DISCLAIMER: This post is particularly pertaining to small-time online sellers that sell their own products or are reselling items using their Facebook or Instagram account in order to have an alternative source of income during the pandemic.
It is no news that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us financially. And as humans who only want nothing but to survive amidst this difficult situation, becoming an online seller is one of the most convenient options.
In a span of three months during the quarantine, some of our online friends have started posting products for sale—food, appliances, gadgets, makeup, face masks. You name it, they have it. In a span of three months, the number of people who invite you to like their business pages has tripled. People have resorted to online selling while stuck at home. Every time you scroll your feed, there appears a post from an online seller.
We can’t blame them for it. For some, it helps them make ends meet. For many, it is their only option to have food on their table.
But does it affect your comfortable life in any way? No? Then you don’t have the right to shame them. Not even a little bit. Not even at all.
Way before this outbreak happened, selling online is already popular for a reason: it brings more income. People are browsing the internet most of the time and promoting items where potential customers are is a great way to start. And truth be told, online business really offers a good profit especially when the business is handled very well. I know people who left their jobs because they saw a great opportunity in being their own boss.
Understand their situation and have empathy
Many people have lost their jobs and you can’t expect them to immediately get back on track. Not in this kind of situation and government. People are stuck at home and selling online has been their safety net to cope with this pandemic.
Understand that we are not all in the same boat. You may be lucky to still have a source of money at this trying time, eating three times a day, but it doesn’t make you any better for shaming those that are doing their best effort to earn.
If you don’t want to support your online seller friends, your silence is much appreciated. There is a “mute” or “unfollow” option on social media platforms so maximize that if you hate seeing their posts. But in case you’ll have a change of heart, there are other easy ways to support them:
- Like/Follow their page
- Share their page
- Post their product
- Recommend to family and friends
Be glad that your online friends have become entrepreneurs
Recently, there have been online sellers posting screenshots of private messages sent to them from people who have nothing else to do than pick on others. I can’t believe they really have guts to ask sellers why the latter has settled to doing online business. “You have a job, a degree, why have you become an online seller?”
I mean, these online sellers are busy earning money so put your negative energy somewhere else.
If there’s one thing I like out of this situation, it’s that everyone has explored putting up their own business, even a small one. This lockdown somehow gave people the opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial skills online, which envious, pakialamero people cannot achieve in their life.
If you really can’t take the idea that your friends are becoming entrepreneurs, then please mind your own business and let others do their own dang thing.
And for online sellers, keep going! A single, unsolicited comment should not stop you from getting those monies.