Rachael White is a pretty good advert for the power of digital business. Having started out selling odds and ends on eBay in 2004 for a bit of extra cash, her online store specialising in stuff for kids, Thingimijigs, now employs both her and her husband full time, and pulls in revenues of over £1.3m annually.
So no surprises that her two picks for the MT/eBay Digital Small Business Power List both have a strong eBay connection too. Online hardware biz Bamford Trading began life as an eBay store, and Tamebay - which is an encyclopaedic ‘how to’ news and views site for those wishing to improve their etail know-how - started out as a blog and is run by ex-eBay exec Dan Wilson and ex eBay seller Chris Dawson.
While we’re on the subject, don’t forget that today is the last day of first round voting (got that?) so this is your chance to vote for all the other panellists’ choices too, if you haven’t yet.
From tomorrow we move onto the final vote, in which the eight top scoring choices from the first round slug it out for the ultimate winners laurels. Don’t miss it!
Rachael White’s Picks
Bamford Trading - John and Gill Hewitt began selling a few surplus household items on eBay in 2005. Their hardware business has since processed over 750,000 orders. Bamford’s success shows what anyone can achieve using third-party platforms and that personal touch.
Tamebay - An independent blog turned one-stop shop for retailers seeking e-commerce news, information and advice on all the major third-party seller etail platforms. The team also publishes the annual Tamebay Guide, a round-up of e-commerce platforms, selling tools and payment options – an invaluable time-saver for SMEs.