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New look on life, lots of eBay activity
Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2012-07-07 08:12:32 | Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Keywords: finances, job, money, preparation
Iím settling in the condition of not having a job anymore. But I realized I was ready mentally to leave because I didnít feel any loss feeling about the job itself. I didnít feel depressed or anything. For the month of June, I was a full-time eBay seller, spending 8 to 10 hours a day doing eBay related activities. And I earned as much money through eBay than I would have with my old job!

Iím settling in the condition of not having a job anymore.  But I realized I was ready mentally to leave because I didnít feel any loss feeling about the job itself.   I didnít feel depressed or anything.  For the month of June, I was a full-time eBay seller, spending 8 to 10 hours a day doing eBay related activities.  And I earned as much money through eBay than I would have with my old job!

I sold many stamps and records from my collections.  The goal was not to recover all the money I ďinvestedĒ in those collections, that is not possible.  But Iím pricing my items to sell... below the market price, making sure I keep the money flowing in.

I also faced other expenses, related to a new cell phone (my old phone was own and paid by the company), paying rent for two apartments (for July, I have both old and new apartments, allowing me to take the full month to move my stuff), some moving expenses including meals at restaurants, etc.  Overall, the bottom line stayed the same compared to last month, but thatís okay considering the expenses I had.

I just got confirmation I should receive un-employment benefits, waiting for the first payout.  From the letter I received, I should have payments until early May next year... so that gives me time to plan my new life.  It wasnít sure Iíd be eligible because I was fired... but I made my case properly explaining I had no warning and I couldnít make anything to prevent it or get the job back.  Itís nice to at least see I havenít paid those un-employment insurance premiums for nothing for the past 9 years.

As soon as I get first payment from unemployment benefits, Iíll buy a Macbook laptop.  It will be my first Mac.  Iím converting to Mac by necessity rather than choice.  Why?  Because part of my future revenues will lie on mobile apps I will create and even if you can develop iOS (for iPhone, iPad, iPod) applications from a PC, you need a Mac to upload them to the Apple store.  So, I will need to carry a Mac with me along the road.  Iíve begun shopping for what I would need and want on the Macbook.  Since itís my first time ever shopping for a Mac, itís a new experience.  Mac laptops are about the double of the price of Windows equivalent.

July will be slow on eBay because most of my time will be spent moving from my large apartment to my new smaller one.  I just slept in my new place for the first time.  It had to be cleaned and painted because previous tenant left it in a very messy state.  Realizing Iím moving out makes me realize how much stuff Iíve accumulated over the years in this large apartment.  

I couldnít really begin packing and sorting stuff yet for two reasons.  First, I wasnít sure about the exact space I have in the new apartment (and storage locker there).  Second, I donít have much room in here to really begin packing boxes in a corner of a room.  Now that I was able to move big shelving elements to the new apartment with the help of two friends and ex-colleagues at Bell, Iíll be able to handle the rest of the move on my own, by bus and by foot.

As Iíll clear my old apartment, I still have many furniture items and Iíll set up a moving sale soon.

At the end of the month, Iíll be watching the London 2012 Olympics.  I love watching the Olympics as I find them a good source of motivation.

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