Want to know how to make money from home by selling your stuff? Are you a stay at home Mom that needs a part-time job? Maybe you're disabled, and need to work-at-home? Or simply retired and just need to earn some extra cash? Simply need to supplement your income? There are many reasons that we need or want to earn extra money, so I've put together a list of possible options for that include work-at-home jobs, ways to sell your stuff, SwagBucks, donating your stuff, money making apps and other ways to make money.
|Sell Your Stuff|
I've got lots of options for you to make money from home. I have saved so much money using my discount shopping techniques that I have a room full of products that I now sell for a profit as side income.
The majority of products that I have, I received for free or near-free, and they came from Grocery Stores, Drug Stores, Office Supply Stores and some Department Stores. Once you learn these same techniques from me, you too can sell some of the products that you do not use and make money from home selling them.
If you don't shop with multiple coupons like I do and stockpile, then look around your home. Surely you have a ton of stuff that you're not using. Let's face it, we all do! Much of it is stuffed in closets, in spare rooms, in attics, garages, storage sheds and basements. Get off your duff, slowly break that unused stuff out, and sell, sell, sell. Admit that you'll never use it. Your Aunt Vera won't even know that you sold that Crock Pot that she gave you two years ago. The cash will add up nicely and you can make money from home.
Here are the ways that I use and that you can use to sell your products and stuff.
- Etsy.com (sign up at this link and you'll get 40 Free Listings!)
- Yard Sale
I also donate a lot of items food/perishables and non-food items to various charities. This is a great benefit of knowing how to shop and get items for free and near-free. You're able to give! And don't forget that the items that you donate are tax-deductible.
Next, I’ll give you details about selling your items each of these ways:
You can sell almost anything on eBay, so if you haven’t already, hop on the bandwagon and sell, sell, sell! Sundays are eBays busiest days, so if you're going to post using the 7-day Auction-style listing, make certain to post on Sundays. This way your auction will end on the following Sunday when eBay traffic is high.
Auction-style listings & Fixed Price Listings
Insertion Fee: Free for up to 50 listings per month
Final Value Fee: 10% of the total amount of the sale with a maximum fee of $250.00.
To see updated pricing and extra fees, check eBay’s price listing here. Their fees are subject to change.
Notes/Suggestions: Be certain to ship promptly, and keep your customers informed. eBay allows customers to leave feedback ratings, and you want to keep your customer’s satisfied.
Amazon Sell Your Stuff
Many of us have purchased items on Amazon and don’t realize that we can earn extra money by also selling many of our new or used items on Amazon. Amazon is a force to be reckoned with. If you haven’t already noticed, when you search for most items now, Amazon appears in the top 10 search rankings for many items. This search power can be at your disposal when you’re selling your items! They have become my favorite way to list new items, because of the ease of listing! Very few steps to get your product listed and you don't even have to take a photo or type a description. As long as you're selling something that's already been listed by someone else. Here’s their information if you plan to sell fewer than 40 items per month:
Closing Fee = .99 cent per item + Referral Fee = 6% to 25% depending on item (avg is 15%) & Variable Closing Fee.
Fees for Media Products (such as Books, CDs/DVDs, Video Games, etc.) differ: Referral Fee is 15% and Variable Closing Fee is .80 cents or $1.35 depending upon item. Their fees are subject to change. To see current pricing for Amazon, click here.
How to list:
1. Search for the exact item that you want to sell – in other words, find others that are selling it.
2. Hit the “Sell yours here” button” on the right-hand side of the page.
3. Describe the condition of your item.
4. Set your price for the item. Note: I try to come in at 1 cent lower than all other prices so that I am the lowest price available for that item.
5. Register to collect your online payment from the buyer via Marketplace Payments by Amazon. You only need to register once, then all payments for all orders can be sent to your bank account every two weeks.
6. Select your Shipping Method.
7. Optional: set Quantity (if you have multiple quantities of the same item) and SKU number
8. Confirm: review the information you have entered.
Notes/Suggestions: Be certain to ship promptly, and keep your customers informed. Amazon allows customers to leave feedback ratings, and you want to keep your customer’s satisfied. Check your pricing compared to competitors pricing at least weekly, because others will be lowering their prices by one penny to come in lower than you. You don’t always have to be the lowest, but try to be in the top 2 spots in your condition (new, used…).
Craigslist in an online classified site, and is great for selling larger items that are not easily shipped such as furniture, and you can make money from home by getting rid of items you're not using. First you’ll need to create a free account, and then after doing so, you can list your belongings for sale in any of the free “For Sale” categories. Craigslist differs from eBay and Amazon in that it’s for locals and you will have to meet with persons in your area to handle transactions in-person. You can do this at your home, their home or in a public meeting place if possible.
Never post your address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable information in an ad. Craigslist provides you with an initial anonymous email address for queries. When you do reply back to certain people, don’t use your main email address with your name in it.
Never deal with anyone that is not in your local area.
Be wary of scammers and thieves.
Place this in your ad and stick to it: Will only accept cash, no checks or money orders. (This will save you from a lot of scammers-trust me).
I always ask interested persons to provide a phone number so that I can contact them (this allows me to see the area code to make certain that they’re local; to have a phone number before they come to my home; and to speak with them first).
Make certain that you are not home alone when meeting with potential buyers.
Unless the item is something extremely large (like a Pool Table) it is also wise to conduct the sale outside your house. When they ring the doorbell, simply step outside your front door with the item.
The best times to post an ad are Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.
Craigslist allows you to repost the same ad only once every 3 days.