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I’m curious what other things people thought they “needed” but actually didn’t.
I've hit a roadblock in my eCommerce store because "I need" to solve some legal issues.

To be clear, I think this is required. I'm just posting here to see if I've missed a workaround.

So, I already have a website built, social media pages, some blog posts to generate traffic, samples, and relationships with two manufacturers.
What I don't have is the most important thing, the products up on my store for sale. This is due to two reasons:

1 - In my employee contract, it says that I can't do any other remunerated activity. Which after a few days of deliberation I decided to ignore. If I get fired, I get fired;

2 - I need to declare my activity as a sole trader (I think this is the term) to my country's financial services. However, this is where I'm stuck. I can't figure out how to do it. I found a 300+ page manual, but it's very generic and every situation is different. I contacted governmental institutions. Some provided few answers, others none at all. The worst part of it is, as I'm working 9-5 I can't do it physically and without this issue solved I can't legally invoice my clients.


Any suggestions? Do I put the products for sale anyway?

Thanks!
 

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How are people treating you differently?
Don't ask me how this works and it's just my personal perception. But once you make a decision in your head of how you want to be perceived, people change their behaviour towards you. Of course you also have to act it out. If it's only in your head, it won't help. The biggest change I have seen so far is that I have more confidence in how I want to do business.

So what's changed?
  • The "takers" disappear faster and with less strings attached these days.
    For everybody who is wondering what I am referring too when I say taker, read this thread here.
  • People get to the point quicker.
  • People respect my time.
  • People respect my rules of communication.
  • People respect my prices and my offer.
It's also a great filter for future partnerships and clients. Back in the day, I ignored warning signs and things I didn't like during a business relationship, because I was acting from a position of weakness, as @Black_Dragon43 pointed out. Nowadays, I am happy to part ways at any given point if there's something I am having doubts about. Without looking back, no hard feelings.
 
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I've hit a roadblock in my eCommerce store because "I need" to solve some legal issues.

To be clear, I think this is required. I'm just posting here to see if I've missed a workaround.

So, I already have a website built, social media pages, some blog posts to generate traffic, samples, and relationships with two manufacturers.
What I don't have is the most important thing, the products up on my store for sale. This is due to two reasons:

1 - In my employee contract, it says that I can't do any other remunerated activity. Which after a few days of deliberation I decided to ignore. If I get fired, I get fired;

2 - I need to declare my activity as a sole trader (I think this is the term) to my country's financial services. However, this is where I'm stuck. I can't figure out how to do it. I found a 300+ page manual, but it's very generic and every situation is different. I contacted governmental institutions. Some provided few answers, others none at all. The worst part of it is, as I'm working 9-5 I can't do it physically and without this issue solved I can't legally invoice my clients.


Any suggestions? Do I put the products for sale anyway?

Thanks!
Find an accountant who can advise you?
 
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That is correct, you need the SKILLS to make sales and conversions/customers agreed.
I don't believe we need skills to be able to help people:

... and I don't believe we need "sales" or "marketing" skills either. In fact, I'm of the belief that people would do better unlearning sales and marketing and just helping folks.

I do believe many people need to get out of their own way and just go help people.
 

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I don't believe we need skills to be able to help people:

... and I don't believe we need "sales" or "marketing" skills either. In fact, I'm of the belief that people would do better unlearning sales and marketing and just helping folks.

I do believe many people need to get out of their own way and just go help people.
So true Andy.

This week i am getting further than i ever have and it's because i havent been selling at all.

"Here i did this for you hope it helps."

"Wow! you took time out of your day to do this for us?"

"Yeh i had a spare minute!"

"Cool i will give you a shoutout on our social media!"

All the way to

"Thanks for that! So what do you charge for XYZ?"
 
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So true Andy.

This week i am getting further than i ever have and it's because i havent been selling at all.

"Here i did this for you hope it helps."

"Wow! you took time out of your day to do this for us?"

"Yeh i had a spare minute!"

"Cool i will give you a shoutout on our social media!"

All the way to

"Thanks for that! So what do you charge for XYZ?"
BOOM!

Progress thread?
 

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