Growing Business GROWING BUSINESS WINNER

SPENCER APLAND

541-motorsports

4 YEARS SELLING ON EBAY
8 EMPLOYEES

Here's my eBay small business success story

Four years ago, Spencer was in business school but not quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. A do-it-yourself mechanic, he had a revelation after buying a wrecked car for parts for his own vehicle – maybe he could sell the leftovers on eBay. One sale led to another, and pretty soon he was moving enough units to quit school and start his own business. Spencer rented a 1,200 square foot shop that he outgrew in a year. He hired two employees and rented a 2,500 square foot space and outgrew that, as well. Today, Spencer has eight full-time employees and maintains a 20,000 square foot warehouse. His eBay business provides a comfortable living for his growing family, and Spencer expects revenue to go from $1 million in 2015 to over $1.5 in 2016.

Why do you deserve this award? I am so passionate about the eBay community. The buyer and seller interaction is one of the best parts of eBay, and I work extremely hard to provide the best possible experience for all of my customers. Our 100% positive feedback directly reflects my commitment to that.

Share a fun fact about your business. My mom recently showed me some old elementary school drawings. On one page I wrote that I wanted to have a store that sold everything. The picture showed a big building that said: “Spencer’s Store of Everything.” I did not stick with that name, but I do have a lot of stuff for sale!

How has selling on eBay contributed to your success? People always ask me why I sell exclusively on eBay; I tell them that eBay has streamlined the buying experience for the customer. I could not be happier with the sense of security eBay provides for its buyers and sellers, and most importantly, the ease with which it allows me to acquire new customers. Living in a small town, there is no way my business would succeed the way it has without eBay.

What is your proudest selling moment on eBay? When I realized that my sales were too much to handle while going to college full-time, I chose to leave school and move my overflowing inventory from a one-car garage into a real warehouse. That was when I knew I could make this a career.

What advice would you give to other sellers? I would advise you to stick with what you’re passionate about. My love for cars makes it enjoyable to come to work every day. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.