Hello Monkeys and Monkey fans! Patrick here, feeling somewhat accomplished this morning. Guess what I did! Guess! Can you?… BZZZZZZZZZZT! Time’s up! OK, the title of this blog post probably gave it away 🙂
I WROTE A BOOK Y’ALL! It’s not a full length novel or anything, but outside of a couple of research papers I did in college it’s the longest thing I’ve ever written at a bit over 12,000 words. Not only did I manage to write it, but I also figured out how to make it an official eBook in both .mobi (Kindle) and .epub (other e-readers) formats, complete with it’s own ISBN number and listed in the official Library of Congress Registry.
So what did I write, you ask? I compiled a How-To guide about getting rid of all your stuff if you’re planning a life of travel or minimalism. It’s called “Downsize To Adventure,” subtitled, “A Step-By-Step Guide To Making Money By Selling Your Stuff Fast.” We just completed the process of leaving land life behind and after leaving paradise for 10 long weeks on land I’m finally back on the boat. This is a distillation of everything that we’ve learned over the last year about how to actually go about selling everything. It’s not like this is something that people do a lot, so there’s not a huge body of knowledge out there about how to ACTUALLY go about it. If you’re facing this task anytime in the future, this book will help you get it done faster and will put more money in your pocket. It should be of use to anyone who wants to get rid of clutter as well. You don’t have to be leaving a traditional lifestyle to benefit from the knowledge herein.
In case you’re interested, here’s a look at the table of contents and what I cover, as well as a couple of “Sneak Peek” samples from the book:
Introduction: Who The Heck Are We Anyway?
Step One: Triage
– Pricing Your Items
– When To Have Your Garage Sale
– Marketing Your Garage Sale
– Classified Ad (Print Newspaper)
– Online Marketing of Your Sale
– Dress Rehearsal and Ad Maintenance
– Money, Helpers, and Theft
– Weather Considerations
– Round Two Or Three
Step 2: Get Rid of the Rest of the Small Stuff
Step 3: Selling Online
– Item Names and Descriptions
– The Log Book and Managing Your Listings
– Where To Sell Things Online
Step 4: Final Cleanup and Starting Your Adventures!
– Separate Your ‘Keep It’ Stuff From Everything Else
– Transport Your Stuff Across The Country For Damn Near Free
Step 5: Make Your Dreams Come Alive
Here are a couple of short ‘Sneak Peek’ excerpts from different sections of the book just to whet your appetite 🙂
From the Introduction:
“…Having just gone through it, I thought I’d take this opportunity to elaborate a little bit on the magnitude of the task that leaving life in a house represents and to give you what wisdom I can should you be facing the undertaking now or planning for it in the future. Thinking about it rationally beforehand, it’s obvious that there is going to be a lot to do. When it actually comes time to do it, however, the task is more than just a little daunting. You never realize how much ‘stuff’ you have until you have to figure out what to do with it all.
Before you read through this publication – indeed before you start this task of liquidation at all – there is something else that you need to read first…”
“…if even the smaller numbers there don’t impress upon you the enormity of the task ahead, then you’re in for a big surprise. Take heart in the fact that it CAN be done though. If we can do it, so can you!…”
A short portion from Step 1:
When To Have Your Garage Sale
“…Timing of your garage sale is actually fairly important as well. It’s likely that you’re going to go through this process on more than one weekend, but you don’t want to do it on consecutive weekends. Space them out a bit. The point in the calendar month that you have your sale is critically important. The vast majority of people have either rent or a house payment due on the first of the month. The vast majority of people who shop at garage sales also live paycheck to paycheck. This means that whatever small amount of disposable income they have, it will NOT be available to spend on the first weekend of the month. Likewise with the last weekend, as they are piling pennies to make sure they can make rent. The second weekend of the month is also not ideal, because after having drained their bank account to make the house payment, their refrigerator and pantry are getting pretty thin. For these folks, weekend number two is for groceries. So target your first garage sale for the third weekend of the month. You’ll find that the average garage sale shopper has more change in their pockets at that point.
If you’re going to do a second (or third) round of garage sales,…”
And finally a short portions from Step 3:
“…Over the course of the last year I have completed a few thousand transactions over these four venues. You read that right. SEVERAL THOUSAND. I assure you it is time consuming. Taking pictures, creating a listing, managing questions from potential buyers, re-listing, and cross listing the item until it sells, and then shipping the item or meeting the buyer in person. It all takes time. You’ll get VERY good at creating listings so that part won’t take as long as you learn the process, but the rest can’t really be sped up much. You’re going to pocket a LOT of money in the process though. Does your boat need a watermaker? More solar panels? Bottom paint? This is where you’re going to pay for those things…”
Now that I have you sitting on the edge of your seat with this amazingly dramatic and witty piece of prose 😉 , I know you’re just dying to find out how to get a copy of it for your reading pleasure.
It’s available two ways: First, it can be purchased for $3.99 at https://gum.co/downsizetoadventure where both eBook formats are available. Secondly, I will send a FREE copy to anyone who pledges $2 or more through our Patreon page, http://www.patreon.com/ohsailyes. All proceeds from the book will go towards furthering our adventures so we can share them with you, our viewers and readers. I wouldn’t have to sell all that many copies before we could afford a drone to get more spectacular footage to share with you. Heck, if we managed to sell 10,000 copies we’d fund our adventures for several years! New York Times Best Seller List here I come! (Come on, a guy can dream! Insert evil genius overlord cackle here).