Another side income idea from Brittany-
Over the last few weeks, I have shared a few different ways to make money on the side. I have talked about doing odd jobs, and last week I talked about direct sales employment. Selling products can bring in good money and additional perks (like that pink Mary Kay caddy) but only if you can sell the products. If you are like me and everyone you know is either broke, or unwilling to pay for something and wait for it to come in, these opportunities might not be ideal. So….moving on!
Do you have a closet full of clothes that you haven’t worn in years? Do you have enough shoes or purses that you could use a different one every day for an entire year? Old movies you haven’t watched in ages, trinkets just collecting dust, jewelry that hasn’t been out of the jewelry box, toys or clothes you kids have outgrown? Anything that you have too much of or never use. You can sell it!
Facebook is a great place to sell any unwanted items. You can post in the “Marketplace” they created or in any of the multiple buy and sell groups that have been created. Take a photo, set a price, type out a description and let Facebook do the rest. A word of warning though- You will need to have a great deal of patience when selling online. This is because it may take a little bit for someone to show interest and actual take what you are selling. No matter how well you describe it, there will always be those that will ask questions or comment with no interest in buying.
I have found that Craigslist is very helpful for advertising. I mentioned it in the odd jobs post but it’s also helpful with selling personal items. It’s the same concept as Facebook. Upload photos, set a price, describe the product and post it. The only difference with Craigslist is the method of contact. If you haven’t used craigslist before, contact is initiated via email or phone (call or text.) Also you will receive plenty of replies from people who aren’t actually interested or are looking to scam you, so be patient and be cautious. Remember, if the offer seems too good to be true or seems off, it probably is.
eBay is another good place for selling items. eBay can reach more people because it isn’t area specific. Though it will reach more people, you will have to be willing to ship items if you choose to post them on eBay. You will also need to have a way to accept payments, whether it be through PayPal or bank account. You won’t be able to accept cash. Also, eBay takes a cut of sales completed through their site, so it may not be worthwhile unless you have a consistent amount of items to sell.
There are a number of apps that can be used to sell your unwanted items. Letgo is an app that is a lot like Facebook’s marketplace. You post a picture and description of your item, set your location and the app shows it to people nearby. They can communicate with you through the app and you take it from there.
Apps like threadUP and Poshmark are similar. However they are geared more towards fashion. You can list clothes, shoes, purses, hats, jewelry and accessories here. People come to these apps looking specifically for these items so if you list them here, you may have a better chance of selling them or at least getting more interest.
Use What You Have
When selling anything, use as many resources as possible. The more people you reach, the greater the chances you will sell it. Go to your App Store and search “buy and sell apps” and you will get tons of results. Check them out and use any of them that might be useful. Most of them are free so it won’t hurt to post items. You could even have a yard sell and post it in the newspaper classifieds! Use all available resources!!
Do you have any apps or methods that you find particularly useful? Let us and everyone else know in the comments!