get asked this all the time. Honestly, I find myself asking my friends this question too!
There are times I see people posting photos on Instagram of all of their packages towering in a stack, and I just want to throw my hands up and quit because I haven’t had a sale in two weeks!
Then there are the times I have had to duck my head when asked… knowing I shipped out 15 sales that weekend.
If there is anything I have learned in the past few years of selling and completely overthinking the entire process is that sales are a complete roller coaster, so there is a much bigger question to ask…
I don’t know about you, but I fantasize about my Poshmark closet selling out. Or, one day deleting everything and starting over!
I never really had hobbies growing up… unless you count daydreaming. I was really good at that!
During school, I was far from athletic. Although I dabbled here and there in a few sports, I never committed for too long.
Then there was the time I decided to join band and picked up the trumpet. I immediately put it back down because there was NO WAY I was going to a band festival and playing in front of people.
I have no regrets about not continuing in sports- I would not have gone pro or received a scholarship (not being negative- just being a realist)… Sometimes I wish I had stuck with band but maybe gone with the piano or something more useful. If you are a party and there is a piano in the corner you can always sit down and start playing- you are sure to instantly have an audience and probably a few admirers. Although the trumpet is a powerful, amazing instrument, there has never been a scene in a Hallmark movie where a dude starts playing Christmas Carols on the trumpet and gets the girl. Anyway…
So here I am in my thirties…
One of the most coveted statuses to achieve on Poshmark is becoming a Suggested User, or what most refer to as being an SU.
Here is a quick recap for those who are new users to the app:
Basics of the Suggested User Program
- Suggested User status is given to sellers who are outstanding Poshers in the community. These users (theoretically) follow the guidelines in what they sell in their closet and how they conduct their business. That is the program in a very small concise nutshell but you can read my full commentary on the subject in this article The Real Deal: Becoming and Being a Suggested User.
The benefits are huge. If you don’t already know, having people follow your closet is key to making sales. Yes, you can have tons of sales with just a few followers, but the more you have obviously gives you more exposure.
Here are a few benefits if you are wondering if it’s worth it:
Listing your clothes on Poshmark is so simple and easy. You take a few pictures, describe how fabulous your item is, name your price and DONE.
So… WHY does it get so overwhelming??
Ideally I would add a new listing every day as I decide to sell an article of clothing… but, of course, I let it pile up until I have 20+ waiting for me.
Then I like to sit and stare at the basket full of clothes, with every intention to start listing. I get overwhelmed at the thought of even trying to start.. When I get overwhelmed I tend to shut down. I will turn on the TV or find some other “important” activity to work on… like staring at the wall.
I have to remind myself constantly that these clothes are not ever going to sell if I don’t list them.
As I expressed in my previous post regarding Tracking Poshmark Sales, I like to find the most productive and time effective way to do things. It has taken a while, but I now have mastered a routine that makes the task of listing on Poshmark much less daunting!
Here it is….