How to sell stuff online
Hey all, it’s Em here today.
One of the key strategies we want to help you with to downsize your debt is to help you increase your income, so today we’re going to run through how to sell stuff online. You don’t even need to leave the couch for this, you can even make money from home, for free!
There are so many ways of doing this, and I don’t want to turn you cross-eyed by writing a big encyclopaedia, so I’ve chosen and researched four that I think could work for you.
Sell ideas and information (like us!)
I’ve put this first because it’s what we do, and its my favorite (obviously!).
The best way to sell ideas and information is to set up your own website based around a problem people have (like we have here with debts) and help them with it. You can then sell all sorts of things to do with whatever the site is about, have advertising on it, whatever. The internet world will be your oyster! Just make sure you only sell legit things and that you are genuinely helping people. If you don’t do that, you might as well forget it!
If you like this idea but have no clue how to get started, I’d recommend you follow the same training system we have to set up this site: Wealthy Affiliate. You can even start for free, and I promise it’s not a scam or a joke. Here’s my review of the program so you can see exactly what I’m talking about.
COST: Wealthy Affiliate is free to join as a starter member so there’s nothing to lose.
Make cool stuff
Are you particularly crafty at sewing cushion covers? Or making marvellous stationery? Perhaps you have a way with wood turning?
If you do, then you can set yourself up a page on Etsy.
Etsy is a global marketplace where you can sell 1. Handmade items 2. Vintage items 3. Craft supplies.
It has a beautiful, user friendly website and a friendly community. They even have a nice handbook for sellers, which advises you on things like how to take better photos of your products, and how to boost your productivity.
COST: Each item listing costs $0.20. Each sale incurs a 3.5% transaction fee (Etsy will advise you what this will be before you list the item, so no surprises after you’ve made a sale).
Sell stuff that you don’t want/need anymore
Got some stuff lying around? Maybe you’re going to sell your old train set? Or that china cabinet that doesn’t quite fit in your house? You’ve got a couple of options here.
This is another global market place. It can be quite good for rare or vintage type items (like that train set, or maybe a designer dress).
One of my favorite things about eBay is that you can list things under multiple categories, and therefore get more exposure for your sale item.
COST: Free for the first 20 items per month. A “final value” fee of 10% is charged when you make a successful sale, and this is capped at $750.
This is another good place to sell stuff, but probably works best if you live in the United States.
Craigslist is organised by region, so it might be better than eBay to sell big item stuff (like that china cabinet) that you don’t want to ship too far.
You can also find job listings and services listings on Craigslist.
COST: Free (exceptions: jobs, rental properties, therapeutic services, tickets, vehicles).
So what are you waiting for?!
Go forth and sell! Generate that extra income, pay down that debt!
Do you have any experiences to share with using any of these services? If so, we’d love to hear from you: please comment below.
(P.S: this information is correct as of June 2015. I will make every effort to keep it current but if you see something has changed please let me know and I’ll update the page. Thank you!)
images : 1 by SEOPlanter, CC 2.0. 2: https://flic.kr/p/cnfEEu, https://www.flickr.com/photos/andymilford/6155168519, 3:https://www.flickr.com/photos/liewcf/303284582