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Does running an ebay store count as work experience?

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Does running an ebay store count as work experience? [#permalink] New post 07 May 2014, 15:01
I'm wondering if running an ebay store is seen as work experience and how admissions might view a person's primary source of income as running an ebay store?
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Re: Does running an ebay store count as work experience? [#permalink] New post 08 May 2014, 08:04
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Hey SeekingAdvice,

Interesting question which, unfortunately, means no clear cut answer. It will come down to the nature of your work in the store. For example, is it a small venture or do you pull in serious revenue? What type of suppliers and consumers do you interact with? What do you sell? How have you managed the business over the years? What has growth looked like?

Effectively, there's a spectrum, right? On one hand you have your run of the mill eBay store where you make a living salary, and on the other you have something really unique, growing, and substantial. Where you fall on that spectrum is the assessment of a lot of factors.

If you could share more about what you do, that'd help! Or if you want to chat about your profile in general, you can always sign up for a free consultation [here]!

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Re: Does running an ebay store count as work experience? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 06:42
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Well, it's not going to be taken really as a professional job in the sense that buying and selling on ebay, even if I'm sure it's not easy, will not necessarily prepare you for the corporate life that the MBA expects. It's not necessarily any different than any other retail job, but retail jobs are considered a bit on the low side of the pre-MBA job pecking order.

Also, the effectiveness of your profile will depend on the size and turnover of your job. If you are moving thousands of items through ebay, it's different than if you are making money by selling a few each month (that's be more of an ebay hobby than job)

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