Women have it rough thanks to the pandemic. Not only were women more likely to work in the sectors hit hard by lockdowns, but they were also more likely to take on the household burdens of navigating remote school, disrupted daycare, and caring for sick family members. Many suffered job loss, reduced income, and more.
Without their traditional streams of income to keep them afloat, some women turned to selling on eBay to make ends meet. In the first 6 months of the pandemic, the number of eBay-enabled small businesses in the US grew by 34%. Sales on their platforms also grew by 38%. Women are able to maintain this line of business on top of domestic responsibilities because it allows them to set their own hours from home. 69% of women sellers surveyed say that the ability to sell on eBay was a benefit during the pandemic’s worst months.
Small businesses are the heart of eBay. Women who sell on their platform can trust eBay to use their technology to create economic opportunity for all. In fact, 97% of women-owned small businesses on eBay export their products, making them competitive sellers in the globalized marketplace. Entrepreneurship’s a powerful thing.