This Podcast sees a return to the Entrepreneur Corner podcast series which we are really excited to bring in to 2015.
First up we are joined by Brian who has been an UnderstandingE member since right back in the beginning in early 2014.
Hear how Brian was working for eBay in the USA and one day bought 7000 professional wrestling shirts for $7000 and when the truck appeared with four pallets worth of stock his business was born.
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Brian shares with us how he first came across eBay in 1998, right back in its infancy.
He quickly noticed the opportunities that eBay presented and this started him on his ecommerce journey.
Having stood on the eBay side of the fence as an employee, Brian shares with us some stories from the other side which you won’t want to miss.
- Discovered eBay in 1998
- Started selling prizes he won at work
- Scheduled Donald Trump books to end on auction once the Apprentice USA had finished on TV
- Applied to work at eBay after being made redundant
- Stories from his time at eBay
- Buying 7000 shirts (seen on eBay) for $7000
- What his wife said when the truck turned up with 4 pallets asking for the loading bay
- How he found UnderstandingE and the move from Pro Stores to Magento
- How he doubled growth in 2014, and is looking forward to a busy 2015
Brian’s journey can be broken down into three key steps.
Step #1 – eBay
Firstly he stumbled upon eBay in 1998 and began as most do by testing a few items and having some success in selling items from around the house.
Most notably a Donald Trump book he had scheduled to end just as the TV show ‘The Apprentice’ had finished.
After being made redundant from his job he applied for a job at eBay and got it!
In his role as an account manager at eBay he had the opportunity to attend many different sessions on the different pieces of software which integrated with the marketplace in order to help sellers.
It was here where Brian came across Pro Stores.
Step #2 – Pro Stores
Upon leaving eBay and starting his own business with the 7000 shirts being delivered, Brian knew that as his business grew that software was going to be the way forward in order to keep the business moving forward.
Brian opted for Pro Stores which for those that didn’t know was also an eBay owned company just like Magento.
Similar to Magento, Pro Stores gave you the ability to run a web store which connected to the eBay marketplaces to manage stock and orders over the channels.
Everything was going great until eBay announced that along with Magento Go, that Pro Stores would also be closing down.
It was then that Brian realised that Magento was the next best option.
Step #3 – Magento
Disappointed on the news that ProStores was closing, Brian had no choice but to look for an alternative. It was then that whilst searching for help with Magento he found UnderstandingE.
Brian was one of the first members to UnderstandingE back in early 2014 and in the podcast above you will hear how he has progressed in recent months and where he is right now.
Listen out as Matt reads the email he received from Brian which led him on a rollercoaster of emotion.
As you will hear in the Podcast above, Brian is an entrepreneur through and through.
So as with all of our guests on the podcast we ask them for their one tip to you listening to this. Brian gave us three brilliant pieces of advice.
So in Brian’s own words his three tips are:
“Hire people with skills that you don’t have”
“Have an interest in the products you are selling”
“It’s easier to sell 1 product 1000 times rather than 1000 products once”
If you have any questions for Brian then you can contact him using the links below, however it is worth noting he can no longer help with those feedback or DSR enquiries ;)
Brian’s Website: http://www.extremewrestlingshirts.com/
Brian’s eBay Store: http://stores.ebay.com/extremewrestlingshirts
Extreme Wrestling Shirts Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExtremeWrestlingShirts
Brian’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-barlow/b/771/96
Have a Story to Tell?
We would like to say a huge thank you to Brian for taking the time to join us in this podcast recording, you can too in the comments section below.
We hope you listening to this enjoyed it as much as we did recording it. If you would like to share your story with us about your entrepreneurial journey then we would love to hear from you, as I’m sure the other members would too!
Leave us a comment below that you would like to chat with us about your journey and we will be in touch.
As always if you have any questions or comments on this recording then feel free to ask them below too.
We look forward to speaking with you soon
Dave, Matt (and of course Brian!)
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