The Phrase That Pays

by Tristen & Amy OBrien on September 14, 2014


It’s true, we live in the world of DIY.  I know this, not only from personal experience, but it’s also plastered all over the media.  A few months ago, I moved into a home that Amy and I fell in love with.  The lay out is amazing, it’s in the neighborhood that we really like, BUT there was one down side, it needed some cosmetic upgrades.  As we started to talk about what we’d like to change, Amy surprised me by having everything already planned out.  Decorating and organization is a passion of hers, but I didn’t really understand her passion until she showed me her Pinterest account.

If you are not familiar with Pinterest, it’s a virtual inspiration board where you can collect ideas that you have seen online and add it to your board.  Then, you are able to go back and view your board when ever you’d like.  Amy has 7,400 pins.  That’s right, seven thousand four hundred ideas for our home, children, food, and a bunch of other categories (whoa).  Over the years, I’ve heard people talking about Pinterest, but I guess I didn’t realize how popular this app/service was.  “Pin it”, the action of adding something to your Pinterest account, has almost become a buzz word.  When we visit our friends and families, there usually is something at their house that was inspired by Pinterest.  My point is this – Pinterest is a DIY’ers heaven.  The word itself is inspiring when you use it as a verb, and it is allowing others to sell items that would normally be trash.  This is especially true on eBay.

Let me ask you this.  If you were walking down the street, and you saw that someone had an old rusty box spring out for the trash, would you pick it up and take it home?  What about a box of empty toilet paper rolls.  Or even an old rusty rake that is missing its handle?  Those items laying there by themselves may not be appealing, however if you were walking with a friend and they said, “that could be used for a Pinterest idea”.  Then, with that reminder, you may pick it up.  That’s exactly what some smart sellers are doing on eBay.  They are taking normal and bland items, opening the minds of the potential buyers, and reminding them what their item could be.  Let’s take a look at a the few ideas I mentioned above:

  • Click HERE (Old vintage Garden Rake “Pinterest Idea”)
  • Click HERE (Toilet Paper Rolls “Pinterest Project”)
  • Click HERE (Bed Spring “Pinterest”)

These are just a few of the obscure items that I found fascinating on eBay.  It seems as if adding the phrase “Pinterest idea” put’s a vision in the buyers’ head and adds a monetary value that might not otherwise be there.  I encourage you to take a look yourself by clicking HERE.

I myself tested this theory out by posting some rusty items I had in my garage, and boom, half of the items sold.  All I did was added the phrase “Pinterest idea”.  So, test it out yourself and let us know if this tip worked for you!

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Stop Working So Hard

by Tristen & Amy OBrien on September 8, 2014



We all need more time in our days, wouldn’t you agree?  From running an online business, spending time with our families, and several other endeavors, we all could use a break now and then.  If you have been reading my blog for any amount of time, you probably have realized that I love services/apps that make my life easier.  If you have never read the following posts, then here you go: TalkTo, RedButler, and Best Tools.  I don’t really recommend RedButler any more, but at the time, they were a great service.

Now this brings me to my new favorite service called, Do This ASAP. It can be found HERE.  So what is Do This ASAP?  It’s a FREE service (soon to be app on September 30th, 2014), that acts like a personal virtual assistant.  Think of them as Siri, but a real person (on steroids).  They state that all of their staff members are college educated, and they are ready to work for you.  Over the past few weeks I have sent over 100 requests, and all of them were answered (most of them in under a minute).

Let’s take a look at what they can do, and then I’ll outline how they can help you in your eBay business.  First, you can just ask a question.  Since a real person answers your question, you can get results that you won’t get from Google.  Secondly, they can do almost anything in Photoshop for you.  Edit photos, create logos, resize photos, and more.  Lastly, they can help you with files.  For example, they can convert any document into another file type, Fax a file, and find stock photos.

With all of that said, here is how they can help you in your eBay business and give you time back into your day:

  1. eBay Business/Store Name: Coming up with an eBay store name can be challenging.  You need something that will clearly state what you sell, but be clever enough to stand out.  Why not ask the college educated staff of Do This ASAP.  I asked this very same question when trying to come up with a new store name for my vintage electronics eBay store.  They came up with, “Vintage Tronics“.
  2. Tag Line: If you are running an eBay business, you need a tag line.  This is something that further explains what your business really is, but you only can use a few words.  I asked Do This ASAP, and they came up with, “Electronics You Can’t Live Without”.
  3. Store Logo: Now that you have a business name and tag line, you need a new store logo.  Logos can be costly, but not if you are using Do This ASAP (because it’s free).  Just tell them what you are looking for and in a few minutes, you’ll have your logo.  If you don’t like the first one they sent you, just let them know.  Take a look at the one they created for me: 
  4. Editing Photos:  Are photos important to a listing? YES!  They are almost more important than the the title itself.  I’ve done several posts on ways that you can take a great picture, but now editing is a piece of cake.  All you’ll have to do is take a picture of your item and send it away with a brief description of what you are looking for.  Take a look at what they sent me when I sent them my request: “Dear Do This ASAP, can you please edit the attached picture.  I would like a white background with the controller in focus.  Also can you add a vignette.  Here’s what I got back: Or.jpg
  5. Proof Read Description: (Some may care more about this than others).  Creating a grammatically perfect description of your product may not be your strong point (like me), however, you can send your request over to Do This ASAP, and they will hook you up with some proofreading.  Just don’t send them a novel’s worth of content to read.  A normal sized description should be just fine.
  6. Product Availability: When I source for inventory, I always have a small panic attack whenever I find a product that I can resell.  I get really excited, and need to know if the same item is available in other like stores around me.  Instead of calling each store to find out if it’s in stock, you can send that task to Do This ASAP.  You can also use TalkTo and get the same results.

This is just the tip of the iceburg, and remember it’s all FREE.  I’m not sure how they make money, or why they do what they do, but the owner stated that he has a Gandhi quote sitting on his desk that states, “A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so”.  

Now that your brain is filling with ideas, it’s time to put them to work.  See how you can make your personal and work life better.  You deserve a break, so give Do This ASAP a try, and see what they can do for you!  Again, check out their website HERE or just email them your request at

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100 Ways to Make Money Online

by Tristen & Amy OBrien on September 7, 2014

It’s taken over a year to create, but I’m so excited to announce that “100 Ways to Make Money Online” is here!  Let me start off by explaining why I created this program.  We all know that eBay is awesome, but for me, I found that my profit was never consistent and for a family like mine, we needed consistency.  I went on a year long adventure trying anything and everything to make money online.  Some were home runs and others were flops.  With some hard work, I was finally able to create an internet business that was diverse and brought in a steady income.  Now this brings me to “100 Ways to Make Money Online”.

Believe it or not, there are more than 100 ways to make money online (trust me, I’ve tried them all), but some are so complicated that it’s not worth pursuing.   Some can make you a great deal of money, and others won’t.  During my experimental period, I realized something:  I never want to put all of my eggs in one basket.  What would happen if my eBay business suddenly failed?  If I didn’t have other online businesses going, then I would be in trouble.  But now we would be perfectly fine!

Everyone can do this.  It does take effort, but with my new program, YOU can start creating your online empire!  With the “100 Ways to Make Money Online” you will get:

  • A new comprehensive guide per week, outlining a new way to make money online.  Each guide will walk you through the process step by step.  Using text, links, videos, audio, and assignments, you will get a complete understanding of how to make money online.
  • Since each guide builds on each other, you’ll have a week in between each one to ensure you are able to digest the material.
  • If you have a question, issue, or problem, don’t worry.  I will be here to help as much as I can.

I know how hard it can be financially when getting your business started, so I wanted to make this affordable to everyone.  100 Ways to Make Money Online only costs $5 a month.  With that said, I am only offering this to a select number of people.  First come first serve.  So, if you are looking to successfully create an online business that is diverse and can bring in consistent money, then this program is for you.  Your first guide comes this Friday, so sign up today.